Writerly Life’s Third Newsletter: Embracing a New Reality

For people like us, who have the gift of literature and can help themselves in the crisis, books are providing a great deal of support. And as usual, let us trust books more, and read more; and fight our inner demons by delving into the books that have, and will, show us the way. Reading books – this novel idea – has a cathartic value to it, and provides utmost relief, for anything, virtually anything. Continue reading Writerly Life’s Third Newsletter: Embracing a New Reality

The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

The 27-year-old director of the 2019 one-hour feature drama Kai Kreuser says “Label Me” was supposed to be a cheesy romantic movie. We’re glad that it isn’t one. Kreuser took his own time during its development, which is probably the reason that this feature is layered, and portrays power dynamics among a closeted and out queer persons exquisitely. Continue reading The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta’s Photo-Memoir “Wish You Were Here” Celebrates Not Only a Personal Life, But a Queer Movement

When I finished browsing through this heavy pink-covered hardcover book that has Paolo Sergio de Castro’s image on the front – who died of AIDS and the book is dedicated to him – with “wish you were here” in golden color, I was overwhelmed with emotions. These 128 pages, cover to cover, carries the making of someone; multiple landscapes that change as abruptly as does the subjects of assessment of Sunil. Continue reading Sunil Gupta’s Photo-Memoir “Wish You Were Here” Celebrates Not Only a Personal Life, But a Queer Movement

The Curious Case of Shefali Vaidya

A Hindutva Ideologue Couldn’t “Unsee” Queer Person With a Bindi

The invisibilization of the trans* community that this Bill ensures and the vile intentions of the ruling party are not unknown to us. It’d be fair to assume that the contemporary India is a perfect place for people like Shefali Vaidya to proliferate and play instrumental role in spreading all kinds of exclusionary messages. Continue reading A Hindutva Ideologue Couldn’t “Unsee” Queer Person With a Bindi

The Porous Border of Gender in “Please Mind the Gap,” Or Anshuman: An Identity in Transition

An interesting border, if I may say so, of ‘gender’ is navigated in one of the most deftly made short-films exhibiting and highlighting the concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community – Please Mind the Gap.  And, our navigator is Anshuman, a transman. I happen to watch, Please Mind The Gap – a short film by Mitali Trivedi and Gagandeep Singh at the Open Frame Film Festival held at … Continue reading The Porous Border of Gender in “Please Mind the Gap,” Or Anshuman: An Identity in Transition

Who Is Society Anyway?

“You’ve a license to love now!” Saying this, they rushed towards me. Overwhelmed with joy,  they couldn’t contain their happiness for me. I stayed calm. They’re disappointed. “Ye kaunsa pyaar hai?” (What kind of love is this?) I listened to them as well, who couldn’t help but scream at me. I screamed back with 2x decible level. They’re disappointed. At two different places, I have … Continue reading Who Is Society Anyway?

“Look for a Guy in White T-Shirt,” He Said

Disclaimer: You need to read till the very end to make something out of this blog entry, judging by reading the first two lines won’t help you. A late night conversation on dating app Last Saturday, I was using the gay-dating app, the ever popular and instant gratification provider, Grindr. I was bone-tired but after a long day, I just wanted to ‘see,’ if-there’s-anyone-new-around. There’s … Continue reading “Look for a Guy in White T-Shirt,” He Said