From the author: I have never felt physical attraction to any man and I am sure I never will,
for the rest of my life.
However, I can understand if a person feels that way with another person of the same sex. It is just
human to be physically and emotionally attracted to another person, regardless of sex. It does not matter
whether it is an inclination pre-built into one's body by the Creator or a lifestyle choice. It is a fact
of life that same sex relationships have existed in the world for centuries and will continue to exist in
coming years. My question is - who are we to get involved in a matter so private to other people? Who are we to force
them to live a certain way, using a legal system to govern these things?
I have had an opportunity to work with and also have been friends with persons in same sex relationships.
They are just like any other co-workers or friends of mine. Their sexual practices and preferences are none
of my business. I hardly even think of them as gay or homosexual persons. To me, they are just people.
Every time I read a newspaper or magazine article on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, I think about
the homosexual people I know. Do they deserve to be treated as criminals? Do they deserve to be discriminated
by the law based on their sexual orientation? Laws are meant to foster equality among people. If a law does
not do that, and actually promotes discrimination, it should be amended.
With these feelings from the bottom of my heart, I endeavored to write this story that highlights the social
stigma that prevails against homosexuals and legal predicaments they face in their lives. There have been
popular, but absurd stereotypes around the gay and lesbian community that are prevalent in different countries
and cultures. As part of this story, I have made a humble attempt to break some of these stereotypes with a
hope to encourage the readers to treat gay people as people, and not as aliens who landed on earth from a
Finally, I hope that Section 377 of the IPC is amended, in order to decriminalize consensual physical
relationships between same sex adults. It will be a proud moment for the people of India.