Archive for the tag Culture

Control Be Damned

It begins in your hotel room. I don’t know why I have this fondness for them. I suspect it’s because they’re cut off from both our worlds and the familiarity …

Feminist Porn

I think porn can be awful – and a lot of the free stuff out there is truly…strange, for lack of a better word. Speaking as a queer-identified female who is really into other queer-presenting people, mainstream porn doesn’t really do much for me.

My Gaysi Closet Seems To Be Getting Smaller & Smaller

My mom has known I like girls for almost two years now. My brother was one of the first people I came out to, shortly after coming to the realization myself. A few weeks after that, on an impromptu trip home, my brother told my mom what she later started referring to as, “The Secret.”

The Married Lesbians

The media, especially gay media abroad, have jumped on the story. ‘Lesbian Newlyweds Flee Honor Killing Threats’ makes for good headlines. It has all the ingredients of a masala story. The illicit, secret love affair. The girl forced into an arranged marriage. The runaway couple. The patriarchal khap panchayat and its honour killings. Enter the sympathetic judge.

You Cheat, I Cheat, We All Cheat.

What constitutes cheating? I’ve wondered about this ever since the discussion around the campfire in the L Word. And I’ve realized that for a lot of people, sleeping with someone else is the first and last straw. I think this is very interesting. Because this begs a very simple question: are emotional and mental faithfulness not as important?

Breastfeeding : To Be Willing And Able

In a previous post I mentioned that my internship is at a youth detention center. The youth started voicing that they wanted to learn about “my culture” and I figured they didn’t want to learn about England so I took it straight back to the motherland. I spent time telling them about India and joked with the other staff in the room that I should show them a Bollywood movie.

Podcast Interview : DJ, Ma Faiza

“Because even the best can sometimes be sloppy” - Well, this pretty much explains how I botched up a simply brilliant Podcast date with one of India’s awesomest Queer celebrity, a couple of weeks ago.

How Did I Know?

During this quest for a BFF, I had this one conversation with my Buddy, which changed everything. I don’t remember clearly what sparked that conversation. But I remember discussing gay and lesbian relationships. And how normal it felt and how neither of us agreed with the stigma attached to it. Maybe it was my rebellious 14-year old speaking, but it was my first conversation about LGBT and it was like any other chat with The Buddy. And I just knew then, that I would be attracted to a person, not their gender identity. Just like The Buddy felt too (or so I thought).

Bombay Dost Presents Sunday Highs “A Yaariyan Presentation”

For those of you, who missed out on some great cinema during Kashish week or if you just want to catch these masterpieces one more time, Bombay Dost - Sunday Highs brings to you KASHISH 2011 Winners all through July and August! This time we're showing two extremely riveting and heart-wrenching tearjerkers. Bring a lotta tissues cause the tears won't stop coming - we guarantee it! Two movies, which are extremely beautiful and very insightful. Check out the trailers for some foreplay... (not that kind!)

Event Review : Desiring Indians

The event Desiring Indians was a screening of the provocative film Cain/Cane (2011) followed by a panel discussion on sexuality, intimacy, and desire among Indian South Africans, chaired by Prof. …

Nothing Happened

Back then I was fascinated with car rides. She had a white santro. I would rush out of work to ask her for a lift, even if it meant changing in two minutes and running down five floors in twenty seconds. I did it every day. And on the days I missed her I hated myself. I was enamored by her.

MTV Splitsvilla : Where Love Can Be Queer Too

MTV Splitsvilla is a show where larke and larkiyaan fight for love in, of course, Goa. This not so classy article discusses the supposed plans for the fifth season. Unfortunately a google search yielded no other articles. Despite the lack of quality sources on this I decided to go ahead and write about it anyway because it’s too intriguing.

Uncertainty

There are times when I look at my girlfriend and realize…I could marry this girl. Not just because I adore weddings. Not just because we’re still in what could be considered the early U-Haul stage of our relationship. But just because she feels so incredibly right. We’ve been through our rough patches – hell, I thought for sure that we weren’t going to make it as little as 2 or 3 months ago – but every time we’ve hit a set-back, we’ve somehow come out stronger.

Play Reading “Ek Madhav Baug”

“Ek Madhav Baug,” a Hindi play by the late celebrated playwright Chetan Datar. “Ek Madhav Baug” is a pioneering Marathi language play about homosexuality and acceptance of the gay community.
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