What you do not understand becomes the dark side

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

It is easy to dismiss 'Hijras' in India as a lower species of human. Everyone does it. Most people would not imagine that the community has in its ranks as intelligent and educated a conversationalist as Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. She intertwines her own story with reflections on the role of hijras in culture and mythology, and their plight today. Sprinkled with humor and observation, her journey might force you to look inwards.

  • Ruby's upbringing filled her with biases and misgivings towards the hijra community. One day with them changed all that.
  • The protagonist of Anosh Irani's latest novel, The Parcel, is a hijra from Kamathipura, Mumbai's red light district. The Asian Age looks into Anosh's inspiration for this work.
  • Ruchika spent an unforgettable few days with Molly, a trans woman living in Harijan Basti in Jamshedpur. Rarely, this is a light and happy account of breaking a so-called impossible barrier and finding the simple love of friendship.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Transgender Rights Activist

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has been a global activist and spokesperson for the trans-gender community for nearly two decades.

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