Ackerley, J. R. Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal. New York: Simon &
Schuster, 1990. British gay author's account of his life as secretary and
confidant to an Indian maharajah. (First published in 1932.)
Ali, Agha Shahid. A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems. New York: W.W.
Norton, l99l. Author is from Kashmir and now lives in the U.S.
Bombay Dost. Bombay: Ashok R..K., 1991-. Gay & lesbian Indian magazine.
Chughtai, Ismat. The Quilt & Other Stories, trans. from Urdu by Tahira Naqvid
& Syeda S. Hameed. Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 1994. The
title story concerns a woman who, neglected by her husband, shares a bed with
her female servant. The author successfully defended herself against
obscenity charges when the story was first published in 1942.
De, Shobha. Strange Obsession. New York: Penguin Books, l992. Controversial
novel on a lesbian theme. Author is an Indian journalist.
Devi, Shakuntala. The World of Homosexuals. New Delhi: Vikas Publishing
Gomez, Jewelle. Forty-Three Septembers: Essays. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand
Books, 1993. Autobiography of an Indian-African-American lesbian.
Harry, Joseph, & Das, Man Singh, eds. Homosexuality in International
Perspective. New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House, 1980.
Kakar, Sudhir. Intimate Relations: Exploring Indian Sexuality. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Kala, Arvind. Invisible Minority: The Unknown World of the Indian Homosexual.
New Delhi: Dynamic Books, 1991.
Kalliat, Prem, director. Jareena: Portrait of a Hijra. New York: Third
World Newsreel, 1990. A 25-minute documentary exploring the life of a
transsexual and her community in South India.
Kureishi, Hanif. The Buddha of Suburbia. New York: Viking Penguin, 1990.
In this satiric view of 1960s-70s English popular culture, an Anglo-Indian
bisexual man leaves the suburban lifestyle to experience disparate cultures,
classes, and genders.
Lapierre, Dominique. The City of Joy, trans. from French by Kathryn Spink.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985. Set in Calcutta; includes a description
of the hijras and their origins.
Less than Gay: A Citizens' Report on the Status of Homosexuality in India.
New Delhi: AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan, 1991.
Meer, Ameena. Bombay Talkie. New York: Serpent's Tail, 1994. Novel
about two Indian cousins' search for identity: one is a straight woman
who grew up in New York, the other a gay man who grew up in Paris.
Mootoo, Shani. Out on Main Street and Other Stories. Vancouver: Press Gang
Publishers, 1993. Stories by an Indo-Trinidadian-Canadian lesbian.
Namjoshi, Suniti. Because of India: Selected Poems and Fables. London:
Only Woman, 1989. These essays and excerpts from Namjoshi's work provide
insight into her development both as a writer and as a person.
Namjoshi, Suniti. The Conversations of Cow. London: Women's Press, 1985.
One of the characters is a "misogynistic lesbian."
Namjoshi, Suniti. Feminist Fables, 2d ed. London: Sheba Feminist
Publishers, 1990. Explicitly lesbian content in the form of terse, witty
Namjoshi, Suniti. Flesh and Paper. New York: Women Make Movies, 1990.
A 26-minute film in which lesbian writer Namjoshi and others discuss her life
and work, with readings of her poetry. Born into an Indian royal family,
She now resides in England. Her poems, fables, and novels are characterized
by her wry and satirical humor, informed by both a lesbian consciousness and
a deep Indian cultural framework.
Nanda, Serena. Neither Man nor Woman: The Hijras of India. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1990. Study of the eunuchs and transsexuals of
Rashid, Ian Iqbal. Black Markets, White Boyfriends, and Other Acts of Elision.
Toronto: TSAR, l99l. Rashid is a poet of the Indian Diaspora: born to
Indian parents in East Africa, grew up in Canada, lives in London.
Seth, Vikram. The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse. New York: Random House,
l986. Sonnets by an Indian poet, dealing with gay and bisexual themes in
Sharma, Satish Kumar. Hijras, the Labelled Deviants. New Delhi: Gian
Publishing House, 1989. Analytical study on the congenital hermaphrodites and
castrated eunuchs of India.
Singh, Khushwant, & De, Shobha, eds. Uncertain Liaisons: Sex, Strife, and
Togetherness in Urban India. New Delhi: Viking Penguin, 1993. Includes a
section on homosexuality by Ashok Row Kavi.
Singh, Nidhi, producer & director. Khush Refugees. San Francisco: NAATA
(National Asian American Telecommunications Association), 1991. A 32-minute
videorecording about an immigrant from India and an ex-marine from Ohio
trying to assimilate in San Francisco's gay community. Provides sensitive
crosscultural perspectives on the nature and expression of intimacy.
Vyas, M. D., & Shingala, Yogesh. The Life Style of the Eunuchs. Flushing, NY:
Asia Book Corporation of America, 1987. A study of the hijras of Vadodara
City, Gujarat, India.
Yorke, Michael, director. Eunuchs: India's Third Gender. BBC?, 1991.
A 40-minute, made-for-BBC look at some of the more than half a million
eunuchs--or hijras--in India today. This film captures the pleasures
and contradictions of a living alternative to Western ideas about gender.
Zwilling, Leonard. Homosexuality as Seen in Indian Buddhist Texts. In,
Jose Ignacio Cabezon, ed., Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender. Albany, NY:
State University of New York Press, 1992.
OTHER SOUTH ASIA:
Khush Khayal. Toronto: KHUSH, South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association,
1989-. Publishes 3 times a year.
Kureishi, Hanif. My Beautiful Laundrette and The Rainbow Sign. Boston:
Faber and Faber, 1986. "Laundrette" is the screenplay of Kureishi's film
about a romance between an Anglo-Pakistani and a London skinhead.
Parmar, Pratibha, producer & director. Khush. New York: Women Make Movies,
1991. A 24-minute videorecording of interviews with South Asian gay men and
lesbians living in the West and in India. Discussion covers topics of racism
within the Western gay community; the difficulty of developing an Asian vs. a
white concept of homosexuality; the cultural pressure to marry; persecution of
gay men in India; and the implications of caste barriers in the efforts to
build a united gay and lesbian Indian community.
Ratti, Rakesh, ed. A Lotus of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian
Gay and Lesbian Experience. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1993. Gay men and
lesbians from India, Pakistan, and other South Asian countries discuss their
challenges and accomplishments.
Selvadurai, Shyam. Funny Boy. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1994. A
homosexual boy's bittersweet passage to maturity is hauntingly set against
growing political tensions in Sri Lanka.
Shamakami. San Francisco: Shamakami, 1990-. Quarterly magazine for South
Asian feminist lesbian and bisexual women.
Trikone. San Jose, CA: The Group, 1986-. Quarterly magazine for gay &
lesbian South Asians.