- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Latest edition (22 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352641264
- ISBN-13: 978-9352641260
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mohanaswamy Paperback – 22 Nov 2016
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About the Author
Vasudhendra has written thirteen books in Kannada and has won many literary awards, including the Kannada Sahitya Academy Book Award, the Da Raa Bendre Story Award and the Dr U.R. Ananthamurthy Award. He runs his own publishing house, Chanda Pustaka and is associated with various LGBTQ support groups.
Translator Rashmi Terdal is a journalist with the Times of India, Bengaluru.
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The story is about the life of Mohanaswamy, his journey from a young boy to a man in his fifties struggling to accept who he is & coping with the harsh realities of life being a gay man. The book has been divided into several chapters which are like short stories themselves but when the reader looks at the big picture, it all fits together. The book starts with our protagonist trying to deal with a difficult situation where he comes to know that his long time partner Karthik is going to marry a girl & is suddenly giving him a cold shoulder, as their relationship comes to an abrupt end he tries to move ahead in his life. The story then dwells into his past, where he encounters many humiliating slurs thrown at him which still haunts him. The story then moves forward as he grows older & the men he meets. To devour the stories of gay love, do get this book right now!
As it is the Pride month I had decided to read at least one Indian LGBTQ related story hence I picked up Mohanaswamy & I’m glad I did. The story of the protagonist does resonates the lives of several gay men from small towns trying their best to get out from there & find true love while fighting social stigma, nosy hypocritical relatives & neighbours but most importantly accepting yourself as who you are & THAT’S what makes this book special. Rashmi Terdal surely has done a splendid job translating the book. The cover, title & language everything is 100% satisfactory. This surely is one of a kind book & I do hope future authors get inspired reading it.
At the end, this left me with a broken heart, but a resolute mind.
If you are a person going through or have undergone crisis in your life due to your alternative sexuality or gender, this is a must read.
I would also recommend this book to anyone who would love to understand the life of people who live in a tortured limbo; with emotions that can neither be expressed nor can be suppressed. This book will leave you with a changed perspective and make you more empathetic than you already are.
I would recommend this book for it is a great step towards conversations and discussions that will help normalising the gay community. It's time people realise that everyone is unique in appearance, sexuality and we should all learn to live respecting this.