55 words

This is my first attempt at writing anything in just 55 words. Consider this, a piece of fan-fiction- a poem Ethan Wate of “Beautiful Creatures” would have written for the mysterious girl he always dreamt about, had it been a Japanese version. Love Caster Chronicles…



I search for a face
Which I know, not by name
But through the walk and the grace
With which she went, as she came.

Try I do, to paint my memory of her
Through the strokes of my brush-
Color of her eyes- the glint and shimmer

And finding this face remains my wish.

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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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