The Book Cafe had done a post earlier this month on Pride Month Reads talking about five queer literature books from around the world.
Today, for Pride Month we highlight books from India that talk about diverse queer experiences.
Here are Top 5 LGBTQIA+ Indian books to read and understand different facets of love.
- Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar: Translated from Marathi to English by Jerry Pinto, this novel is divided into two parts and set in Pune, Maharashtra. The novel portrays the fluidity of sexuality through two different’s character’s relationship with the same person.
- Kari by Amruta Patil: This dark and gritty graphic novel is about Kari’s relationship with Mumbai and with Ruth.
Check out more such books set in Mumbai here.
- Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar: This YA novel sensitively portrays the stress, trauma and bullying that a school girl goes through because she is not attracted to boys. It is an excellent read for both parents and teens to broach and understand the issues around homosexuality and Article 377.
- The Roof Beneath Their Feet by Geetanjali Shree: Chachcho and Lalna’s budding relationship on the vast, connected and common terrace of Laburnum House is a beautiful story of female friendship and more.
- Mitrachi Gosht by Vijay Tendulkar: Translated from Marathi as A Friend’s Story, is a play, also set n Pune, during the pre-Independence era. It is about a love triangle in a college campus. Like Cobalt Blue, it comments on both the heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
Do you have any other queer literature recommendations? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!