X represents every Anonymous writer, every ‘Unknown’ under my favorite quotes, and every person who prefers to hide behind a mask. The absence of a name, an identity makes me intrigued. I imagine and wonder the reason behind that decision to be anonymous. Perhaps in hiding they get the courage that they couldn’t summon otherwise. Perhaps it protects them from judgments of their near and dear ones who don’t understand them. A simple letter ‘X’ serves the purpose.

Every secret letter signed off with this single alphabet speaks volumes. It tells of words unspoken, tales untold that have finally seen the light of the day. Everything so enigmatic. Everything so interesting. And who isn’t fascinated by the masked characters, unknown spooky narrators whose reliability is questionable, and every voice that seemingly has no source. And the authors behind pen names and second identities who stir minds, alter perspectives and create a revolution- Kudos to them!

Anonymity has its perks. What's yours? Ever hid yourself behind a pseudo name, if yes, how was it? I'd love to read about it, along with your opinions about anonymity. Have a good day!


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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