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Private Lives: Personal essays on the news of the world and the news of our lives. That side part, with me since my childhood in India, was the emblem of the well-behaved, well-groomed good boy, and I had carried it diligently into adulthood. For six years, R. One day R. By the time he had finished, the bathroom floor was covered with clumps of hair and I had a Mohawk that he proceeded to gel into a stiff mane. I hardly dared look at myself in the mirror, but I was secretly thrilled.
I would never have had the guts to do it myself. But be careful of those gays. He was not just gay, he was extravagantly so. He wrote irate letters to the editor, researched the latest trends in the health care debate and romanced some man he met on the subway — all with equal vigor. He was also H. When I first met him, about 20 years ago, I regarded him with some caution. Even though I came from India, supposedly a country sitting on an H. I had only read about them, classified coldly in pie-charts and graphs as high-risk groups — drug users, homosexuals, prostitutes, long-distance truckers — instead of regular people.
I regarded R. Like many Midwestern gay men of his generation, R. That one-way ticket, away from Bible Belt towns, conservative families and cornfields, was to me the quintessential trajectory of the American gay story. It was so placidly happy that I was afraid it would shatter into pieces if I revealed any dark secret, let alone one about my sexuality. So we both fashioned lives far away from our biological families.
My calls home were all about what I had for dinner, the weather and the weddings of half-forgotten cousins. I told my family little about R. He was like an alien too difficult to explain. What does he do, they would ask, and I would have no answer. He lived on disability. Gay pride parades were already filling with baby strollers and sweatpants. But R. Then one day he did the unthinkable.
He decided to leave San Francisco and return home. His mother was aging, struggling to raise two little great-grandsons whose father was in prison. It caught me completely off guard.
I thought familial duty was my bailiwick — making that weekly call home, the annual pilgrimage to India, posting birthday cards.
All along the way he sent text messages from diners, rest stops and gas stations. At every moment I expected him to lose his nerve and come barreling back. But he kept going. It was simply the bravest thing I had ever seen anyone do. We had Hawaiian barbecue on his last night in the city. All he left behind was his battered blue salvaged armchair and a blond wig. A year later I, too, moved back, to India.
When people ask me now why I came home after 20 years, I give them varied reasons. My mother was growing old and the journey to California was hard on her knees. I wanted to write about the new India.
I never tell them about R. I ask his advice about life, love and the virtues of flax seed. But I have never returned to that side part, either.
Sandip Roy is a senior editor with Firstpost. See next articles.
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The classic fairy tale of a prince or princess meeting a peasant boy or girl and falling in love has been given a makeover in a new book for children. It begins: "Once upon a time, in a land not far away, a place where no one cared if you were straight or you were gay. The say the story had to stand on its own and the fact that the characters are gay is incidental.
The story is about a farm boy and a prince who meet in a forest one day and their friendship soon blossoms into love. Promised Land the, authors say, is a place where no one cares what you look like or who you love. The characters have to overcome adversity but Harris says being gay is not the problem or the difficulty.
Reynolds and Harris worked with lead illustrators Bo Moore and Christine Luiten on character designs and the first piece of cover art that they needed to sell the idea of the book. Those images were used to sell the idea of Promised Land and start a Kickstarter campaign. The first run is selling well, they say, and a reprint is looking likely.
There is also talk of a paperback version for overseas. Promised Land is dedicated to the Pulse 49 the Orlando night clubbers who were killed in a gay hate attack in Florida last year. Podcast MP3 Oggcast Vorbis. From Nine To Noon , am on 22 February Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris. Bo Moore and Christine Luiten. Recent stories from Nine To Noon How old is your brain?
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