To my dear old lost umbrella,
Wherever you are, come back to me
I miss you and I need you
Monsoon has yet again arrived…
With its rains, showers, drops and drizzles
You left me last monsoon
And went on in your own journey
Now its high time
Please retrace your steps and return to me
I miss your pink and violet bobby dots
I miss your companion
While walking in the rain
Don’t you miss me too?
Remember how we used to walk home
Under the drenched gulmohar trees
You are a treasure to me dear
Please come back soon
I’ll be waiting……….

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

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  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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