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    Celebrate Pride Month With These 14 LGBTQ+ Books By Indian Authors

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    1. Truth About Me by A. Revathi - ₹320

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    This book is a brave and honest account of a trans woman, who ran away from her childhood home to Delhi and joined a house of hijras. The book depicts her physical and emotional journey of becoming a woman and finding her place in the world. Get it here.

    2. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Pinto Kundalkar - ₹479

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    The new paying guest of the Joshi family ticks all the right boxes - he’s kind, ready with the rent, and gets along with the family. These qualities make them oversee his mysterious persona that has no last name, no ambitions and no family. The two children of the household are smitten with him - and his sudden departure from the house leaves them heartbroken. Get it here.

    3. Kari by Amruta Patil - ₹399

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    If you’re into graphic novels, you’ll enjoy this sensual story of two lovers - who are separated when they jump to end their lives but are miraculously saved. The story follows Kari, who explores the underground of the city, lost and lonely without her other half. Get it here.

    4. Memory of Light by Ruth Vanita - ₹313

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    Fans of historical fiction will love this steamy romantic novel set in the time of King George’s fiftieth birthday in Lucknow. Get it here.

    5. Mohanaswamy by Vasudhendra - ₹234

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    Sometimes, the most tragic and harrowing experiences can be translated into the most beautiful art, and that’s exactly what happened to Kannada writer Vasudhendra, who narrates his life through a series of brutally honest and touching short stories. Get it here.

    6. Red Lipstick: The Men in My Life by Laxmi - ₹149

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    Laxmi grew up confused. Deemed too girly by others, but biologically a boy, and feeling neither completely. This book is a bold narrative by trans activist Laxmi, and the men who shaped her life, for better or worse. Get it here.

    7. So Now You Know: A Memoir of Growing Up Gay in India by Vivek Tejuja - ₹213

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    Apart from making Instagram dwellers jealous with his reading pace and lovely taste in books, Vivek Tejuja is also a skilled writer and it is seen through his beautiful and poignant coming out story as a gay man in the 90’s. Get it here.

    8. Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen by Saurabh Kirpal - ₹488

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    This non-fiction novel is a collection of writings and essays that give an understanding of the legal perspective on court rulings towards the LGBTQ+ community. Get it here.

    9. Me Hijra, Me Laxmi by Laxmi - ₹556

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    Another book by Laxmi, this book contains various fascinating incidents from her life and how she went from being raised in a Brahmin household to dancing in shady Mumbai bars, to finally attending the World AIDS conference in Toronto. Get it here.

    10. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundathi Roy - ₹275

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    This beautifully written follow up to The God of Small Things tells the story of Anjum, formerly, Aftab, who runs a small guest house in Delhi, and Tilo, an architect whose destinies bring them together. Get it here.

    11. A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee - ₹407

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    This story follows Ritwik, a 22 year old trying to escape his abusive childhood by moving to London, what he considers to be the city of dreams. But soon he discovers  that his past has a way of catching up to him. Get it here.

    12. Hostel Room 131 by R. Raj Rao - ₹193

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    This fictional story revolves around Siddharth and Sudhir, two college students who meet in college, fall in love and have a seven year long relationship. The book covers a lot of difficult topics like homophobia, and the struggles both men face from their classmates, colleagues and even family. Get it here.

    13. Selection Day by Arvind Adiga - ₹219

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    Though this story about two brothers who are trying to make it in the world of cricket driven by their cricket-obsessed father does not centre around queer relationships, it offers a refreshing perspective on queer teenage coming of age love. Get it here.

    14. Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai - ₹210 (Hindi Edition)

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    This short story is about Begum Jan, who feels lost and alone in life, but finds solace in her masseuse, with whom she develops a special bond. Though the book does not openly mention queer relationships, it is implied, and because of this the book and Ismat Chugtai both received much criticism, that even led to an obscenity trial. Get it here.