Pink Pages Magazine Archives

Pink Pages – January 2016

PinksAndBlues-Blending-in-standing-out (1)While we celebrate the festive season and move into 2016, we look back at the people and events that grabbed our attention last year- from the most noteworthy news events to books and movies that resonated with LGBT Indians.

In this issue, we turn our attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that the LGBT community in India continues to battle with- read the interview with three key people who are fighting both the virus and the shame associated with it.

We also introduce you to our three new features- Growing Up Gay, showcasing personal stories of what those tumultuous adolescent years were like for queer Indians of all hues; The Gay Traveler, focusing on our unique globe-trotting experiences; and Queering Love, on the many facets of our relationships.

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Pink Pages – 2015 Issue 20

PP-Issue-20-CoverWith the Summer 2015 issue- India’s National Gay & Lesbian magazine has a new identity. We are now “India’s National LGBT magazine”- a reflection of our diverse readership and our own coverage as well. The cover feature Kean Alvares is an Indian androgynous model, and we share Kean’s story in this issue. Also, check out Punit Reddy’s stunning photographs of Kean.

In this issue, we also have an international focus. Read Xulhaz Mannan’s deeply personal, as well as political account of how change is rolling in our eastern neighborhood- Bangladesh, on the rights of sexual minorities. Check out what’s happening at the LGBT film festival of Tel Aviv- in the middle east’s only safe nation for gays.

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Pink Pages – Winter 2014-15 Issue 19

PP-Issue-19-CoverThe Indian LGBT community recently marked one year of the Supreme Court verdict criminalizing homosexuality. The Winter 2014-15 issue explores the theme of hope in the midst of adversities- both political and personal.

Read Roy Wadia’s interview about his iconoclastic career choices, his relationship with Bombay, and memories of his very talented brother Riyad Wadia. Adithya Kumar explores how dating apps are changing the landscape of gay dating in India. Check out Sushant Digvikar’s fashion tips for Indian men. Also, read exclusive excerpts from Janice Pariat’s new novel- Seahorse.

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Pink Pages – July 2014

Pink Pages - Summer 2014With this issue, we also complete five amazing years of Pink Pages! Over the years we’ve grown both in readership and in the quality of the content we publish making Pink Pages one of the most recognizable names of LGBT media in India.

As a special feature we reproduce some of the best works we’ve published over the years- a small but fabulous selection of essays, stories, photographs and works of art.

Also check out the interview of Sushant Digvikar- a well known face on Television- and one of the very few openly gay ones.

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Pink Pages – Spring 2014 Issue – 17

PinkPages-Spring2014-Issue-17How has the Section 377 verdict impacted India’s struggle for LGBT rights? Prominent activists- Ashok Row Kavi, Aditya Bandopadhyay and Lesley Esteves talk to Vikram Tyagi on the meaning of the Supreme Court debacle and the future of our movement. Also, read Gautam Yadav’s interview about how his work is spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS issues within gay and transgender communities in India. Check out what colors to pile on your plate and how to get the perfect stubble!

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Pink Pages – Winter 2013-14 Issue – 16

1451469_10151998306218810_865147383_nParmesh Shahani- one of the most recognizable faces of modern gay India is a writer, art collector, corporate honcho, fashionista and much more. Read what he has to say about his multiple interests and passions in life. Nolan Lewis is back from Mr. Gay World after giving much needed visibility to the queer community of India at a global level. Find out his experiences during and after the contest, and how it changed his life. Also, Vikram Kolmannskog rewrites his wedding vows to his partner as he recalls the day they got married in a traditional Hindu ceremony. Plus, we’re introducing a new section to respond to your legal queries as well.

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Pink Pages – Monsoon 2013 Issue – 15

Issue-15-Monsoon 2013Beat the Monsoon blues with the fourth anniversary edition of Pink Pages. We bring to our readers the results from India’s first ever Gay Men’s Love & Sex survey. Check out the full report for some interesting and racy facts about India’s gay and bisexual men and their love and sex lives! Also, Benedito writes about Goan culture and what it means for the state to be projected as a gay tourism hub of the future. Nolan Lewis is India’s face at the Mr. Gay World 2013 and he talks to Pink Pages about his nomination.

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Pink Pages – Summer 2013 Issue – 14


Issue 14 Summer 2013The Summer Issue brings with it a sleek new look to the magazine. Also, a revamped website, and a brand new mobile version for easy access to readers who use their mobile devices for reading Pink Pages. Nishara writes about her experiences at this year’s fifth annual Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Read about Dominic- the real life character behind Sanjay Suri’s on screen character in Onir’s much loved ‘My Brother Nikhil’. Find out how five LGBTI Hindus in different parts of the world reconcile their faith with their alternative sexuality or gender identity. Also, Harish Iyer questions stereotypes about bisexuals, and Prateek wonders on the lack of gay role models in India. Read the lifestyle section for how to maintain your summer hygiene and ensure smart business casuals, especially when you’re on a budget.

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Pink Pages – Winter 2012-13 Issue – 13

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This New Year, we present to you our Second Gay literature Special Issue –a collection of the finest queer short fiction, poetry and essays from India’s LGBT community. Engagement by Vikram Kolmannskog is a story of two young gay lovers- one Hindu and the other Muslim- and how they seek to overcome the odds they face in the small town they call home. My Best Friend by Sandeep is a touching story of a gay boy’s loving relationship with his elder brother. My Letter to Oscar Wilde by Imtiaz Akhtar is a moving narration of tragedy and love. Against the World by Elancharan Gunasekaran and Two Poems by Aser Peleg are two fascinating pieces of poetry. Also read Kunal Mukherjee’s interview about his debut novel ‘My Magical Palace’.

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Pink Pages Monsoon 2012 Issue – 12

Check out the Monsoon 2012 issue- the Third Anniversary Special- for a featured listing of India’s most influential gays and lesbians. From writers to activists, and film-makers to lawyers, these brave and talented men and women have reshaped India’s outlook towards its LGBT people. Also contained is a visual history of the Indian Gay Rights’ movement- a collection of rare, never published before photographs. Read what Abhijeet has to say about having a gay date, and how Harish Iyer feels about the ‘bitches’ in our fraternity!

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Pink Pages Spring 2012 Issue – 11

Check out the Spring 2012 issue for a tete-a-tete with gay Indian-American stand-up comedian Vidur Kapur as he opens up about his early days and his career. Also, read about the changing face of gay online dating in India, as both Indian and western websites seek out patrons from among the increasingly vibrant Indian gay community. Check out the relationships column on how to deal with a nasty break up, and move on with your life. Find out about both new releases and old classics from the world of gay literature.

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Winter 2011-12 Issue – 10

Check out the Winter 2011-12 issue- a gay travel special edition. We explore the best and gayest destinations for you across India and the globe. From happening cities to hot beaches, and all night parties to raving cruises – the gay travel world has a lot to offer to the wanderlust within you. India too is turning pink every passing year and we check out which are the cities that have taken the queerest bend over the last couple of years. Also, have a look at the photo feature from the Bangalore gay pride march. Check out art work from Rudra Kishore- a budding artist from Kolkata. Read about what’s happening in the world of gay social media. Plus, a special feature on how our straight friends and allies stand up for gay equality.

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Fall 2011 Issue – 9

Check out the Fall 2011 issue of Pink Pages for the second part of our special photo feature ‘A Day in Gay India’ where we track a day in the lives of ordinary gay and lesbian Indians away from media and Page 3 spotlights. ‘Queer Diaries’ looks into gay themes explored by photographer Shashank Tyagi as he moves across India diversifying and displaying his extraordinary work. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ looks into the career and life of Aniruddhan Vasudevan, classical Bharatnatyam dancer who doesn’t hesitate to cross the boundaries of tradition and experiment with new forms. Also, a snapshot of the just concluded Van Heusen Men’s Fashion Week in Mumbai.

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July 2011 Issue – 8

Pink Pages completes two years with the July issue! Check out this Anniversary Special for a photo feature on the Eurovision Contest- one the the gayest musical events in the world. Know what a Swedish veteran has to say on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. Also, we bring you reactions from New Yorkers as they celebrate the newfound marriage equality. Read what Sunil Gupta has to say about his new book documenting his years of queer photography, and what Rakesh Satyal tells us about his new book, ‘The Blue Boy’. Also, two theater actors in Hyderabad discuss their experience of playing a lesbian couple on stage.

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April 2011 Issue – 7

Check out the April issue for a candid interview with gay icon Celina Jaitley as she attends the Mumbai Pride and calls upon India’s gays to take the first bold step of coming out of their closets. Read how a small group in Bangladesh is changing the gay scene in the country and giving hope and courage to LGBTs in our eastern neighborhood. Tushar discovers the dark underbelly of “honor killings” and how they’re a threat to hapless young gay men and women even in our cities. Onir’s “I Am” is released. Read Sourendra’s review of it. Check out India’s first multi-designer gay store in Mumbai and the Fitness section for just the right foods to enhance your body and soul. Also, blogger Moulee takes on TV-9 with a dose of much-needed humor.

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January 2011 Issue – 6

This New Year, we present to you our first Gay literature Special Issue –a collection of the finest queer short fiction and poetry from India’s LGBT community. Also, we look back at the year 2010 to have a glimpse at the events that grabbed our attention- from the tragic rustication and death of Prof. Siras to the jubilant “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in the United States. Plus, a photo feature of the November Queer Habba from Bangalore. Also, read what Vivek Shraya, Indo-Canadian singer turned writer has to say on his India tour, during his concert at the Hard Rock Café in Delhi as he released his debut book ‘God Loves Hair’. Find out what Britain’s top gay rapper has in store for you during his Mumbai and Goa trips. Also, as ‘Dunno Y..Na Jane Kyun’ hit the screens finally, read about actor Yuvraj’s take on fidelity and relationships. Unlearn the top fashion faux pas of 2010 and learn how to shine up for your first date of 2011!

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October 2010 Issue – 5

Check out the October issue for a glimpse into the lives of ordinary gay people in India, beautifully outlining, how different, yet mundane and ordinary our lives are. Also, Pink Pages does a reality check on South Asia beyond India. We look at how things are unfolding for LGBT people in our neighbourhood- in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. In the process we profile some extraordinary men and women who’ve stood out for their grit and strength of character. Also find out how some gay Hindus are learning to reconcile their religion with their sexuality, and at the same time changing long standing attitudes in one of the world’s largest Hindu sects. Also, learn about the story of Sarmad, the medieval poet executed by Mughal rulers for writing homoerotic poetry, and whose tomb lies right in the middle of old Delhi. The travel section takes you on a lesbian tour of London, while you find out what surprises New York’s gayest street has in store for you! Plus, read what Sumati Murthy has to say about being a lesbian classical vocalist in India.
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June 2010 Issue – 4

Pink Pages wishes its readers a Happy Pride month with this Pride special issue, which also happens to be our first anniversary issue! Check it out for what our readers think about the idea of gay pride. Have a look at World Wide Pride- an ongoing photography project featuring Pride parades across the world. Also, as our community reels under the repercussions of the Prof. Siras case, read about what many of India’s openly gay academicians have to say on this matter. Find out what Revathi- South India’s prominent transgendered activist has to say about the struggles she had to go through before achieving her current status as a leader and counselor to many. Read Arvind Narain’s interview on the ongoing court battle against Section 377. Also, as ‘Quarantine’ is released, find out what Indian-American writer Rahul Mehta has to say on his new book. And as iconic Hoshang Merchant completes work on his autobiography, he updates us on his views on the current state of gay literature in India.

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February 2010 Issue – 3

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Pink Pages Issue3 February 2010

Check out the February issue for a glimpse of gay life and lifestyle in the major Indian metros- from gay bars and parties, to film festivals and art exhibitions. Take a peek into Sunil Gupta’s decades old collection of gay photography- arguably the most extensive one you can find in India. Find out how one of the most anticipated queer plays in Hyderabad was recieved by the audience. Check out with Harish how Twitter is turning pink, tweet by tweet! Read what Nuwas has to say about Bollywood’s gay themes creating ripples in neighboring Pakistan. Looking forward to a romantic trip with your better half to destinations in Europe? Then let Pink Pages show you around the two gayest cities of the continent- Paris and London, and what all kinky surprises these two cities have in store for you! Check out the fashion and trends section for the latest looks this spring- bringing you the best from the Copenhagen fashion week, the geekiest touchscreens, and the most exotic accesories for your home’s interiors.

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November 2009 Issue – 2

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Pink Pages Issue2 November 2009

Check out the November issue for an exclusive glimpse into Roy Sinai’s exotic realm of photography. Find out what Ashok Row Kavi has to say about his years of gay activism. Looking forward to a romantic trip with your better half to destinations in India? Go through your options from luxury tours in Rajasthan to adventure sports in Dehradun. Read up on Azad Bazaar’s sale of gay merchandise. Get to know more about what happened this year at the Outgames in Copenhagen. As Onir works on his upcoming films dealing with male sexuality, find out what he has to say about them. Also a look at all the glam and glitz at India’s first ever men’s fashion week in Delhi.

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July 2009 Issue – 1

Pink Pages Issue1 July 2009

Pink Pages Issue1 July 2009

This first issue couldn’t have been released at a better time. At this historic moment, as we celebrate the decriminalization of homosexuality in the world’s largest democracy, let us also take time out to acknowledge the relentless struggle of those thousands of known and unknown men and women who’ve made this victory possible. And therefore, to them is dedicated this first issue, with the theme- Freedom… after 150 years!

When TimeOut Magazine interviewed me about the upcoming Pink Pages project, one of the first questions that they asked me was- how is it different from the queer publications already in place? And the answer is- in many ways.

For starters, this is India’s first ever national gay and lesbian magazine. All other queer publications till now have been either restricted geographically, or had been targeted only for a limited intellectual readership. This is the first effort to reach out the entire community at large- at an all-India level.

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