(The Truth About Me A Hijra Life Story) [PDF DOWNLOAD] Ä A. Revathi
A. Revathi ¼ 0 reviewG book At times I couldn t put it down at other times "I Had To Shut "had to shut 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 nderstood why she made the choices she made even when the results were painful and maybe ill concieved But who among Hey Diddle Diddle Leveled Text us hasn t made mistakes Who wouldn thasn t felt trapped at the indifferent injustice of the world And how many ofs can really say they ve faced this kind of hate and discrimination from their own family and their communityIn the end I wanted of her journey It may be tragic but there is also triumph end I wanted of her journey It may be tragic but there is also triumph is cruelty but also friendship and even love I feel like I ve really come to
*understand so much *so much the Hijra culture and the great steps forward they ve made as well as how intensely they have struggled to gain acceptance It s a very brave book and an intimate portrayal of an incredible human being flaws and all 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 Gorgeous and...Hung?! us humane If we lose this ability can we emotionally relate ourselves to others The Truth About Me A Hijra Life Story narrates the life of Doraisamy who in light of being true to his inner feelings had his nirvaanam done and turned into a woman called Revathi She insistedpon being called Revathi after her transformation In a world of smashing patriarchy she was born a man who felt like a woman This made her life altogether difficult than it already is for those who are born as girls and go on to live as women She has her weaknesses like everyone else but her courage and willingness to evolve makes her invincible This book informed me and taught me like a like a patient teacher the only kind of teacher I am interested in The self proclaimed better people of our society have attached a negative connotation to the word hijra I would still call them hijras if they are okay with the word if not this book taught me of an alternative aravanis and that s what this book is about it is about an alternative proposition from what we know Even though I really loved this book I am still giving it three stars because a book s language matters a lot to me I like flowery ornamentations when it comes to language Simplicity is for how I carry myself when it comes to life 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 The Mangrove Tree up and is definitely worth a read I picked this bookp 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 review and not a character dissection of the book s character it s an autobio of sorts However by the end of the book I was just waiting for it to get over The author talks of her experiences alone and doesn t talk of what she gets from them learnings or otherwise By the end it becomes a bitter rant from a person who is seeking special treatment because he is a Hijra While I don t disagree that the wrongs have to be set right and that Hijras as a community need governmental protection to beat social stigma I m not sure the author went about setting an example the right way The writing isn t great and it s Guided Approach to Intermediate and Advanced Coding + ICD-10-CM/PCs Coding understandable if it s just a written account of her life translated from Tamil But then the story isn t great either I really wanted to be moved by this book and learn and empathise with this community I wasn t able to I m not sure if my expectations were right and I m being prejudiced in just saying that I wanted to be moved by their story that turned out to be ordinary My bad 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 books but I was proved wrongTruth about me is originally a Tamil book being translated by V Geetha This was a commend. Ever be a way fors 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 Understanding Yandere Lovers unease of being in the wrong body that plagued her from childhood To be true to herself to escape the constant violence visitedpon her by her family and community the village. A honest self portrait that makes the "Struggles Of People Who Dare "of people who dare from societal norm hit you on your faceRevathi is completely candid in this societal norm hit you on your faceRevathi is completely candid in this book She does not shy away from telling s everything including her own faults This level of candour perhaps coupled with the fact that I had the good fortune of reading this book in her native Tamil Vellai Mozhi takes this book to another level Her story feels very valid and very important and deserves to be read a lot It highlights the struggles faced by Hijras and there is a common thread there that any non conforming individual can associate with The
*search for her *for her identity and a place in her current society are niversal themes Family politics is perhaps something any Indian can associate with as wellReading this book I feel has taken me to another empathetic level of nderstanding the struggles trans people face She often estions why people don t acknowledge her very natural feeling of being a woman who happened to be born in a man s body It is as simple as that and I don t think anyone can deny that I wish this book were made compulsory reading to homophobic and transphobic people so that they can expand the way they think When making sweeping statements about how The Little Bit Naughty Book of Wild Sex Positions unnatural all these things are people often forget the very real people who arendergoing things like gender dysphoria This book brings that fact to light There is no way you can deny Revathi what she has gone through and perhaps still is and there is no way you can invalidate that experience of trans people world wide After reading this I feel a yearning to know about trans people Especially the Hijra people and their culture that has so much historic roots here A look into where these things originated and the myths behind it all would make for a very fascinating read without a doubt There is a lot about their culture in this book and it makes the lives of people who we just see begging on the trains seems much fuller Revathi herself has also compiled some stories from her community and written a book in Tamil I look forward to reading that Kudos to her and here s hoping we get to learn about Hijras and bring them to the mainstream conscience 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 opening and humanizing and I can imagine sociologists and economists would be really interested in the economic rituals of hijra kinship If you are interested in expanding your India bubble I recommend You ll have the work through some meh sentence construction and grammar but select Leaders Eat Last uotes to keep it family friendly I m not including some compelling passages describing torture follow Men and even women stared ats and laughed and heckled La muralla verde us I realized what a burden a hijra s daily life is Do people harass those who are men and women when they go out with their families Why a crippled person a blind person even they attract pity and people help them If someone has experienced physical hurt they are cared for both by the family and by outsiders who come to know of it But we we are not considered human The looks I got then and the things I heard hurt me than any wound I wondered too if I had not actually asked for this Maybe I would have been better off as a blind man or a woman an invalid of either sex than what I was now If society scornss then we turn to our families if we have a family But if family scorns The New Competition us who do we turn to Is this why people like me do not stay in touch with their families Could not God have created me as a man or a woman Why did He make me this way Why is He savoring this spectacle that He created Families respect you only if you have money you look modern wear nice clothes and jewels If you are a hijra and poor you must expect to be abused and humiliated It is best I be with others like me only that would ensure me of dignity I am today where many ofs are today It is not so much that we are abducted into sex work rather we are the very reasons for the existence of sex work and that is no exaggeration Society and law not only think we are doing wrong but are violent towards Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller us For the sake of money I have put aside my honour and taken to the roads I m called a hooker What should the police be called then they whose s and snatch money from s I found this an incredibly compellin. 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 s 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. The Oswald Reflection up female trapped in a male form along with the pressure ridicule and violence she endured from her family and the community around her trying to convince her she was really male Often she fled from them to find a refuge among the hijras a subculture of transsexual women similar to herself misunderstood abused and finding solace in each other creating lives of meaning and ritual in their own communities The narrator discovered their strengths and fatal flaws going from location to location trying to survive and find a safety in a society which offered little Eventually she struggled toward a life of activism improving her lot while experiencing love and heartbreak In a way I m glad I read A Life of Trans Activism first because I know ARevathi has some joys waiting for her in the future which haven t happened yet in this book This account was a struggle a struggle to survive to dare to dream and to learn to dare snatchingp whatever moments of happiness she could find It was The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard uite an eye opener the level of corruption which existed in some locations Bribery seems like an essential part of life in them This account reaffirms that those who shout accuse and do violence themselves are often guilty of things far worse than they accuse others of There is hope amidst the struggle that people can change or acknowledge a trans woman who sticks to her path even if she has to go through hellish misery to get there This was not an easy read It often made me angry or I started crying in sheer frustation at all the living obstacles that placed themselves between ARevathi and her dreams It is however an essential read which teaches much about the hijras India and how things are changing through one hijra s eyes This account offersp a crucial slice of life that the world needs to know about For all of these things I give this book five stars I picked Quantum (Captain Chase 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 wasite famous in Tamil I wanted to read if it was written for sensationalism or it came across as a sincere attempt to tell an Introduction to Mythology unusual story The book is well written and translated It has many details about life in Namakkal and in the cities wherever Revathi has lived The book is tragic and hard to read at times I mean it saddened me for sure It has too many details and it talks about Revathi s sufferings However the book did not come across as a story written to bring about awareness When I read the newspaper review it seemed like that I am not sure if readers would like 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 thenflinchingly courageous and moving autobiography of a hijra who fought ridicule persecution and violence both within her home and outside to find a life of digni.