The main reason behind posting this is the hope of finding readers of gay literature among us. Besides, I have some books of the gay genre that I am trying to pass on for free, rather than throw them away. Other than the aforesaid, I have been wondering if we could share gay stories, true or fiction, on this forum.
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|Posted On Jul 21, 2019 - 04:34 PM|
I've had some good response to this post. The books I have are:
1. Tab Hunter Confidential (it's the Hollywood actor's autobiography, very candidly written);
2. My Brother and His Brother by Hakan Lindquist
3. A Perfect Waiter by Alain Claude Sulzer
4. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
5. New Boy by William Sutcliffe
You will find the review on amazon.com
I'd rather give them away as a bundle rather than piecemeal. It would be convenient for me to give them to someone in Mumbai rather than outstation.
|Posted On Jul 21, 2019 - 04:39 PM|
Well We All Know Whats Going To Be Posted Here If We Looking For Some Stories To Be Published
Just Dnt Make It some Cheap Stories
If You Gonna Post Some Stories Please Be Decent
So Padhne Wale Ko B Acha Lage
|Posted On Jul 21, 2019 - 04:42 PM|
Yahoo used to have some very active groups where members shared gay stories, mostly fiction; although some were based on actual events. These were in Hindi and English, with some in Haryanvi thrown in for good measure. Some of the stories were so well-written that the author(s) ought to have brought them out in book format as a collection of gay short stories; they would have sold well especially after the striking down of Article 377 which facilitated the (legal) creation of the gay genre by book publishers in India. I intend to share some of the stories here, but only ones that have the names/identities of the authors, so that credit for the stories goes to the proper source. I'm sure sharing won't be a problem as I doubt there will be any copyright issues.
|Posted On Jul 21, 2019 - 06:33 PM|
A little life, Hanya Yanagihara
Cobalt Blue, Sachin Kundlekar
Call me by your name, Andre Amican
|Posted On Jul 21, 2019 - 07:11 PM|
@ShashiNlo, the books I have are all in English.
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 01:06 AM|
The carpet weaver -Nemat Sadat (haven\t read it)
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 04:38 AM|
Defeat of Prince altan on Google search..
Fantasy magical humiliation accept
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 04:40 AM|
Thre is old marathi called Nagin(1995)..it is a set of various stories..1st story is about Army guy who had physical relationship with another army guy at basecamp...such a sensuous story..must read
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 05:39 AM|
Some gay literature i have read
*Tied hearts an Indian gay fiction by Vikram Singh in English language
*Japanese Magnolia a Japanese gay fiction by Rei Kimura in English language
*Bombay dost an lgbt magazine published by humsafar trust in mumbai in English language
*Pasitha Manudam a Tamil fiction written by Karichan kunju that touches homosexuality as a part of the story in Tamil
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 05:51 AM|
In facebook few pages are meant for gay stories
These are in Tamil language that have thodar kathaigal or long stories
*ketkaamal kidaitha varam neeyada-type in Tamil and search for the page
*Tamil gay story
*ezhini-type in Tamil and search for the page
*kadhala kamama-type in Tamil and search for the page
There is a blog in blogspot
*envijay.blogspot.com that has a collection of short stories mostly in Tamil language
There is another blog
CaramelGGuy that has gay fiction story in English language
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 10:15 AM|
@saggee thank you for sharing about "Nagin". I'm eager to get my hands on that book.
Kdj, I found the following information on Google about the book which is a collection of short stories by Charuta Sagar. Here's the link: https://koolkedar.wordpress.com/tag/marathi-book-nagin/
|Posted On Jul 22, 2019 - 04:08 PM|
So many amazing recommendations! There are some I had not heard of. I'm going to find them online.
@Saggee, I immediately searched on the internet for "Nagin". A bookshop at Dadar had one copy left. I immediately got on the train and grabbed it (along with a copy of "Sangtye Aika" by Hansa Wadkar). Thank you so much for your recommendation of the book.
"Call Me By Your Name" by Andre Aciman is one of my favorite books. I've already read it three times.
|Posted On Jul 23, 2019 - 08:51 AM|
Author Vasudhendra, who came out openly recently, has written many books, of which, Mohanaswamy, both in Kannada and English, are about the gay theme and they say in parts from his own life.
Also, i recollect there is a reference to gay life in Shivaram Karanth's Mookajji's Visions a.k.a Mookajjiya kanasugalu for which he won Jnanapith award too.
|Posted On Jul 23, 2019 - 02:11 PM|
If u like reading classics
The Picture of Dorian Gray..u wud find strong homoerotic tones
If u love poems,try reading Shakespeare's sonnets.. If u r in love with man, those words would mean a lot
Poems by Catallus...roman poet very obscene and explicit in writing. Amazing to see how passionately men loved men 2000 years ago..u even have vocabs for face ***..bottom...etc
Greek myths..so many small stories..right from Achilles and Patrocles, zeus and ganymede etc.
|Posted On Jul 23, 2019 - 02:30 PM|
Sissy white and the seven soldiers
|Posted On Jul 23, 2019 - 06:15 PM|
@kathir7 I too wanted to mention Pasitha Maanudam by Karichaan Kunju in Tamil. A novel way ahead of its times.
|Posted On Jul 23, 2019 - 06:29 PM|
@vanju i read Nagin book almost 15yrs back...I think this is still available in my Collage Library...thre is another book 'Mitra' by Vijay Tendulkar...must read...
They have short film also...Veena Jamkar osume performance..
Sharing link below
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 05:23 AM|
@Saggee, thank you for sharing the link. I've learned from the comments section that the complete movie is available on Netflix. Very beautifully filmed, judging from the clip. In spite of my poor knowledge of Marathi, I love reading Marathi literature, especially if written in colloquial Marathi or in one of the numerous dialects - for instance "Sangtye Aika", Hansa Wadkar's autobiography, which is written in the malvan dialect.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 06:52 AM|
@VANJU First of all, thank you so much for starting such an interesting thread. I had deactivated my profile here, but your thread actually made me log in to the site, and reactivate my profile. I haven't read much, so I hope to get some good tips on literature involving gay *** and gay sexuality in this thread. Thanks once again.
Gaylaxy magazine, (GAYLAXYMAG.COM) has some really interesting stories in their stories section. Infact, I have met a guy who has posted a few Hindi stories, under a pseudonym, and he has a lovely imagination. I always enjoy reading his stuff.
INDIANGAYSITE.COM also has a stories section, but most of them are erotic stories.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 07:57 AM|
Read the book - Call me by your name (not the movie). Its an amazing book and talks about feelings.
For erotica, better watch ***.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 10:44 AM|
Please read "Japanese Magnolia" by Rei Kimura. It is published by Mehta publishing and is available in both Marathi and English.
It is set in Japan and around 600 to 700 years back. One amazing love story between a Samurai and a farmer kid.
Please do read it. And it is compelling to read even if there is no *** in the whole book.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 11:25 AM|
@ETERNAL_BLISS - glad you decided to come back to the fold. ;). And thank you for sharing about gaylaxymag. I'm a big fan of Hindi gay erotica. I'm sure erotica in any of the regional Indian languages sounds more sensual than in English. Since you're beginning your exposure to gay literature I'd suggest that you read "Call Me By Your Name" by Andre Aciman. The author makes every scene come alive with the richness and simplicity of his language. As I've mentioned earlier here, I've read the book three times so far and intend to read it several more times.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 11:51 AM|
@HOT_CRUZE_FUN - I looked for the English translation of Mohanaswamy and was pleased to learn that it's available. Those who would like to read reviews of the book will find them here: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/33232118-mohanaswamy
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 05:45 PM|
Thre is one gay movie with sane name 'Call me by your name'
Are the book and movie same???
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 05:52 PM|
I've read Mohana Swamy. its a good collection of short stories which are gay themed. In Mookajjiya kanasugalu, there is a gay reference, however, its not all positive in there. it's almost making fun of this gay man or disrespecting him and his opinions. One of the line in the story is, Mookajji says - "The person who does things with a man that he's supposed to do with a women has no say in this matter"
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 06:41 PM|
@SAGGEE, yes they're the same, although the book is a lot better than the movie as is usually the case.
|Posted On Jul 24, 2019 - 10:50 PM|
Try stories by gingerfred man. I'm sure you will love it
|Posted On Jul 27, 2019 - 10:23 AM|
Also read Pink Sheep by Mahesh Natarajan :)
|Posted On Jul 27, 2019 - 03:34 PM|
I watched an interview of the author of Mohanaswamy, Vasudhendra, on YouTube. It was in kannada, which I do not understand. But you can sense that he is very articulate and intelligent. He's also very handsome ;-)
|Posted On Jul 29, 2019 - 11:48 AM|
Memoirs of a boatman
|Posted On Jul 30, 2019 - 06:23 AM|
Philippe Besson's novel, Lie With Me,
reminds readers just how complicated falling in love (and bed) for the first time can be.
|Posted On Jul 30, 2019 - 01:19 PM|
@Saggee Do you know if Mitra is available online?
A gay themed novel I've really liked is Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai.
|Posted On Jul 31, 2019 - 05:23 AM|
Shyam Selvadurai is from Sri Lanka of Tamil descent. He lives in Canada with his partner. His other noteworthy works are Cinnamon Gardens and The Hungry Ghosts.
I have read Cinnamon Gardens, but left it half way through. I would want to go back to it. Also, I would want to lay my hands on Funny Boy
|Posted On Aug 1, 2019 - 04:41 AM|
On The Move - by Oliver Sacks
Gertrude & Alice - by Diana Souhami
Palimpsest - by Gore Vidal
The Real James Dean - by Peter L. Winkler
Live Fast - Die Young - by John Gilmore
The above are all autobiographies/biographies/memoirs
Reviews available on Amazon.com
|Posted On Aug 11, 2019 - 07:16 AM|
Have you guys come across audio gay books?
I have checked out a few sites, mostly they ask for a subscription. But a sample is available for listening.
I wonder if there is a Hindi Gay audio book. That would be awesome.
|Posted On Aug 15, 2019 - 05:35 PM|
@ETERNAL BLISS - I did some search but did not come across any audio books for free, although some are available on amazon.com costing several dollars. However, the book "Call Me By Your Name" has an audio version read by none other than the actor who plays Oliver in the movie, Armie Hammer, and it's available on Youtube for free: Call me by your Name (Audiobook).
You're right, it would be awesome to have gay audio books in Hindi (and other Indian regional languages)!
|Posted On Aug 15, 2019 - 06:45 PM|
Oh, thank you so much @VANJU, I'll definitely check out the audio book on Youtube. As it is, I haven't read the book, nor have I seen the film yet.
|Posted On Aug 15, 2019 - 07:53 PM|
Hoshang Merchant's Poetry
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
|Posted On Aug 16, 2019 - 09:12 AM|
"Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the world" is a beautiful read. You will love the characters.
|Posted On Aug 17, 2019 - 03:53 AM|
Thank you all for your excellent recommendations. If you're unable to obtain hard copies of the books, there's an app which has thousands of books that you can download and read for free. Here's the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newanybooks
It's an android based app. As far as I know, only English titles are available at present (and maybe some European ones too).
|Posted On Aug 17, 2019 - 08:24 AM|
thanks Vanju! any gay title there?
|Posted On Aug 18, 2019 - 09:46 AM|
Hello MG_123, there are quite a few gay titles. I would suggest that you go through the English titles suggested in this thread and look for whatever you're interested in on the app. You might also look up recommended gay themed titles on amazon.com and search on the app to see if you could find anything.
|Posted On Aug 23, 2019 - 07:24 PM|
Thanks for such a good thread. Good suggestions. Hope to read some.
Myself have only read The Picture Of Dorian Gray by the inimitable Oscar Wilde and Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman. Both subtly homoerotic.
Just reproducing a small poem by Walt Whitman which I go back to again and again and again. Just can't get over it.
You do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recalled as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured.
You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass, you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.
|Posted On Aug 25, 2019 - 07:32 PM|
NOSTAGUY - Thank you for sharing Walt Whitman's poem. It's beautiful. It's a pity Whitman (and others from those times) could not be more forthright because of the sense of morality that prevailed in those days. Although, having said that, there is a different kind of thrill in reading works by authors from those times whose works have gay subtexts. It's like unraveling a coded work. I hope you will find the books you find interesting from those recommended on this thread. I have mentioned here the name of an app where you can find so many well-written gay-themed books.
|Posted On Aug 25, 2019 - 07:39 PM|
MlrBlr - I found the title recommended by you in the AnyBooks app. Thank you for your recommendation.
Btw, the app also has books in most of the regional Indian languages. They have a couple of books in Marathi of the cuckold genre, if anyone is interested (not my preference). I also found books in Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi and Malayalam; although I am not sure if any of them is gay-themed.
|Posted On Aug 26, 2019 - 10:30 AM|
Vanju, it was very satisfying to read these. Especially when newer and more open books/mags were not available in India those days. internet was a far cry. Fortunately got to read these classics. And, so thankful to Ashok Row Kavi's Bombay Dost. This mag was like a saviour for us devoid of any gay writing. I remember meeting a guy in Nagpur once and I had carried back a copy of Bombay Dost(from Bombay!!). Having finished reading it I wanted to dispose it. This guy was livid n told me are you a fool. Give it to me and he kept it. That was how much it was valued.
|Posted On Aug 29, 2019 - 05:20 AM|
NOSTAGUY - Yes, those were the days! Being a voracious reader, I would sometimes take casual leave from work to browse through secondhand books in the Fort area. The pavements were full of those in the early 1980s and 90s. There were times when I was lucky enough to find books of the gay genre, most of them well-written stories with very good prose. I do not remember any titles now, but there's one I still have in my collection somewhere - a memoir of Aubrey Menen titled "The Space Within The Heart". Excellent read. Aubrey Menen was half Indian and half Irish. His father was from Kerala. It's sad that his books are out of publication now. He was an intellectual and a very good writer and artist. Deeply handsome. His memoir is explicit in parts and I was lucky to have found it on the streets of Churchgate (Mumbai)!
|Posted On Aug 29, 2019 - 08:10 PM|
That's good to know Vanju. My visits to Bombay were always eventful.
By the way, how does one start a new thread here?
I was thinking one as Nostalgia where we could exchange our experiences of times past.
|Posted On Aug 30, 2019 - 03:24 AM|
Hi NOSTAGUY - I have sent you a message detailing the steps to follow to start a new thread. Am looking forward to reading it. 🙃
MlrBlr - thank you for recommending "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the World". I finished reading it last night after downloading it from the Anybooks app. It was a brilliant read. A beautiful, well written story.
|Posted On Sep 8, 2019 - 01:23 PM|
I was wondering if we can write n post our fiction gay stories n poems... May be in English or Hindi as it sounds more kinky n sexy.. I've written few stories n poem... I don't mind sharing!!! Waiting for response... To know me plz check my profile...
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