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    13 South Asian Queer Books To Read This Pride Month

    Books for Pride month you can read all year long because every day is pride 🌈

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    1. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai - ₹233

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    Set in Sri Lanka, Funny Boy follows the life of the titular 'funny boy'- Arjie, as he comes to terms with his sexuality and deals with the racism that surrounds him.

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    2. Same-sex Love in India: A Literary History by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai - ₹376

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    For years, the argument against anyone deviating from heteronormativity in India has been tradition and culture, Same-sex Love in India debunks this argument by tracing the country's queer history which is much more prevalent than one can imagine.

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    3. The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat - ₹381

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    Set against the backdrop of the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan, The Carpet Weaver follows Kanishka Nurzada, a teenage boy in love with his best friend, Maihan. But more than just a story of forbidden love, it's a story of war, survival, and the perseverance to fulfill dreams.

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    4. The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story by A. Revathi - ₹282

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    Revathi's story is one of courage and inspiration. It is one person's quest to live a life of dignity, to be authentically herself in a society that does not see her as equal.

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    5. The Quilt by Ismat Chughtai - ₹99

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    The Quilt, originally written in Urdu as Lihaaf, is a collection of stories tackling taboo subjects like sex, lust and relationships for the time when it was first written in 1942.

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    6. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Pinto Kundalkar - ₹397

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    Originally written by Kundalkar in Marathi, Cobalt Blue is a riveting tale of two siblings, Tanay and Anuja, who fall in love with the same man. The book deals with themes of sexuality, family and society in a refreshing manner, unlike any you've read before.

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    7. Kari by Amruta Patil - ₹399

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    A gem from graphic fiction in India, Kari uses a slice of life approach to explore the themes of love and loneliness.

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    8. The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal - ₹352

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    Featuring well-known poets like Hoshang Merchant, Ruth Vanita, Suniti Namjoshi, Kazim Ali, Rajiv Mohabir and more. this first-of-its-kind anthology brings together the best of queer poetry on themes like desire, loneliness, sexual intimacy, and caste from South Asia.

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    9. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar - ₹809

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    Torn between familial duty, and duty to one's self, Nishat has spent her life carefully treading around the closet. But all that changes once she meets Flávia. The Henna Wars is a delightful coming of age novel, and a must read.

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    10. Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon - ₹652

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    Poet, artist, and LGBTQIA+ rights advocate Alok Vaid-Menon, by debunking myths and stereotypes shows us that gender is not only a social construct but also a form of self expression.

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    11. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib - ₹1,222

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    Samra Habib is an LGBT+ activist, writer and photographer based in Toronto. In her memoir, she explores what it means to be at the intersection of being queer and Muslim, thus challenging the orthodox views of both. A very personal narrative, this book is a sensitive account of one's need to belong, as well as a fight for visibility.

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    12. The Boyfriend by R. Raj Rao - ₹273

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    Set against the backdrop of the Bombay riots of 1992, caste and queerness are interminable in this incredible debut by R. Raj Rao. The Boyfriend explores the city's vibrant gay culture in turbulent times through the relationship between Yudi, a 40-year-old journalist, and Milind Mahadik, a Dalit boy, who sends Yudi into a journey of exploration in the jigsaw puzzle of a city that is Bombay.

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    13. Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu - ₹973

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    SJ Sindhu's debut novel explores the practice of "lavender marriages", i.e. a marriage between a gay man and a lesbian woman for convenience - like between Krishna and Lucky who hide their true self in order to appease their families. The claustrophobia of the secret that ties them together, oppression by the orthodoxy and simmering sexuality run through the novel.

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