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Truth About Me, The: A Hijra Life Story Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 617 KB
- Print length : 256 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (10 July 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00E60SUS4
- Best Sellers Rank: #295,225 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had to stop every time to take a breath and absorb the pain, injustice and violence inflicted on Revathi and her community of transgenders. The sad part is that a lot of that continues unabashed even after the government passed a law - a rather flawed one - to protect them. Running away from home as a child to an unknown city all alone, returning to only face violence at home, and then fleeing again only to be trapped in a cycle of exploitation via sex work. The society entraps transgenders in this circle by taking away their right to employment, property, and protection from law. At the same time, it manages to erase them from our consciousness so that we don't see them as individuals but a nuisance to be dealt with on traffic signals. Revathi's autobiography will take you into those erased streets and bylanes where a majority of transgenders spend their lives. It will take into that whirlwind of emotions, where you do not feel at home in your body and long for freedom to express your emotions as another sex. It will impress upon you the conflict between desire and survival. And even though she felt lucky to be able to find a conventional job and a partner in later part of her life, the struggles never ended. It is difficult for us to imagine a future without a job, or continuous source of income free from violence, but for transgenders that is the norm. Still, they keep going back to their families and try to keep those bonds alive even after suffering violence, humiliation and trauma from the same people.
This book might leave you dejected and disoriented. But perhaps we should feel lucky that this is all we will have to deal with.
Well written !!
Top reviews from other countries
One of the things that struck me about Revathi is that although she is not always a sympathetic character, she is very honest, and incredibly brave. I was especially awed by her willingness to take great risks and her amazing resilience.
I can say that this has been one of the more eye-opening books I have read in my life. I highly recommend it.