India is one among the very few countries who gave electoral right to a third gender. Yes! We gave right to vote for the Hijra community. But India is a country where people think homosexuality is immoral. It is still a Taboo to our Government and society. As per the Indian Penal code section 377, making sex with the person of same gender is punishable by law. Now, the Parliament again voted down Shashi Tharoor’s private member’s bill to decriminalize homosexuality I would like to introduce a book to you all about the transgender community in India. We have already seen so many novels & biographies by the transgender community, this one is a joint effort by Dr. Shayan Haq and Santhosh Avvannavar.
Titled as SHE-Ek La Cholo Re; inspired by Rabinthranath Tagore’s verses from the title ‘Eka’ in his song anthologyBaul, published in Bhandar magazine in 1905. The story itself set on the backdrop of Calcutta in 1990. SHE is a well written story packed in 50 pages. A story weaved from a single journey between two unknowns. Story on life of Kusum, whose identity fells in between he and she. It revolves around the life of a transgender; which shows the struggle of a person to be themselves and more. It gives the perfect picture of how oddly our society treats them and how worse the other people makes them feel about themselves. A story of brave heart whose identity is blurred cause of the social conditions around. And it is all about finding one’s own identity among all odds.
SHE starts when Raj meets Kusum in the road as a strange woman waiting for a lift and it ends on how Kusum’s life story touches Raj by hearing her on their drive to the destination. The novel ends giving a wonderful climax and it makes us think more on the sacrifices a person have to do to be her own or his own. As gender is a fact that we gain by the time we start our life in a womb; often it makes a difference cause of the hormonal imbalance or the matter of mind. It is a person’s wish to be on which gender he/she should belong; and society is the major fact that kills people’s own self and slashes their identity from the whole world. We know there is a very big LGBT community around us; even we support them. But no one is ready to raise their voice for them all because we think what others will think when we support them.
That is the main factor why I dragged SHE into my post to make everyone realize that they all are people too and they all have a heart. No one wish for a life in a closed chamber where everyone shoots them with blaming eyes. Let everyone be their own & let everyone get the privileges equally!
Everyone have their own freedom in their life; to choose and to live!
‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu NA Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re’
‘If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone!’
Image courtesy : http://www.dailymail.co.uk & Santhosh Avvannavar
Originally posted in Bolte Raho