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College Days

Girl is telling the story to one of her friend. [Flashback Story]..”that was the first time I met him. He was standing right next to me” Busy roadside, Girl-(over the phone)(talking to a friend about joining  itre college) Boy –(over the phone)( talking to a friend about joining  itre college) Girl- excuse me, can I.. borrow your hand please? Boy- borrow?(with a crooked half smile half grin, crinkles in his eyes) Girl-is that a yes? Boy- han? Girl-thanku(n holds his hand) Boy-(mouth lil agape,lil smile, lil wide eyes ..just looks) Girl-(notices that boy is still looking at her) cross the road.. Boy-cross the road?! Girl-(just nods) (Boy does as told…extremely busy road. After crossing she leaves his hand..he gives her a questioning look) Girl-(lil embarrassed.stammers)I just..have a fear..kind of..u know..phobia...road crossing phobia.(takes a u turn suddenly n leaves hurridly without another word) Boy’s friend-(smiling)who was she? Boy-I have no id

Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  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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