Festive Galore

The festive season has come and the excitement is palpable. The streets are beautifully decorated with colorful lights and images for the Pujas. The thematic pandals are almost ready and the beautiful idols of the goddess are done. Entire city is lighted in the evenings and throbbing with the festive fervor. The shopping spree of the netizens is in full spree and season sales in malls is on the go. Everyone is dressed up for the occasion and ready to start the fun. Corporates have colorful dress code this week for employees to add on to the team spirit and pujas’ cheer.

We too had a similar color themed dress code for this entire week. It was interesting. I would get up in the morning and search for any yellow, green or blue colored outfit to wear for the respective day. We friends would then click selfies during lunch hour and have a good long photo shoot. It was fun. We felt pampered. There was a variety of sweet stalls in the food court area- lip smacking dishes bothdesi and exotic ones. We had desert every day after lunch this week.

As everyone has taken leave to visit their hometowns the next week, I too have taken leaves. We would go to our village, visit relatives, eat delicacies and enjoy ourselves among near and dear ones.
Happy Asthami !!

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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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