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THE QUEER CHRONICLE 2010

OCT

Issue 2 . Volume 2 . Pune

(GAYSI): WE ARE FAMILY

TQC EXCLUSIVE: HOMOPHOBIA - A STUDY

HEALTH: ASK DOCTOR TUSHAR

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In this issue

Editorial

(Gaysi): We are family

01

Open Space

02

Page 3

03

TQC Exclusive: Homophobia ‐ A study

04

Book review: ‘Hostel room 131’

06

Money: The Pink Rupee 

08

Readers’ Corner

09

Leisure: Santé & Bon Appétit

10

Health: Ask Doctor Tushar

11

Travel: Weekend getaway ‐ Karnala

12

Reflections

13

Movie Report: ‘Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)’

14

each
month.
 Deepak
 Kashyap,
 a
 prominent
 LGBT


Leisure: Life & Tarot

15

activist
also
presented
a
summary
of
his
 thesis 
 at
 Open  Space,
 titled
 ‘Sexual


Art & Soul: Artists ‐ Waswo X. Waswo & Murali Raman

16

Pune
got
really
‘HOT’
in
September,
and
 it
was
not
the
mercury
rising. Events 
 galore
 pepped
 up
 the
 queer
 mood,
despite
the
sultry
weather. Open Space
organized
its 
first
‘Queering
 Saturdays’
 with
 the
 screening
 of
 the
 popular
 queer
 movie
 Mambo  Italiano.
 Open Space
would
be
hosting
‘Queering
 Saturdays’
on
the
2nd
and
4th
Saturday,


identity
 and
 behavior
 among
 urban
 Indian
 men’,
 which
 was 
 followed
 by
 a
 very
animated
discussion.
 And
how
 can
 I
 not
 mention
 the 
totally
 awesome 
party
 organized
 by
‘Birds
of
 a
 Feather.’
 Sagar
 and
 Apphia,
 outdo
 themselves
with
each
successive
event! Apphia,
co‐founder
of
Birds  of a Feather
 and
 prominent
 Bi‐activist
 was
 also
 invited
to ‘BiCon 2010 & 10 ICB’ that
was
 recently
 held
 in
 UK.
 I
 am
 sure
 we 
will


TQC. Issue 2. Volume 2. Pune. Cover
artwork:
 “The Peepul Gatherer” is
a
work
by
Waswo
X.
Waswo
from
his
well‐known
series
 ‘A
 Studio
 in
 Rajasthan’.
 This
 16”x
 24”
 image
 is
 a
 hand‐colored
 digital
 photograph
 on
 archival
 Hahnemuhle
 fine
 art
 paper.
 This
image
 has
already
 appeared
 in
 exhibitions 
in
 Delhi,
 Mumbai,
 Kochi,
Pondicherry
and
Italy.
Copyright
Waswo
X.
Waswo.
Used
with
permission
of
the
artist. Editor
 &
 publisher:
 Keith
|
 Contributors:
 Ahana
 Banerjie,
 Amey
 Kolhe,
 Ankit
 Chawla,
 ‘Enigma’,
 Imran
 Ali
 Khan,
 Jaideep
 Bhide,
 Kedar
 Champhekar,
 ‘Broom’,
 Murali
 Raman,
 Ranjeet
 Kulkarni,


hear
more
from 
her
 on
the
conference,
 once
her
jet
lag
wears
off
:)

Subodh
Bodke,
‘Seahorse
 of
the
 Night’,
Tushar
Tayal,
Waswo
X.
Waswo
|
Layout
concept,
design
&


Overall
 an
 exciting
 month
 and
 much
 more
is
in
the
pipeline
for
October
too.


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TQC - Oct 2010

Photo
credit:
Milinda
Rajapaksha It
was
a 
cold
February
afternoon
when
I


my
fear
of
coming
out.
Of
course
it
also


And
 now
 with
 Writers  Bloc
 –
 my
 cup


first
 met
 The
 Girl.
 Three
 months
 later,
 my
 then
 husband
 &
 I
 decided
 to
 end


helped
 that
 I
 had
 a
 very
 very
 very
 patient
partner
who
 tolerated
my
self‐

runneth
over. Gaysi Family
is
now
a
blog
with
a 
life
of


what
 was 
 left
 of
 our
 very
 unhappy


loathing
homophobic
attitude.

it’s
 own.
 We
 have
 several
 authors,


marriage. Those
three
months
and
several
months


And
when
I
was
past
the
worst
phase 
of
 fear
 and
confusion
 and
 had
 come
 out


many
 supporters
 and
 many
 more
 readers.
 I
 like
 to
 believe 
 that
 MJ
 &
 I


that
 followed
 were
 the 
 months 
 that
 showed
me 
what
I
 was
 made
 of.
I
 had


on
the
other
side,
 I
rued
the
lack
 of
 a
 space
&
community
where 
I
could
read


could
disappear,
but
the 
community
we
 started
will
live
on.

several
choices
–
I
 could
stay
unhappily


about
 others 
 who
 had
 the
 same


In
 all
 this
chest
thumping,
 I
 would
 be


married
 while
 secretly
 having
 a
 relationship
 with
 The
 Girl.
 I
 could
 get


struggles 
 as
 I
 had.
 Others
 with
 conservative 
South
Asian
 parents
 who


leaving
 out
 a
 big
 fat
 detail
 if
 I
 didn’t
 mention
how
much
MJ
means
to
me 
&


divorced
 but
 choose
 not
 to
 pursue 
my
 relationship
 with
 The
 Girl.
 I
 could
 get


just
 could
not
 fathom
 the
 meaning
 of
 their
child
being
gay.

to
 this
 blog.
 She
 is 
 the
 burning
 force
 that
 comes 
 up
 with
 ideas 
 and


divorced,
 have
 a 
relationship
 with
 The


And
so
Gaysi Family
was
born.
MJ
(who


implements
 them.
 She’s 
 the 
 one 
 who


Girl
but
never
tell
a
soul,
 especially
 not
 my
parents.

I
 met
 through
 a
 friend)
 and
 I
 both
 agreed
about
wanting
to
set
up
a
space


nags
 me
to
get
 things 
done.
 She’s 
the
 one
who
sends
me
to‐do
lists
and
then


In
 the
 end,
 I
 chose
 to
 get
 divorced,
 I
 chose 
 to
 let
 true
 love 
 into
 my
 life,
 I


that
we
so
craved. I
 cannot
 even
 remember
 how
 many


checks
on
 whether
 I’ve
 done
any
of
 it
 and
then
patiently
resends 
them
when


chose 
 to
 live
 my
 life
 with
 pride
 and


times 
I’ve
read
posts
here
by
different


I
haven’t
done
them.
She’s
the
one 
who


dignity
by
coming
out
to
my
parents. I
 did
 not
 make 
 these 
 choices 
 easily.


people 
 and
 have
 held
 back
 tears
 because
 I’ve 
 felt
 the 
 same
 pain
 or


gets 
T‐shirts 
printed,
 seeks 
out
authors
 to
 interview,
 schedules 
 posts
 to
 be


Most
 of
 them
 I
 made
 because
 I
 knew
 that
any
other
choice
would
mean
a
life


nodded
 vigorously
 in
 agreement
 because
 I’ve 
 lived
 the
 same
 scenario.


published.
 All
 of
 this
 while
 doing
 her
 day
job
&
being
a
total
gaysi
casanova.

not
worth
living.
But
what
really
helped


What’s 
amazing
is 
that
while
we
started


me
 through
 these 
 times
 was 
 a
 community
 of
 friends.
 Friends
 who


this
 blog
 to
 help
 others
 find
 a
 community
–
I
have
found
a
community


supported
 me,
 my
 grief
 at
 the
 divorce
 (unhappy
 as
 my
 marriage
 was,
 I
 had


here
that
has
enriched
and
enlightened
 me 
 more
 than
 I
 could
 have
 ever


Family. Gaysi Family was started in 2008 to  provide a voice and a safe space to ‘desis’  w h o  i d e n t i f y  a s  L G B T . 

known
 & 
loved
my
 ex
 for
many
 years),


imagined.

www.gaysifamily.com 

‘Broom’  &  ‘MJ’  are  co‐founders  of  Gaysi 

1


Open Space

2 4

The 
other
 day
 a 
 few
 Tibetan
 students


Watching
 the 
film
 it
 suddenly
 became


the
 Other.
 The
 identity
 of
 the 
 self
 is


came
to
Open Space
to
watch
a 
film
and
 talk
about
the 
work
they
wanted
to
do


painfully
 apparent
 to
 me
 that
 there
 were
 more
 hearts
 in
 the
 space
 that


created
 by
 evaluation
 and
 elimination.
 Understanding
 what
 it
 was 
 to
 be
 gay


with
 us 
for
 the
Human
Rights
week
 in


stood
broken,
than
one
imagined.


when
I
understood
it
 (a 
very,
very
 long


December. I
 sat
through
 the
film
on
Tibet,
at
first


I
 was
 in
 an
 exile
 that
 I
 did
 not
 voluntarily
opt
for.
But
this
idea
took
on


time
ago),
was 
a 
process 
of
elimination.
 I
preferred
one
to
another,
I
understood


with
 an
 aesthetic
 detachment
 to
 the
 subject,
and
only
later
with
a
feeling
of


a
 new
 meaning
 while
 I
 watched
 the
 film.
This 
was
not
about
a 
nation,
it
was


one
better
than
the
other,
and
so
began
 what
was
to
become
an
exile 
in
itself.
I


complete
 disappointment
 with
 the


not
about
the 
people
in
the
room,
but
it


remained
 alien
 to
 much
 of
 the
 socio‐

world
 at
 large.
 (Of
 course
 it
 is
 always
 refreshing
to
know
that
the
angst
of
16


was 
 about
 the
 spaces
 we
 share
 together.
Each
of
us 
exiled
in
some
way


cultural
 head‐banging
 of
 the
 straight
 world,
 but
 assumed
 a
 cultural
 stance,


hasn’t
 left
 you,
 and
 you
 may
 still
 be
 very
much
in
fashion.)


to
quarters 
of
 the
larger
milieu
and
as
I
 write
this 
I
realize
even
more
than
ever


one
 that
 involved
 playing
 my
 cello,
 understanding
 what
 Auden 
 meant


An
entire
nation
in
 exile,
deprived
of
 a


that
 I
 am
 a
 minority
 in
 almost
 every


when
he 
wrote
“Lay your sleeping head, 

cultural
 identity
 rooted
 in
 a 
 heritage
 spanning
 generations,
 is
bound
 to
 pull


sense
of
the
word.
As
you
read
this,
you
 will
then
understand
the
significance
of


my love,/Human on my faithless arm..”
 and
understanding
 that
 aubergine
 was


at
the
appropriate
heart
strings.
 A
 group,
 when
 in
 exile,
 assumes
 a


something
 larger
 than
 yourself.
 We
 have
access
to
the
language
it
is
written


not
just
a 
vegetable
but
a 
color
as
well
 ( I
 a m
 ste re o t y p i n g ,
 b u t
 I
 wa s


purpose
that
 is
quite
different
 to
 their


in,
 access 
 to
 the
 means 
 it
 uses
 to


eliminating).

lives 
if
they
weren’t
in
exile.
There
is 
an
 identity
to
forge,
a
cultural
landscape
to


communicate
in
and
we
have
access 
to
 express
it.
The
idea
is 
to
use
the
spaces


But
 I
 have 
a
language
 now
 by
 which
I
 understand
myself
and
I
have
a 
space
to


melt
 into
 and
 a 
community
 to
 create.
 Routine
 cultural
 moorings
 that
 would


we
 have,
 to
 recognize
the
 spaces
 that
 stand
 outside
 them.
 And
 standing


share
that
language
by
which
I
speak.
I
 suppose
 the 
 idea 
 is
 to
 decode 
 the


otherwise
have
gone
unnoticed.


outside,
 to
 understand
 the
 nature
 of


language
into
form,
(art
or
alcohol)
and


For
the
Tibetans,
as
it
is 
for
any
 nation
 in
 exile,
 the
 freedom
 they
 wait
 for


what
these
spaces
we
inhabit
are. The 
identity
of
a 
community
is 
based
on


understand
not
just
the
differences 
that
 separate
us,
but
that
also
connect
us.

always
 seems
 very
 close 
 at
 hand,
 although
it
never
is.

its
 relevance 
 to
 the
 time
 it
 shares
 by
 comparison
 to
 something
 other
 than


There
is 
no
 salvation
in
difference,
 but
 there
 is 
 moksh
 in
 understanding
 that


itself.
The 
nature
of
which
is
formed
by


difference.
(www.openspaceindia.org)


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TQC Exclusive: Homophobia - A Study BY AHANA BANERJIE

4

First
 came 
 the 
 Universe.
 Then
 came


objected
to
 her.
Great
 Roman
generals


who
 said
 these,
 and
 they
 would
 have


nature
 with
 its
 soil,
 plants 
 and
 trees,


like
 Caesar
 or
 Octavian
 are
 often


replied
that
their
‘Gods’
asked
them
to


and
water.
 Then
 were
the
 dinosaurs
in


suspected
 of
 indulging
 in
 sexual


do
so.


the
 Jurassic
 period,
 followed
 by
 apes


activities 
 with
 men
 in
 harem,
 even


Gods...
 Where 
are
 the 
Gods?
 Why
 do


and
 human
 beings
 thousands
 of
 years


ambitious
 Emperors
 like 
 Alexander
 or


they
 always
 appear
 in
 ancient
 times


after
 their
 disappearance 
 from
 the


Xerxes.
 Why
 did
 people
 not
 object


and
not
now?
 What
 are
they
afraid
of,


planet.


then,
 when
 they
 knew
 that
 these


media,
 pollution
 or
 terrorism?
 Why


But
I
wonder
when
did
the
Gods
come,


generals 
 were
 involved
 in
 such


don’t
 they
 show
 themselves
 to
 us?


or
 did
 they
 ever
 exist
 on
 this
 planet?


activities?
 They
were 
powerful,
 is
 that


Does
it
 mean
that
 they
do
not
exist
in


Whatever!
 Since
 the 
very
 beginning
 of


what
they
would
say?


fact,
 and
 that
 they
 are
 a 
 simple


our
 different
 civilizations
 around
 the


Historians 
 believed
 that
 homophobia


perception
of
these 
so
called
classes
of


globe,
in
 school
we
learnt
what
we 
did


came
 from
 conservative
 societies.


people
 out
 in
 the
 streets 
to
 hate
 and


then,
how
we
survived
and
what
kind
of


Many
 religious
 societies
 were
 scared


marginalize 
 people
 a 
 bit
 hatke
 from


things
we 
used
or
the 
dresses 
we
wore.


about
their
 statuses 
in
 the
 public
 and


their
perception
of
normalcy?


Did
any
teacher
 tell
us 
whom
 we
slept


the
 respect
 that
 common
 men


To
 my
 knowledge,
 this
 is 
 what
 the


with,
 or
 was 
 there 
 any
 social
 division


showered
 on
 them.
 These
 cultures


hardcore
truth
is!


based
 on
 the
 behaviors 
 of
 the


emphasized
 that
 love��� can
 exist
 only


H e t e r o n o r m a t i v e s
 a r e
 m o s t l y


individuals?
 I
 don’t
 remember
 and


between
 a 
 man
 and
 a
 woman,
 and


homophobic.
 They
 are
 the
 ones
 who


neither
 you
 nor
 I
 do
 believe,
 because


sexual
 activities
 were
 only
 for


are 
afraid
 to
 mingle
 with
 people
 who


people
 then
 hardly
 cared
 about
 those


producing
 children.
 They
 had
 set
 laws


share
their
love
with
their
own
kind,
or


things.

for
 what
 to
 eat,
 whom
 to
 work
 for,


tend
to
go
against
the
normal
codes
for


Lesbos
was
a 
famous 
Greek
poetess
who


what
 to
 wear
 and
 when
 to
 sleep;


dressing
 or
 apt
 to
 alter
 their
 body
 of


wrote
 poems 
 depicting
 women
 as 
 the


dividing
 the
 common
 class
 into
 many


their
choice,
in
short
the
homosexuals


protagonists
 involved
 in
 heroics


social
 races 
 and
 creating
 endless


or
the
queers.

especially
 meant
 for
 men.
 But
 nobody


dogmas
for
their
own
benefit.
Ask
them



TQC - Oct 2010

Harassed.
 Oppressed.
 Marginalized.


An
 example 
 can
 be
 drawn
 from
 the


education.
 It
 is
 only
 through
 proper


O st ra c i ze d .
 Pa ra l y ze d .
 H a b i t u a l


media
 or
 the
 entertainment
 world,


education
and
learning
that
one 
would


Obstinate
 Barbaric
 Incalculable
 Acts
 or


which
 despite
 mocking
 the
 lifestyle
 of


be
 able 
 to
 understand
 the
 basic


HOMOPHOBIA
is
a 
kind
of
infection
that


the
queers,
have
most
of
the
time 
come


requirements
 needed
 to
 co‐exists
 in


the
 so‐called
 ‘normal’
 people 
 of
 the


out
in
support
of
their
legal
existence
in


society,
 rather
 than
 involving
 in
 this


civilized
 societies
 of
 the
 world
 suffer


society.
 There 
are 
designers,
 reporters,


obnoxious
 behavior
 with
 each
 other


from
whenever
they
come 
in
contact
or


editors,
actors,
directors,
musicians,
and


on
 grounds
 of
 unjustified
 issues 
 of



are 
 in
 the
 vicinity
 of
 people 
 different


many
other
people
from 
different
strata


sexuality
or
caste.


from
them.


of
 society
 who
 are 
 from
 the
 LGBT


Homosexuals 
 are
 very
 much
 part
 of


The 
 term
 ‘homo’
 is
 an
 anti‐gay
 slur


community.


this
civilized
world,
who
don’t
 indulge


meaning
the 
‘homosexual’.
Homophobia


To
understand
what
is
the
desire
of
 the


in
harming
people
through
any
means


is
 considered
 a 
 serious
 offense
 for


other
person,
whether
that
person
 is
a


but
 are
 often
 subjected
 to
 atrocities


heterosexuals
against
homosexuals.
This


male
or
female
doesn’t
depend
 on
 the


without
any
proper
reason.


behavior
 is
 mostly
 regarded
 as
 an


principles
 of
 society.
 Society
 doesn’t


I
agree
it
is
not
possible 
to
change
the


outcaste,
 or
 semi‐abnormal
 by
 the


have
 any
 control
 on
 the
 powers
 of


scenario
 overnight,
although
a
proper


modern
learned
crowd
in
today’s 
world.


nature.


effort
 to
 comprehend
 the 
 LGBT


Semi‐abnormal
did
I
say?
Sorry,
but
I
fail


Heteronormatives
 should
 know
 that


community
 can
 help
 in
 overcoming


to
 agree
 with
 this.
 Humans
 suffering


what
we 
are
today
is
not
what
we
chose


this
 dangerous
 syndrome 
 which
 not


from
 homophobia
 should
 be
 made
 to


to
be,
but
are
born
with
it.
According
to


only
 destroys
the 
complete
peace 
of
a


understand
about
feelings 
and
emotions


medical
theories,
a
child
starts 
taking
 a


family,
but
also
a
healthy
environment


of
other
beings,
before
indulging
 in
any


form
of
either
gender
in
the
fifth
month


necessary
for
progress.


kind
 of
 hate‐crimes
 purported
 by
 the


of
 a 
woman’s
pregnancy.
 Prior
 forming


Queers 
should
 always
remember
 that


religious
 institutions 
 or
 government


the
gender,
the 
child
develops
a
female


being
original,
proud
of
 their
sexuality


agencies.
 What
 irks 
 my
 mind
 is
 when


brain
 in
 the 
 womb.
 It
 is
 in
 the
 fifth


and
helping
their
own
kind
in
times
of


learned
 medical
 practitioners
 in
 India


month,
 that
 the 
 brain
 of
 the
 child


crisis
 gives
 a
 positive
 vibe
 about
 the


mislead
 the
 common
 man
 against
 the


decides 
 which
 gender
 to
 go
 for


community
 to
 the
 heteronormatives


community
 of
 sexual
 minorities 
 by


depending
 on
 the
 power
 of
 the


who
then
understand
that
our
 actions


terming
 them
 as
 inefficient
 beings,


chromosomes
 of
 their
 parents.
 In


are
 natural
 and
 there
 is 
 nothing


those 
 who
 are
 incapable
 of
 earning
 a


certain
 cases,
 the
 brain
 retains 
 itself


artificial
about
our
state
of
affairs.


proper
 livelihood
 and
 can
 be
 ‘cured’


female
whereas 
the
body
takes
the 
form


through
 medicines
 or
 other
 modes
 of


of
 a 
 male
 or
 vice
 versa.
 These
 babies


treatment,
 in
 the 
 greed
 to
 add
 some


when
they
 grow
end
up
being
feminine


wealth
to
their
established
coffers.


in
 nature 
 or
 effeminate
 and
 express


Large
corporate
houses,
to
tiny
business


their
 desire 
 to
 become
 a 
 member
 of


establishments
 in
 the
 present
 scenario


their
 opposite
 sex,
 to
 come
 in
 terms


think
that
by
employing
people
from
the


with
their
brain.


queer
 community
 would
 encourage


A
normal
person
should
also
remember


others
in
 their
 office
and
could
begin
a


that
 a 
 gay,
 lesbian
 or
 transgender


drag  race.
 Or
 worse,
 they
 would
 be


person
 is
 born
 from 
 a
 straight
 couple


sleeping
 around
 the
 office
 premises!


and
in
that
context
they
should
not
hate


However,
some 
have 
opened
their
heart


us,
 rather
 should
 hate
 their
 own
 kind


to
 employ
 us 
because 
they
 have
 come


w h o
 a r e
 r e s p o n s i b l e
 f o r
 s u c h


to
realize
the 
talents 
that
exists 
in
every


occurrence!

human
being
irrespective 
of
their
caste,


The 
 most
 important
 way
 to
 eliminate


creed,
religion
or
sexuality.


this
disease
that
is 
still
persistent
in
the
 dark
 corners
 of
 the 
country
 is 
through
 5


‘Hostel Room 131’ AN HONEST REVIEW BY ‘ENIGMA’

Photograph by Ankit Chawla

The
 Bollywood
 songs
 translated
 to


hijra
 community
 and
 her
 life,
 which


attempt
 at
 a
 love
 story
 which
 has
 English
as
 part
 of
 the
English
 tutoring,
 periodic
inserts 
of
the
author’s
thoughts
 while
trying
to
highlight
the
absent
gay
 and
 random
 ideas
 which
 do
 not
 fit
 in
 subtext
 was
 tiring
 and
 tacky.
 The


again
 had
 nothing
 to
 do
 with
 the
 original 
story
and
seemed
to
be 
snippets


with
 the 
conceived
theme
of
 the
book.
 progression
 of
 the
 “story
 line”
 was
 After
 the
 two
 lovers
 meet
 the 
 typical
 discontinuous
 and
 suddenly
 reaches 
 a
 Bollywood
style 
scorn
from
the
families
 phase
 when
 the 
 only
 way
 the
 couple
 ensues 
 albeit
 in
 the 
 homosexual
 feels 
 it
 can
 be 
 together
 is 
 by
 Sudhir


author
 planned
 to
 write 
 and
 did
 not
 finish.
 Another
 such
 impertinent


context.

going
 in
 for
 sex‐reassignment
 and


agent
 working
 for
 the
 American


The 
book
begins
with
a
scene
in
a 
police
 stat i o n
 w i t h
 s o m e 
 u n n e c e s s a r y


moving
out
of
 the
country
with
the
love
 of
his
life.


Intelligence
to
inject
 the
enemy
 with
 a
 serum 
 which
 turns
 them
 gay,
 so
 that


descriptions 
of
filth,
grime,
odors
served
 The 
flavors
of
revenge
which
come
with
 with
 a
side
of
 saliva 
and
mucous
which
 the
 gay
 group
 coming
 together
 and
 raping
the
homophobes
who
intern
rape
 made
my
stomach
turn.


they
 fall 
in
 love 
with
 the
 soldiers
from
 the
 US
 army
 and
 surrender
 to
 them.


The 
 protagonist
 Siddharth,
 a
 metro‐ t h e m
 b a c k
 e v e n t u a l l y
 h a s
 n o
 based
 literature
 professor
 falls
 in
 love
 significance
 in
 the
 story
 and
 had
 no
 with
 Sudhir
a
demure
lad
from
 a 
small
 impact
 on
 me.
 Whether
 the
 author
 t o w n .
 T h e
 s e x
 b e g i n s 
 a l m o s t
 wanted
these 
sequences 
to
be 
erotic
or


me
think
of
this
book
as
extremely
silly
 but
 also
 made
 me 
 think
 of
 the 
 very


immediately
and
progresses 
through
the
 disturbing
is
unclear.
 book
and
evolves 
into
‘watersport’
and
 The 
language 
of
 the 
book
which
ranges
 some
more 
disturbing
 stuff
 ‐
 all
 of
 this
 from
 English
 from
 Oxford,
 to
 phrases


author
 thinks
 of
 homosexuality
 as
 a


without
the
mention
of
condoms
or
any
 like
 “Chuk  chuk  gaadi”
 describing
 sex
 mention
 of
 HIV
 or
 AIDS,
 which
 can
 be
 confused
 me
 while
 reading,
 as
 I
 was
 explained
 by
 the 
fact
 that
 the
 book
 is
 unsure
if
 I
should
 peg
 this 
book
 as 
the


lot
that
the
gay
movement
stands
for.

set
 in
 the 
late
 seventies
 and
 the
 early
 roadside 
 lewd
 kinds
 or
 the
 up
 market
 ones

with
a
little
sprinkle
of
trash
to
set
 eighties. However,
 as 
one
of
 the 
very
few
 works
 the
context.
By
the
time
I
finished
I
went
 of
 Indian
 gay
 literature
 available
today,
 with
the
former
opinion.

R.
 Raj
 Rao
 is
 a
 professor
 in
 the
 Department
 of
 English,
 University
 of


‘Hostel  Room  131’
 is 
 an
 unsuccessful


6

this
 book
 has
 a
 responsibility
 to


So
 while 
 the
 love 
 story
 takes
 place,


emphasize
 the
importance
 of
 safe
 sex.


there
was
mention
of
 a
member
 of
 the


added
 from
 another
 book
 which
 the


digression
 came 
 with
 Sudhir’s 
 Iraqi
 room‐mate
 suddenly
 turning
 into
 an


This
 kind
 of
 a
 write‐up
 not
 only
 made


disturbed
 mind
 it
 has
 originated
 from.
 This
 also
 points
 to
 the
 fact
 that
 the
 phenomenon
that
 can
 be
induced
with
 an
 injection,
 which
 just
 goes 
against
 a


About the author

Pune.
 He
 is
 a
 pioneering
 Indian
 academic
 who
 runs
 a 
course
 on
 queer
 literature
in
his
department.


TQC - Oct 2010


The Pink Rupee BY RANJEET KULKARNI

82

Let
us 
start
 where 
we
 left
off
 in
our


mutual
fund
is 
no
different
 than
this.


last
installment
of
The Pink Rupee.

Let’s
see
how
it
is
done.

How  do  I  go  about  investing  in 

Identify  funds  that  match  your 

mutual funds?

investment objectives

If
 you
 check
 out
 the
 gay
 dating


In
 India 
 there
 are 
 around
 38
 Asset


scenario
 over
 the
 web,
 there 
 are


Management
 Companies
 (Companies


some
 5
 known
 gay
 dating
 websites.



that
 float
 mutual
 funds 
 ‐
 eg:
 HDFC,


Each
 website
 has
 all
 the
 continents,


UTI,
 SBI,
 Franklin
 Templeton
 etc.).


countries 
within
the
continents,
states


There
 are
 about
 21
 types 
of
 mutual


within
 the 
countries
and
cities
within


funds 
according
 to
 structure,
 nature,


the
 states 
listed.
 Each
 city
 has
 some


t y p e s
 o f
 r e t u r n s ,
 i n v e s t m e n t


‘N’
 number
 of
 profiles
 updated
 on


objectives
 etc.
 There
 are
 a
 ballpark


them.
 These
 profiles
 themselves
 can


200+
 schemes
 within
 these
 21
 types


be 
 sorted
 by
 heights,
 weights,
 skin


of
 mutual
funds.
 So
 one
would
think


color,
length
of
hair,
hobbies,
pics 
 and


its
 quite 
 a 
 task
 to
 choose
 from


certain
 other
 criteria 
 that
 would
 be


amongst
 these 
 mutual
 funds.
 Well,


politically
incorrect
to
state
here.


yes
 but
 if
 you
 know
 your
 financial


Say
you
want
to

go
on
a 
date
through


goals
 and
 risk
 tolerance
 levels 
 (refer 

a
particular
website.
What
do
you
do?

The  Pink  Rupee  in  TQC’s  July  2010 

You
 decide
 on
 an
 objective
 first.
 Do


issue),
 the
 process
 would
 become


you
want
to
go
 on
a
“date”‐
 like,
 just


much
 simpler.
 
We
would
actually
 go


dinner;

or
do
you
want
a
“dinner
and


on
to
discuss
the
type
of
mutual
funds


more”
 or
 do
 you
 want
 “more 
 and


and
schemes
in
the
next
write
up.


more”?
 Having
 decided
 on
 an


So
 typical
 investment
 objectives


objective,
you
start
 browsing
 through


would
 include 
 fixed
 income
 or
 long


profiles 
 and
 start
 short
 listing
 guys


term
appreciation,
short
term
liquidity


w h o s e
 p r o f i l e s
 m a t c h
 y o u r


etc.

expectations.
 You
 further
 filter
 those


Evaluate Past performance

profiles
 who
 are
 “referenced”‐
 so


Although
 past
 performance
 is
 no


basically,
you
look
at
who
their
friends


assurance
of
 the 
future,
 it
is 
a
useful


are;
 if
 you
 have 
any
 common
 people


way
 of
 assessing
how
well
or
badly
a


you
know,
 etc.
 Once
you
 
have
found


fund
 has
 performed
 in
 the
 past


THE
 guy
 that
 you
 want
 to
 be
 with,


through
 various
 market
 trends
 in


what
do
 you
do?
You
don’t
stop!
You


comparison
 to
 its 
 stated
 objectives


browse
 through
 some
 more 
 profiles


and
peer
group.
A
good
way
to
do
this


and
“ping”
a 
couple 
of

more
guys 
just


is
 to
 pick
 up
 a 
fund
and
compare
its


to,
 you
 know,
 “diversify”.
 (Who
 says


performance
over
various
periods,
say


dating
 ain’t
 a
 risk?).
 You
 finally


6
months,
1
years,
3
years,
5
years.
So


message 
 all
 the
 guys
 you
 have
 liked


if
the
fund
is 
a
consistent
performer
in


and
“save”
 them
for
 future
expected


each
of
these
time
horizons,
you
have


“benefits”.
 The 
process
of
 selecting
 a


got
yourselves
a
winner!


Diversify  Avoid
 the
 risk
 of
 being
 overtly
 dependent
on
one
fund
house;
or
one
 type
or
once 
scheme.
Say,
if
you
want
 to
 invest
 in
 an
 equity
 diversified
 scheme,
 allocate 
 your
 money
 across
 the
top
two‐three 
fund
houses 
within
 that
 category
 and
 spread
 your
 investment.

Readers’ Corner Here  is  what  we  heard  from  you  on  TQC’s September 2010 issue.

that
 positive
 change.
 Thank
 you,
 I
 have
 passed
 your
 site 
 on
 to
 many
 lonely
 gay
 friends 
in
 India.
 They
 feel
 some
sense
 of
 community
 from
 your
 magazine.
 Peace 
 & 
 Love.”
 ‐  Mr  E,  United Kingdom “I
 enjoyed
 reading
 the
 excerpt
 from
 the
book
"you
are 
not
alone"
 by
Arun


Consider  fund costs

Mirchandani.
Yet
another
 great
issue!


The 
cost
of
investing
though
a 
mutual


Thanks
TQC” ‐ Suraj, Australia

fund
 is
 not
 trivial.
 It
 deserves 
 due


“Happy
 Birthday
 TQC!
 Ankur
 has


consideration,
especially
in
the
case 
of



beautifully
 summed
 up
 our
 feelings


fixed
 income 
 funds.
 Management


for
TQC
since
it's
inception.
The
issues


fees,
annual
expenses
of
the
fund,
exit


turned
 out
 so
 beautiful
 and
 they


loads
 can
 take 
 away
 a
 significant


continue
 to
 be
 so
 spectacular
 one


portion
of
your
returns.
So
be
careful


after
another.
So
a 
big
KUDOS
to
you.” 

there.

‐ Ranjeet, Pune

Invest, monitor and review Having
 made
 an
 investment
 in
 a



“The
 cover
 page
 just
 gets
 better.”  ‐ 

mutual
fund,
one
should
monitor
it
to


Jinnah, Pune

see
 whether
 its
 performance
 is
 in
 tandem
with
the
stated
objectives
and


“I
 adore
 this
 cover.”  ‐  Syed   Ali  Arif, 

also
 whether
 it
 leads
 or
 lags


Mumbai

expectations.
 A
 review
 should
 be
 carried
 out
 with
 the 
 objective
 of
 selling /holding
 a 
 mutual
 fund;
 although
 it
 is
 advisable
 to
 stick
 for
 a
 longer
term
with
your
fund
(also
since
 mutual
 funds 
 hardly
 fluctuate 
 as
 dramatically
 in
 a
 shorter
 period
 as
 stocks
do).
Normally,
a
review
once
a
 quarter
is
sufficient. So
 now
 that
 we 
know
 what
 are
 the
 advantages
 and
 disadvantages
 of
 investing
 in
 a 
 mutual
 fund
 and
 the
 way
to
go
about
it,
we
will
actually
go
 through
some 
of
 the
types 
of
 mutual
 funds/schemes 
 risks
 with
 some
 case


TQC - Oct 2010

studies.


“Absolutely
 great
 work
 you
 have 
 put
 up
on
TQC.
I
read
all
of
the
issues
over


“ Wa r m
 R e g a r d s . . . o n
 t h e
 f i r s t


the
 last
 weekend
 and
 today,
 and
 I


a n n i ve rs a r y. . . .f i rst
 o n e
 i n
 t h e


must
say,
everything
is 
so
professional.


many...read
and
enjoyed
each
copy” ‐ 

Kudos
 to
 you
 and
 your
 team
 for


Sumit, Mumbai

bringing
 something
 that
 defies
 all
 notions
 of
 a
 queer
 magazine 
general
 people
 would
 have
 in
 their
 minds.
 Intelligent,
 reflective
 and
 far
 away
 from
 the
 cheap
 pornographic
 stuff
 widely
 available
 online,
 TQC
 is


“Congratulations
 to
 you
 and
 your
 team
 on
 completing
 one
 year.
 As
 expected
 and
 as 
 always
 a 
 well
 produced
 issue.
 Keep
 up
 the
 good
 work.” ‐ Pratap, Pune

different
and
I
am
sure 
it
will
make
all


“I’m
 a 
 very
 regular
 reader
 of
 this


the
difference
 in
 changing
 everyone's


magazine.
 I
 love
this.
 Thanks 
for
 this


perceptions 
 about
 the
 issues
 the


awesome
magazine.” ‐ Aaryan, Pune

magazine
 brings
 to
 the
 fore.
 Well
 done!” ‐ ‘XamginE’, Pune

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ TQC’s  editorial  desk  is  now open  for 

But
all
that,
in
the
articles 
to
come.
So


“I
am
delighted
to
see
your
magazine.


article  contributions  to  be published 

stay
glued
and
happy
investing!

It’s 
heart
warming
 and
 inspiring.
I
 am


in  the  November  2010  issue.  Please 

British,
but
I
have
many
Indian
friends,


send  your  articles  to  us  via  email at 

especially
 gay
 friends.
 It’s 
 so
 hard
 in


TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com  by 

India
right
now,
things 
will
change
but


October 15, 2010. 

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 Rupee’
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 with
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it
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of


‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ 15 9


Santé

And Bon Appétit

BY CHEF SUBODH BODKE

Although
 not
 a
 part
 of
 our
 regular
 cocktail
 series,
 this
 traditional
 drink‐ dessert
is
to
die
for.


A festive selection of palate tickling delectables for the time-pressed gourmet home entertainer.

FALOODA Falooda 
is
an
adaptation
of
the
Persian
 dessert
 Faloodeh
 and
 was
 brought
 to
 the
 Indian
 subcontinent
 during
 the
 Mughal
period.
 


Ingredients 2
cups
milk 1
packet
falooda
sev 3
tsp
rose
water 1/4
table
spoon
soaked
tukmuri
seeds/
 sabja
(basil
seeds) Method Boil
 the 
sev
 in
 water
 for
 15
 minutes.
 Now
 boil
 it
 in
 milk
 for
 another
 15
 minutes.
 Cool
 the
 sev.
 Put
 the
 sev
 in
 glasses 
 and
 add
 rose 
 water
 and
 the


M ut to n B ir ya ni Ingredients 2 cups rice 1 kg mutton 10 gms cardamom, cinnamon and cummin seed 40 gms Ginger, garlic, salt and chillies as per taste 2 lemons Curd and ghee.

Method Wash the mutton well. Grind the ginger garlic, chillies, and other spices and add it to the mutton. Add curd to this mixture. Boil 6-8 cups of water in a ves sel and then add rice to it.

Place the mutton mixture in a pressure cooker. When the rice is ready, spread it over the mutton mixture. Let it cook for 30 minutes on a

low flame.

tukmuri
seeds.
Add
 the 
milk
to
 it.
 You
 may
also
add
vanilla
ice
cream
to
your
 falooda
if
you
wish
to.
Forget
about
the
 calories
and
indulge!

H a le e m Ingredients 250 gms mutton 1 cup wheat dal (split gram) 1/4th cup channa ) dal (green gram 1/4th cup moong r dal (red lentils) 1/4th cup masoo wder and chilli Salt, coriander po ste powder as per ta ste. Ginger garlic pa

Method

keep it eat overnight and

Soak the wh ed. pounded and husk r 40 and moong dal fo Soak the channa minutes.

and water in a vessel Put eight cups of r d the wheat, ginge bring it to boil. Ad

10

chilly nder powder and garlic paste, coria powder and salt. to the pieces and add it Mash the mutton mixture. ium Cook over a med is tender.

n flame till the mutto


Ask Doctor Tushar “Although  I  lead  a  fairly  healthy  life  of
 15‐30
 ml
 with
 meals.
 Taken
 post
 and have healthy eating habits  I often  meals
 they
 act
 for
 2‐3
 hours,
 but
 if
 suffer  from  unbearable  bouts  of  taken
on
empty
stomach,
 the 
duration
 acidity. Could you please  suggest how I  of
 action
 is
 merely
 1
 hour.
 Although
 should deal with this?”
–  Dhruv

Digene
 and
Gelusil
 are
are
available
in


Dr Tushar:
Time
and
again,
 or
should
I
 tablet
form,
their
syrups 
are
proven
to
 say,
 every
 day
 when
 I’m
 sitting
 in
 the
 be
more
effective. OPD,
 the
 commonest
 complaint
 that
 Then
come
PPI’s
.
These
are 
extremely
 each
 and
 every
 tobacco
 chewing,
 efficacious
and
help
stop
acid
secretion
 toothless
granny
elaborates 
upon
is 
her
 completely
 for
 a 
 few
 days.
 The
 ACIDITY.

disadvantage
being,
they
are
extremely


And
 in
 my
 attempt
 to
 dissuade
 them
 habit
 forming,
 primarily
 because
 the
 from
making
a 
habit
out
of
those
‘Pitta  relief
is
tremendous.
I’ll
list
down
a 
few
 ki  Goli’,
 I
 have
 always
 wondered
 that
 and
you
can
try
them
and
decide 
which
 whether
 their
 complaint
 is 
 really
 one
 works
 best
 for
 you:
 Cap
 Omez
 genuine,
or
if
it
has
more
to
do
with
the
 20mg
;
Cap
Nexpro
/
Cap
Raciper :20mg
 variation
 in
 their
 body
 metabolism
 (longer
 acting
 than
 Omez);
 tab
 Pan
 /
 depending
 on
 whether
 or
 not
 they’ve
 Pantocid
 40mg
 and
 tab
 Razo
 10 
 mg
 fought
 with
 their
 daughter‐
 in‐law
 on
 (fastest
acting). that
particular
day.


Take
one 
tablet
/
capsule
on
an
empty


Turns
 out,
 both
 are
 true.
 And
 its 
 not
 stomach,
preferably
in
the
morning
and
 just
 these
 rural
 grannies
 who
 suffer
 you
 would
 remain,
 should
 I
 say,
 acid
 from
the
pangs 
of
excess 
acid
secretion,
 free
for
the
next
few
days. even
 our
 young,
 restless
 and
 urbane
 If
you
are 
having
really
severe 
gastritis,
 crowd
is 
falling
 prey
 to
 the 
same.
 And
 repeat
 one
 tablet
 in
 the 
 evening,
 trust
me,
the
pain
can
be
excruciating.


continue
 the
 same
regimen
 for
 5 
days


The 
 key
 words 
 here 
 are
 STRESS
 and
 and
then
give
it
a
break
for
the
next
5
 TOBACCO,
 both
 precipitating
 acidity.
 days
at
least. Add
 to
 it
 irregular
 food
 timings,
 and
 If
 your
 symptoms
are 
still
not
 relieved
 you’re
in
a
soup.


by
any
of

the
above 
mentioned
drugs,
I


So
instead
of
dwelling
upon
the 
holistic
 strongly
 advise
a
visit
to
a 
physician
or
 approach,
which
at
times 
can
be
a 
little
 a
surgeon
to
rule
out
ulcers
or
bacterial
 impractical,
 we’ll 
focus 
of
 the
 medical
 (H.
Pylori)
infection
of
the
stomach. management.

You
 could
 also
 try
 chewing
 Saunf
 /

Starting
 with
 antacids,
 our
 fizzy
 ENO
 fennel
 seeds
after
 meals.
 Last
 but
 not
 sachets
 can
 be
 taken
 in
 S.O.S.
 the
 least,
 have 
 chilled
 buttermilk.
 It

 situations,
 but
 the 
 disadvantage
 is
 its
 always
works
for
me. short
duration
of
action. TQC - Oct 2010

Next
 in
 line 
 are
 Digene  /  Gelusil  /  If  you have  a health‐related query  for  Mucaine syrups,
each
with
a 
difference
 Doctor Tushar, please email us at   in
 content,
 but
 similar
 mechanism
 of
 TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com  action.
They
are
to
be
taken
in
a
dosage
 11


Weekend Getaway: Karnala BY KEDAR CHAMPHEKAR

Photograph by Kedar Champhekar

My
 first
trip
to
 this
mysterious
looking
 highway
begins.
If
travelling
by
bike
you
 The 
Fort
has
a 
strange
looking
pinnacle
 fort
 was 
about
 4
 years
 ago.
 It
 is
 very
 will
 have
 to
 travel
 on
 the
 old
 Pune‐ at
 the
 top,
 which
 looks
 like
 a
 thumb.
 accessible 
from
Pune
and
 Mumbai
and
 Mumbai
 highway,
 which
 will
 directly
 Though
most
of
 the 
Fort
is 
in
ruins,
the
 connected
with
excellent
quality
 roads.
 arrive
 at
 the 
 Goa 
 highway
 junction.
 wall,
 which
runs
along
 its
 boundary,
 is
 A
 friend
and
 I
had
 chosen
 a 
lovely
 day
 Once
 on
 the
 Goa
 highway,
 after
 still
 intact
 and
 so
 are
 the
 large
 to
 take
 my
 motorcycle
 out
 on
 a 
 long
 travelling
 for
 about
 7‐8
 km
 the 
 road
 doorways 
 in
 the
 wall.
 Behind
 the
 ride 
and
 we
 couldn’t
 think
 of
 a 
better
 starts 
to
wind
and
you
encounter
lush,
 pinnacle,
 there
 are
 a
 few
 more
 thick
vegetation
on
both
sides.
On
your
 doorways,
 which
 still
 retain
 their
 old
 destination! Karnala
is
an
old
fort
near
Panvel
and
it
 left
 you
 will
 find
 a 
 board
 indicating
 carvings.
Look
out
for
the
 
 large 
water
 is
surrounded
by
a 
lush
forest.
The
Fort
 Karnala  Bird  Sanctuary
 (written
 in
 cisterns 
carved
in
 the 
rock
 at
the
base
 dates
back
to
the 
12th
century
and
was
 Marathi).
There
is 
a
small
check
post
at
 of
 the
 pinnacle.
 Some
 of
 these
 retain
 in
the 
control
of
various 
rulers 
including
 the
 entrance
 and
 a 
 parking
 space 
 for
 cool,
clear
water
all
year
round.
 the
 Nizam,
 Shivaji,
 the
 Moghuls,
 the
 cars.
 A
 nominal
 fee
 has
 to
 be 
paid
 to
 The 
view
from
 the 
top
is
breathtaking.
 Marathas
 and
 finally
 the 
 British.
 The
 the
forest
department
and
for
parking.


Towards
the
East
you
can
see 
ranges
of


pinnacle
 of
 the
 Fort
 was
 the
 main
 As
 you
 enter
 the 
 sanctuary
 from
 the
 the
 Western
 ghats
 and
 several
 other
 location
 of
 a
 hit
 Marathi 
 movie 
 that
 highway,
 you
 will
 see
 a 
 few
 small
 forts.
 Towards 
 the 
 West,
 you
 can
 see
 featured
Smita 
Patil
‐
 “Jait re  Jait”.
The
 st r u c t u re s 
 i n
 w h i c h
 t h e
 fo re st
 Mumbai
 and
 the
 Elephanta
islands
(on
 surrounding
forest
has
been
declared
as
 department
 guards
 live.
 From
 behind
 a
clear
weather
day). one
of
 the 
‘houses’
 a 
simple 
trail
goes
 There
 are 
numerous
 eateries
all
 along
 As
 you
 travel
 along
 the 
Pune‐Mumbai
 up
 to
 the
 Fort.
 (Please 
 ask
 directions
 the
 road
 where
 you
 can
 stop
 for
 Expressway,
 look
 to
 the
 left
 after
 from
the
guards,
as
there
are
numerous
 breakfast
or
lunch.
“Sri
Datta
Snacks”
in
 crossing
 the
 Khopoli
Toll
Station,
 while
 trails 
in
the
forest
and
one
can
get
lost).
 Panvel
 is
famous
for
 its 
wada
and
 chai
 going
towards
Mumbai.
You
will
be
able
 Most
 of
 the
 path
 goes 
 through
 thick
 and
is
definitely
a
welcome
 stop
while
 a
protected
bird
sanctuary.

to
see 
a
tall
thumb‐shaped
rock
jutting
 forest,
 which
offers 
great
 shelter
 from
 on
the
way
back!
The
best
time
to
visit
 out
against
the
sky.
This 
is
Karnala
Fort.
 the
 sun,
 and
 finally
 emerges
 near
 the
 is
just
 after
 the 
monsoon.
So
what
are
 After
taking
the
first
exit
to
Panvel,
in
a
 pinnacle.
 If
 you
 do
 not
 want
 to
climb,
 you
waiting
for?
Get
your
cars
out,
stuff
 few
minutes
you
will
reach
the
junction
 there
 are
 many
 lovely
 paths
 winding
 your
friends 
in
and
 spend
your
Sunday
 in
an
awesome
way! where
 to
 the
 left
 the
 Mumbai‐Goa
 through
the
forest.
 12


Reflections A BETTER CHANGE By ‘Seahorse of the night’ Oh life is so much sunnier now It is everything and more that we wanted We mowed the grass of the backyard Pulled the weeds out the house that was haunted We also renovated the ruins And now the field looks pretty Dust has settled out of the attic The kitchen door looks more witty Desires have spread and blossomed Have taken over the whole of lobby They have carpeted the floor and the driveway Fuming enchanting dizzy smokes out of the chimney Our steps are loud and we a thing of beauty Intelligence we have ready and in open we flaunt it We think our times are well spent and our rooms well lit Our happiness is now permanent and our lives sorted


Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages) MOVIE REPORT BY AMEY KOLHE

Three
 boys
 on
 the
 verge
 of
 manhood
 (with
 the
 French‐Algerian
 conflict
 smoldering
 in
 the
 background)
 are
 in
 residence
 at
 a 
 boarding
 school
 in
 the
 south
of
France
in
1962.
One
is
gay,
the
 second
 is 
 bi‐sexual
 and
 the
 third
 is
 straight.
 Through
 their
 interactions 
we
 (and
they)
discover
their
sexuality.
 The 
 slightly
 loose
 and
 episodic
 feel
 of
 this
 charming
 coming‐of‐ager
 doesn't
 matter
 because
the
characters
 and
 the
 conflicts
are
so
 well
presented
that
we
 are
enthralled
throughout. Francois
Forestier,
played
attractively
by
 Gael
 Morel,
 is
 gay
 as
he
discovers
 one
 night
 when
 Serge 
 Bartolo
 (Stephane
 Rideau),
 an
 athletic
 schoolmate
 with
 a
 natural
 style,
 awakens
 his 
 sexuality
 by
 seducing
 him.
 For
 Serge 
 it
 is
 just
 a
 school
 age
 sexual
 adventure;
 for
 Francois
 it
 is 
 love
 so
 intense
 he
 is
 transformed.
 The
 third
 boy,
 Henri
 Mariana,
who
is 
from
Algeria,
 is
a
little
 older
and
a
little 
more 
cynical.
He 
finds
 heterosexual 
love
with
his 
enemy,
Maité
 Alverez,
who
is
a
hated
communist.
 The 
scenes
in
the
classroom
are
bright,
 solar,
reminding
the
purity
of
childhood;
 and
 alternate
 with
 the
 scenes 
 taken
 14

place
 at
 night,
 that
 are
 incredibly
 sensual.
François 
is
also
portrayed
as
an
 intellectual
 that
 reads 
 Jean‐Arthur‐ Nicolas 
 Rimbaud,
 a
 homosexual
 writer
 revolted
 against
 the
 world,
 that
 leaves
 everything
 to
 live
 with
 the 
 also
 writer
 Paul
 Verlaine,
 while 
 he
 was 
 still
 a
 teenager.
That
is 
what
François
wants
to
 be. Maïte,
on
her
side,
is
a
communist
that,
 after
 knowing
 about
 François 
 passion
 for
Serge,
is 
jealous,
but
 finally
realizes
 the 
 true
 platonic
 nature
 of
 her
 relationship
with
him.
After
a 
while,
she
 falls
 in
 love
 with
 Henri,
 a
 pied‐noir
 (French
 born
 Algerian)
 teenager
 revolted
 against
 the
 situation
 in
 his
 native
 country.
 He 
 is
 also
 in
 love
 with
 her,
 although
 ideologically
 they
 are
 rivals.
 And
this
is
why
love,
in
this
film,
is 
taken
 as
a
superior
 and
 dominant
 statement:
 it
 surpasses
all
 human
 ideologies,
 even
 the
 most
 complex
 and
 rooted
 ones;
 it
 surpasses
 intellectuals
 who
 read
 Rimbaud
 and
 even
 the 
 most
 practical
 persons.
 The 
soundtrack
confirms
the
excellence
 of
this
film,
with
Chubby
Checker
giving


a
sixties
atmosphere,
and
the
Adagio
for
 string
 by
 Samuel
 Barber
 yielding
 the
 dramatic
 dimension
 that
 the
 film
 deserves,
 like 
 in
 the
 highly
 stylized
 scene
 where 
Henri
 his
sleeping
 by
 the
 river,
 or
 when
 François
 travels 
 on
 the
 motorcycle
hugging
Serge. In
 the 
 end,
 François 
 meets 
 a
 shoe
 salesman
 that
 everyone
 knows
 his 
 a
 homosexual,
in
 a
scene 
that
 represents
 the
 almost
 desperate
search
for
 a 
way
 t o
 d e s t r o y
 t h e
 l o w l i n e s s ,
 incomprehension,
 and
 lack
 of
 role
 models
that
 are
 destined
 by
 his
sexual
 orientation.
 Although
 he
 doesn't
 find
 the
 answer
 for
 his 
 problems,
 because
 there
 isn't
 one,
 François 
 remains
 optimistic.
 What
 makes
 this
 film
 superior
 is
 the
 warm
 and
 truthful
 way
 in
 which
 the
 sexual
awakenings
are
realized.
The
kids
 seem 
absolutely
real
and
the
dialogue
is
 sharp
 and
 authentic.
 Morel
 is 
 very
 winning.
 This
 is
 a
 film
 about
 young
 p e o p l e
 fo r
 o p e n ‐ m i n d ed
 a d u l t s
 attractively
done.
For
many
it
will
strike
 a
strong
cord
of
recognition. Release: 1994 Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.


TQC - Oct 2010

Life & Tarot BY JAIDEEP BHIDE “I feel stuck  in  my  job.  My  rating  this  year  was poor,  so there is no hope of  any bonus or pay hike. I have  financial  responsibilities that now seem difficult  to  fulfill.  No  one  told  me  at  my  job  what was expected of me, and this led  to my poor performance. I am thinking  of  quitting,  maybe starting  something  with  a  couple  of  friends.  But  I  don’t  know what to do. Please advise?”  Mr A,  Date of birth: May 13th JB:
Dear
Mr
A,
first
off,
I
think
I
need
to
 address
the 
issue 
of
“No
one
told
me
at
 my
 job
what
was
expected
of
 me“
–
 it
 seems
to
me 
that
you
 probably
 didn’t
 get
 as
 involved
 in
 your
 job
 as 
 you
 should
have
been.
From
the
cards,
I
can
 see
that
your
Boss
is
a
King of Swords
–
 driven,
 a 
 very
 tough
 task‐master
 and
 hard‐as‐nails.
 He’s
 also
 not
 much
 of
 a
 mentor.
 You,
 on
 the
 other
 hand
 are
 quite
 the
 opposite.
You’re
a 
dreamer.
This 
seems
 to
have
intimidated
you
and
made
you
 feel
a
bit
isolated
from
the 
team.
 Also,
 your
 organization
 is 
the
 kind
 of
 place
 where
 Hierarchy
 is
 everything!
 And
 you’re 
 used
 to
 having
 easy
 access 
 to
 people,
 provided
 those 
 people
 are
 sweet
and
easily
approachable.
 It’s 
a 
classic
case
of
 a 
square
 peg
 in
a
 round
 hole
 –
 you’re
 a
 misfit
 and
 this
 has 
 hampered
 performance.
 Try
 and
 get
 more 
 involved
 in
 discussions
 with
 your
 colleagues,
 ask
 questions,
 don’t
 feel
 shy
 to
 approach
 people
with
 your
 problems.
 While 
you
 are
 ambitious,
 you
 need
 to
 learn
to
direct
that
ambition
into
actual
 deeds.
 Set
 goals,
 work
 on
 them,
 get
 more
involved
–
see
where
it
goes. Not
 a 
 good
 idea
 to
 get
 into
 business
 with
friends
at
this
juncture.
 First,
 sort
 out
 your
 finances.
 Do
 not
 even
 THINK
 of
 accumulating
 more
 debt!


“I  have  recently  taken  diksha  from  a  Kundalini  Yoga  Master.  Of  all  the  things  I have done  so  far, this  form of  Sadhana  is  by  far  the  most  effective.  But I have recently started getting into  minor  mishaps,  almost  on  a  daily  basis. Why is this happening?  Is this a  result of my sadhana? Please advice.” Mr B, Date of birth: September 1st JB:
 Dear
Mr
 B,
while
the
current
 form
 of
 meditation/sadhana
 is
 appropriate
 and
will
benefit
 you
 in
 the
long
 term,
 there
 is
 also
 a
 danger
 of
 moving
 too
 fast
with
this
type
of
energy
work. The 
 cards 
 too
 indicate
 that
 this
 is
 exactly
 what
 has 
 happened
 –
 the
 Kundalini
has
started
moving
but
not
in
 a
 balanced
 manner.
 The 
 Three  of  Swords
 is
 the
 foundation
 card
 and
 a
 clear
 pointer
 that
 on
 a
 physical,
 emotional
and
energy
level,
there 
is 
still
 a
 lot
 of
 integration
 that
 needs
 to
 happen.
 Tread
 with
 caution,
take
things
slowly.
 This
is
not
advice
that
you
should
stop
 the
 Sadhana
totally
 (8  of  Pentacles
 as
 the
 base
 card
 tells 
 me
 that
 this
 is 
 a
 course
of
 study
 that
has
the
 potential
 to
 benefit
you)
 but
 only
 that
you
 take
 the
 necessary
 precautions 
 while
 you
 ex p l o re
 t h e 
 s u b t l e r
 re a l m s 
 o f
 consciousness.
 Talk
to
your
teacher/Guru,
sit
with
him
 and
maybe,
ask
him 
to
review
your
own
 practice
 to
 see 
 if
 you
 are
 doing
 the
 meditation
 properly.
 Learn
 techniques
 for
protecting
 your
 Chakras
when
you
 sit
down
 for
 meditation,
I’m
 sure 
your
 guru
can
guide
you
in
these 
matters.
A
 simple
method
is 
to
imagine
a
Ring
of
 Fire
and
you
at
the
center,
protected
in
 it’s
fiery
loop.
 The 
 card
 for
 final
 outcome
 is
 The  Empress
 –
 the
 destination
 is 
 a
 wonderful
 place.
 Just
 ensure 
 that
 the
 journey
does
not
burn
you
too
much.
 All
the
best! 15


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THE PEEPUL GATHERER Waswo X Waswo MALE NUDE 4 Murali Raman

“The Peepul Gatherer” by Waswo X. Waswo is from his well-known series ‘A Studio in Rajasthan’. This 16”x 24” image is a hand-colored digital photograph on archival Hahnemuhle fine art paper. Waswo X. Waswo  has signed the front of this photograph as well as embossed his initials "W.X.W." in the lower right margin. The reverse has been signed and numbered in pencil. The hand colorist, Rajesh Soni, has also signed. Price: Rs 65,000 (Unframed) , Rs 75,000 (Framed). 16

“Male Nude 4” by Murali Raman is a 11.5”x 11” oil painting on wooden board.  It is part of a series of  seven male nude figuratives. Three of these are larger in size, with full-length figures. For a private review of t h e f u ll s e r i e s, p le a s e co ntact T h e Q u e e r Chronicle. Price: Rs 5,000 (unframed). If you would like to purchase these works of art and would like to connect with the artists, email us at TheQueerChronicle@gmail.com


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Open Space is an independent creative public space that allows you to interact, debate and initate change. Open Space is hosting its next screening of the queer film ‘Bubbles’ on October 9, 2010 at 4.00 pm. For more information visit www.openspaceindia.org or visit us at 301, Kanchanjung Building, Kanchan Lane (Near Krishna Dining Hall) Off Law College Road, Pune. Phone: +91.20.25457371.

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