The Queer Chronicle - February 2011
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FEB THE QUEER CHRONICLE 2011 TC Q Issue 2 . Volume 6 . India QUEER AZAADI MUMBAI 2011 & VALENTINE SPECIAL Editorial In this issue TQC Exclusive: The reasons for pride Page 3: Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2011 Movies: Beyond Gay The Politics of Pride Art & Soul TQC Exclusive: City of Singles 01 03 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 12 13 15 The Indianqueercommunityhas never haditbetter! Whowould have thought,afew years ago, that we would march by the thousands, on the streets of every majormetrointhiscountry? Who would have dreamt that our generation would be spoilt for choice with queer enterprises, book stores, magazines, bar nights, club nights, holiday packages,filmfestivals, andso muchmore? It's allveryexciting;andwhocanblame us for getting caught up in the moment! AsMartinLutherKingJrso beautifully put it, "I have a dream." it is our dream of equal human rights thatwe so often tend to lose sight of in the midstofaflurryofmore`fun'ventures. Weneedto strike a balance. We need to put aside our differences and our egos. We need to get off our high horses and stop expecting `others' to facilitatechange.Theresponsibilitylies witheachofus. We need to work cohesively, as a community, for thebettermentof our communityforourhumanrights. Let's give ourselves something to be reallyproudabout. TQC. Issue 2. Volume 6. Pune. Mex in the City: The Chase RJ's Top 10 Leisure: Sant� & Bon App�tit Music: And not all that Jazz... The Candy Store Life & Tarot: Predictions for 2011 Reflections Cover photograph by Zohar. Photograph copyright Z Photography (email@example.com). Usedwithpermissionofthephotographerandthefeaturedmodels. Editor&publisher: Keith|Contributors:Alika, Ambika Rajgopal,Amey Kolhe,MaheshNatarajan, ParthaSarathiBiswas,`RJ',RohitPramar,SagarDave,SanketTandulwadkar,SubodhBodke,`Zephyr Ray' | QueerAzaadi Mumbai2011photographs:Akshay Bajaj&SunetroLahiri| Layoutconcept, design&production:Keith. TQC(The Queer Chronicle) isamonthlyemagazinepublishedforandbythe queer communityin India. This ezine isa noncommercial publication, is not for sale and isexclusively for private distribution. Views expressed are solely the opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the opinionsof the editorialteam ofTQC, nor itsaffiliates. The content of thisezinemaynotbesuitableforallaudiences.Theappearanceofanypersoninthisezine,isnot tobetakenasanyindicationofthesexualorientationofsuchpersons. www.facebook.com/tqc.india, www.planetromeo.com/tqc_india,TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com The Editor Please print this ezine only if you have to. Help save our planet. TQC Exclusive : The Reasons For Pride BY PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS For young Rohit, participating in the Mumbai Pride Marchin theyear2008, wasa veryoverwhelmingexperience.A smalltownboy,Rohitdidhavehis share of apprehensions and fears before he mustered up the courageto go to the Pride March. "I was afraid that people wouldrecognizemeormake funofme. Although I was out to my family and somefriends,Istillwasinthecloset,so tospeak.Manyquestionswerecoursing throughmy mind, asI went to August Kranti Maidan. Once I reached the venue, it wasas if by magic, my fears TQC - Feb 2011 PhotographbyAkshayBajaj recollection of the Pride March that I haveasof todaywasthe instantpeace thatengulfedmewhenIsawthecrowd with whom I was to march", is how Rohitexplainshisfirstprideexperience twoyearslater. Be ittheflamboyantdragqueens,with theirvibrantcostumesorthe`dykes on bikes', Gay Pride Marches across the world have always been a source of intense debate; be it within the LGBT communityorsocietyatlarge. While,intheWest,PrideMarcheshave becomeanother excusetoparty,India isslowlycomingtotermstothegreater politics and purpose behind the Pride Marches. Postthehistoricjudgmentof theDelhiHighCourt,gaypridemarches have become almost a very common feature inquitea fewcities acrossthe country.Whilesomeinthecommunity frown upon this `aping' of a Western concept, by and large, the LGBT community of the country is slowly wakinguptotheneedandthepurpose of Pride as an important milestone in theLGBTliberationmovementinIndia. It started off in Kolkata in the year 1999, witha Pride March, which took thewhole country by storm, andhow! Anindya Hajra, a queer and women's right activist fondly recollects the impetus that made the KolkataQueer Community take their march to the streets. "Pridemarcheshavebeen the symbol of protest by the marginalized 1 andapprehensionsvanished.Inthatsea (it did appear to me like a sea) of humanity, I felt at home and I was immediately at peace. The only throughout the world. While planning theKolkataPride intheyear1999,we had the dual aspects of protest and visibility in mind. For most of us, marching with the rainbow flag was a big event,whichmarked ahigh inour lives. It marked thetransition for us, fromthecomfortofthefamilyclosetto coming outin the openand asking for ourrights.Invariably,the questionthat manyof ushad, wasits feasibility, the need and the logic behind the Pride. While some of us were apprehensive aboutthe marchandsomedownright agnostic. For us, thePridewas a form of legitimate protest that we had to undertake to ensure, we were not writtenoffthebookscompletely." Formostqueerrightsactivists inIndia, the last two points are of cardinal importance,whichmakes themtakeup the flag and take their march to the streets. Harish Iyer, an organizing committee member of the Mumbai Pridescornsonthe socalled`EastWest divide'whenitcomestoorganizingand holding the pride."Tobegin with, Ido not feelanydifferentfrom the person on the street in anyway. Having said, this,Imustinsistthathoweverhardwe may try to ignore the fact, but there stillremains alotofprejudicefromthe mainstreamagainstthesexualminority andPrideisan important milestone is trying to reconfirming our rightful spaceunderthesun.Whenweturnup in largenumbers, to march under the rainbow flag,itgivesasense of sheer numbers which the mainstream can't deny or ignore, how ever hard they maytryto.Itisamessage,thatyeswe mightbe asexualminority,butwe are tooenormousinnumberstobewritten offthebooks.Also,whentheyseethe plethora of actors, doctors and other professionals marching with us, in the longrunitcreates adentintheirarmor of misconceptions about the queer community",hesays. Taking a direct dig at the frowners, Harish retorts (albeit tongueincheek) 2 PhotographbySunetroLahiri "IdonotcareiftheconceptofPrideis notIndian,butthepurpose of Prideis toobig tobe ignored. Andsincewhen havewestartedboycottinganyidea,on the basis of its land of origin? If that hadbeen the case, we might as wind upBig BossandotherrealityTVshows. Mylogicis simple if theidea isgood, why not adopt it? In today'sworld of the global village, this ideological apartheidisbothsillyandludicrous." The concept of global village in the recent times has become a dominant theme for activist Mario Da Penha, when he stresses the importance of Pride in unequivocal terms. "The questionofwhethera cityshouldhave a pride or not, is a question that the city must decide for itself. On a personal level, I think Pride as a concept is a matter of celebration of whoweareinreality. Itgivesmanyof us a chance tocome outinthestreet and celebrate ourselves in the most naturalwaywecan,"heexplains. "Pride has the dual importance of celebration and protest at the same time. For those of us, in the LGBT community, who do not have the privilege of straightacting,Pride gives themthefreedomtobe asflamboyant aspossible.Itindeedmustbetryingto put up an act, to conform to stereotypesandPrideistheoccasionto letyourhairdown,intheliteralsense. Thus, thepresenceof flamboyantdrag queensis another way of giving those thefreedomtorevelintheirownway andIguess itfunctionsasa safetyvalve formany.Itsthis celebrationthatIfind very important for Pride to be conducted in the Indian cities," he furtheradds. AnotheraspectwhichMariopointsout to is the element of protest, which often is drowned in myriad images of seminakedmenandraunchy behavior thatprevailsinthePridemarches. Continued on Page 4 TQC - Aug 2011 Feb 2010 PAGE 3 Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) January 29, 2011. Mumbai PhotographsbyAkshayBajaj&SunetroLahiri Continued from Page 2 (The Reasons for Pride) "IhavewalkedinthePrideofNewYork quiteafewtimesandwas surprisedto seethebroadspectrumof peoplewho walk in it. We have Orthodox Jews, MOVIE REPORT BY AMEY KOLHE Gay Pride marches and festivals are happening all over the world sometimes with heavy opposition and violence. Beyond Gay � The Politics of Prideis the mostcomprehensivelookatthe role of these events ever undertaken. This feature lengthdocumentaryfollowsthe Vancouver Pride Society's (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places wherePrideis stillsteepedinprotestto personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also traveltoSaoPauloBrazilfortheworld's largest gay parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberationmovement. Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and many Pride organizersinNorthAmericaandEurope, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communitiesthatPrideisatits hearta globalfightforhumanrights. Despite the hundreds of thousands of people cheering inthe streets,Pride is much,muchmorethana parade anda party. It is a giantstep on theroad to true equality. The GLBT community during Pride is an entertaining and engaging multi ethnic group than can bring attention to the issue of human rights with diversity, insight, and of course plenty of fabulousness. Some highlightsinclude: InterPride 2007, Zurich Switzerland Coolen and coparade director, Dean Nelson, attend this international conferenceofPrideorganizations.Many human rights activists are interviewed, including American artist and activist 4 Churches,supportgroups,walkingside by side, with the more flamboyant crowd and their reason is simple h o m o p h o b i a o r a n y f o r m o f discrimination based on sexual preferenceisaninfringementofhuman rights and that has to stop. However, themainstreammedia,often chooses to ignore this cardinal message and focuses on highlighting the nudity and otherelementsofthePride,"hesighs. For photographer par excellence,Sunil Gupta,itistimethatthePrideMarches takea step forward and ask for more rights."WhenwehadthefirstPridein Delhi,itwas likeany othercivilsociety protestingagainsttheinjustices meted out to them. Then we had the exuberanceofthe Naz Foundationcase being heard in the Delhi High Court, and we wanted to protest as a civil society. So,our marchendedatJantar Mantar. We need to now start asking for more legal changes with these Prides.Wehavetopress forlegislative changes, which will give us the same rights as heterosexual partners, throughour PrideMarches now.It'sa welcome move that with in a short span of time we are having pride marches in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai, but I think we need to now formulate the policy of m a k i n g t h e s e m o r e v o c a l a n d vociferous. The time is ripe and we mustactfast,"hestates. For our very own Pune, the queer community is literally counting the days, when this city will have its own Pride.Says Aniket,"Puneisinforsome goodtimesandgoingbythesuccessof theQFest,I willnotbesurprisedifwe managetohavea Pride soon.Wehave keptourfingerscrossedbutIhope that ithappenssoon."Amentothat. TQC Gilbert Baker creator of the first rainbowflag. Sao Paulo Pride Parade, Brazil VIP access to the world's largest Gay Parade where 4 million people take part in their government sponsored Pride: a street party that defies the imagination. Their theme this year: Homophobia Kills! Then, 7 days later ... Moscow Pride, Russia Coolenandcrewaretheonlyforeigners i n v o l v e d i n t h e c l a n d e s t i n e preparations for this event. Secret meetings, hidden identities, police harassment, the first successful peaceful Pride March, and a violent counter protest reveal just how passionate people can be about a parade. Pride Colombo, Sri Lanka Pride events here are only advertised after they take place, in order to protect the identities of those brave enough to attend. Pride organizer Sahran Abeysundra, later travels to Canada to be a Grand Marshal in Vancouver'sParade. Vancouver Pride, Canada "Celebrating 30 Years of the Rainbow": Back in Vancouver, where equal marriage is legal and the parade entertains half a million people, Ken struggles to make the parade have some meaning after all he has seen. Through Ken we discover that despite thousands of people cheering in the streets,Pride ismuch,muchmorethan aparadeandaparty.It's agiantstepon theroadtotruehumanequality. `Beyond Gay � The Politics of Pride' was screened at Queering Saturdays, organized by Open Space. (www.openspaceindia.org) TQC TQC - Feb 2011 TQC is committed to encouraging and promoting the creativity of queer & queer-friendly talent. As part of the India Pride season, TQC is proud to showcase Pride Art by Rohit Pramar. Upper: "Culture" ; Lower: "The good prevails" These artworks are not for sale, however in case you would like to commission an artwork by this artist, please write to us at TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com Rohit Pramar 5 TQC Exclusive: City Of Singles BY SAGAR DAVE "You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." Dr. Seuss If you Google "love" you are going to get more than a billion hits, each one literally shouting out abouthow lovely love is and how amazing it is to be in your lover's caring arms. Love is something thateachof secretly desires and yet we find it difficult to express There arethosewho wear their hearts on their sleeve, while others simply refusetoacceptthattheyarestruckby theCupid. Butloveasweknow itis a trickything.Like asweetsmelling rose, one wrong move can result in a nasty prick. 14thFebruaryis adatethatweallknow verywell. Some make a big dealof it w h i l e o t h e r s s i m p l y r e f u s e t o 6 acknowledgeit.Valentine'sDayisoften themostdreadeddayof the yearfora singleman.Foramanlivinginthecity, love is a difficult thing to pursue yet easy to drown in. With the ease of findinga date,thereisalwaysa riskof losingone justas easily.The cityis such aplaceanditplays mindgamestoo,as longasyou'reapawninit. If youarethekindwhoisasuckerfor love thenyouareinforarealitycheck on Valentine's Day! `Oh god! Another Valentine'sDayandIamsingle!',`14th Feb...whyisitevencelebrated?'.These are the thoughts that run through a single's mind; some might feel lonely whileotherssimplydespiseit. I caught up with some very eligible singles in the city to find out what Valentine'sDaymeanstothem. Akash Singh, 28, an IT Professional when asked what his plans are for Valentine's Day says, "It's good to spenditwithsomeonespecialbutthen thisdayismoreaboutpeopleyoulove to o, w h i c h m o st p e o p l e d o n ' t understand. We should wish our parents, friends, anyone we love. It's not just about being with your Boyfriend." Akash further adds, "Usually I'm at the office so I don't reallyhavetime tocelebrateit".Akash is trying to see this day in a broader sense and has convinced himself that it'snothingmorethanadaytoshowall thepeople youlove, howspecialthey are. Arun Mirchandani, the author of the book `You are not alone' says, "I am single this year too and have never been in a relationship long enough to celebrate or mourn over Valentine's Ameya, 31, an architect on the other Day!" He believesthat Valentine'sDay hand thinks Valentine's Day is just isgreatforpeoplewhoareinlovebut another marketing gimmick. He says, sucks for those who aren't. He is not "Thefirstthoughtthatoccurstomeis`I averse to celebrating it, though. He hope no one asks me out'. I find the says,"YouhaveMother's Day,Father's whole idea of Valentine's Day, Day,Children'sday,FriendshipDay...So extremely cheesy."Ameyaisn't against Valentine's Day? Why not?". When the idea of celebrating love in all its askedabouthowhefeelsbeing single, diverse forms yet feels one doesn't Arun confesses, "Response from the need a particular day to show it. To exterior Great, I love being single; him, "Valentine's is a number. A Day. Response from the interior Sucks!" Being single on Valentine's is just like Arun is a true believer in love and being single on any other day of the thinks it's inevitable and will happen year. Adayisonlyasimportantasyou someday. Meanwhile for this year, it's makeittobe." Whenaskedaboutwhat hisTVandabagofchips! he plansto onthis Valentine's Day,he Dalip, 55 has a different take on raises an eyebrow, "Really? Do you Valentine's Day. The first thought that thinkI'dplansomething?Idon'tthinkit comes tohimis,"OhGod!Thesaffron isimportant.Maybea HollywoodRom brigade is going to be at it again, Com!"Ameyabelieves that hedoesn't bucking their `uninhibited' hips in needadaytocelebrate love,hecould public, creating an unsavory spectacle doitwithanyoneonanydayhewants ofthemselves beinganuisancetoall." to. Not averse to theidea of love, he Onalighternotehe talksofValentine's says, "Ithappens right when you stop Day "Cute!Cupid hassexy buns! ButI looking for it." Ameya thinks it's a amnocribsnatcher."Havingseenmany personaldecisionandsayshe willcross Valentine'sDays,whenaskedabouthis thebridgewhenhecomestoit. takeonlove,hereplies,"Encyclopedic! Fromworshippers,tosemibelievers,to Ina phrase�be honest about it, with it, cynics, the city is satiated with in it;inasentence�without love life is opinionatedsingles.However,like itor a drab." Dalip adds, "Being single is not,allofuscraveloveandas weknow sublime!Like witheverythingelseinlife love isonlylove,whenitisgivenaway. � there are moments of hardship and SowhatifyouspentanotherNewYear paintooinbeingsingle.Being singleis tucked in your bed alone or another notthesameasbeing`alone'.That's an Valentine'sDay sitting at your favorite altogetherdifferent`ballgame'. Finally bistro, sipping mocha or for that sake to thetoughestquestionof thelothe anyotherday! replies, "ThisValentine's I plan tobuy What matters is thepossibility of this myself a rose; give myself a well being the last of its kind. Valentine's neededhugandakiss;andas thenight willcomeanditwillpass.Butwhenyou begins to whisper sweet nothings domeet themanof your dreams the TQC - Feb 2011 around a flickering candle flame... wait will be totally worth it because slowly undress and take me to bed... thatmomentonwards eachdaywillbe AnyCupidoutthere carestofrolicwith Valentine'sDayforyou. meonthatnight?" TQC Source: PlanetRomeo 7 Mex In The City: The Chase Photograph:Alika BY ALIKA Isitwaitingata caf�,starving.I'venow been sitting there for 30 minutes. Finally,Ilosemypatienceandplace an order with the waiter. My dinner arrives,andfinallysodoes mydate.He sits there quietly, lacking anything interestingtosay.Iaskhimifheisgoing to order anything. No. How about a drink? Not even that. I sit there, awkwardly eating my platter as he sits there. Silence. So, what do you do? Engineer.Whereareyoufrom?Delhi.I finishmydinnerandhestates: Let'sgo backtoyourplace. I'dliketo say thatIjust describeabad date that I recently experienced. Unfortunately, it has been a string of baddates,allwiththe same semblance ofannoyanceandboredom. For Christmas, I went home to California. Sitting ina posh lounge in LosAngeles,anacquaintancewhoIhad met a year earlier in Palm Springs learned that I had moved to India. "What!? How did I not know that? Where do you live?" Pune. "Where is that?" Near to Bombay. Then he paused, with almost a sad look of horror:"What's the dating scene like?" My biggest complaint about the gay scene in Pune has nothing to do with 8 thecaliberofmen.Nordoes ithaveto dowith the lack of gayfriendly clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants, etc. The aspect of this scene that disappoints methemostis,quitefrankly,thechase. The chase: I spot him at a club--he smiles. As I dance with friends, he coollywinds hiswaythroughthe crowd in the darkenedvenue. Packedinthe club, hegently yet assertively touches my waist,passingbyasif goingtothe bar. A couple drinks later, I find him dancing behind me. With the dance floor at capacity, his back is now up against mine. He turns around--and we're dancing. His face inches from mine.Wekiss.Exchangenumbers. I arrive at the dimly lit lounge in the gayborhood. As I enter, I scan the room.Thereheis,poisedwithanairof confidence suited in his trendy attire, calmly fingering hisfull chilled martini glassas itstarts toslowlysweat. Heis the handsome guy from the previous night.Isitdown,ordera drink,andthe night ensues with intellectually stimulatingconversation. ThischaseiswhatImissmost.Instead, IhavePlanetRomeo:"im 19 male pune wanna have a good male and passionate and hot experience with a dude ples." Delete. "pure top. i have place. plz revert. fat." Block. "hi." Hello? "send ur no." Ignore. "want sex." Ugh! Online dating, especially in the gay scene,isoftensexdrivenregardless of which continent I happen to inhabit. The majordifferencebetweenhereand t h e r e i s t h a t w i t h s u c h f e w opportunities to meet in person by happenstance,PlanetRomeo isit. The only way for me to have the remote possibility of meeting someonewho is worththechase is bysearchingonthe otherendoftheLCDscreen.Yet,when thedatematerializes,itwillmostlikely beadud. OnValentine'sDay,IwillbebackinNYC forashortvisit. Ihavealreadystarted flipping through my modernday Rolodex(a.k.a.Facebook),searchingfor pastCasanovaswho will surely deliver an evening that will quench my thirst for`thechase.' And, maybe upon my return, I'll meet s u c h a n i n d i v i d u a l h e r e , w h o understands thefinebalancebetween a p p e a r i n g b o t h e a g e r a n d disinterested, excited yet composed, andmostofall:gentlemanlysexual. TQC RJ's Top 10 "Valentine'sDayisroundthecorner andmanypeopleIknow,aredyingto fastforwardtothe14thofFebruary sothattheycanshowtheirloved oneshowmuchtheylovethem... Buttherearepeople(includingme) whoarestillsingle(andnotreadyto mingle)andtheyfinditdifficultto dealwithallthehullabalooabout Valentine'sDay. Sotomakesurethatyoudon'tend upbeingboredoutofyourmind, whenyourfriendstalkabouttheir Valentineescapades,here'smylistof whatyoucandoonValentine'sDayif youare single!"RJ n't first...Do st things Fir !!! nd pout... t home a stay a Valentine's Day is all about sharing love... an orphanage or elderly home has lot to accommodate ...!!! Organize a `Singles Party' at your home and bitch about couples that are about to part ways...(It's soooo much fun...lol) your DVD hooked to Get atch your player...w ovies in favorite m n't forget ation...(do continu r n) k of popco eep a stoc to k Go to a spa... pamper yourself...a lways remember th e best way to please your self is to pamper you rself...!!! in Book a table for yourself a famous restaurant...eat like a royal, sitting single on a single table...much to the envy of the couples around... Sleep.....zzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz....nothing can beat a peaceful snooze...!!! Phone your frien ds whom you haven't spok en to in a while, like schoo l friends... the best day to fe el nostalgic about school days ...(I'm darn sure you'll love it) TQC - Feb 2011 Get laid...!!! s (Only finding life partner is difficult... finding sex dates is not...) his... ing t d e rea ind a ou ar e to f If y 't let s tim e, it' I won z dud o beco e int ner... part rce m fo g listin ditor he E ame t s ! g the ll...!! ritin w s we a year next 9 Sant� PINK CRUSH And Bon App�tit Va le nt in e Pi zz a Ingredients 3 cups bread flour 0.25 oz. envelope active dry yea 1� cups warm water 3 tablespoons extra virgin oliv e oil 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosema 14 oz. can pizza sauce 3 cups shredded mozzarella 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced 1 zucchini, sliced 15 slices pepperoni 2.25 oz. can sliced black olives Method and 2 tablespoons olive oil into the brea d machine pan. When the dough mixed, knead rosemary into the dough. Place bread flour, yeast, water cheese dough into three portions. Sha Preheat the oven to 200 deg C. Divide the st BY CHEF SUBODH BODKE Ingredients 10fl.oz.coconutflavoredrum 6fl.oz.pineapplejuice 16fl.oz.strawberryflavoredsoda Method Pourtherumandpineapplejuiceinto acocktailmixingcupandstirto combine. Gentlypourthestrawberrysodainto themixture,pouringdownthesideof themixingcuptopreventthesoda fromgoingflat. Slowlytiltthemixingcupbackand forthafewtimestomix.Pourinto cocktailglassesandserveimmediately. Presenting some delectables for that special `dinner-for-two' on Valentine's night ry pizza. Sprinkle cheese over pizz a sauce, and arrange tomatoes, zucchin i, pepperoni and sliced olives. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes , or until the cheese has melted and the crust has browned. spread a thin layer of pizza sau thick. 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BY AMBIKA RAJGOPAL A column that features music and artists; in definitely not `run-of-the-mill' genres! QUEEN GOD HELP THE GIRL THE DIVINE COMEDY Borrowing heavily from different genres of music, Queen ushered in an era of musical inclusion. Their musical style was an amalgamation of progressive rock, hard rock, glam rock as well as less conventional styles like that of opera, gospel and folk. Freddie Mercury's songwriting skills coupled with his knack of magnetizing the audience made him the undisputed god of rock and roll. His ability to modulate his voice pitch from bass to falsetto has made him one of the most versatile rock stars to ever grace the musical arena. Many modern day musicians have paid tribute to Queen and cited them as their musical influence. TQC - Feb 2011 This indie pop band was the brainchild of Belle and Sebastian's front man Stuart Murdoch. Coupled with the euphonic talent of Catherine Ireton, Brittany Stallings and Dina Bankole and many other female vocalists, God Help The Girl began its musical journey towards a classic pop rock tribute. What culminated through this collaboration was a 60s-70s girl group spectacular. The style is reminiscent of the celluloid and stage musical tradition. It is Catherine Ireton's rich full-bodied voice that blows life into the music. God Help The Girl is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed lazy day, when one is in the mood to travel back to a time of silver screen razzmatazz. "The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon," claims the band's official website. The silvertongued front man founded the orchestral pop band in 1989 and has since been the force behind the band, through its two decade long tenure. Dressed in dapper suits and backed by a full-fledged orchestra, Hannon's quirky and self-ironic style earned him a name internationally, especially in France. The mellow reposeful style is often contradicted by cynical lyrics dripping with a biting droll. The delightfully eloquent Neil Hannon spins poetry and weaves strings of harmony. The Divine Comedy makes for easy listening. Its easy to become enthralled by the tuneful compositions and dry witty lyrics. www.youtube.com/ watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ www.youtube.com/ watch?v=LdEzt3YR8C4 www.youtube.com/watch? v=DXP1oLtPyDA 11 The Candy Store BY SANKET TANDULWADKAR I still vividly recall my first conversation on the subject GAY, from the days when I was in high school.Not thatIwas shocked. It justfelta little awkward. Imagining two girls `together' was indeed a pleasure,asitis for most straight men.However, the thought of two men engaging in coitus was inconceivable(pununintended),as Ihadbeenpart ofacommunitywithslightlyorthodoxideologies. ItwaswhenIgottalkingtothis guy,a fashionista ofsorts,thatIpicturedwhattheotherplayingfield would be like. It was an unfamiliar conversation whichdefinitelyignitedthecuriositytoknowmore withinme. Thoughhewasopenabouthis sexualorientation, therewas nowayIwouldwalkuptohim andstrike upaconversation. WasitbecauseI wasscared; or was itbecauseI didn't want my peers to view it in any other context? Answering that question isn't really difficult.ThoughIwishthat thingshadhappened inadifferentway. Back in2006 when I movedto Pune, I was very muchintothe`fairersex'andIdidhavemyshare of funwiththe ladies. To be honest, the ideaof beingwithaguyhadnevercrossedmy mindtill then. Days after entering into my junior year, I finally spoke to him, Kunal.And it didn't really feel any different.Idon'tknowwhatIwasexpecting,butI certainly had no feelings of aversionor anything towardshim. Asdayspassed by, Idiscoveredthat he too liked `house'music,Chinesefoodandartsymovies. Onenight,lyinginmybed,gigglingwhenIrecalled the stupid jokes that Kunal had cracked, I asked myself`Is this because I like the guy?' Icouldtotallyrelatethewarmfuzzyfeelingtomy past relationships with my (now ex) girlfriends. Thinkingbacktothetimesspentwithgirls,Ibegan to question my sexual inclinations: bisexual, homosexualorheterosexual? Even today I don't fully understand the role of sexualorientationinchoosingsexualpartners.Isit driven by dictionary meanings or the society's outlook? The feelingofbeingwithagirlhas nevermademe feel any less important, neither was I ever confusedorunhappy. WithKunalhowever,there alwayswasafreemind and we lived in the `now'. This was something I neverhadexperiencedwiththegirlsIhaddated. It was not the physical intimacy that generated strongfeelingsabouthim,butthesolereasonthat he understood me better than most of my other friends,something one presumablylongs for and looksforinhispartner. Bisexuals aresometimesmistakenas theconfused lot.Everyoneisbornbisexual.It'sonlya few,who trytofigure outwhichsidetheywouldwanttobat foreventually. Bisexualityis nota confusedstateofmindbutthe state of enjoying the companyof thepersonyou arewith,regardlessofthegender. Quotingoneof my closefriends,"I amablessed bisexual.Ihave noissuessamplingcandyfromthe otherstore.Itgivesmeanidea whetherwhatIget hereisbetterthanthatattheotherstore.Andas long asitis,I don't have to worry about whatit costsme" Icouldn'tagreemore. TQC 12 Life & Tarot BY ZEPHYR RAY LIBRA Card for 2011�2ofSwords:Stuckness. Themoreyoustrive,theharderitgets. Key lesson for 2011�KnightOfWands: Anger and frustration will only complicatematters. Career:Ayearoftakingonestepahead andtwoback...orsoitmay seem.Plan ahead, cultivate patience, let go of feelingsoffrustration. Money and investments: Money may get stuck in projects. Make sure you havea smallkittysavedupsoyoudon't feelthepinch. Health and happiness:Don'tfightwhat is beyond your control. Acceptance is the key. Develop a zenlike outlook to life'ssituations. Romance and leisure: If things seem likethey've slowed downwithaloved one, it could simply mean you're TQC - Feb 2011 SCORPIO Card for 2011�TheWorld:Completion of an important cycle. The start of somethingfreshandnew. Key Lesson for 2011 � 7 of Swords: Cautioninaction,speechandthought. Career: An important project may be completed. A feeling of consolidation andfulfillment.Make sureyouhave all bases covered before you make the nextmove. Money and investments:Doublecheck the credentials of that financial planner! Health and happiness:A greatyearto start meditation or some spiritual practice. For those already doing Sadhana, an year of important and genuineaccomplishments. Romance and leisure:Takethatforeign vacation you've always dreamed of! Give sparingly of your trustinmatters oftheheart. Good months:Allof2011(luckyyou!) SAGITTARIUS C a rd fo r 2 0 1 1 � T h e C h a r i o t : Movement,Accomplishment. Key lesson for 2011 � Strength: Courage. Stand your ground in all mattersofimportance. Career: Major career shifts are possible.Alongstanding goalcouldbe accomplished. Money and investments:Goodyearto buyanewcar. Health and happiness: Hyperactivity indicatedbythe cards.Takecaretoget plenty of fresh air, rest and nutritious food. Romance and leisure: Those in long distance relationships may feel a bit isolatedorneglectedbypartners.Make yourfeelingsknowntotideoverminor bumpsintheroad. Good months:June,July. gettingcomfortable...nota badthingat all! Good months:September,October. 13 CAPRICORN Card for 2011 � 9 of Swords: Stop worryingsomuch! Key lesson for 2011� 4 of Pentacles: Time to take stock of life and realize thatyou'reinagoodplaceafterall! Career:Sleeplessnights,loadsof work with the chance to earn loads of rewardsandrecognition. Money and investments: No need to be a miser. Enjoy your money, you've earnedit! Health and happiness: Digestive problems indicated, so eat loads of fiberandkeepyoursystemhydrated. Romance and leisure:Begenerousand givingwithyourpartner.Atime togive andnotjustexpecttoreceive. Good months:April,May. AQUARIUS Card for 2011 � 9 of Cups: Wish fulfillment! Key lesson for 2011� Page of Wands: Nascentcreativityneeds nurturing and encouragement. Career: Ask for whatever you think is d u e t o y o u ... m o r e m o n e y , a promotion...you'llgetit! Money and investments: Keepan eye onexpenses,especially thecredit card charges. Health and happiness: Plenty of chances to eat, drink, make merry equals acidity.Moderationneeds tobe exercised. Romance and leisure:The manof your dreamswillcomeaknocking! Good month:March. PISCES Card for 2011 �6ofWands:Successin materialmatters. Key lesson for 2011� 5 of Cups:Tough lessonsaboutloveandrelationships. Career:Fruitfulandrewardingworkwill beaccomplished. Money and investments: Follow your head and use your common sense. Some older investments could yield results. Health and happiness: Let the bottle be a casual acquaintance, not a constantcompanion! Romance and leisure: "Heartbreak Hotel" could well become your theme forthe year.Stopplayingthevictimand turnitinto"IWillSurvive". Good month:August. TQC villa queenie, ground floor 16th road, bandra (west) mumbai, india REFLECTIONS HAIKU By Mahesh Nataranjan, Author - Pink Sheep Somewhere a leaky pipe Cries calling for repairs. If only tears came easy. Such clear insights In imagined conversations. I'd rather we spoke. All that is will pass. And new memories made By remembering. PhotographbyAkshayBajaj CONTEMPORARY ARTS AND CRAFTS TQC - Feb 2011 B/6 Mantri Manor, Lane 5, Koregaon Park, Pune, INDIA 15 16 17