The Queer Chronicle - April 2010
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April 2010 September 2009 yah The Queer Chronicle TQC | Pune Editorial TQC September 2009 Can you help TQC touch even more lives? TQC started out in September 2009 with I believe now is the time to spread the a modest readership of about 250. word and make a difference to even 8 issues later, TQC’s readership has more lives. crossed the 4-digit milestone, with As TQC is 100% non-funded, economics queer and queer-friendly readers in does not permit us to spend on over 20 countries. promotions or advertising. I often receive feedback from readers Our primary means of distributing TQC about how relevant these are in today’s is through our fan page on Facebook. crazy world and how they can identify However to make this work, we need with the situations portrayed through people to join the page as members. our articles. If you believe in TQC and the objectives TQC has helped readers understand that we aim to achieve, we request you KKeeiitthh what ‘being queer’ really means, has to send a ‘TQC Fan Page Suggestion’ to EEddiittoorr,, TTQ QCC w ww ww w..ffaacceebbooookk..ccoom m//ttqqcc..iinnddiiaa helped them to connect with like- at least 10 people on your friend list. minded individuals and has even given We know, together we can get the word some of our readers the courage to out there. We know TQC can make a come out to their families! difference. I can confidently say that we are touching lives and we remain 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 bra strap showing? Was he checking me out or hitting on me? And without worrying about “where is this going” Feature Story September Worrying about how I looked. Was my 2009 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) Straight “I” for the Queer generalized mutual respect. For those people out there who have preconceived apprehensions or mind- BY PILOO & RUBY sets of hanging out with the queer, all Sun, sand, sea, surf …. the four words trends in make-up, fashion accessories, we have to say is that its great; it’s time seldom fall short of mystifying and art and basically all things pretty, unlike to embrace and accept the best in each always bring forlorn looks of longing in the you-know-whos …. other. everybody’s eyes. These folks definitely steal the thunder experiences To these four magical words add the when it comes to tantrums, fussing beliefs and ideologies, embracing life in fifth – ‘GOA’ and the longing is filled about and generally doing a great job of all its wondrous glory is something one with a different energy - the energy of minding other people’s business. should not miss out on. lethargy. To someone unfamiliar with Most folks seem to think that women This was our first experience of being Goa, were worrisome, constantly fretting and with the queer for an extended period unfathomable oxymoron. prone to paranoia very like poor Mrs. of time. Well to cut a long story short, these two Benette of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ fame, their own fight! I wish all of us win our very single and ready to mingle gals but let me enlighten the readers that fight and stand up for simply what we decided to take off one weekend in these fade in comparison to the want. It is a radical act to create January to wondrous Goa, and that too ‘Paranoid Parvatis’ of the queer world. anything that’s unconventional. It is a accompanied by three very eligible Reflecting on this aspect I am seriously radical act to love yourself in a society bachelors. Now before your mind starts wondering why Ekta Kapoor has not yet that says you shouldn’t because of any running away before you, it’s time for a introduced a queer character into her number reality check!! The equation actually Saas-Bahu drama. characteristics. reads two straight gals and three ‘not so After all the tongue in cheek, on a more choose a career that is different than straight’ guys … so now you get it! The serious note, the comfort shared was the typical 9 to 5. It is a radical act to situation was quite similar to the immense. The ‘no agendas’ relationship send famous had care, compliments on them. For the maverick everywhere but not a drop to drink’, so compassion and mutual respect that in us, Goa and the Queer was a radical us poor muggles, were in for something was very relaxing and reassuring. It was mix of loads of magical love and quite hmmm different. like having all the space in the world still celebratory moments. One must admit here that hanging out there cared, So if you’re having trouble escaping the with queer guys is a refreshing change; provided the necessary security and cult of societal norms which you do not the benefits are immense – you are generally made you feel good about understand, stop and figure out how both ogling at the same eye candy, they yourself and everything around you. you can put a little more love in the are completely updated and like in this Dates, Not Dating. The gist is, hey, it world case some even more so in the latest was like being on a date without humanity. April 2010 this is understandably words, ‘water, an water the was right amounts someone of who Let’s not shy because away of from misplaced Kudos to them for winning of your and your inalienable It’s a radical act to friends celebrate cards with diversity in 1 A Queer View 2 5 reasons why you should marry a lesbian! (A satirical point of view) September 2009 BY ‘FLEETING SUNSHINE’ Get real. We ain’t gonna have gay thing) that it's gonna be an ‘open eclipse in your dating calendar. Dykes marriages in India anytime soon. 377 marriage’. So, there is hardly any spend inordinately long times talking, took full seven years to get repealed; question of being upset about your give cards and gifts and in general, do sorry, amended. partner screwing behind your back - everything you'd want your boyfriend So going by the odds, we gay mortals someone else’s, that is. You might even to, off bed. need to accept this fact and make do be able to use her as a bait to get that with the next best thing - our female straight hottie next door into your bed. Gays are girlish. Lesbians are 4 boyish. So there's a chance that both of counterparts, the dykes. Twisted thought, yes, but (a) Yes, you may find each other attractive in a Here are 5 fabulous reasons why you straights are that stupid. (b) She's only queer(?) way, and end up having ... SHOULD marry a lesbian: bait. The fish ain’t gonna touch that fly; umm ... children! Children are cute. And You need work on Sunday 1 afternoons. The house is never gonna only yours. And, (c) you can also show even if you are blessed with an alien, your gratitude by bringing home a hot your mom will be happy. get dirty if there are only gay people in chick home once in a while ;) it. The dykes are a perfect compliment. What a boring life it would be to live If you manage to find a place in her 3 heart, even as a friend, hold on. with someone just like you! You gotta Wouldn't that have happened already family is happy in the end. Everyone have diversity; not just at the workplace before you take your tailor-made carries white lies behind the black suits. but right in your home too. marriage vows? You're just gonna love Nobody has to reveal the true story, for Now the best part. It's going to be 2 implicitly obvious (yes, there is such a the attention she will give you. That's the greater good, until the time is ripe. going to be of big help when there's an Do we hear wedding bells? ☺ Marrying a lesbian will turn your 5 life into a Karan Johar movie. Complicated, yes; but everyone in the The Queer Chronicle Page 3 September 2009 ‘Birds of a Feather’ Q-Party IV, Pune | Photo Credits: Jimmy A Queer View 4 Legal to Love BY YUV For majority of the non-gay population social change or simply of expression. A in India, gay people are like ‘Asafoetida’. film It’s a well known spice their curries responsibility of striking a perfect can’t do without but which needs to be balance between the box office and the sealed in an air tight container and kept ethos he/she is directly or indirectly far away from their drawing rooms playing out in the societal influx. One because of its queer smell. earlier such character that people Whether or not the Delhi HC’s hearing remember in the Naz Foundation case will have an Anupam Kher in Dulhan Hum Le impact on the way homosexuals are Jayenge. An unclassified category then, portrayed in films and television is as now all such characters are termed gay big a question as whether or not the without realizing the differences that ‘moral & culture police’ will ever sport exists within the variegated community. the pink chaddis gifted to them on The critically acclaimed film Page 3 was Valentine’s day. beautifully crafted and showed the lead Speaking about films, the ‘mother of all actress being cheated on by her arts’- the trend of documentary style boyfriend who is gay. The recent Life in film making is back. Current hot topics a Metro took up the same ‘cause’. The mostly become the theme and if not difference? Here the boy isn’t bisexual they make surely make cameos in the but does it for his parents sake. Hmm, films. Somehow homosexuality seems nobody can deny that these things do to be the flavor of the season. So much happen. If I do not make things milder, so that our traditional ‘Hindi film they are actually the cases in majority. industry’ the Films inspire people and vice a versa. conventional to include themes on it. If I These flicks must be showing the am not wrong in assuming most of the directors’ gay community would have enjoyed the experience in and around. Interestingly, ‘sense of mention’ as we generally do homosexuality for our states, languages or cultures. Bhandarkar’s favorite topic. I also But somewhere there is deep rooted wonder why poor Konkana every time?! phobia with gay characters (read A real mockery of homosexuality was homos) in the minds which makes itself seen in Kya kool hain hum & Kal ho na evident on the screen periodically. ho but they got away with something Let us go retrospective. A recent film called ‘sense of humor’. The later can shows John Abraham & Abhishek still be given a benefit of doubt but I Bachchan as a gay couple only to wonder how the first one, with its ridicule the gay traits and strengthen dialogues that leave a bad taste in the already existing stereotypes like mouth, could be forgotten by the Abhishek feminine saviors of culture and religion. But the gestures. It is needless to mention that real issue of protest is somewhere deep films always work in the ambit of rooted. stereotypes but it is also true that they Let me mention, has it been forgotten are one of the most potent tools of by the common man that the hullabaloo also taking goes on beyond the maker naturally clearly or has was the played September 2009 the by scriptwriters’ remains Madhur The Queer Chronicle laughed at, lesbian acts on the September silver 2009 Deepa Mehta’s Fire was more about the screen are cherished. Basic Instinct and lead characters being called Radha and American Pie for example. I thought it Sita and less about homosexuality itself. was ‘normal’ to see a man and woman It then becomes crystal clear that Fire making love. Then? Oh, they say a came under a deep fanaticism only mindset is reflected in films. But isn’t because it was a simultaneously a bitter America an equal and just society? and feminist take on religion, more than Specious issue! same sex love. Mehta goes into Different still are the films in which the intercuts of how the ‘karwa chauth’ fast issue is handled with care, sensitivity & started and intelligently cuts into the research. The most recent & popular present where the leading ladies are one is The Brokeback Mountain directed neglected by their husbands either for by Ang Lee. The brilliance with which other women or under the influence of the film handles the gay theme is ‘religious gurus’ teaching abstinence praiseworthy. Though the film is a very from was ‘Hollywood formula’ take on a love something unprecedented that the story, it doesn’t nonetheless shy away chauvinist and ‘sanatan’ parivar could from showing an onscreen kiss between not take and the excuse sought was the two men. But mere classics whether love affair shown between two women. queer or not, are actually foreign Of everything gay that has struck Indian language films. screens ever, Mehta’s Fire is the most Bad Education by the famous & award memorable. It was cinematic, bold, & a winning poignant tale of love & desires. Even the Almodovar and Happy Together in better acclaimed film maker Mira Nair Chinese by Wong Kar Wai are few that couldn’t catch this poignancy in her can be mentioned. In Hindi, it was the Kama Sutra-The tale of love. Fire spoke recent Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd that and spoke so boldly that the legs of all should be praised for its subtlety. the chairs from Nagpur’s Reshambagh Though My Brother Nikhil handled the to Delhi’s 24, Akbar Road were shaken theme very boldly there was a certain to the core. For the first time after the air of discomfort in handling the scenes new wave of the 70s-80s, a film had when the two guys come together. shown what cinema was capable of Bad Education is a vivacious take on a doing. cross dresser’s life. Almodovar, himself Talking about homophobia, arousing an openly queer, gives a certain edge to attention, are actually Hollywood flicks his coming from so called ‘liberal & different from the caged or rebel modernized’ Trip, characters of film makers of the ‘New Beauty, Queer Cinema’ like Todd Haynes, Derek Wedding Crashers, to mention a few. Jarman, Greg Araki et al; Almodovar’s The Shawshank Redemption again goes gay characters are already liberated and in the category of ‘things that happen’. roam around the space of the film, just Contrary, doing the usual. one’s American own wife. This America - Euro Pie, American thought provoking and noteworthy is that where gay men are April 2010 A Queer View created by the Sena and Sangh during Spanish homosexual director characters. Pedro Much Continued on Page 11 5 Art & Soul Art & Soul COMPILED BY KEITH September 2009 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. Title: “COMING OUT” Artwork Code: TQC-0005 Artist name: Prakash Mohanty Medium: Digital Art Poster Style: Figurative The published image is copyright of the featured artist. Size: 30 inches x 18 inches Mounting: Unframed Price for the art: Indian Rupees 7,000/Year: 2009 ‘Na Yetee Uttare’ REVIEW BY RANJEET their families and society. Event at a glance Although the play may not offer any Venue: Sudarshan Rangmanch, Pune novel facts about the whole mysticism Date & Time: April 4, 2010 at 11:00 am of being gay (for people who are well April 14, 2010 & April 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm read, and are sure about who they are), Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes it certainly makes a firm yet gentle Tickets: Rs 50/- statement. Writer & Director: Pramod Kale The play is a must-watch for everyone Artists: Harshad Rajpathak and Mandar Ashutosh and Ranjeet are students in who is gay and who is out, planning to Kulkarni the same college. Ranjeet is gay and has come out, closeted, planning to get Music: Akshay Kulkarni accepted his sexuality. He is out to his married, already married. AND their Set: Sachin Bhilare family and some people close to him. friends, Lights: Apoorv Sathe On the other hand, Ashutosh’s mind is brothers, or whomsoever may want a in chaos. He is in a dilemma about glimpse into the myths, facts and issues several things about himself and his of being gay. sexual orientation. He is terrified by The play is usually followed by a certain experiences. He is unable to discussion, in which you may/may not accept the fact that he is gay. participate, but do watch the play! mothers, fathers, sisters, Production: Maharashtra Cultural Center ‘Na Yeti Uttare’ is a Marathi-English play 6 that portrays life of two gay young men For more details, please contact Pramod as they discover themselves, fall in love Kale (+91-9850839917) or Shubhangi and try to answer questions posed by Damle (+91-9822055421). The Queer Chronicle Movie Classics September 2009 REVIEW BY AMEY KOLHE A real family movie, CRAZY charts the brothers, heralding the movie's tragi- Predictably enough, everything goes tricky gay comic tone, and foreshadowing two awry after Zac accidentally smashes his chiefly decades of spills, thrills and hard knocks. father's rare Patsy Cline import - and concerned with inter-generational ding- Most all these ensuing scenes will be especially when he's caught trying on dongs, wearing its sexuality beneath its filtered through family life or Zac's his mother's dresses and pearls. He’s crushed velvet sleeve. As director Jean- inner. If his brothers - sporty, rebellious sent to a psychiatrist after Gervais spies Marc Vallée stresses, "the theme of the and egg-headed - share little in common him apparently making out with another film is personal acceptance... about the with their sensitive sibling, their bullish boy and, succumbing to parental peer- struggle to express yourself and being patriarch, Aznavour- pressure, he beds his best friend honest in the moment”. crooning Gervais (Cote), initially takes a Michelle (Thompson). He also beats up a shine to his youngest son, taking him 'gay' stalker in a misplaced display of (Grondin) 'otherness', his initial entry out machismo. into the world on 25 December 1960 expeditions and attempting to curb his Offsetting the hardships, temporary owes more to the horror genre, with the doting wife's cooing indulgences. salvation comes in the form of David emphasis on bloody birthing tables and Gervais puts his foot down when she Bowie, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling foreboding incubators; a beast is born. buys Zac a doll's pram, determined his Stones. Trying to find himself, Zac Furthering the anti-Christ imagery, he's son won't grow up to be anything less eventually winds up in Jerusalem, where also comes furnished with a strange than a man's man. "I knew very well he takes a lover (a man this time) and birthmark on his scalp, which his mother what a fairy was," says Zac. "I especially nearly dies in the desert, before Laurianne (Proulx), with whom he knew I didn't one. returning home to make peace with his shares a strange psychic bond, believes “Sometimes I wonder why we pray to a father, prompted by his offering of a denotes the gift of healing - a blessing, long-haired guy who hangs out with a replacement "for good or ill". bunch of guys in robes", grumps papa. coincidentally found at an Israeli market Almost immediately, however, he's Nevertheless, Zac prays to Jesus every stall. dropped on his head by his resentful night to make him less "soft". Film duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes trajectory adolescence, Emphasizing April 2010 of although Zachary closeted it's Beaulieu’s on the secret Charles French fry-guzzling want to be Patsy Cline LP he's The Queer Chronicle 7 Queer Biz Review 8 September 2009 ‘Bangalore Rooms’ REVIEW BY KEITH Whenever I am overseas, the spectrum Any apprehensions that I may have had Fairly priced airport transfers, local of accommodations available to the about ‘Bangalore Rooms’ immediately transport and relocation assistance are queer traveler never ceases to amaze flew out of the window, when I was led among the additional services that are me. Queer owned. Queer operated. into the tastefully appointed lounge of on offer. Queer friendly. Queer safe. the serviced apartment. I have always wondered why India did The apartment comprised a well-sized not have such options, especially when lounge, three cozy bedrooms that were there is an obvious need to unwind and ensuite, a small but picturesque foliage ‘drop your straight mask’ at the end of a laden balcony, a dining room and a long and exhausting day. kitchen that was equipped for every mushrooming across India, the owners A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing eventuality – from microwave-proof of ‘Bangalore Rooms’ are pioneers in PlanetRomeo and I came across an dishes, to wine glasses and even a their own right; and it is important for advertisement complete dinner service! us queers to acknowledge and support ‘Bangalore Rooms’. As I had a work trip Every room had ‘Home Centre by their business efforts. We hope to see planned to Bengaluru, curiosity finally Lifestyle’ written all over it – a treat for more such queer-safe spaces in every got the better of me. any Home Centre aficionado. And most major city across the country! A quick visit to their website and I knew importantly, every room was not just I HAD to try it out. A phone call and a ‘clean’ … for all the F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans few efficient minutes later, I received out here we could call it ‘Monica-clean’! my room confirmation by email. Each apartment had a substantial money: 5/5 The property I stayed at was blissfully collection of home delivery menus TQC verdict: “Seriously dude, I am nestled in one of the by-lanes of the up- representing every conceivable cuisine, really trying to find something that I market locale of Koramangala and a there is a really nice breakfast included can find fault with. But I can’t!” stone’s throw away from the popular in the tariff and to top it all … free Wi-Fi Reservations: +91-9535475222. and eye-candy laden mall ‘Oasis Center’. internet! Website: www.bangalore-rooms.com that simply said Photographs courtesy ‘Bangalore Rooms’ 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-and- breakfast accommodation options are TQC rating - Queer friendly: 5/5, Location: 5/5, Ambience: 5/5, Amenities: 5/5, Service: 5/5, Value for The Queer Chronicle September 2009 “I need to maintain the body I have Egg white 3.5 currently, with the perfect balance of Tofu (100 gms) 10 energy, fat and proteins. But I Soybean (1 cup) 28 sometimes indulge in the occasional Peanuts (½ cup) 19 junk food binge. What should be my Almonds (½ cup) 15 calorie and protein uptake to maintain Cheddar cheese (per 100 gms) 25 and what would make me put on?” – Parmesan cheese (per 100 gms) 35 Ankur, Pune Yogurt (per cup) Dr Tushar: Ankur, I’m glad you asked Coming to fats, avoid butter, ghee; this question because with the sudden switch over to olive oil. Have the pre- advent of modern lifestyles, which is requisite 8 glasses of water every day. inclusive of eateries advertising calorie- Always keep an oatmeal bar/nutribar in laden as your backpack along with a handful of supermarkets with rows and rows of peanuts/almonds. Supplement your health foods, finding the middle path meals with flavored yogurt (available at seems a bit difficult. Dorabjee’s) We’ll get down to the basics here, tetrapaks). Have a glassful of Aloe Vera starting with daily energy (E) and juice at night for fantastic bowels. It’s protein (P) requirements. the season of fruits; have half a E = Wt(kg)*2.2*15 Kcal/day & P = Wt* watermelon for dinner with a bowl of 0.6-1gm/day. So a person of 50 kg chicken / paneer / mushroom /sprouts weight would require approximately salad and a glass of mango/chickoo 1650 calories and 30-50 gms of protein shake. as daily maintenance. Fat requirement water/tomato juice instead of your varies from 50-80 gms/day. regular cuppa chai. Have roasted Your protein requirement can be instead of fried, boiled instead of adjusted according to the following list: roasted, steamed instead of boiled and Food article best of all raw, you get the idea? Last delicacies, as well Protein (gms) Have 13 and buttermilk green tea/ (Amul coconut Milk (1 glass) 18 but not the least, don’t forget your Egg (with yolk) 6 daily multivit capsule, I’d recommend Paneer (100 gms) 18 Riconia Silver. Roasted chicken (100 gms) 25 And yes, it’s okay to binge once in a Beans/chickpeas/lentils April 2010 Health Ask Doctor Tushar while. The fun would be lost otherwise, (per ½ cup) 8 won’t it?! Fish/shrimps (per 100 gms) 21 In case you have a health related query Chapati (1) / Brownbread (1) 3 that you would like answered, email us Soy milk (1 glass) 6 at TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com 9 Leisure September 2009 Life & Tarot BY JAIDEEP BHIDE “I am an MBA living in Mumbai. I have next 2 to 6 months, so keeps your eyes rarely forgiven by the aggrieved spouse, received two job offers, both very and ears and options open. and in your case, your wife finds it all lucrative, both excellent opportunities. In the long term, you may settle/work the more inexcusable! One is in the U.K and the other in outside moment, Very tough phase ahead of you. Your Bangalore. Which one should I select?” Bangalore is where you should be wife is almost certainly headed for Name: Dev headed. SPECIAL ADVICE: Big jobs entail divorce court and will ask for (and Date of Birth: October 31 bigger responsibilities. You may have to probably JB: Hi Dev, a tough choice indeed! put in longer hours and more pressure. settlement. In addition, there are bound Obviously, a career decision needs to be Be ready to cope with a lot! to be accusations and mud-slinging India. At the made carefully as it has far reaching a big financial which will be painful to bear. Your consequences and impacts other areas “My marriage of 6 years is on the parents are also likely to be dragged of life as well. rocks, as my wife has found out that I into this, so it would be advisable to In your case, both job offers are really have been cheating on her…with other warn them in advance. good. However, the one in Bangalore men! What do I do? Is there any The time to make amends is long gone. would pay dividend sooner than the one hope?” The only thing to do now is to accept, in Name: Vishal endure and then, move on. Easier said Date of Birth: February 10 than done, but there honestly is nothing the U.K. responsibilities, Also, in terms contentment of and overall growth, the Bangalore job seems JB: to offer much more than the other one. hopeless…and is set to become worse. I That said, don’t give up on overseas am guessing that you got married under opportunities. Keep looking, as the duress and the fact that you continued cards sleeping with men could only mean that definitely movement. indicate Some other a major overseas opening could come your way in the 10 receive) No Vishal, the situation is that is where your natural leanings are. However, infidelity within a marriage is else that can be done with this situation. Have a question for our Resident Tarot Expert? Email your Name, Date of Birth & Question to email@example.com. The advice of Tarot Cards can help you find a solution to any problem or situation you are facing in Life. The Queer Chronicle Here is what we heard from you, on TQC’s March 2010 edition. “Love the issue! It gets better and better!” – Imran, Pune Legal to Love – Continued from Page 5 “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 Won Kar Wai takes his sizzling lead “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 Reader’s Corner Readers’ Comments September 2009 At the same time Hong Kong film maker 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 cliché AIDS story, are Dear Editor, “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.” - José, France April 2010 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). 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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 11 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 Iâ€™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 ÂŠ Pulkit Sharma Model: Pierre Cotroni-Wagner Wardrobe: Azaad Bazaar (www.azaadbazaar.com) 12 The Queer Chronicle Classi-Prides September 2009 Centre of Contemporary Dance Temple Tree & Contemporary Arts and Crafts present a new range of furniture, tableware, table linen, cushion covers, lamps and other household accessories for the summer. We are also For more details, please visit www.hrishikeshpawar.com 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. As a queer run/friendly business we would like to work with as many people from the community as possible. If you are an artist, potter, fashion / jewelry designer, interior / Open Space is an independent, interactive and creative public space where civil society organisations and public-spirited citizens can interact, debate and initiate action on social justice and development issues. For more details please visit www.openspaceindia.org Location: 301, Kanchanjung Building, Kanchan Lane, Off Law College Road, Pune. furniture designer or if you have something you want to sell / show, contact us and we can try and make things happen. 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