Brooding Roosters

“Where are you from, Raghu?” asked Kumar.
“I grew up in New Jersey,” replied Raghu. “My parents are originally from Chennai.”
“Oh! Nice. Do they live with you here?” I asked.
“Oh No! It is just me, my partner Rob and our daughter Kamala.”
“Rob??” I got confused.
“Yes. Rob. Robinson”

The story was originally published in Tamil in Thinnai and Thendral magazines.

Original in Tamil

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* Editor’s Note : Brooding Roosters has been previously published in Tamil magazines Thinnai & Thendral, respectively.

Translation in English (1)

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Translation in English (2)

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About the author


I'm a writer living in Mumbai who dreams incessantly of time travel

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.

About the translator

Nadhiya Mali & Srini Swaminathan

Nadhiya Mali can be found on Twitter.

Srini Swaminathan, yet another Engineer from BITS Pilani. Worked in a yet-another-job in the Oilfield for 8 years before giving it up to become a not-yet-another Teacher in a Municipal Primary School in Dharavi as a fellow with TeachForIndia. Is also a long distance runner and cyclist. Loves torturing cameras to capture the truth. Loves torturing technology to take these frozen truths to people. My Facebook profile & Twitter profile.