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Submitted by Vanju Location: All India (All India, India)

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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Vanju
Posted On Sep 8, 2019 - 04:20 PM

Hi STALWART - Sounds like a good idea, but I'll let the administrator decide whether this is the right forum for your request.

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Vanju
Posted On Sep 9, 2019 - 07:09 AM

Hello STALWART, USEMEMUMBAI, CHAKOJOEL, MG123, and SPLASH431 - There is actually already a thread on ohmojo where personal and fictitious gay stories can be shared. Here it is.

They already have some good stories there. And I have one to contribute, too. :)

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Splash431
Posted On Sep 9, 2019 - 07:47 AM

Thanks

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AravindVakul
Posted On Sep 10, 2019 - 08:16 AM

Nice thread! My first introduction to this genre was E. M. Forster's Maurice. Though I found the ending unconvincing, it was nevertheless extremely gripping and well-written. Naturally Forster became a favourite author for me from then! :-)

I have heard a good deal about The Boyfriend by R. Raj Rao but the reviews that I read were mixed. I have read the book in bits and pieces. Has anyone read it fully?

My introduction to erotic stories was Nifty of course in the late 1990s, but once the initial thrill of discovering them was past, I got very quickly bored with them. On online recommendations, I read Michael Arram's Towards A Decent Inn which was passable. Jack Kendle's Lost and Found was slightly better. His short story titled Mr. Pym has been one of the better ones I've read.

I guess now online there are a so many books published in this genre!

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Vanju
Posted On Sep 12, 2019 - 11:19 AM

I have been reading books recommended on this thread (the ones I could get hold of). Finished reading "Cobalt Blue". What an amazing story! It was originally written in Marathi, and Jerry Pinto has done a great job of translating it into English. He has managed to retain the essence of the book very well, which is quite a feat in itself. It is by far among the best books of the gay fiction genre that I've read so far. The author, Sachin Kundalkar, is a keen observer of human behaviour judging from the book he has written. And to think this was his first book, written at the tender age of 22! I can't wait to read more of his works.

Am currently reading Saraswati Park, which has been recommended on this thread. Will write my review once I have finished reading it.

ARAVINDVAKUL, thank you for your recommendations. I've queued up "Maurice" and "The Boyfriend" for my next reads.

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Jlingoa
Posted On Sep 19, 2019 - 02:19 PM

Please include "Swimming in the Monsoon Sea", by Sri Lankan author, Shyam Selvadurai.

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Vanju
Posted On Oct 4, 2019 - 04:02 PM

Saraswati Park was another very good book written by a UK based Indian author. I simply couldn't put it down until I finished reading the book. Thank you for the recommendation.

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Vanju
Posted On Oct 4, 2019 - 04:20 PM

ARAVINDVAKUL - I finished reading Maurice. It's an exceptional gay love story and quite bold for having been written in 1914.
*****SPOILER ALERT****
The author deliberately decided to write a happy ending as he was fed up with gay love stories ending in misery and woe. I don't think there were many (if any at all) that he could choose to read from in those days, and I believe he was referring to true life gay love affairs ending in sadness. After all, when he wrote the book the Oscar Wilde trial and tragedy were still fresh in public mind.

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Vanju
Posted On Nov 12, 2019 - 11:25 AM

@JLINGOA - Thank you for recommending "Swimming In The Monsoon Sea". I loved the story. It was well written and set in one of my favourite holiday destinations - Sri Lanka. I am now reading "The Hungry Ghosts" by the same author. It is quite a gripping story; quite a page turner. I suspect that both books are somewhat autobiographical.

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