The Queer Chronicle - April 2010
‘The Queer Chronicle’ is a monthly e-magazine published for and by the queer community in Pune. The Queer Chronicle (TQC) is the first city-focused e-magazine in India. With exhibitions, interviews, restaurants, holiday destinations, parties, businesses, health issues, investment advice (all of course, from an LGBT point of view), TQC is an information packed capsule and is a ‘must-have’ for every queer Puneiite and for queer visitors to Pune. TQC is a non-commercial publication, is not for sale and is exclusively for private distribution.
April 2010 yah T C Q September 2009 The Queer Chronicle | Pune Editorial T C Q September 2009 Can you help TQC touch even more lives? TQC started out in September 2009 with a modest readership of about 250. 8 issues later, TQC's readership has crossed the 4-digit milestone, with queer and queer-friendly readers in over 20 countries. I often receive feedback from readers about how relevant these are in today's crazy world and how they can identify with the situations portrayed through our articles. TQC has helped readers understand I believe now is the time to spread the word and make a difference to even more lives. As TQC is 100% non-funded, economics does not permit us to spend on promotions or advertising. Our primary means of distributing TQC is through our fan page on Facebook. However to make this work, we need people to join the page as members. If you believe in TQC and the objectives that we aim to achieve, we request you to send a `TQC Fan Page Suggestion' to at least 10 people on your friend list. We know, together we can get the word out there. We know TQC can make a difference. we remain Keiitth Ke h Ediittorr,, TQC Ed o TQC www..ffacebook..com//ttqc..iindiia www acebook com qc nd a what `being queer' really means, has helped them to connect with likeminded individuals and has even given some of our readers the courage to come out to their families! I can confidently say that we are touching lives and The editor committed to making a difference. Cover: Artwork � Syed Ali Arif The TQC Team Editor & publisher: Keith. Columnists: Amey Kolhe, `Fleeting Sunshine', Jaideep Bhide, Piloo, Pulkit Sharma, Ranjeet, Ruby, Tushar Tayal, Yuv. Layout concept, design & production: Keith. TQC (The Queer Chronicle) is a monthly e-magazine published for and by the queer community in Pune. This e-zine is a non-commercial publication, is not for sale and is exclusively for private distribution. Views expressed are solely the opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editorial team of TQC, nor its affiliates. The content of this e-zine may not be suitable for all audiences. www.facebook.com/tqc.india www.planetromeo.com/tqc_india TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com In this issue 01 02 03 04 06 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Feature Story: Straight "I" for the Queer A Queer View: 5 reasons why you should marry a lesbian! Page 3 A Queer View: Legal to Love Art & Soul: Featured artist � Prakash Mohanty Art & Soul: `Na Yeti Uttare' � a play in Marathi & English Movie Classics: C.R.A.Z.Y. Queer Biz Review: `Bangalore Rooms' Health: Ask Doctor Tushar Leisure: Life & Tarot Readers' Corner Reflections: I am YOU Classi-prides: Queer resources & businesses in Pune The Queer Chronicle September Worrying about how I looked. Was my 2009 bra strap showing? Was he checking me out or hitting on me? And without worrying about "where is this going" and "what do we mean" or anything like that! As they say about flirting, it is never a bad time to make someone feel good. It was pretty refreshing and liberating - the companionship and Piloo (L) & Ruby (R) generalized mutual respect. For those people out there who have preconceived apprehensions or mindsets of hanging out with the queer, all we have to say is that its great; it's time to embrace and accept the best in each other. Let's not shy of away from experiences because misplaced Straight "I" for the Queer BY PILOO & RUBY Sun, sand, sea, surf .... the four words seldom fall short of mystifying and always bring forlorn looks of longing in everybody's eyes. To these four magical words add the fifth � `GOA' and the longing is filled with a different energy - the energy of lethargy. To someone unfamiliar with Goa, this is understandably an unfathomable oxymoron. Well to cut a long story short, these two very single and ready to mingle gals decided to take off one weekend in January to wondrous Goa, and that too accompanied by three very eligible bachelors. Now before your mind starts running away before you, it's time for a reality check!! The equation actually reads two straight gals and three `not so straight' guys ... so now you get it! The situation was quite similar to the famous words, `water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink', so us poor muggles, were in for something quite hmmm different. One must admit here that hanging out with queer guys is a refreshing change; the benefits are immense � you are both ogling at the same eye candy, they are completely updated and like in this case some even more so in the latest April 2010 trends in make-up, fashion accessories, art and basically all things pretty, unlike the you-know-whos .... These folks definitely steal the thunder when it comes to tantrums, fussing about and generally doing a great job of minding other people's business. Most folks seem to think that women were worrisome, constantly fretting and prone to paranoia very like poor Mrs. Benette of `Pride and Prejudice' fame, but let me enlighten the readers that these fade in comparison to the `Paranoid Parvatis' of the queer world. Reflecting on this aspect I am seriously wondering why Ekta Kapoor has not yet introduced a queer character into her Saas-Bahu drama. After all the tongue in cheek, on a more serious note, the comfort shared was immense. The `no agendas' relationship had the right amounts of care, compassion and mutual respect that was very relaxing and reassuring. It was like having all the space in the world still there was someone who cared, provided the necessary security and generally made you feel good about yourself and everything around you. Dates, Not Dating. The gist is, hey, it was like being on a date without beliefs and ideologies, embracing life in all its wondrous glory is something one should not miss out on. This was our first experience of being with the queer for an extended period of time. Kudos to them for winning their own fight! I wish all of us win our fight and stand up for simply what we want. It is a radical act to create anything that's unconventional. It is a radical act to love yourself in a society that says you shouldn't because of any number of your inalienable characteristics. It's a radical act to choose a career that is different than the typical 9 to 5. It is a radical act to send your friends cards with compliments on them. For the maverick in us, Goa and the Queer was a radical mix of loads of magical love and celebratory moments. So if you're having trouble escaping the cult of societal norms which you do not understand, stop and figure out how you can put a little more love in the world and celebrate diversity in 1 humanity. Feature Story A Queer View 5 reasons why you should marry a lesbian! (A satirical point of view) BY `FLEETING SUNSHINE' Get real. We ain't gonna have gay marriages in India anytime soon. 377 took full seven years to get repealed; sorry, amended. So going by the odds, we gay mortals need to accept this fact and make do with the next best thing - our female counterparts, the dykes. Here are 5 fabulous reasons why you SHOULD marry a lesbian: work on 1 You need house is neverSunday afternoons. The gonna get dirty if there are only gay people in it. The dykes are a perfect compliment. What a boring life it would be to live with someone just like you! You gotta have diversity; not just at the workplace but right in your home too. the best part. It's going to 2 Nowobvious (yes, there is suchbe implicitly a thing) that it's gonna be an `open marriage'. So, there is hardly any question of being upset about your partner screwing behind your back someone else's, that is. You might even be able to use her as a bait to get that straight hottie next door into your bed. Twisted thought, yes, but (a) Yes, straights are that stupid. (b) She's only bait. The fish ain't gonna touch that fly; only yours. And, (c) you can also show your gratitude by bringing home a hot chick home once in a while ;) find a 3 If you manageato friend,place in her heart, even as hold on. Wouldn't that have happened already before you take your tailor-made marriage vows? You're just gonna love the attention she will give you. That's going to be of big help when there's an eclipse in your dating calendar. Dykes spend inordinately long times talking, give cards and gifts and in general, do everything you'd want your boyfriend to, off bed. are 4 Gays there'sgirlish. Lesbians are boyish. So a chance that both of you may find each other attractive in a queer(?) way, and end up having ... umm ... children! Children are cute. And even if you are blessed with an alien, your mom will be happy. lesbian will your 5 Marryinga a Karan Joharturnmovie. life into Complicated, yes; but everyone in the family is happy in the end. Everyone carries white lies behind the black suits. Nobody has to reveal the true story, for the greater good, until the time is ripe. Do we hear wedding bells? September 2009 2 The Queer Chronicle September 2009 `Birds of a Feather' Q-Party IV, Pune | Photo Credits: Jimmy Page 3 A Queer View Legal to Love For majority of the non-gay population in India, gay people are like `Asafoetida'. It's a well known spice their curries can't do without but which needs to be sealed in an air tight container and kept far away from their drawing rooms because of its queer smell. Whether or not the Delhi HC's hearing in the Naz Foundation case will have an impact on the way homosexuals are portrayed in films and television is as big a question as whether or not the `moral & culture police' will ever sport the pink chaddis gifted to them on Valentine's day. Speaking about films, the `mother of all arts'- the trend of documentary style film making is back. Current hot topics mostly become the theme and if not they make surely make cameos in the films. Somehow homosexuality seems to be the flavor of the season. So much so that our traditional `Hindi film industry' also goes beyond the conventional to include themes on it. If I am not wrong in assuming most of the gay community would have enjoyed the `sense of mention' as we generally do for our states, languages or cultures. But somewhere there is deep rooted phobia with gay characters (read homos) in the minds which makes itself evident on the screen periodically. Let us go retrospective. A recent film shows John Abraham & Abhishek Bachchan as a gay couple only to ridicule the gay traits and strengthen the already existing stereotypes like Abhishek taking on the feminine gestures. It is needless to mention that films always work in the ambit of stereotypes but it is also true that they are one of the most potent tools of film maker naturally BY YUV social change or simply of expression. A has the responsibility of striking a perfect balance between the box office and the ethos he/she is directly or indirectly playing out in the societal influx. One earlier such character that people remember clearly was played by Anupam Kher in Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge. An unclassified category then, now all such characters are termed gay without realizing the differences that exists within the variegated community. The critically acclaimed film Page 3 was beautifully crafted and showed the lead actress being cheated on by her boyfriend who is gay. The recent Life in a Metro took up the same `cause'. The difference? Here the boy isn't bisexual but does it for his parents sake. Hmm, nobody can deny that these things do happen. If I do not make things milder, they are actually the cases in majority. Films inspire people and vice a versa. These flicks must be showing the directors' or the scriptwriters' Madhur experience in and around. Interestingly, homosexuality remains Bhandarkar's favorite topic. I also wonder why poor Konkana every time?! A real mockery of homosexuality was seen in Kya kool hain hum & Kal ho na ho but they got away with something called `sense of humor'. The later can still be given a benefit of doubt but I wonder how the first one, with its dialogues that leave a bad taste in mouth, could be forgotten by the saviors of culture and religion. But the real issue of protest is somewhere deep rooted. Let me mention, has it been forgotten by the common man that the hullabaloo September 2009 4 The Queer Chronicle created by the Sena and Sangh during Deepa Mehta's Fire was more about the lead characters being called Radha and Sita and less about homosexuality itself. It then becomes crystal clear that Fire came under a deep fanaticism only because it was a simultaneously a bitter and feminist take on religion, more than same sex love. Mehta goes into intercuts of how the `karwa chauth' fast started and intelligently cuts into the present where the leading ladies are neglected by their husbands either for other women or under the influence of `religious gurus' teaching abstinence from one's own wife. This was something unprecedented that the chauvinist and `sanatan' parivar could not take and the excuse sought was the love affair shown between two women. Of everything gay that has struck Indian screens ever, Mehta's Fire is the most memorable. It was cinematic, bold, & a poignant tale of love & desires. Even the better acclaimed film maker Mira Nair couldn't catch this poignancy in her Kama Sutra-The tale of love. Fire spoke and spoke so boldly that the legs of all the chairs from Nagpur's Reshambagh to Delhi's 24, Akbar Road were shaken to the core. For the first time after the new wave of the 70s-80s, a film had shown what cinema was capable of doing. Talking about homophobia, arousing attention, are actually Hollywood flicks coming from so called `liberal & modernized' American America - Euro Pie, American Trip, Beauty, laughed at, lesbian acts on the September 2009 silver screen are cherished. Basic Instinct and American Pie for example. I thought it was `normal' to see a man and woman making love. Then? Oh, they say a mindset is reflected in films. But isn't America an equal and just society? Specious issue! Different still are the films in which the issue is handled with care, sensitivity & research. The most recent & popular one is The Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee. The brilliance with which the film handles the gay theme is praiseworthy. Though the film is a very `Hollywood formula' take on a love story, it doesn't nonetheless shy away from showing an onscreen kiss between two men. But mere classics whether queer or not, are actually foreign language films. Bad Education by the famous & award winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and Happy Together in Chinese by Wong Kar Wai are few that can be mentioned. In Hindi, it was the recent Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd that should be praised for its subtlety. Though My Brother Nikhil handled the theme very boldly there was a certain air of discomfort in handling the scenes when the two guys come together. Bad Education is a vivacious take on a cross dresser's life. Almodovar, himself an openly queer, gives a certain edge to his homosexual characters. Much different from the caged or rebel characters of film makers of the `New Queer Cinema' like Todd Haynes, Derek Jarman, Greg Araki et al; Almodovar's gay characters are already liberated and roam around the space of the film, just doing the usual. Continued on Page 11 Wedding Crashers, to mention a few. The Shawshank Redemption again goes in the category of `things that happen'. Contrary, thought provoking and noteworthy is that where gay men are April 2010 5 A Queer View Art & Soul Art & Soul COMPILED BY KEITH 2009 September TQC is committed to encouraging and promoting the creativity of queer & queer-friendly talent. Prakash Mohanty, the featured artist, has pledged that 15% of the proceeds on sale of this artworks through TQC, would be donated to `Voices Against 377' (voicesagainst377.org), a coalition of NGOs and progressive groups working together as a united voice to fight against Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code. If you would like to purchase this work of art and would like to connect with the artist, please send an email to TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com, mentioning the artwork code in the subject line. The published image is copyright of the featured artist. Title: "COMING OUT" Artwork Code: TQC-0005 Artist name: Prakash Mohanty Medium: Digital Art Poster Style: Figurative Size: 30 inches x 18 inches Mounting: Unframed Price for the art: Indian Rupees 7,000/Year: 2009 `Na Yetee Uttare' their families and society. Although the play may not offer any novel facts about the whole mysticism of being gay (for people who are well read, and are sure about who they are), it certainly makes a firm yet gentle statement. The play is a must-watch for everyone Ashutosh and Ranjeet are students in the same college. Ranjeet is gay and has accepted his sexuality. He is out to his family and some people close to him. On the other hand, Ashutosh's mind is in chaos. He is in a dilemma about several things about himself and his sexual orientation. He is terrified by certain experiences. He is unable to accept the fact that he is gay. `Na Yeti Uttare' is a Marathi-English play that portrays life of two gay young men as they discover themselves, fall in love and try to answer questions posed by 6 REVIEW BY RANJEET Event at a glance Venue: Sudarshan Rangmanch, Pune Date & Time: April 4, 2010 at 11:00 am April 14, 2010 & April 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes Tickets: Rs 50/Writer & Director: Pramod Kale Artists: Harshad Rajpathak and Mandar Kulkarni Music: Akshay Kulkarni Set: Sachin Bhilare Lights: Apoorv Sathe Production: Maharashtra Cultural Center who is gay and who is out, planning to come out, closeted, planning to get married, already married. AND their friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, or whomsoever may want a glimpse into the myths, facts and issues of being gay. The play is usually followed by a discussion, in which you may/may not participate, but do watch the play! For more details, please contact Pramod Kale (+91-9850839917) or Shubhangi Damle (+91-9822055421). The Queer Chronicle September 2009 REVIEW BY AMEY KOLHE A real family movie, CRAZY charts the tricky trajectory of closeted it's gay adolescence, although chiefly brothers, heralding the movie's tragicomic tone, and foreshadowing two decades of spills, thrills and hard knocks. Most all these ensuing scenes will be filtered through family life or Zac's inner. If his brothers - sporty, rebellious and egg-headed - share little in common with their sensitive sibling, their bullish patriarch, the Charles Aznavourcrooning Gervais (Cote), initially takes a Beaulieu's shine to his youngest son, taking him out on secret French fry-guzzling expeditions and attempting to curb his doting wife's cooing indulgences. Gervais puts his foot down when she buys Zac a doll's pram, determined his son won't grow up to be anything less than a man's man. "I knew very well what a fairy was," says Zac. "I especially knew I didn't want to be one. "Sometimes I wonder why we pray to a long-haired guy who hangs out with a bunch of guys in robes", grumps papa. Nevertheless, Zac prays to Jesus every night to make him less "soft". Predictably enough, everything goes awry after Zac accidentally smashes his father's rare Patsy Cline import - and especially when he's caught trying on his mother's dresses and pearls. He's sent to a psychiatrist after Gervais spies him apparently making out with another boy and, succumbing to parental peerpressure, he beds his best friend Michelle (Thompson). He also beats up a 'gay' stalker in a misplaced display of machismo. Offsetting the hardships, temporary salvation comes in the form of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones. Trying to find himself, Zac eventually winds up in Jerusalem, where he takes a lover (a man this time) and nearly dies in the desert, before returning home to make peace with his father, prompted by his offering of a replacement stall. Film duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes Patsy Cline LP he's coincidentally found at an Israeli market concerned with inter-generational dingdongs, wearing its sexuality beneath its crushed velvet sleeve. As director JeanMarc Vall�e stresses, "the theme of the film is personal acceptance... about the struggle to express yourself and being honest in the moment". Emphasizing Zachary (Grondin) 'otherness', his initial entry into the world on 25 December 1960 owes more to the horror genre, with the emphasis on bloody birthing tables and foreboding incubators; a beast is born. Furthering the anti-Christ imagery, he's also comes furnished with a strange birthmark on his scalp, which his mother Laurianne (Proulx), with whom he shares a strange psychic bond, believes denotes the gift of healing - a blessing, "for good or ill". Almost immediately, however, he's dropped on his head by his resentful April 2010 The Queer Chronicle 7 Movie Classics Queer Biz Review September 2009 `Bangalore Rooms' Whenever I am overseas, the spectrum of accommodations available to the queer traveler never ceases to amaze me. Queer owned. Queer operated. Queer friendly. Queer safe. I have always wondered why India did not have such options, especially when there is an obvious need to unwind and `drop your straight mask' at the end of a long and exhausting day. A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing PlanetRomeo and I came across an advertisement that simply said `Bangalore Rooms'. As I had a work trip planned to Bengaluru, curiosity finally got the better of me. A quick visit to their website and I knew I HAD to try it out. A phone call and a few efficient minutes later, I received my room confirmation by email. The property I stayed at was blissfully nestled in one of the by-lanes of the upmarket locale of Koramangala and a stone's throw away from the popular and eye-candy laden mall `Oasis Center'. Any apprehensions that I may have had about `Bangalore Rooms' immediately flew out of the window, when I was led into the tastefully appointed lounge of the serviced apartment. The apartment comprised a well-sized lounge, three cozy bedrooms that were ensuite, a small but picturesque foliage laden balcony, a dining room and a kitchen that was equipped for every eventuality � from microwave-proof dishes, to wine glasses and even a complete dinner service! Every room had `Home Centre by Lifestyle' written all over it � a treat for any Home Centre aficionado. And most importantly, every room was not just `clean' ... for all the F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans out here we could call it `Monica-clean'! Each apartment had a substantial collection of home delivery menus representing every conceivable cuisine, there is a really nice breakfast included in the tariff and to top it all ... free Wi-Fi internet! REVIEW BY KEITH Fairly priced airport transfers, local transport and relocation assistance are among the additional services that are on offer. To me, `Bangalore Rooms' represents value for money, coupled with comfort and convenience. And who knows ... you just may get `lucky'! Although queer-friendly bed-andbreakfast accommodation options are mushrooming across India, the owners of `Bangalore Rooms' are pioneers in their own right; and it is important for us queers to acknowledge and support their business efforts. We hope to see more such queer-safe spaces in every major city across the country! TQC rating - Queer friendly: 5/5, Location: money: 5/5 TQC verdict: "Seriously dude, I am really trying to find something that I can find fault with. But I can't!" Reservations: +91-9535475222. Website: www.bangalore-rooms.com 5/5, Ambience: 5/5, Amenities: 5/5, Service: 5/5, Value for 8 Photographs courtesy `Bangalore Rooms' The Queer Chronicle September 2009 "I need to maintain the body I have currently, with the perfect balance of energy, fat and proteins. But I sometimes indulge in the occasional junk food binge. What should be my calorie and protein uptake to maintain and what would make me put on?" � Ankur, Pune Dr Tushar: Ankur, I'm glad you asked this question because with the sudden advent of modern lifestyles, which is inclusive of eateries advertising calorieladen delicacies, as well as Egg white Tofu (100 gms) Soybean (1 cup) Peanuts (� cup) Almonds (� cup) Cheddar cheese (per 100 gms) 3.5 10 28 19 15 25 Parmesan cheese (per 100 gms) 35 Yogurt (per cup) 13 Coming to fats, avoid butter, ghee; switch over to olive oil. Have the prerequisite 8 glasses of water every day. Always keep an oatmeal bar/nutribar in your backpack along with a handful of peanuts/almonds. Supplement your meals with flavored yogurt (available at Dorabjee's) and buttermilk (Amul supermarkets with rows and rows of health foods, finding the middle path seems a bit difficult. We'll get down to the basics here, starting with daily energy (E) and protein (P) requirements. E = Wt(kg)*2.2*15 Kcal/day & P = Wt* 0.6-1gm/day. So a person of 50 kg weight would require approximately 1650 calories and 30-50 gms of protein as daily maintenance. Fat requirement varies from 50-80 gms/day. Your protein requirement can be adjusted according to the following list: Food article Milk (1 glass) Egg (with yolk) Paneer (100 gms) Roasted chicken (100 gms) Beans/chickpeas/lentils (per � cup) Fish/shrimps (per 100 gms) Chapati (1) / Brownbread (1) Soy milk (1 glass) April 2010 8 21 3 6 Protein (gms) 18 6 18 25 tetrapaks). Have a glassful of Aloe Vera juice at night for fantastic bowels. It's the season of fruits; have half a watermelon for dinner with a bowl of chicken / paneer / mushroom /sprouts salad and a glass of mango/chickoo shake. Have green tea/ coconut water/tomato juice instead of your regular cuppa chai. Have roasted instead of fried, boiled instead of roasted, steamed instead of boiled and best of all raw, you get the idea? Last but not the least, don't forget your daily multivit capsule, I'd recommend Riconia Silver. And yes, it's okay to binge once in a while. The fun would be lost otherwise, won't it?! In case you have a health related query that you would like answered, email us at TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com 9 Health Ask Doctor Tushar September 2009 Leisure Life & Tarot "I am an MBA living in Mumbai. I have received two job offers, both very lucrative, both excellent opportunities. One is in the U.K and the other in Bangalore. Which one should I select?" Name: Dev Date of Birth: October 31 JB: Hi Dev, a tough choice indeed! Obviously, a career decision needs to be made carefully as it has far reaching consequences and impacts other areas of life as well. In your case, both job offers are really good. However, the one in Bangalore would pay dividend sooner than the one in the U.K. Also, in terms of and "My marriage of 6 years is on the rocks, as my wife has found out that I have been cheating on her...with other men! What do I do? Is there any hope?" Name: Vishal Date of Birth: February 10 JB: No Vishal, the situation is next 2 to 6 months, so keeps your eyes and ears and options open. In the long term, you may settle/work outside India. At the moment, Bangalore is where you should be headed. SPECIAL ADVICE: Big jobs entail bigger responsibilities. You may have to put in longer hours and more pressure. Be ready to cope with a lot! BY JAIDEEP BHIDE rarely forgiven by the aggrieved spouse, and in your case, your wife finds it all the more inexcusable! Very tough phase ahead of you. Your wife is almost certainly headed for divorce court and will ask for (and probably receive) a big financial settlement. In addition, there are bound to be accusations and mud-slinging which will be painful to bear. Your parents are also likely to be dragged into this, so it would be advisable to warn them in advance. The time to make amends is long gone. The only thing to do now is to accept, endure and then, move on. Easier said than done, but there honestly is nothing else that can be done with this situation. Have a question for our Resident Tarot Expert? Email your Name, Date of Birth & Question to firstname.lastname@example.org. The advice of Tarot Cards can help you find a solution to any problem or situation you are facing in Life. responsibilities, contentment overall growth, the Bangalore job seems to offer much more than the other one. That said, don't give up on overseas opportunities. Keep looking, as the cards definitely indicate other a major movement. Some overseas hopeless...and is set to become worse. I am guessing that you got married under duress and the fact that you continued sleeping with men could only mean that that is where your natural leanings are. However, infidelity within a marriage is opening could come your way in the 10 The Queer Chronicle Readers' Comments Here is what we heard from you, on TQC's March 2010 edition. "Love the issue! It gets better and better!" � Imran, Pune "It's lovely. Loved the heartfelt one about German Bakery. Thought about the Sunday breakfasts the first time I heard the news break." � Sachin, Mumbai "You guys are on fire!! Absolutely love this issue.. starting with the cover! � Nakul, Mumbai "Arif's art gives an entirely different dimension to the e-zine. He's an exceptional artist." � Sameer, Mumbai Legal to Love � Continued from Page 5 Won Kar Wai takes his sizzling lead couple of Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung on an intellectual and philosophical journey to find a certain mysterious waterfall in Argentina. During this process they break up and start over again and again. Where films like Fire & Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys are getting close to seep in the class of the language of New Queer Cinema, films like My Brother Nikhil, though a clich� AIDS story, are doing their best to get gay stories their rightful place in mainstream cinema. How fast homophobia disappears from the Indian screen then, is as good a question as whether you can be an Indian housewife used to the smell of asafoetida every morning. September At the same time Hong Kong film maker 2009 Dear Editor, Souvik, Kolkata: "Congratulations for the fabulous work that you are doing. Just read the March 2010 issue and as expected it turned out to be an awesome read. I just had a question. From the nature of the articles that you publish, it seems that theme of the various contents for each issue is planned ahead. So in that case, are all contributions to your e-zine only by invitation to select contributors? Or you do also entertain voluntary contributions on adhoc themes ?" TQC: Thank you for your encouragement, Souvik. TQC is `for and by' the queer community. To keep the content relevant and dynamic, we maintain a healthy balance of regular columnists and guest columnists. We definitely encourage and welcome article contributions from readers. These articles may be sent via email to TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com for assessment by our editorial team. Rahu, Pune: "How can I get this magazine?" TQC: As TQC is only available as an online edition, to receive the links to the ezine, you could opt to join our Fan Page on Facebook (facebook.com/tqc.india) or our guide/club group on Planetromeo (planetromeo.com/tqc_india). "Pune is one of India's largest cities, and has a gay community that's growing both in confidence and visibility. The Queer Chronicle is playing a big part in that, through the magazine itself and its Facebook page. The March 2010 edition contains a vivid and moving article about the deadly terrorist bombing last month, which destroyed a restaurant that was a popular meeting place for the local gay community." � Tim, Gay Travellers Network "I congratulate the editorial team for the sensitivity displayed in each article and word put out in the magazine. I am not queer, but it still bonds me at a human level." � Ruby, Mumbai "Thanks to you and your team for keeping up with this every month. I can only imagine the effort it takes to do something like this - especially the layout and graphics. Looking forward to future issues." � Pratap, Pune "Congratulations for the wonderful job you do! More space for freedom and brotherhood, more space for tolerance and intelligence." - Jos�, France April 2010 Event at a glance Dates: April 22-25, 2010 Host City: Mumbai Venues: To be announced International Movies : Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA. More details can be found at www.mumbaiqueerfest.com. Those who would like to volunteer or attend the festival, please write to: email@example.com 11 Reader's Corner Reflections September 2009 I am YOU - A lament for the differentially preferenced BY PULKIT SHARMA A love-lorn glance, a meaningful touch Condescension and abhorrence, I cannot take it much I was born this way, i chose a different way Then why is it that I am the one with almost nothing to say I am alone at times, I talk to myself too I cry for equality, for my feelings so true Why is it so hard to accept me, make me one of your own Then why those drops of salt, to which now I am much prone You laugh at the eye-liner I put, or the feelings I wish to share, Then for once after introspection, reflect upon the facade you all wear My tight clothes may subject me to mockery, enabling you to play with my mind The Bible says it, but does God ever say to you that it is a sin to love your own kind? I leave you with a tear and a bit too much paint Get an insight into me hear my voice which is now almost faint I am one of you all, just a research never referenced I'm neither gay or straight, I am just differentially preferenced A bird in a cage, you are the feathers to my wings I am the nightingale, you are my voice which sings Leaving you on a solemn note but at the same time so true I descend from the same mother, I am none other but I am YOU Poem � Pulkit Sharma Model: Pierre Cotroni-Wagner Wardrobe: Azaad Bazaar (www.azaadbazaar.com) 12 The Queer Chronicle September 2009 Centre of Contemporary Dance Temple Tree & Contemporary Arts and Crafts covers, lamps and present a new range of furniture, tableware, table linen, cushion other household accessories for the summer. We are also happy to add that we will begin our new section for accessories for men and women from 1st May including jewelry, bags, stoles and much much more. 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