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I am Vidya: A Transgender's Journey
Identities are not mere markers we are known by, they define as well as limit us. They can both confine or release a consciousness. I Am Vidya is the story of one such journey: that of a declaration, of the claiming of an identity. It is an assertion of a consciousness that has suffered the agony of being trapped in a mould it does not belong to, a body it does not identif ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 2013 by Rupa
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This journey of a transgender hits you hard. The life of transgender is rarely the topic of discussion or a book. Here are the travails and tribulations, agonies and tortures of a segment of society that is normally ignored. The pathos comes through eloquently.
I had earlier read A Revathi's 'The Truth About Me' and it had a profound effect on my life. For me, Revathi and Vidya's stories are not just about transgenders..they are about alienation and the basic human need to be accepted and loved. It is also heartbreaking to read these stories because they highlight the brutality of the society. The pain, the abuse and the ridicule is something that 'normal' people might never understand. I got a glimpse of the insensitive society just yesterday when I f ...more
Translated from Tamil, I am Vidya is the autobiography of Vidya, who identifies as tirunangai (transgender is a close approximation) and relates her journey to womanhood. Published before the NALSA judgement by the Supreme Court of India, Vidya's appeal to be allowed to express her chosen expression of gender is resonant. The autobiography is an important contribution to the emerging literature written by transgender persons documenting theirs lives, activisms, and histories in India. ...more
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