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'This book has the power to save someone’s life one day by letting them know that they are not alone' - Gaylaxy Magazine

‘Written in simple prose, a matter-of-fact tone and with dollops of good humour, it’s the essential, empathy-generating queer autobiography we need today.’- GQ Magazine

‘Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man, is about finding freedom from a life of anguish.’- The Wire

‘This Indian memoir of coming out of the closet in the face of intolerance is poignant in its detail’-Scroll.in

‘Rangnekar’s story, this book, is worth your time.’-Gaysi

‘It is a story of self-discovery and courage in face of societal stigma, and even unimaginable violence ‘’-News18.com

This book is the first of its kind’.- India Today

‘Sharif’s autobiography is a path-breaker in India when it comes to LGBTQI literature' - The Economic Times

'A book about pride and prejudice' - New Indian Express

About the Author

A communications consultant and former journalist, Sharif D. Rangnekar uses every possible platform—talks, writing and music—to advocate change and garner support for the LGBTQ community. He is the frontman of Friends of Linger, a band that is credited with India’s first dedication to the gay community—‘Head Held High’. He curates the platform ‘Embrace: Music Justice Arts’, which blends art with social justice. He held senior positions at The Economic Times and The Pioneer, before leading Integral PR as its CEO and later as its chairman. He was named PR Professional of The Year 2013 by IPRCCA. Sharif provides counsel in the area of diversity and inclusion in workplace, specific to the LGBTQ community. He is also associated with Open For Business, a global forum that promotes such policies.


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They were both interested in what the meetings were like, if I had been to any parties yet and what was it like in the group of people I had met so far. Everything was so easy; I seemed to be the same person I was for them since the time we had first met.

‘So what’s the problem? Asked Chitra. I told them that I foresaw issues with Ma and was not sure how she’d respond to knowing about my sexuality. I wanted to come out to her so that I could stop lying and realized that telling her the truth was the only way. The two of them knew that Ma and I had an equation that not too many parents shared with their children—she enjoyed some of the music I listened to, we watched television over dinner almost every evening, we shopped together, and if Ma was invited to a family get-together, the invitation would be extended to me even if cousins of my generation were not there.

Similarly, when I had colleagues over, Ma would almost be at the centre of the party, sometimes dancing with them, at other times having long conversations. Some of my colleagues had also become her patients. With the kind of proximity we shared, and Ma not being social as such, my network had kind of become hers too. Chitra and Venu, of course, saw this context as a positive. ‘This is why we don’t think you have a reason to fear,’ said Chitra They were certain Ma was a strong person by nature and could weather any storm. Just like I was feeling a growing distance as my lies to her mounted over the past two months or so, Ma also would not wish for anything that would take us apart, the two of them explained, making sense of the confusion I found myself in. The conversation lightened up as Venu was still basking in his

successful bulls eye reading of my sexuality. It seems my interest in Saran’s Summer in My Veins—something I spoke about in the bureau

once—had not gone unnoticed as I hardly ever spoke of films at work. Also, the way I described women was never the way men in

general did, there was no show of machoism or the overpowering sense of lust. My observations, as per him, were more to do with

their jewellery, their eyes and smile, and what they wore instead of their physical attributes like breasts, lips, waist and hips.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (25 January 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9353333660
  • ISBN-13: 978-9353333669
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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