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July 28, 2008


This is intense..and everything of it seems to make sense..!
Love of a different kind has been perceived so wrongly in India..and the punishment thing is the limit..!
Even in US..why are there only a couple of states legalizing gay marriages..?
I mean..whats wrong in legalizing it everywhere..?

nice post..v enlightening :)
@Mosmi- not legalizing, in my opinion had more to do with ignorance. After all a presidential candidate compared homosexuality to bestiality. At the end of the day, I dont know :(

@ Namit:

I got here from Lekhni's blog. Very interesting post it is too!

I should be entirely truthful and say that when I read the title on Lekhni's reader, it reminded me of Bend It Like Beckham where Parminder Nagra's character tells her friend, on finding out he is gay, "You can't be. You are Indian!".

@La Vida Loca:

"..At the end of the day, I don't know.."

Randy Shilts's book "And the Band Played On" is a fascinating, provocative and enraging treatise on the history of how AIDS came be recognised as a legitimate health problem. It is also a book that told me more about male gay sex than I cared to know but as a health policy researcher, I had to learn.

Thanks for a very interesting post. It provoked me into thinking and writing about some of the issues that you have raised and that I found as problematic, in my blog here.


Nice reading, I did a lot of research on homo sexuality in India for the magazine I write for, I guess you may like to read,
And it is a nice blog.

hmmm. If we look back at history, we do see lot of strains where this activity was normal and also expected to certain extent.. Royalty flaunted it and the rest just lived with or without this aspect... dont know why there should be so much hue and cry.. but your post was a good read..

Nice article. Even I am in same delima few months after the marriage my wife knew that I am gay. I married only because I want to see my parents happy and carry on a "normal life". But it did not work. Everyone knows in the family that I am gay, I thought they are going to abandon me but they are still forcing me to compromise and everything would be fine. How can one change the sexuality. They are saying sacrifice my sexuality for parents. I tried it but it didnot work they want me give it another try? any answers please?

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Books by Namit Arora

  • “Namit Arora does for Silicon Valley what Tom Wolfe did for Wall Street in The Bonfire of the Vanities: with keen eye and sharp wit, he captures the culture and mores of the place. But Arora is funnier. And sweeter.” —S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QD.

  • The Lottery of Birth reveals Namit Arora to be one of our finest critics. In a raucous public sphere marked by blame and recrimination, these essays announce a bracing sensibility, as compassionate as it is curious, intelligent and nuanced.” —Pankaj Mishra

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