Audible Truth About Me, The Author A. Revathi –

Truth About Me, The We got stared at a lot People asked out loudly some out of curiosity, others out of malice whether we were men or women or number nines or devadasis Several men made bold to touch us, on our backs, on our shoulders Some attempted to grab our breasts Original or duplicate they shouted and hooted At such moments I felt despair and wondered if there would ever be a way for us to live with dignity and make a decent living Revathi was born a boy, but felt and behaved like a girl In telling her life story, Revathi evokes marvellously the deep unease of being in the wrong body that plagued her from childhood To be true to herself, to escape the constant violence visited upon her by her family and community, the village born Revathi ran away to Delhi to join a house of hijras Her life became an incredible series of dangerous physical and emotional journeys to become a woman and to find love The Truth about Me is the unflinchingly courageous and moving autobiography of a hijra who fought ridicule, persecution and violence both within her home and outside to find a life of dignity.

10 thoughts on “Truth About Me, The

  1. Book& Book& says:

    This book was a special read for me in a few ways It was recommended by a good friend over here and very first autobiography read for me This book developed a liking for autobiographies in me, earlier I was not preferring to read them as I presume that they are not my cup of tea rather I would say gripping type of book

  2. Monika Monika says:

    I find the concept of othering entirely senseless If the basic tenet of our survival follows the same structure, aren t we hypocrites in accepting one group of people and negating the other Our ability to express and empathise makes us humane If we lose this ability, can we emotionally relate ourselves to others The Truth Abou

  3. Sidharthan Kannan Sidharthan Kannan says:

    A honest self portrait that makes the struggles of people who dare deviate from societal norm hit you on your face.Revathi is completely candid in this compelling book She does not shy away from telling us everything, including her own faults This level of candour, perhaps coupled with the fact that I had the good fortune of reading thi

  4. Balu Balu says:

    The Truth about Me A Hijra Life Story is the autobiography of Revathi Revathi s truth is the first of such to be published in English at once an illuminating, and a scarring read, that leaves you changed Hijras are a community of people who are born men, but feel they are women, and so live as such What differentiates them from eunuchs, or other

  5. Divya Divya says:

    The book was very insightful about the condition of the hijra community In novels and books, there would just be fleeting paragraphs about this I was curious to know and I m much moe aware now The book gets repetitive a little in the middle but it picks up and is definitely worth a read

  6. Akshay Akshay says:

    It is sobering to read this in the backdrop of the women s marches all around the world I picked this book to count as one of the categories of the 2017 Book Riot and had no idea with would be this heavy This is the first LGBT South Asia book I ve read and I can t imagine the resilience one might need to survive as a transgender person in India This book was eye

  7. Nandini Vishwanath Nandini Vishwanath says:

    I picked this book up to learn about the Hijra community Safe to say, I learned something if not everything that I was looking for In fact, I m not sure what I was looking for The story begins well the background is great, Doraiswamy s feelings of being a woman are well articulated, however, somewhere you lose sympathy for the protagonist I know this should be a book rev

  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I found this an incredibly compelling book At times I couldn t put it down, at other times I had to shut the book and walk away in horror, anger, and disgust The author is brutally honest about her life, her tragedies, and yes, her mistakes The ending is abrupt The language is stark and simple By the end, I feel like I knew this woman, understood why she made the choices she made,

  9. Samir Dhond Samir Dhond says:

    I picked up the book because I read an article in the newspaper about the launch of the book recently The article was written with much compassion and since the book was quite famous in Tamil, I wanted to read if it was written for sensationalism or it came across as a sincere attempt to tell an unusual story The book is well written and translated It has many details about life in Namakka

  10. Naomi Naomi says:

    Although I ve known of the existence of Aurobind Hijra culture, this is the first memoir I ve encountered translated into English the original is in Tamil All those interested in human rights, sexual, and gender minorities will find Revathi s story both familiar and moving For me, it was also very educational, as Revathi describes Aurobind Hijra cultural practices and their differences from place t

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