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
Today, I’m out to everyone; except my mother and grandmother (for reasons I wouldn’t like to share). My brother thinks that homosexuality can be treated. Thanks to Baba Ramdev, who, according to him, has a cure for everything. I do know, as a matter of fact, that my brother and my sister-in-law did go to watch Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan; however, I don’t know what it taught them. Continue reading My Life Post Section 377
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
James Baldwin was a black writer, and a queer person. Whenever one studies Baldwin only as a writer, they’re missing the point. They’re totally ignoring what Baldwin stood for. Being black makes your breakable; but being a black and a queer person makes you doubly vulnerable. Continue reading Black Queer Bodies Are Breakable: “Between the World and Me”
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
“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?
Was it a winter soiree where we met? Or did you ask for a light? How did we meet? I’m browsing through the remains of our memory In different compartments… All the time I floundered this chunk of memory I was reminded of our walks – an evening stroll On Max Mueller Marg We both walking hand-in-hand You will always have a sweaty palm, And … Continue reading United – Post 377
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
It’s been a year or two that I’m purposefully watching ‘Queer Cinema.’ There are plethora of movies which I’ve watched, ranging from stereotypical, maligning the image of the community to some which strongly portrays same-sex desires and bio-pics on some of the great figures of all times. And pursuing this very dedicatedly, I had curated a list of movies which I wanted to watch and … Continue reading The Story of Adèle
Did you know? I was warned, ‘never do that’. They warned me, time and again. Never fall in love, this is gay community. Here, people have options! How weird? I didn’t listen because I was convinced. It’s love and I know my idea of love. I never considered love to be cheap. It never was just an ‘attraction’ for me, it always had a higher … Continue reading In the Name of Love
Why are you grinning? Well, there can be multiple reasons but I didn’t see this thing becoming the reason for my grin. Really, smiling is never easy these days and when I’m actually saying that, ‘I’m happy’ then you got to trust that. I’m celebrating from past nine hours.I visited this year’s #WorldBookFair previous week and bought books which I know will change me for good but … Continue reading And I’m in the ‘Middle-of-Nowhere’ and I’m Happy!
It’s dark now when I write this.It wasn’t dark when I experienced this. However I can’t be sure what it was when I experienced it in my dreams, say mix a foggy night with a winter afternoon, I don’t know if that mixed well or not.Perhaps that’s how it was when I experienced it in real. A very calm soothing sensation, when it left me, … Continue reading Of Whores and Lovers, a Sexual Philosophization