That is not the answer

I heard them argue again. Their voices travelled through the closed doors, walls and, the ceilings and reached my room in the first floor. I started palpitating, my usual reaction during such incidents. I was twenty one and I don’t…

Gay men, patriarchy and marriage

The Bangalore techie case, where the man hid his sexuality and married a woman, has started a heated discussion within the queer community. The fact that the man was caught having sex with other men has further made these arguments…

More to thirty two – Violet skirt

This post is a continuation of my previous post, Violet skirt. This is an alternate prologue to the fiction. I rushed home with excitement. I haven’t done this in a long time and I had almost forgot how it feels.…

Violet skirt

Five My sister handed me her violet coloured silk skirt and a black scarf. I wore the skirt and draped the scarf across my chest. I picked up the half a foot clay Golu doll from the cricket set. I…

The gender scale

I asked “Are you a man or a woman?” “On a scale of one to ten, where one being man and ten being woman, and if you decide a person’s gender based on their likes and roles, I score a…

Melancholy dreams

I was tired, my body ached and my mind was numb. I looked at the system clock; it was quarter past one. I was still at work, way beyond my working hours. I shut my laptop, dumped in my bag,…

The Pleasure of the thorn

“I am gay” I said. Amma paused for a moment and flipped through the examination paper she was evaluating. I looked at her with empty eyes as my heart raced. That wasn’t the expression I expected or wanted from her.…

Random rental lament

Finding a house for rent in Chennai is an Herculean task. One has to give up their self esteem if they want to get the right house of their choice. And that too won’t happen without few compromises. The residential…

Me and my pepper-spray

Prologue After a discordant event on the way to home late one night, I decided to get something for self-protection. And naturally my first thought was to get a pepper-spray. Ever since I gave that yellow spray can a place…