Queer erotica makes its way to bookstores

New Delhi: The country`s increasingly visible homosexual community is coming forward with fantasies of queer love and they have managed to express their views on erotic love through literature.

Indian society has come a long way in accepting people who are differently oriented with a first ever book on erotic queer love making its way to book stores.

"Twenty years ago such kind of literature was hardly seen in the India markets. With section 377 of the India Penal Code abolished for adults who consent to same sex activity, literature on queer love is also making its way in a big way," says Urvashi Butalia, Director, Zubaan Publishing.

Butalia, was present at the launch of "Close, too Close", a book on queer erotica says even though the Indian society has come a long way in accepting differently oriented people in terms of literature it has only just started to signal that it is soon going to make progressive change in this context.

In the book by Westland Tranquebar, an entry into the queer literature and erotica genre, 15 writers and artists from across the subcontinent freely exploring genders and sexualities have come together to pen down erotic queer love stories.

"We find quite a number of literature on heterosexuality
but books on queer erotica have been written by westerners. Meenu and I decided to edit this collection of short stories for the reason to bring out the feelings and fantasies of queer love," says Shruti, one of the book`s two editors.

In South Asia, books on erotic queer love are few and far between.

"Blue", a book published by authors from Sri Lanka and published by Tranquebar has released a Sri Lankan book called on erotica which talks about queer love as well as heterosexual love. `Close, too Close` being the first of its kind in India to be launched by the same publishers which only elucidates queer love and fantasies.

Shalini Krishnan, in-house editor for the book says that there has never really been a lack of demand for erotic, sensual literature, poetry, songs, or art in the country. The issue is how mainstream society accepts it.

"In that context, yes, there does seem to be a general increase in the acceptability of specifically written erotic material in mainstream Indian society," she says.

With acceptability of same sex love growing by leaps and bounds in India, the editors of the book feel that the present young generation is more acceptable to queer love as they are growing up with it as a part of their natural surrounding.



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