Truth About Me, The: A Hijra Life Story by A Revathi

By A Revathi

We bought stared at much. humans requested out loudly—some out of interest, others out of malice—whether we have been males or girls or ‘number nines’ or devadasis. a number of males made daring to the touch us, on our backs, on our shoulders. a few tried to snatch our breasts. ‘Original or duplicate?’ they shouted and hooted. At such moments I felt melancholy and puzzled if there might ever be a fashion for us to dwell with dignity and make a good residing. Revathi used to be born a boy, yet felt and behaved like a woman. In telling her existence tale, Revathi conjures up marvellously the deep unease of being within the unsuitable physique that plagued her from early life. To be actual to herself, to flee the consistent violence visited upon her via her relations and group, the village-born Revathi ran away to Delhi to affix a home of hijras. Her existence grew to become an immense sequence of harmful actual and emotional trips to develop into a girl and to discover love. the reality approximately Me is the unflinchingly brave and relocating autobiography of a hijra who fought ridicule, persecution and violence either inside of her domestic and outdoors to discover a lifetime of dignity.

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