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THE QUEER CHRONICLE 2011

FEB

TQC Issue 2 . Volume 6 . India

QUEER AZAADI MUMBAI 2011 & VALENTINE SPECIAL


In this issue

Editorial

TQC Exclusive: The reasons for pride

01

Page 3: Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2011

03

Movies: Beyond Gay ‐ The Politics of Pride

04

Art & Soul

05

TQC Exclusive: City of Singles

06

Mex in the City: The Chase

08

RJ’s Top 10 

09

The 
Indian
queer
community
has 
never
 had
it
better! Who
would
 have 
thought,
a
few
 years
 ago,
 that
 we 
 would
 march
 by
 the

 thousands,
 on
 the 
 streets
 of
 every
 major
metro
in
this
country? Who
 would
 have
 dreamt
 that
 our
 generation
 would
 be
 spoilt
 for
 choice
 with
 queer
 enterprises,
 book
 stores,


Leisure: Santé & Bon Appétit

10

Music: And not all that Jazz...

11

The Candy Store

12

Life & Tarot: Predictions for 2011

magazines,
 bar
 nights,
 club
 nights,


Reflections

holiday
 packages,
film
festivals,
 and
so


13 15

much
more? It’s 
all
very
exciting;
and
who
can
blame
 us
 for
 getting
 caught
 up
 in
 the
 moment! As
Martin
Luther
King
Jr
so
 beautifully
 put
 it,
 “I
 have
 a 
 dream.”
 ‐
 it
 is 
 our
 dream
 of
 equal
 human
 rights
 that
we
 so
 often
 tend
 to
 lose
 sight
 of
 in
 the
 midst
of
a
flurry
of
more
‘fun’
ventures. We
need
to
 strike 
a 
balance.
 We 
need


TQC. Issue 2. Volume 6. Pune.

to
 put
 aside
 our
 differences 
 and
 our


Cover
 photograph
 by
 Zohar.
 Photograph
 copyright
 Z  Photography
 (captureframe@gmail.com).


egos.
 We 
 need
 to
 get
 off
 our
 high


Used
with
permission
of
the
photographer
and
the
featured
models.


horses
 and
 stop
 expecting
 ‘others’
 to


Editor
&
publisher:
 Keith
|
Contributors:
Alika,
 Ambika
 Rajgopal,
Amey
 Kolhe,
Mahesh
Natarajan,


facilitate
change.
The
responsibility
lies
 with
each
of
us.

Partha
Sarathi
Biswas,
‘RJ’,
Rohit
Pramar,
Sagar
Dave,
Sanket
Tandulwadkar,
Subodh
Bodke,
‘Zephyr
 Ray’
 |
 Queer
Azaadi
 Mumbai
2011
photographs:
Akshay
 Bajaj
&
Sunetro
Lahiri
|
 Layout
concept,
 design
&
production:
Keith.

We
 need
 to
 work
 cohesively,
 as 
 a


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TQC Exclusive : The Reasons For Pride

TQC - Feb 2011

BY PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS

Photograph
by
Akshay
Bajaj

For
 young
 Rohit,
 participating
 in
 the


recollection
 of
 the
 Pride 
March
 that
 I


have
 become
 almost
 a 
 very
 common


Mumbai
 Pride 
March
in
 the
year
2008,
 was
a 
very
overwhelming
experience.
A


have
as
of
 today
was
the 
instant
peace
 that
engulfed
me
when
I
saw
the
crowd


feature 
in
quite
a 
few
cities 
across
the
 country.
While
some
in
the
community


small
town
boy,
Rohit
did
have
his 
share


with
 whom
 I
 was
 to
 march”,
 is
 how


frown
 upon
 this
 ‘aping’
 of
 a
 Western


of
 apprehensions 
 and
 fears 
 before
 he
 mustered
 up
 the 
courage
to
 go
 to
 the


Rohit
explains
his
first
pride
experience
 two
years
later.

concept,
 by
 and
 large,
 the
 LGBT
 community
 of
 the
 country
 is 
 slowly


Pride
 March.
 “I
 was 
afraid
 that
 people
 would
recognize
me
or
make 
fun
of
me.


Be 
it
the
flamboyant
drag
queens,
with
 their
vibrant
costumes
or
the
‘dykes 
on


waking
up
to
the
need
and
the
purpose
 of
 Pride
 as 
an
 important
 milestone
 in


Although
 I
 was
 out
 to
 my
 family
 and


bikes’,
 Gay
 Pride
 Marches 
 across
 the


the
LGBT
liberation
movement
in
India.

some
friends,
I
still
was
in
the
closet,
so
 to
speak.
Many
questions
were
coursing


world
 have
 always
 been
 a 
 source
 of
 intense
 debate;
 be
 it
 within
 the
 LGBT


It
 started
 off
 in
 Kolkata
 in
 the
 year
 1999,
 with
a
 Pride
 March,
 which
 took


through
my
 mind,
 as
I
 went
 to
 August  Kranti  Maidan.
 Once
 I
 reached
 the


community
or
society
at
large.
 While,
in
the
West,
Pride
Marches
have


the
whole 
country
 by
 storm,
 and
how!
 Anindya 
 Hajra,
 a
 queer
 and
 women’s


venue,
 it
 was
as
 if
 by
 magic,
 my
 fears


become
another
 excuse
to
party,
India


right
 activist
 fondly
 recollects
 the


and
apprehensions
vanished.
In
that
sea
 (it
 did
 appear
 to
 me
 like
 a 
 sea)
 of


is
slowly
coming
to
terms
to
the
greater
 politics
 and
 purpose
 behind
 the
 Pride


impetus 
that
 made 
the
 Kolkata
Queer
 Community
 take
 their
 march
 to
 the


humanity,
 I
 felt
 at
 home
 and
 I
 was
 immediately
 at
 peace.
 The
 only


Marches.
 
Post
the
historic
judgment
of
 the
Delhi
High
Court,
gay
pride
marches


streets.
 “Pride
marches
have
been
 the
 symbol
 of
 protest
 by
 the
 marginalized
 1


throughout
 the
 world.
 While
 planning


“I
do
not
care
if
the
concept
of
Pride
is


the
Kolkata
Pride 
in
the
year
1999,
we
 had
 the
 dual
 aspects 
 of
 protest
 and


not
Indian,
but
the
purpose 
of
 Pride
is
 too
big
 to
be 
ignored.
 And
since
when


visibility
 in
 mind.
 For
 most
 of
 us,


have
we
started
boycotting
any
idea,
on


marching
 with
 the
 rainbow
 flag
 was 
a
 big
 event,
which
marked
 a
high
 in
our



the
 basis 
of
 its 
land
 of
 origin?
 If
 that
 had
been
 the
 case,
 we
 might
 as 
wind


lives.
 It
 
 marked
 the
transition
 for
 us,
 from
the
comfort
of
the
family
closet
to


up
Big Boss
and
other
reality
TV
shows.
 My
logic
is 
simple
‐
 if
 the
idea 
is
good,


coming
 out
in
 the 
open
and
 asking
 for


why
 not
 adopt
 it?
 In
 today’s
world
 of


our
rights.
Invariably,
the 
question
that
 many
of
 us
had,
 was
its 
feasibility,
 the


the 
 global
 village,
 this
 ideological
 apartheid
is
both
silly
and
ludicrous.”

need
 and
 the
 logic
 behind
 the
 Pride.
 While 
 some
 of
 us
 were
 apprehensive


The 
 concept
 of
 global
 village 
 in
 the
 recent
 times 
 has
 become
 a 
 dominant


about
the 
march
and
some
down
right


theme 
 for
 activist
 Mario
 Da
 Penha,


agnostic.
 For
 us,
 the
Pride
was 
a 
form
 of
 legitimate
 protest
 that
 we
 had
 to


when
 he
 stresses
 the
 importance
 of
 Pride 
 in
 unequivocal
 terms.
 “The


undertake
 to
 ensure,
 we
 were
 not
 written
off
the
books
completely.”


question
of
whether
a 
city
should
have
 a
 pride 
or
 not,
 is
 a 
question
 that
 the


For
most
queer
rights
activists 
in
India,


city
 must
 decide
 for
 itself.
 
 On
 a


the
 last
 two
 points 
 are
 of
 cardinal
 importance,
which
makes 
them
take
up


personal
 level,
 I
 think
 Pride
 as
 a
 concept
 is
 a
 matter
 of
 celebration
 of


the
 flag
 and
 take
 their
 march
 to
 the
 streets.
 Harish
 Iyer,
 an
 organizing


who
we
are
in
reality.
 
It
gives
many
of
 us 
a 
chance
 to
come 
out
in
the
street


committee
 member
 of
 the
 Mumbai


and
 celebrate 
 ourselves
 in
 the
 most


Pride
scorns
on
the 
so
called
‘East‐West
 divide’
when
it
comes
to
organizing
and


natural
way
we
can,”
he
explains. “Pride
 has 
 the 
 dual
 importance
 of


holding
 the 
pride.
“To
begin
 with,
 I
do
 not
 feel
any
different
from
 the
 person


celebration
 and
 protest
 at
 the
 same
 time.
 For
 those
 of
 us,
 in
 the
 LGBT


on
 the
 street
 in
 anyway.
 Having
 said,


community,
 who
 do
 not
 have 
 the


this,
I
must
insist
that
however
hard
we
 may
 try
 to
 ignore
 the
 fact,
 but
 there


privilege
 of
 straight‐acting,
Pride
 gives
 them
the
freedom
to
be 
as
flamboyant


still
remains 
a
lot
of
prejudice
from
the
 mainstream
against
the
sexual
minority


as
possible.
It
indeed
must
be
trying
to
 put
 up
 an
 act,
 to
 conform
 to



and
Pride
is
an
 important
 milestone
 is


stereotypes
and
Pride
is
the
occasion
to


trying
 to
 reconfirming
 our
 rightful
 space
under
the
sun.

When
we
turn
up


let
your
hair
down,
in
the
literal
sense.
 Thus,
 the
presence
of
 flamboyant
drag


in
 large
numbers,
 to
 march
 under
 the
 rainbow
 flag,
it
gives
a
sense
 of
 sheer


queens
is
 another
 way
 of
 giving
 those
 the
freedom
to
revel
in
their
own
way


numbers 
 which
 the
 mainstream
 can’t


and
I
guess 
it
functions
as
a 
safety
valve


deny
 or
 ignore,
 how
 ever
 hard
 they
 may
try
to.
It
is
a
message,
that
yes
we


for
many.
Its
this 
celebration
that
I
find
 very
 important
 for
 Pride 
 to
 be


might
be 
a
sexual
minority,
but
we 
are
 too
enormous
in
numbers
to
be
written


conducted
 in
 the
 Indian
 cities,”
 he
 further
adds.

off
the
books.
Also,
when
they
see
the


Another
aspect
which
Mario
points
out


plethora
 of
 actors,
 doctors
 and
 other
 professionals 
marching
 with
 us,
 in
 the


to
 is 
 the
 element
 of
 protest,
 which
 often
 is 
drowned
 in
 myriad
 images 
of


long
run
it
creates 
a
dent
in
their
armor
 of
 misconceptions 
 about
 the
 queer


semi‐naked
men
and
raunchy
 behavior
 that
prevails
in
the
Pride
marches.


community”,
he
says. Taking
 a
 direct
 dig
 at
 the
 frowners,
 Harish
 retorts 
(albeit
 tongue‐in‐cheek)
 2

Photograph
by
Sunetro
Lahiri

‐ Continued on Page 4


TQC - Aug Feb 2011 2010

PAGE 3 Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) January 29, 2011. Mumbai Photographs
by
Akshay
Bajaj
&
Sunetro
Lahiri



‐  Continued from Page 2 (The Reasons  for Pride) “I
have
walked
in
the
Pride
of
New
York
 quite
a
few
times
and
was 
surprised
to
 see
the
broad
spectrum
of
 people
who
 walk
 in
 it.
 We
 have
 Orthodox
 Jews,


MOVIE REPORT BY AMEY KOLHE Gay
 Pride
 marches
 and
 festivals
 are


Gilbert
 Baker
 ‐
 creator
 of
 the
 first


happening
 all
 over
 the
 world
 ‐
 sometimes 
 with
 heavy
 opposition
 and


rainbow
flag. Sao Paulo Pride Parade, Brazil

violence.

VIP
 access
 to
 the
 world’s
 largest
 Gay


Beyond Gay – The Politics of Pride
is 
the
 most
comprehensive
look
at
the 
role 
of


Parade
 where 
 4
 million
 people
 take
 part
 in
 their
 government
 sponsored


these
 events
 ever
 undertaken.
 This
 feature 
length
documentary
follows
the


Pride:
 a 
 street
 party
 that
 defies 
 the
 imagination.
 Their
 theme
 this
 year:


Vancouver
 Pride
 Society’s
 (VPS)
 Parade


Homophobia Kills! Then, 7 days later …

Director
 Ken
 Coolen
 and
 his
 VPS
 colleagues
 as
 they
 travel
 to
 places


Moscow Pride, Russia Coolen
and
crew
are
the
only
foreigners


where
Pride
is 
still
steeped
in
protest
to
 personally
 experience
 the
 rampant


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


homophobia
 that
 still
 exists.
 They
 also


meetings,
 hidden
 identities,
 police


travel
to
Sao
Paulo
Brazil
for
the
world’s
 largest
 gay
 parade
 and
 New
 York
 City,


harassment,
 the
 first
 successful
 peaceful
 Pride 
 March,
 and
 a 
 violent


the 
 birthplace
 of
 the
 modern
 gay
 liberation
movement.

counter
 protest
 reveal
 just
 how
 passionate
 people
 can
 be
 about
 a


Increasingly
 the 
 Pride
 movement
 is


parade.

globalizing.
 Coolen
 and
 many
 Pride
 organizers
in
North
America
and
Europe,


Pride Colombo, Sri Lanka Pride
 events
 here
 are
 only
 advertised


where 
 celebration
 has 
 overtaken
 political
 action,
 strive 
 to
 remind
 their


after
 they
 take
 place,
 in
 order
 to
 protect
 the
 identities
 of
 those
 brave


communities
that
Pride
is
at
its 
heart
a


enough
 to
 attend.
 Pride 
 organizer


global
fight
for
human
rights. Despite
 the
 hundreds 
 of
 thousands
 of


Sahran
 Abeysundra,
 later
 travels
 to
 Canada 
 to
 be
 a 
 Grand
 Marshal
 in


people
 cheering
 in
the
 streets,
Pride
 is
 much,
much
more
than
a 
parade 
and
a


Vancouver’s
Parade. Vancouver Pride, Canada

party.
 It
 is
 a 
giant
step
 on
 the
road
 to


“Celebrating 30 Years of the Rainbow”:


true
 equality.
 The
 GLBT
 community
 during
 Pride
 is
 an
 entertaining
 and


Back
 in
 Vancouver,
 where 
 equal
 marriage
 is
 legal
 and
 the 
 parade


engaging
 multi
 ethnic
 group
 than
 can
 bring
 attention
 to
 the 
 issue 
 of
 human


entertains
 half
 a 
 million
 people,
 Ken
 struggles
 to
 make
 the 
 parade
 have


rights
 with
 diversity,
 insight,
 and��� of


some
 meaning
 after
 all
 he
 has
 seen.


course
 plenty
 of
 fabulousness.
 Some
 highlights
include:

Through
 Ken
 we 
discover
 that
 despite
 thousands
 of
 people 
 cheering
 in
 the


InterPride 2007, Zurich Switzerland Coolen
 and
 co‐parade
 director,
 Dean


streets,
Pride 
is
much,
much
more
than
 a
parade
and
a
party.
It’s 
a
giant
step
on


Nelson,
 attend
 this
 international


the
road
to
true
human
equality.

conference
of
Pride
organizations.
Many
 human
 rights
 activists
 are
 interviewed,
 including
 American
 artist
 and
 activist
 4

‘Beyond  Gay  –  The  Politics  of  Pride’  was  screened at Queering Saturdays, organized by  Open Space. (www.openspaceindia.org) TQC

Churches,
support
groups,
walking
side
 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
 preference
is
an
infringement
of
human
 rights
 and
 that
 has
 to
 stop.
 However,
 the
main
stream
media,
often
 chooses
 to
 ignore
 this
 cardinal
 message
 and
 focuses 
on
 highlighting
 the 
nudity
 and
 other
elements
of
the
Pride,
“
he
sighs. For
 photographer
 par
 excellence,
Sunil
 Gupta,
it
is
time
that
the
Pride
Marches
 take
a
 step
 forward
 and
 ask
 for
 more
 rights.
“When
we
had
the
first
Pride
in
 Delhi,
it
was 
like
any
 other
civil
society
 protesting
against
the
injustices 
meted
 out
 to
 them.
 Then
 we
 had
 the
 exuberance
of
the Naz Foundation
case
 being
 heard
 in
 the
 Delhi
 High
 Court,
 and
 we
 wanted
 to
 protest
 as
 a
 civil
 society.
 So,
our
 march
ended
at
Jantar
 Mantar.
 We 
need
 to
 now
 start
 asking
 for
 more
 legal 
 changes
 with
 these
 Prides.

We
have
to
press 
for
legislative
 changes,
 which
 will
 give
 us
 the
 same
 rights 
 as 
 heterosexual
 partners,
 through
our
 Pride
Marches 
now.
It’s
a
 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
 must
act
fast,”
he
states. For
 our
 very
 own
 Pune,
 the
 queer
 community
 is
 literally
 counting
 the
 days,
 when
 this 
city
 will
 have 
its
 own
 Pride.
Says 
Aniket,"Pune
is
in
for
some
 good
times
and
going
by
the
success
of
 the
QFest,
I
 will
not
be
surprised
if
we
 manage
to
have
a 
Pride 
soon.
We
have
 kept
our
fingers
crossed
but
I
hope 
that
 it
happens
soon."
Amen
to
that. TQC


Art & Soul

TQC - Feb 2011

COMPILED BY KEITH

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

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TQC Exclusive: City Of Singles BY SAGAR DAVE

“You know you're in love when you don't 

acknowledge
it.
Valentine’s
Day
is
often


Akash
 Singh,
 28,
 an
 IT
 Professional



want  to  fall  asleep  because  reality  is 

the
most
dreaded
day
of
 the 
year
for
a


when
 asked
 what
 his
 plans 
 are
 for


finally better than your dreams.”  

single
man.
For
a
man
living
in
the
city,


Valentine’s 
 Day
 says,
 “It’s
 good
 to


‐ Dr. Seuss

love 
 is
 a
 difficult
 thing
 to
 pursue 
 yet


spend
it
with
someone
special
but
then


If
 you
 Google
 “love”
 you
 are
 going
 to



easy
 to
 drown
 in.
 With
 the
 ease
 of


this
day
is
more
about
people
you
love


get
 more
 than
 a
 billion
 hits,
 each
 one


finding
a 
date,
there
is
always
a 
risk
of


to o,
 w h i c h
 m o st
 p e o p l e 
 d o n ' t


literally
 shouting
 out
 about
how
 lovely


losing
one 
just
as 
easily.
The 
city
is 
such


understand.
 We
 should
 wish
 our


love 
is
 and
 how
 amazing
 it
 is
 to
 be 
in


a
place
and
it
plays 
mind
games
too,
as


parents,
 friends,
 anyone 
 we
 love.
 It’s


your
 lover’s
 caring
 arms.
 Love
 is


long
as
you’re
a
pawn
in
it.


not
 just
 about
 being
 with
 your


something
 that
each
of
 secretly
 desires


If
 you
are
the
kind
who
is
a
sucker
for


Boyfriend.”
 Akash
 further
 adds,


and
 yet
 we
 find
 it
 difficult
 to
 express


love 
then
you
are
in
for
a
reality
check


“Usually
 I'm
 at
 the
 office
 so
 I
 don’t


There
 are
those
who
 wear
 their
 hearts


on
 Valentine’s
 Day!
 ‘Oh
 god!
 Another


really
have
time 
to
celebrate
it”.
Akash


on
 their
 sleeve,
 while
 others
 simply


Valentine’s
Day
and
I
am
single!’,
‘14th


is
 trying
 to
 see
 this
 day
 in
 a
 broader


refuse
to
accept
that
they
are
struck
by


Feb...why
is
it
even
celebrated?’.
These


sense
 and
 has
 convinced
 himself
 that


the
Cupid.
 But
love
as
we
know
 it
is 
a


are 
 the
 thoughts
 that
 run
 through
 a


it’s
nothing
more
than
a
day
to
show
all


tricky
thing.
Like 
a
sweet
smelling
 rose,



single’s 
 mind;
 some
 might
 feel
 lonely


the
people
 you
love,
 how
special
they


one
 wrong
 move 
can
 result
 in
 a 
nasty


while
others
simply
despise
it.

are.

prick.

I
 caught
 up
 with
 some
 very
 eligible


Arun
 Mirchandani,
 the
 author
 of
 the


14th
February
is 
a
date
that
we
all
know


singles 
 in
 the
 city
 to
 find
 out
 what


book
 ‘You
 are
 not
 alone’
 says,
 “I
 am


very
well.
 
 Some
 make
 a 
big
 deal
of
 it


Valentine’s
Day
means
to
them.

single
 this
 year
 too
 and
 have 
 never


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

been
 in
 a 
relationship
 long
 enough
 to



celebrate 
 or
 mourn
 over
 Valentine’s
 Ameya,
 31,
 an
 architect
 on
 the 
 other
 Day!”
 He
 believes
that
 Valentine’s
Day
 hand
 thinks
 Valentine’s
 Day
 is 
 just
 is
great
for
people
who
are
in
love
but
 another
 marketing
 gimmick.
 He
 says,
 sucks 
for
 those
 who
 aren’t.
 He 
is 
 not
 “The
first
thought
that
occurs
to
me
is
‘I  averse
 to
 celebrating
 it,
 though.
 He
 hope  no  one  asks  me  out’.
 I
 find
 the
 says,
“You
have
Mother’s 
Day,
Father’s
 whole
 idea
 of
 Valentine’s
 Day,
 Day,
Children’s
day,
Friendship
Day
...
So
 extremely
 cheesy.”
Ameya
isn’t
 against
 Valentine’s
 Day?
 Why
 not?”.
 
 When
 the
 idea 
 of
 celebrating
 love 
 in
 all
 its
 asked
about
how
he
feels
being
 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.
 
A
day
is
only
as
important
as
you
 someday.
 Meanwhile
 for
 this 
year,
 it’s
 make
it
to
be.” 
When
asked
about
what
 his
TV
and
a
bag
of
chips!

he 
plans
to
 on
this 
Valentine’s 
Day,
he


Dalip,
 55
 has
 a
 different
 take
 on
 raises
 an
 eyebrow,
 “Really?
 Do
 you
 Valentine’s
 Day.
 The 
first
 thought
 that
 think
I’d
plan
something?
I
don’t
think
it
 comes 
to
him
is,
“Oh
God!
The
saffron  is
important.
May
be
a 
Hollywood
Rom‐ brigade
 is
 going
 to
 be
 at
 it
 again,
 Com!”
Ameya
believes 
that
 he
doesn’t
 bucking
 their
 ‘uninhibited’
 hips
 in


need
a
day
to
celebrate 
love,
he
could


public,
 creating
 an
 unsavory
 spectacle
 do
it
with
anyone
on
any
day
he
wants
 of
themselves 
‐
being
a
nuisance
to
all.”
 to.
 Not
 averse
 to
 the
idea
 of
 love,
 he
 On
a
lighter
note
he 
talks
of
Valentine’s
 says,
 “It
happens
 right
 when
 you
 stop
 Day
 “Cute!
Cupid
 has
sexy
 buns!
 But
I
 looking
 for
 it.”
 Ameya 
 thinks
 it’s 
 a
 am
no
crib
snatcher.”
Having
seen
many
 personal
decision
and
says
he 
will
cross
 Valentine’s
Days,
when
asked
about
his
 the
bridge
when
he
comes
to
it. take
on
love,
he
replies,
“Encyclopedic!
 From
worshippers,
to
semi
believers,
to
 In
a 
phrase
–
be honest about it, with  it,  cynics,
 the
 city
 is
 satiated
 with
 in it;
in
a
sentence
–
without love life is  opinionated
singles.
However,
like 
it
or
 a  drab.”
 Dalip
 adds,
 “Being
 single
 is
 not,
all
of
us
crave
love
and
as 
we
know
 sublime!
Like 
with
everything
else
in
life
 love 
is
only
love,
when
it
is
given
away.
 –
 there
 are
 moments
 of
 hardship
 and
 So
what
if

you
spent
another
New
Year
 pain
too
in
being
single.
Being
 single
is
 tucked
 in
 your
 bed
 alone
 or
 another
 not
the
same
as
being
‘alone’.
That’s 
an
 Valentine’s
Day
 sitting
 at
 your
 favorite
 altogether
different
‘ball
game’.
 Finally
 bistro,
 sipping
 mocha 
or
 for
 that
 sake
 to
 the
toughest
question
of
 the
lot
he
 any
other
day!
 replies,
 “This
Valentine’s
 I
 plan
 to
buy
 What
 matters
 is
 the
possibility
 of
 this
 myself
 a
 rose;
 give 
 myself
 a 
 well‐

being
 the
 last
 of
 its
 kind.
 Valentine’s


needed
hug
and
a
kiss;
and
as 
the
night
 will
come
and
it
will
pass.
But
when
you


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begins
 to
 whisper
 sweet
 nothings
 do
meet
 the
man
of
 your
 dreams
 the
 around
 a
 flickering
 candle 
 flame...
 wait
 will
 be
 totally
 worth
 it
 because
 slowly
 undress
 and
 take 
 me
 to
 bed...
 that
moment
onwards 
each
day
will
be
 Any
Cupid
out
there 
cares
to
frolic
with
 Valentine’s
Day
for
you. me
on
that
night?”

TQC Source:
 PlanetRomeo

7


Mex In The City: The Chase BY ALIKA

Photograph:
Alika

8

I
sit
waiting
at
a 
café,
starving.

I’ve
now


the
caliber
of
men.

Nor
does 
it
have
to


dude  ples.”
 
Delete.
 
“pure  top.   i have 

been
 sitting
 there
 for
 30
 minutes.



do
with
 the 
lack
 of
 gay‐friendly
 clubs,


place.    plz  revert.    fat.”
 
 Block.
 
 “hi.”  

Finally,
I
lose
my
patience
and
place 
an


bars,
 lounges,
 restaurants,
 etc.
 
 The


Hello?    “send  ur  no.”
 
 Ignore.
 
 “want 

order
 with
 the
 waiter.
 
 My
 dinner


aspect
 of
 this 
 scene
 that
 disappoints


sex.”  Ugh!



arrives,
and
finally
so
does 
my
date.

He


me
the
most
is,
quite
frankly,
the
chase.

Online
 dating,
 especially
 in
 the 
 gay


sits 
 there 
 quietly,
 lacking
 anything


The 
 chase:
 I
 spot
 him
 at
 a
 club—he


scene,
is
often
sex‐driven
regardless 
of


interesting
to
say.

I
ask
him
if
he
is
going


smiles.
 
 As
 I
 dance
 with
 friends,
 he


which
 continent
 I
 happen
 to
 inhabit.



to
 order
 anything.
 
 No.
 
 How
 about
 a


coolly
winds 
his
way
through
the 
crowd


The 
major
difference
between
here
and


drink?
 
 Not
 even
 that.
 
 I
 sit
 there,


in
 the 
darkened
venue.
 
 Packed
in
the


t h e r e
 i s
 t h a t
 w i t h
 s u c h
 f e w


awkwardly
 eating
 my
 platter
 as 
he
 sits


club,
 he
gently
 yet
 assertively
 touches


opportunities
 to
 meet
 in
 person
 by


there.
 
 Silence.
 
 So,
 what
 do
 you
 do?



my
 waist,
passing
by
as
if
 going
to
the


happenstance,
PlanetRomeo 
is
it.
 
 The


Engineer.

Where
are
you
from?

Delhi.

I


bar.
 
 A
 couple
 drinks 
later,
 I
 find
 him


only
 way
 for
 me
 to
 have
 the 
 remote


finish
my
dinner
and
he
states:
 Let’s
go


dancing
 behind
 me.
 
 With
 the
 dance


possibility
 of
 meeting
 someone
who
 is


back
to
your
place.

floor
 at
 capacity,
 his
 back
 is
 now
 up


worth
the
chase 
is 
by
searching
on
the


I’d
like
to
 say
 that
I
just
 describe
a
bad


against
 mine.
 
 He
 turns
 around—and


other
end
of
the
LCD
screen.

Yet,
when


date
 that
 I
 recently
 experienced.



we’re 
 dancing.
 
 His 
 face
 inches
 from


the
date
materializes,
it
will
most
likely


Unfortunately,
 it
 has 
 been
 a 
 string
 of


mine.

We
kiss.

Exchange
numbers.

be
a
dud.

bad
dates,
all
with
the 
same 
semblance


I
 arrive 
 at
 the 
 dimly
 lit
 lounge
 in
 the


On
Valentine’s
Day,
I
will
be
back
in
NYC


of
annoyance
and
boredom.

gayborhood.
 
 As
 I
 enter,
 I
 scan
 the


for
a
short
visit.
 
I
have
already
started


For
 Christmas,
 I
 went
 home
 to


room.

There
he
is,
poised
with
an
air
of


flipping
 through
 my
 modern‐day


California.
 
 Sitting
 in
a
 posh
 lounge 
in


confidence 
 suited
 in
 his
 trendy
 attire,


Rolodex
(a.k.a.
Facebook),
searching
for


Los
Angeles,
an
acquaintance
who
I
had


calmly
 fingering
 his
full 
chilled��� martini


past
Casanovas
who
 will
 surely
 deliver


met
 a 
 year
 earlier
 in
 Palm
 Springs


glass
as 
it
starts 
to
slowly
sweat.

 He
is


an
 evening
 that
 will
 quench
 my
 thirst


learned
 that
 I
 had
 moved
 to
 India.



the
 handsome
 guy
 from
 the
 previous


for
‘the
chase.’



“What!?    How  did  I  not  know  that?  

night.

I
sit
down,
order
a 
drink,
and
the


And,
 maybe
 upon
 my
 return,
 I’ll
 meet


Where  do you live?”
 
 Pune.
 
“Where  is 

night
 ensues
 with
 intellectually


s u c h
 a n
 i n d i v i d u a l
 h e r e ,
 w h o


that?”  
 Near
 to
 Bombay.
 
 Then
 he


stimulating
conversation.



understands 
the
fine
balance
between


paused,
 with
 almost
 a 
 sad
 look
 of


This
chase
is
what
I
miss
most.

Instead,


a p p e a r i n g
 b o t h
 e a g e r
 a n d


horror:
“What’s the dating scene like?”

I
have
PlanetRomeo:

“im 19 male pune 

disinterested,
 excited
 yet
 composed,


My
 biggest
 complaint
 about
 the
 gay


wanna  have  a  good  male  and 

and
most
of
all:
gentlemanly
sexual.

scene
 in
 Pune
 has 
nothing
 to
 do
 with


passionate  and   hot  experience  with  a 

TQC


RJ’s Top 10 “Valentine’s
Day
is
round
the
corner
 and
many
people
I
know,
are
dying
to
 fast‐forward
to
the
14th
of
February
 so
that
they
can
show
their
loved
 ones
how
much
they
love
them… But
there
are
people
(including
me)
 who
are
still
single
(and
not
ready
to
 mingle)
and
they
find
it
difficult
to
 deal
with
all
the
hullabaloo
about
 Valentine’s
Day.
 So
to
make
sure
that
you
don’t
end
 up
being
bored
out
of
your
mind,
 when
your
friends
talk
about
their
 Valentine
escapades,
here’s
my
list
of
 what
you
can
do
on
Valentine’s
Day
if
 you
are
 single!”
‐
RJ

on’t s first…D g in h t t s Fir …!!! and pout e m o h t stay a

Organize a ‘Singles Party’ at your home and bitch about couples that are about to part ways…(It’s soooo much fun…lol)

Go to a spa… pamper yourself…a lways remember th e best way to please your self is to pamper you rself…!!!

Valentine’s Day is all about sharing love… an orphanage or elderly home has lot to accommodate …!!!

D o your DV t d e k o o h Get atch your player…w ovies in favorite m t on’t forge d ( … n io t a continu orn) ck of popc o t s a p e e to k

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

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snooze…!!!

Get laid…!!! s (Only finding life partner is difficult… finding sex dates is not…)

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)

this… g n i ead da are r u o o fin t e t If y n’t le ’s tim t o i , w e I oz dud …bec nto r e n me i e c part r fo g listin ditor E e e m h a t es !! ng th i t i ell…! r w w s a year next

9


And Bon Appétit

Santé

BY CHEF SUBODH BODKE

PINK CRUSH 


Presenting some delectables for that special ‘dinner-for-two’ on Valentine’s night

Ingredients 10
fl.oz.
coconut
flavored
rum 6
fl.oz.
pineapple
juice 16
fl.oz.
strawberry‐flavored
soda
 Method Pour
the
rum
and
pineapple
juice
into
 a
cocktail
mixing
cup
and
stir
to
 combine.
 Gently
pour
the
strawberry
soda
into
 the
mixture,
pouring
down
the
side
of
 the
mixing
cup
to
prevent
the
soda
 from
going
flat.
 Slowly
tilt
the
mixing
cup
back
and
 forth
a
few
times
to
mix.
Pour
into
 cocktail
glasses
and
serve
immediately.

Va le nt in e Pi zz a Ingredients 3 cups bread flour 0.25 oz. envelope active dry yea

st

1¼ cups warm water 3 tablespoons extra virgin oliv e oil 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosema

ry 

14 oz. can pizza sauce 3 cups shredded mozzarella

cheese

2 ripe tomatoes, sliced

Preheat the oven to 200 deg C.

1 zucchini, sliced 15 slices pepperoni 2.25 oz. can sliced black olives Method Place bread flour, yeast, water and 2 tablespoons olive oil into the brea d machine pan. When the dough mixed, knead rosemary into the dough.

Bananas

dough into three portions. Sha

piece into a heart shape about

Divide the

pe each

thick. Brush with remaining oliv

spread a thin layer of pizza sau

½ inch

e oil, and ce on each

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.

Fo s t e r

Ingredients

ons butter

2 tablespo

sugar ons brown 3 tablespo innamon n ground c ⅛ teaspoo 1 banana ice on lemon ju 1 tablespo ¼ cup rum a liqueur ons banan 2 tablespo Method

in a edium heat, tter over m u b e th n lt e M nd cinnamo r in sugar a ti S t. e ill sk small re bubbles. til the mixtu and heat un nana. Place arter the ba u q d n a e l e e P on juice in th es and lem c ie p a n a re n ba tes mo , 3 to 4 minu k o o c d n a t skille h syrup. basting wit

10 20

at rum and led pan, he d n a -h g n lo In a eat until just r medium h ve o r u e u lly liq banana pour carefu lcohol and a e th e it n warm. Ig nana slices. over the ba heat and et from the ill sk e th ve ices with Remo e banana sl th e st a b to wn. continue mes die do until the fla e c u sa ir e th oons, of . With two sp e c n o t a e Serv course! :)


And Not All That Jazz ... 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,

This indie pop band was the brainchild of Belle and

“The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon,” claims the band’s

Queen ushered in an era of musical inclusion. Their

Sebastian’s front man Stuart Murdoch. Coupled with the

official website. The silvertongued front man founded the

musical style was an

euphonic talent of Catherine

orchestral pop band in 1989

amalgamation of progressive rock, hard rock, glam rock as

Ireton, Brittany Stallings and Dina Bankole and many other

and has since been the force behind the band, through its

well as less conventional styles like that of opera, gospel and

female vocalists, God Help The Girl began its musical journey

two decade long tenure. Dressed in dapper suits and

folk.

towards a classic pop rock

backed by a full-fledged

Freddie Mercury’s songwriting skills coupled with his knack of

tribute. What culminated through this

orchestra, Hannon’s quirky and self-ironic style earned him a

magnetizing the audience made him the undisputed god

collaboration was a 60′s-70′s

name internationally, especially in France.

of rock and roll. His ability to

style is reminiscent of the celluloid and stage musical

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.

girl group spectacular. The

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 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

TQC - Feb 2011

lyrics.

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www.youtube.com/watch? v=DXP1oLtPyDA 11


The Candy Store BY SANKET TANDULWADKAR I
 still
 vividly
 recall
 my
 first
 conversation
 on
 the


I
could
totally
relate
the
warm
fuzzy
feeling
to
my


subject
 ‐
 GAY,
 from
 the
 days
 when
 I
 was
 in
 high


past
 relationships
 with
 my
 (now
 ex)
 girlfriends.


school.
Not
 that
I
was 
shocked.
 It
 just
felt
a 
little


Thinking
back
to
the
times
spent
with
girls,
I
began


awkward.


to
 question
 my
 sexual 
 inclinations:
 bisexual,


Imagining
 two
 girls
 ‘together’
 was 
 indeed
 a


homosexual
or
heterosexual?

pleasure,
as
it
is 
for
 most
 straight
 men.
However,


Even
 today
 I
 don’t
 fully
 understand
 the
 role
 of


the
 thought
 of
 two
 men
 engaging
 in
 coitus 
 was


sexual
orientation
in
choosing
sexual
partners.
Is
it


inconceivable
(pun
unintended),
as 
I
had
been
part


driven
 by
 dictionary
 meanings 
 or
 
 the 
 society’s


of
a
community
with
slightly
orthodox
ideologies.



outlook?

It
was
when
I
got
talking
to
this 
guy,
a 
fashionista


The 
feeling
of
being
with
a
girl
has 
never
made
me


of
sorts,
that
I
pictured
what
the
other
playing
field


feel
 any
 less
 important,
 neither
 was
 I
 ever


would
 be 
 like.
 It
 was
 an
 unfamiliar
 conversation


confused
or
unhappy.


which
definitely
ignited
the
curiosity
to
know
more


With
Kunal
however,
there 
always
was
a
free
mind


within
me.

and
 we
 lived
 in
 the 
‘now’.
 This
 was
 something
 I


Though
he
was
open
about
his 
sexual
orientation,


never
had
experienced
with
the
girls
I
had
dated.


there
was 
no
way
I
would
walk
up
to
him 
and
strike


It
 was 
 not
 the 
 physical
 intimacy
 that
 generated


up
a
conversation.


strong
feelings
about
him,
but
the
sole
reason
that


Was
it
because
I
 was
scared;
 or
 was
 it
because
I


he 
understood
 me
 better
 than
 most
 of
 my
 other


didn’t
 want
 my
 peers 
 to
 view
 it
 in
 any
 other


friends,
something
 one
 presumably
longs 
for
 and


context?
 Answering
 that
 question
 isn’t
 really


looks
for
in
his
partner.

difficult.
Though
I
wish
that
 things
had
happened


Bisexuals 
are
sometimes
mistaken
as 
the
confused


in
a
different
way.


lot.
Everyone
is
born
bisexual.
It’s
only
a 
few,
who


Back
 in
2006
 when
 I
 moved
to
 Pune,
 I
 was
 very


try
to
figure 
out
which
side
they
would
want
to
bat


much
into
the
‘fairer
sex’
and
I
did
have
my
share


for
eventually.


of
 fun
with
the
 ladies.
 To
 be
 honest,
 the 
idea
of


Bisexuality
is 
not
a 
confused
state
of
mind
but
the


being
with
a
guy
had
never
crossed
my
 mind
‐
till


state 
of
 enjoying
 the 
company
of
 the
person
you


then.


are
with,
regardless
of
the
gender.


Days
 after
 entering
 into
 my
 junior
 year,
 I
 finally


Quoting
one
of
 my
 close
friends,
“I
 am
a
blessed


spoke 
to
 him,
 Kunal.
And
 it
 didn’t
 really
 feel
 any


bisexual.
I
have 
no
issues
sampling
candy
from
the


different.
I
don’t
know
what
I
was
expecting,
but
I


other
store.
It
gives
me
an
idea 
whether
what
I
get


certainly
 had
 no
 feelings 
of
 aversion
or
 anything


here
is
better
than
that
at
the
other
store.
And
as


towards
him.


long
 as
it
is,
I
 don’t
 have 
to
 worry
 about
 what
it


As
days
passed
 by,
 I
discovered
that
 he
 too
 liked


costs
me”


‘house’
music,
Chinese
food
and
artsy
movies.


I
couldn’t
agree
more.

One
night,
lying
in
my
bed,
giggling
when
I
recalled
 the
 stupid
 jokes
 that
 Kunal
 had
 cracked,
 I
 asked
 myself
‘Is this because I like the guy?’

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TQC


Life & Tarot

TQC - Feb 2011

BY ZEPHYR RAY

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Card for 2011
–
2
of
Swords:
Stuckness.


Card for 2011
–
The
World:
Completion


C a rd  fo r  2 0 1 1
 –
 T h e
 C h a r i o t :


The
more
you
strive,
the
harder
it
gets.

of
 an
 important
 cycle.
 The
 start
 of


Movement,
Accomplishment.

Key lesson for 2011
–
Knight
Of
Wands:


something
fresh
and
new.

Key  lesson  for  2011
 –
 Strength:


Anger
 and
 frustration
 will
 only


Key  Lesson  for  2011
 –
 7
 of
 Swords:


Courage.
 Stand
 your
 ground
 in
 all


complicate
matters.

Caution
in
action,
speech
and
thought.

matters
of
importance.

Career:
A
year
of
taking
one
step
ahead


Career:
 An
 important
 project
 may
 be


Career:
 Major
 career
 shifts 
 are


and
two
back…or
so
it
may
 seem.
Plan


completed.
 A
 feeling
 of
 consolidation


possible.
A
long‐standing
 goal
could
be


ahead,
 cultivate
 patience,
 let
 go
 of


and
fulfillment.
Make 
sure
you
have 
all


accomplished.

feelings
of
frustration.

bases
 covered
 before
 you
 make
 the


Money and investments:
Good
year
to


Money  and  investments:
 Money
 may


next
move.

buy
a
new
car.



get
 stuck
 in
 projects.
 Make
 sure
 you


Money and investments:
Double‐check


Health  and  happiness:
 Hyper‐activity


have
a 
small
kitty
saved
up
so
you
don’t


the
 credentials
 of
 that
 financial


indicated
by
the 
cards.
Take
care
to
get


feel
the
pinch.


planner!

plenty
 of
 fresh
 air,
 rest
 and
 nutritious


Health and happiness:
Don’t
fight
what


Health  and  happiness:
A
 great
year
to


food.


is
 beyond
 your
 control.
 Acceptance 
 is


start
 meditation
 or
 some 
 spiritual


Romance  and  leisure:
 Those
 in
 long‐

the
 key.
 Develop
 a
 zen‐like 
outlook
 to


practice.
 For
 those
 already
 doing


distance
 relationships
 may
 feel
 a 
 bit


life’s
situations.


Sadhana,
 an
 year
 of
 important
 and


isolated
or
neglected
by
partners.
Make


Romance  and  leisure:
 If
 things 
 seem


genuine
accomplishments.


your
feelings
known
to
tide
over
minor


like
they’ve 
slowed
 down
with
a
loved


Romance and leisure:
Take
that
foreign


bumps
in
the
road.


one,
 it
 could
 simply
 mean
 you’re


vacation
 you’ve
 always 
 dreamed
 of!


Good months:
June,
July.

getting
comfortable…not
a 
bad
thing
at


Give 
sparingly
 of
 your
 trust
in
matters


all!

of
the
heart.

Good months:
September,
October.

Good months:
All
of
2011
(lucky
you!) 13


CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Card  for  2011
 –
 9
 of
 Swords:
 Stop


Card  for  2011
 –
 9
 of
 Cups:
 Wish‐

Card for 2011 
–
6
of
Wands:
Success���in


worrying
so
much!

fulfillment!

material
matters.

Key  lesson  for  2011
–
 4
 of
 Pentacles:


Key  lesson  for 2011
–
 Page
 of
 Wands:


Key lesson for 2011
–
 5 
of
 Cups:
Tough


Time
 to
 take 
 stock
 of
 life
 and
 realize


Nascent
creativity
needs 
nurturing
 and


lessons
about
love
and
relationships.


that
you’re
in
a
good
place
after
all!

encouragement.


Career:
Fruitful
and
rewarding
work
will


Career:
Sleepless
nights,
loads
of
 work


Career:
 Ask
 for
 whatever
 you
 think
 is


be
accomplished.


with
 the
 chance
 to
 earn
 loads
 of


d u e
 t o
 y o u … m o r e
 m o n e y ,
 a


Money  and  investments:
 Follow
 your


rewards
and
recognition.

promotion…you’ll
get
it!

head
 and
 use 
 your
 common
 sense.


Money  and  investments:
 No
 need
 to


Money  and  investments:
 Keep
an
 eye


Some
 older
 investments
 could
 yield


be 
a
 miser.
 Enjoy
 your
 money,
 you’ve


on
expenses,
especially
 the
credit
 card


results.

earned
it!

charges.

Health  and  happiness:
 Let
 the
 bottle


Health  and  happiness:
 Digestive


Health  and  happiness:
 Plenty
 of


be
 a
 casual
 acquaintance,
 not
 a


problems
 indicated,
 so
 eat
 loads 
 of


chances
 to
 eat,
 drink,
 make 
 merry


constant
companion!

fiber
and
keep
your
system
hydrated.


equals 
acidity.
Moderation
needs 
to
be


Romance  and  leisure:
 “Heartbreak


Romance and leisure:
Be
generous
and


exercised.

Hotel”
 could
 well
 become
 your
 theme


giving
with
your
partner.
A
time 
to
give


Romance and leisure:
The 
man
of
 your


for
the 
year.
Stop
playing
the
victim
and


and
not
just
expect
to
receive.


dreams
will
come
a‐knocking!

turn
it
into
“I
Will
Survive”.


Good months:
April,
May.

Good month:
March.

Good month:
August.

villa queenie, ground floor 16th road, bandra (west) mumbai, india

TQC


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. Photograph
by
Akshay
Bajaj

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