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EDITOR’S LETTER Is inclusivity in India a joke?

I had just begun writing my editor’s letter for this anniversary issue with a focus on inclusivity when my phone pinged and a WhatsApp forward landed. It featured a popular travel portal’s ad, where a mildly successful woman returns after years to her hometown to be received warmly by her family and her ‘brother’ who is now a ‘sister’; the ad ends with a disgusted expression on the woman’s face to see such a change, and a punchline that exhorts you to travel home more often. This attempt at hilarity was appalling. But tellingly so, it turned out to be a part of the travel portal’s THINGS ARE CHANGING communication from a decade ago. EVEN AS WE CREATE MORE Things are changing even as we create more NARRATIVES AROUND narratives around inclusion; the idea of a state that INCLUSION; THE IDEA OF values, not ridicules, diversity. A STATE THAT VALUES, NOT Exactly how the Supreme Court ruled in favour the LGBTQ community by decriminalising RIDICULES, DIVERSITY. of homosexuality and partially striking down Section 377. The landmark ruling by the five-judge Constitution Bench gave us enough reason to feel proud of our land, especially when Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman on the Bench, read down the law by stating: ‘History owes an apology to the members of this community and their families, for the delay in providing redressal for the ignominy and ostracism that they have suffered through the centuries. The members of this community were compelled to live a life full of fear of reprisal and persecution.’ Our anniversary issue goes beyond gender boundaries, and embraces all those who live on the periphery based on caste, colour, size, ability, community, and region. From social experiments to interpretations by some members of the minority communities, we have gone all out to understand what it will take to reach that level of equality. Our anniversary issue is a small step towards celebrating our differences and being people who can state unequivocally: ‘I am what I am. So take me as I am.’

Tanya Chaitanya @tanyachaitanya @tanyachaitanya27


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CONTENTS

VOLUME 59 NUMBER 21

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THE BIG STORY PLUS

BY THE PEOPLE Diverse individuals tell us what inclusivity means to them through art, food, and poetry

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THE BIG STORY

We bring to you the challenges and triumphs of people who are the very epitome of diversity

ALL ABOUT YOU 30

CAN & ABLE Why disabilities don’t have to mean a lack of desire

32 Passion

GIRL, UNINTERRUPTED Positions to make love-making with same-sex partners a breeze

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THE ACE CARD Here’s what the ‘A’ stands for in LGBTQIA

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AN EQUAL LOVE Download these inclusive dating apps now

37 Career

54 Conversation

PAR ‘XL’LENCE We find the right fit for the curvy Indian body

57 Focus

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE Moments that redefined the world of fashion in 2018

WHAT WOMEN WANT We take a look at inclusion at workplaces in India

33 Love

PRIDE TRIBE Real-world dating advice from a few queer people

FASHION

40 Fashion feature

PICTURE PERFECT Meet the photographers who promoted fashion inclusivity through their images

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One love

48 Fashion democracy

GIRLS LIKE US How model Toshada and designer Sunaina Khera are making waves

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Fashion forward


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A healthy spread

LIVING 96 Food

VEGAN WONDERS Five vegan recipes to get you started

102 Travel feature

UNIVERSAL TICKET How travel has become more accommodating

106 The buzzmakers

MEGHNA MISHRA: SUPER SINGER IN THE MAKING The young singer tells us how it all started

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Superstar

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BEAUTY

60 Beauty feature

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‘I DECIDED TO BE THE CHANGE’ Former cricketer, and activist Preethi Srinivasan shares her inspiring story

IN IT TO WIN IT This feature celebrates unconventional beauty and those breaking norms in the industry

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FACE VALUE Try out these lively makeup trends in your everyday beauty routine

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REALITY

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GOOD VIBES ONLY Deepika Padukone talks to us about her acting journey, mental health advocacy, and her relationship with Ranveer Singh

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‘NEGATIVITY IS NOT AN OPTION’ In conversation with visually impaired comedian Nidhi Goyal ‘I WAS OUTED WITHOUT MY CONSENT’ LGBT activist Sonal Giani talks about the issues close to her heart

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THE BIG STORY PLUS

BY THE PEOPLE

One word, many interpretations. We ask people from diverse communities to use their preferred medium to tell us what inclusivity means to them Inclusivity is a two-way street. You have to give some to gain some. That’s the idea we had in mind when we reached out to people across communities, and gave them free rein over the next few pages. The brief was simple: to use their words, brush strokes, and ingredients to express what inclusivity

means to them. When the submissions poured in, we weren’t just left in awe by the myriad interpretations, but also sat up and took note of some of our own biases and prejudices. Because the best creations are the ones that resonate long after a page is turned, right?


JANHAVI KHEMKA

A 25-year-old artist, Khemka lost her hearing when she was nine months old. She uses media such as photography, glass sculpting, and woodcut for her work. She firmly believes that parents should not lose hope in their children if they are born with a disability SUDHANVI “Sudhanvi is an amalgamation of my mother’s name (Sudha) and my name (Janhavi). Ever since I was a child, my mother taught me how to lip-read by sitting in front of a mirror. I started to learn words by feeling the vibrations in the throat. Love has the power to heal anything, and I feel lucky for everything my mother has done for me. This artwork shows the bond between her and me. It is a tribute to not only to her, but to all the mothers in the world.”

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