Victim

Where am I? What just happened? I don’t understand. I clenched my fists, pressed them into the bed and sat up straight. I ran my hand over my sweat-soaked face. Raghu went into the kitchen and got me a glass of water. I drank slowly, and splashed a little onto my face.

“Are you OK?” Raghu asked, holding my hands.

“Hmm,” I said, standing. I walked into the bathroom and turned the tap on. I collected the cold water in my cupped hands and washed my face. I went back out and put on my winter coat. “I’m going out for a walk, can you please watch the baby?”

Original in Tamil

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* Editor’s Note :Victim has been previously published in Tamil magazine Thinnai

Translation in English

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About the author

MJ

Now 30, 100% shudh desi lesbian. Likes living large, and on the edge. Dislikes stagnation, fence sitting and hypocrites. Lives in a bubble of joy, with occasional lapses into drama queendom. Currently nursing a massive crush on actress Chitrangada Singh (kind of eerie, her resemblance to the late Smita Patil, don’t you think?). Aspires to build a fully functional support system for the Gaysi community in India. And most importantly, top the 'Hottest eligible desi-lezzie' list one bright sunny day.

About the book author

Shridhar Sadasivan

Shridhar Sadasivan was born and raised in Tamil Nadu and now lives in the United States. He is a member of the Chennai based LGBT group MovenPick and a member of the executive team of Orinam.net, a bilingual LGBT resource website. Shridhar aims to break into the conservative Tamil media with his short stories and introduce LGBT characters to the readers. He hopes to create awareness on LGBT issues and struggles through his writings.

About the translator

Sumant Srivathsan

Sumant Srivathsan is a Madras boy living in Bombay, struggling to come to terms with how both cities have changed with their names. He is a mild-mannered digital marketing executive by day, and a language transcending super-hero by night. But he cannot take his glasses off to change his appearance, so everybody knows who he is.