Aththai (Aunt/Buaa) is a 60 yr old orthodox Tamil-Brahmin woman. She never went to college, never got a job, never got married. She lives with her brother’s family, where not everybody is nice to her. If that isn’t hard enough, it took all these 60 years for her to realize she is NOT Straight. Can she come out?

Picture created with random shots from Old Tamil movies

Original in Tamil

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Translation in English

[issuu showflipbtn=true documentid=110119211433-ff49d31706cc47d4895b1ed4b9c074a6 docname=aththaiv__translated_by_niruj username=gaysifamily loadinginfotext=Athai showhtmllink=true tag=india width=420 height=297 unit=px]

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About the author


South Indian, Sambar lover,Subramanya Bharathi fan, Rebel, Bleeding heart liberal, Writer, Dreamer, Die-hard romantic and Queer. Twitter: @shrisadasivan

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, 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. For this story, the author would like to thank Queer Coolie from Gaysi for the inspiration and Niruj Mohan, the translator for his excellent translation.

About the translator

Niruj Mohan

He is currently gainfully unemployed in Bangalore and is part of CSMR, which organized Bengaluru Pride 2010.
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