So Now You Know: A Memoir of Growing Up Gay in India
Author: Vivek Tejuja
9789353572693 | PB | pp. 160 | 2019 | HarperCollins
Being Gay has never been easy. Living gay is even more difficult. So Now You Know is a heartwarming and heart-breaking memoir of growing up Gay in India in the 1990s.
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The year was 1991. Vivek was eight. He realized he was gay. Only he didn’t: he just figured that he wanted to be different. And that he was in love — for want of a better word — with Deepak, his best friend. Then Mast Kalandar released, with Anupam Kher playing Pinku, a stereotypical gay character. And Vivek realized he didn’t want to be Pinku. So he tried to walk differently, gesticulate differently, and speak in as gruff a voice as he could — all to avoid being Pinku. Funny, poignant, heartwarming and heart-breaking all at once, this is a memoir of growing up gay in India in the 1990s, with Bollywood, books, and the Bombay sea for company.
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