A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Shivani Gupta

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Beauty Lies in Contradictions

I have been the overprotective patriarch and now it is time for me to find solidarity with my sister who will go through myriad experiences. I need to be there to support her while at the same time make her question her decisions rather than being a judgmental feminist.

एक बेमेल जोड़े की कहानी

शिवानी गुप्ता जुलाई महीने की तेज़ गर्मी की एक दोपहर में हम दोनों गर्मी से बचने के लिए दिल्ली के एक आलिशान शौपिंग मॉल में चले गए थे। मॉल में एयर-कंडीशनर के कारण कुछ राहत थी। हम मॉल में बनी चमचमाती दुकानों को देखते हुए साथ-साथ चल रहे थे जब मेरी अंगुलियाँ उनके हाथों से…
A brunette child with curly hair looks in anger. Over the photo written in bold and caps in white colour, "All the problems in the world today, and you're mad 'cause my parents don't match?"

Story of an Odd Couple

True were his words that people will always talk, but why? What was so wrong with us? Was it because he was shorter and I was taller? Or was it because that when we hugged he was more in my embrace than me in his? Or was it that I had to bend a bit to kiss him? Strange how perceptions work about couples – no matter which identity one conforms to.
A brunette child with curly hair looks in anger. Over the photo written in bold and caps in white colour, "All the problems in the world today, and you're mad 'cause my parents don't match?"

एक बेमेल जोड़े की कहानी

अब इस अनजान व्यक्ति ने कुछ बेचैनी से कहा, ‘मुझे माफ़ करना, मैं कोई मूर्ख्ताप्पूर्ण बात नहीं करना चाहता लेकिन आप को साथ देख कर इसलिए हैरान क्योंकि आप जैसे जोड़े प्राय: देखने को नहीं मिलते’। ज़ाहिर है इस वाकया के बाद एक घबराई हुई हंसी थी।
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The Story of an Odd Couple

A very hot July afternoon had forcibly pushed both of us inside a fancy Delhi mall. The air-conditioner was bringing some relief to us. We were walking side-by-side looking at glittering shops when my fingers touched his hand. He smiled at me and our fingers were entangled within seconds. As we were browsing through glass…
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