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Me Hijra, Me Laxmi

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He was born a boy, but never felt like one. What was he then?
He felt attracted to boys. What did this make him?
He loved to dance. But why did others make fun of him?

Battling such emotional turmoil from a very young age, Laxminarayan Tripathi, born in a high-caste Brahman household, felt confused, trapped, and lonely. Slowly, he began wearing women's clothes. Over time, he
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Oxford University Press
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Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is spectacular and underwhelming at the same time. Laxmi is among the better known faces of the LGBT community and her story is incredibly powerful considering the sheer number of challenges she has overcome to be where she is today. While she is conscious not to come across as a victim, the ease with which she narrates her experiences is itself telling of her strength.

The problem, however, is with the writing. One, it seems superficial many times. You come away with an intellectual u
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Me Hijra me laxmi

Laxminarayan Tripathi alias Laxmi a dutiful son and a crusader of the Hijra community. The autobiography originally in Marathi translated to English by R Raja Rao etc tries to answer the curiosity of a so called normal reader about the despised Hijra community of india.

Laxmi deals with the question of identity and the confusion a transgender go through in the process of locating oneself in the society where any diversion from the binary sexual group of male and female is stigma
Shreya Prakash
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this book up at the Jaipur Lit Fest. Laxmi was kind of top of mind, between meeting her at a party the night before and the making of plans to attend her session on the next day, it was inevitable I should buy the book.

Laxmi, the book, wears its subject lightly. You don't get much of an insight into the person and her motivations behind doing the things she does, beyond the very superficial, but you do get a sense of her environment, the world she inhabits and its challenges. You unders
Saraswathi Sambasivan
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting book. It gives an insight into the life of Laxmi- an activist and a celebrity. It does not dwell on negativity or the feeling of being a victim.
Shweta B
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book depicts a life of a transgender what they go through in life.. How they have to struggle with every situation.
Aparna Ram
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
good to read
This book was sent to me by the publisher as a part of the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.

The nicest part about having an open mind to reading books is the fact that you do end up discovering a lot of gems every now and then. There are these routine run of the mill books that you encounter almost in every bookstore you visit. And there are these books about unconventional people. Me Hijra, Me Laxmi is easily the most unconventional book I have read to date. I call it unconventional not just becau
Nandini Pradeep J
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, thanks to OUP and Goodreads for this book. #firstreads

Like how the cover rightly puts it, this life-narrative is "much more than what is there between the covers".
In between those pages, Laxmi grows into this larger-than-life figure and that too in her own right.
This narrative portrays a gradual progression in Laxmi's life: From Laxminarayan Tripathi to Laxmi.
What struck me most was Laxmi's stark, ingenuous honesty about herself: she's utmost critical yet so proud of her own action
Sameera Kamulkar
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This subject has always been close to my heart. I feel very strongly about the marginalisation and dehumanization of the third sex. Imagine being looked at with only disgust and horror, everywhere you go. Is it even human to treat another human the way we treat anyone who's making different choices in life?
Having said that the book disappoints. Yes, it does give a voice to the reality of the lives of the hijra community but some thing is missing.
I have the greatest admiration for Laxmi but it's
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The main reason for anyone to read this book is to understand how the society treats anyone differently based on his or her sexual preferences. Laxmi's story is one of courage and conviction. Inspirational at the same time frustrating when you think of the enormous mindshift the society needs to become more tolerant and accepting. Straightforward writing with short sentences and also with an 'in your face attitude'. These types of books need to be widely read for sure so that there is a beginnin ...more
Saravanan Pandi
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book "Me Hijra, Me Laxmi" is which depicts the hardships faced by every Hijra in their daily lives, written with the intention to fight for the fundamental rights of hijras.

Till this date, I have always been respectful to Hijras but never gathered courage to speak to them. This book have taught me to be myself around hijras too not feeling scared..!!!
I really came to know more about hijras, it was really informative!!!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book but English translation is very weak
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