With those words, Gitanjali (name changed upon request) found freedom from the chains that had bound her in a heteronormative world. Hear the story of her coming out.
"Gender reality is performative which means, quite simply, that it is real only to the extent that it is performed" But with the lockdown that was brought with the pandemic of 2020, gender became confined within our four walls. It was now a performance for ourselves. From conversations, confusions to a feeling of liberation that was met with obstructions, the less we were seen the more our gender became visible to us.
For 30 years, Mark Tully was Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi. He joined the Beeb in 1964 and moved back to India in 1965 to work as the corporation's India Correspondent. He covered major incidents in South Asia during his tenure, ranging from Indo-Pakistan conflicts, Bhopal gas tragedy, Operation Blue Star, Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to the Demolition of Babri Masjid. He is the author of many books including No Full-Stops in India (Penguin, 1991) and Upcountry Tales (Speaking Tiger, 2017).
Gunjan Sharma, Harshita Sethia