Why Was It Hard For Me to Love?

-Anonymous At 23, I’ve grown up in a progressive, liberal, fairly elite section of New Delhi. I grew up with male best friends, with boyfriends, and the occasional girlfriend. I watched sex scenes un-cringingly with my parents, and freely discussed ‘necking’ with teachers at school. I had my first serious boyfriend at 16. I knew…

After the Clouds Have Gone

In mera Bharat mahaan, there’s always one artistic work or the other in the news for being deemed incongruous with religious sentiments, Indian tradition, morality or another of those heavy words no one seems to grasp with great clarity. In the midst of all this is the story collection Angaare that has done the rounds…

The ‘S’ Word

Why are we so afraid of sex in this country? Really, it makes no sense. We’re the most sex-starved, depraved, lecherous lot of men, we ostracize women who have sex, and make a big deal of anything that could remotely be potentially sexual. From the ridiculous censorship on TV (where we censor not only sexual…

Breaking Out of the House of Heteronormativity

Last Thursday, Professor Akhil Katyal, a member of Nigah (a Delhi based queer collective) conducted a thought provoking workshop on the imposition of heteronormativity in our daily lives. It was organized  by INSAAF as a follow up to their poster campaign on increasing dialogue on the social realities of our campus. The workshop attracted  a large number…