For a long time, characters who were portrayed as villains or comic relief were shown so because of their alternate sexuality or gender identity.
An excerpt from "Invisible Men" written by Nandini Krishnan, a journalist, playwright and humorist based in Chennai.
Written as a picture book marketed for adults, here are six reasons why The Rabbit & The Squirrel should be on your bookshelves right away!
Randall has a clear target audience in mind. She is talking to women in their thirties who have been screwed over by their relationships one too many times.
First published in the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latif, Lihaaf became one of the most controversial texts of its time, with Chughtai being called to trial on charges of obscenity.
Both popular and not so popular in Indian Mythology, The Bhagavata is the story of Krishna, known as Shyam to those who find beauty, wisdom and love in his dark complexion.
We meet Alex Fierro without knowing she’s Alex Fierro. In fact when we meet her, she’s a cheetah. A cheetah.
This collection of short stories is a view into the lives of middle-class gay men in rural and urban India. The stories are doused in pain, guilt, humiliation, confusion, disappointment, heartbreak, lust, self-realisation, and acceptance.
This (mis)representation of bisexuality as a sexuality in the “middle” of homosexuality and heterosexuality is the exact line that Medha Patel follows.
An epigraph with which Arundhati Roy opened her first novel, The God of Small Things, the line translates organically into The Ministry of Happiness as well.
That time, the term ‘faggot’ was extremely prevalent. It was supposed to mean the highest disgrace ever and was just thrown on people who had guts to come out as gay.
If this book has to be a homage to anything, it should be to the strength that the writer displays as he chronicles his life before and after being diagnosed seropositive.
Narrative of traditional south-Asian families and their ideas of a fulfilling life is a central thread through the novel.
God Loves Hair, Shraya tells us, and indeed, why wouldn’t God love hair? It is a part of one’s body and one’s body is sacred and not something to be ashamed of, and this is what Shraya’s text invokes
Western media is changing and starting to show a lot of queer representation, but I have yet to see that kind of progress in South Asian media.
There is an alarming dearth of LGBTQI characters in children’s literature and Dumbledore could have been our beacon of light.
Here’s a curated list of seven books which deconstructs the gender binary and illustrates the fluidity of gender with fantastical perspectives.
What is striking about Namjoshi’s work is the way she always looks at identity collectively and does not treat religious, sexual, racial, class and caste identity as separate strands.
Society is constituted by language and language is constituted by society. It is through language that our existence is communicated and confirmed.
What makes this book mesmerising is its simplicity in telling us a tale of a man who existence impacts a seemingly peaceful family in ways more than one.