You are here

Whistling in the Dark
Share

Whistling in the Dark
Twenty-One Queer Interviews

First Edition
Edited by:

January 2009 | 300 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Whistling in the Dark: Twenty-one Queer Interviews focuses on issues like sexuality, sexual identity, marriage, gay marriage, heteronormativity, gay utopia, gay activism, gay bashing, police atrocities and the laws vis-à-vis these. The interviewees represent a cross section of society ranging from university professors, gay rights activists and students, on the one hand, to working class men such as office boys, auto-rickshaw drivers and even undertrials who have served prison sentences, on the other.

The thought-provoking narratives in this book are the outcome of probing and incisive questions put to the respondents by the editors R. Raj Rao and Dibyajyoti Sarma. Appealing to a wide readership, the narratives go beyond the conventional and provide a rare insight into the private lives of the respondents. Besides being a must read for gay activists and organisations, the book will also be a useful resource for post-graduate students and academics working in the fields of sexuality studies, feminism and alternative literature.

 
Introduction
 
Hoshang Merchant
 
Sushil Patil
 
Manish Pawar
 
Kama Maureemootoo
 
Christopher Benninger and Ram Naidu
 
Satish Ranadive
 
Mahohar Shitole
 
Thomas Waugh
 
Narendra Binner
 
Arman Pasha
 
Aslam Shaikh
 
Ana Garcia-Arroyo
 
Avinash Gaitonde
 
Ankit Gupta
 
Ganesh Holay
 
Raja Chandraratne
 
Darius Ankleshwaria
 
Dilip Sheth
 
Shivji Panikkar
 
Mohammad Soltani
 
Bindumadhav Khire

Rao and Sarma’s work is an invaluable addition to resources on gay issues in India.

BWbooks.in

The text is a must-read for all those who wish to engage with stories of homosexual male lives in urban and semi-urban settings in modern India. It is essential for those engaged in public advocacy around issues of sexuality, to learn through lived stories about the existing paradigm and the political struggles that lie ahead of us.

Biblio

The authors] have done a remarkable job. The narratives maintain a certain dignity throughout. Each is a story. The entire gamut of issues is covered, from gay activism and gay culture to police atrocities and health issues.

Civil Society

The book would be a must have for gay activists and organisations working in the fields of sexuality studies, feminism and alternative literature but at the same time, it has a much wider appeal than just those…. Not just a dry-as dust series of interviews, these are real-life stories of real people, living all around us, yet feeling separate from the mainstream…This book gives them a voice.

The Tribune

Rao and Sarma, both academics as well as novelists, balance the narratives in this book between private, individual stories and their wider context with poise and sensitivity. By turns stark and wry, emotional and enlightening, Whistling in the Dark serves as more than just an academic addition to the cannon of sub-continental queer studies.

Verve

A new book contains candid interviews with 21 queer people. It’s almost as good as hearing their stories first-hand… Each interview in Whistling in the Dark reads like tete-a-tete between friends, with Rao and Sarma posing questions to queer people from all walks of life. They chat about sex, love, homophobic violence in public spaces and within families, as well as struggle to negotiate ethnic and gender identities…The rest of the book just leaves readers to engage in a variety of conversations with queer people who bring a very wide range of experiences to the table.

Time Out

The chronicles in the collection reveal the tragedies and minor triumphs of a people who are the inhabitants of a cruel unequal world.

The Telegraph

Preview this book

For instructors

To inquire about the availability of this title for review (print and/or digital), please contact your local sales representative or call (800) 818-7243.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9788178299211
$27.99

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.