Thought Capsule -2

Elizabeth Gilbert

"We are made up of so many layers of our family histories, ancestries, karmic accounts from several past lives, influences from entanglements with different souls that have crossed our paths, a mixed concoction of what we have ever seen, felt, tasted, touched, heard, judged, all the rational and irrational reasons that have made us what we are." - Elizabeth Gilbert in 'Eat Pray Love'

Change any of the variables that have resulted in what, who, how and where you are at present and you have no way to know how life would have been. Had I not been to certain places, I really don't have any idea how life would have shaped itself. Had I not been to Mysore, I seriously have no way to fathom how my life would have been right now. Had I not got my friends for life, I don't know who would have entered my life then.

I sometimes want to view it, at least on a virtual canvas, how life would have been, had some incidents not happened at all. I would not have been the person I am today.

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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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