A digital magazine on sexuality, based in the Global South: We are working towards cultivating safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces in which all individuals can express themselves without fear, judgement or shame

Relationships and Sexuality

The Love Laws: Lessons from Shah Rukh Khan and Others

“Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.” Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things If watching Shah Rukh Khan’s 1990 hits taught me something, it was this: there are two boxes into which people you meet fit – one is friendship,…
Saathi: IIT

Video Page: Mere Saathi

Saathi IIT Bombay, an LGBTQ resource group of students and staff at IIT Bombay welcomed new entrants in 2015 with a video of three queer students speaking of the acceptance and allies they found on campus. From one whose friend played an important role in making her realise she is lesbian, to two others who…
sisterhood of sexuality

The Sisterhood of Sexuality

“Order me one too,” a friend said as I secretly purchased a vibrator online during a class so boring, I don’t even remember what it was about. Now that the vibrator has your attention, I want you to know something about stories. No story is linear; often when we think we are walking a straight…
Comic panels. A woman with a matchstick lights a man who has a candle wick coming out of his head. He then burns and melts down into a pool of wax. The woman takes off her dress, and jumps into the pool on the ground.

The Editorial: Relationships and Sexuality

Is there a relationship at all that cannot be defined by love? And, if we were to begin talking of relationships other than romantic love, how would we speak of sexuality? Upon this deliberation, we realised that our Love and Sexuality issue seemed to revolve around romantic love and sex. The departure this issue on Relationships and Sexuality makes is to try and incorporate forms of relationships that might not be about romantic love but have their own kind of romance, and facets of sexuality that might not be about sex per se but will place its interest in alternate relationships to it.
Line drawing of two hands held together.

यौनिक सम्बन्धों में चयन का अधिकार

आली द्वारा प्रकाशित आली द्वारा 6 राज्यों में (जिसमें उ.प्र., म.प्र., हरियाणा, महाराष्ट्र, पश्चिम बंगाल व केरल शामिल हैं) इस विषय पर किए गए एक अध्ययन , से यह निकल कर आया कि इन सभी राज्यों की क्षेत्रीय एवं सांस्कृतिक विविधताओं के बावजूद इन सभी राज्यों में औरतों के यौनिक रिश्तों में चयन के अधिकार का…
Drawing of one woman looking at another who is lighting a cigarette.

Why I Am Addicted to Friendship Affairs, And Why it Has Nothing to Do With My Marriage

They were stranded together on an island, the only two English-speaking writers at a conference (this somehow happens in Berkeley). They have wild and instant intimacy of the kind where you tell each other everything. It’s the kind of friendship in which you want to be together all the time, the world is not enough, the day is not long enough to give you all the time you want with your friend.
A red and white carnival eye mask.

Kink and Friendship

My sexual desires may not be what certain people called ‘normal’ and I could not share this with my so called friends as I thought they would consider me weird. Surprisingly a woman in my hometown introduced me to the world of Kink. She was a regular housewife and with her for the first time I got to know what I actually needed and wanted and it went on for a good amount of time till I moved out of that place for many reasons.