"He got stared at a lot. People asked out loud - 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.
What did you love best about The Truth about Me?
I loved the story of this woman's life and experiences. She is a truly amazing teacher.
What other book might you compare The Truth about Me to and why?
Maybe the Autobiography of Malcolm X, as he is as plain and truthful about his life and as loving and accepting of all of the pieces of himself as Ravathi is of herself.
Which scene was your favorite?
Impossible to choose, so many scenes stay with me.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both, I laughed out loud in some sections and cried and cringed in others.
Any additional comments?
Everyone around the world who is an activist or concerned about LGBTQ issues and HIV awareness should read this book and promote solidarity.