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Hostel Room 131 In the winter of 1978 Siddharth twenty three meets Sudhir twenty in a friend's friend's room in Pune's Engineering College Hostel He falls instantly in love A man of unconventional views he believes for instance that the two heroes in Sholay have the hots for each other rather than for the heroines Siddharth becomes a full time lover over the next seven years and stubbornly pursues the object of his lust and affection despite his job as a college lecturer in Bombay There are many obstacles along the way including Sudhir's family against whom Siddharth files a police complaint and Sudhir's classmates from Belgaum led by the homophobic Ravi Humbe who start an anti Siddharth association But Siddharth gets support from Gaurav and Vivek a militant gay pair keen to ambush the enemy Deadpan humour and farce come together in this entertaining love story What could have been an epic tale of gay romance ends up as a botched up pathetic hastily ended and badly conceived novel After the exceptionally well narrated initial chapters the writer it seems lost focus and made the proverbial cow climb the tree The hasty ending why do all love stories have to end at the airport? and one of the lead characters going for sex change give out signs that the only way same sex couples can live in India is either by uitting the country or altering their gender for social acceptance? Sorry i refuse to buy that Briefly interesting when it explores sexual identities and experiences of gays kotis and hijras in India But then there were a couple of unnecessary underdeveloped and unbelievable plot twists that left me dumbfounded and uestioning the purpose –– these included the spy with chemical weapons and the Bollywood ending In parts this was ok but overall not a great book Appalling rape scene and dubious use of idioms Not much to recommend it unless I have missed something

  • Paperback
  • 228 pages
  • Hostel Room 131
  • R. Raj Rao
  • English
  • 20 July 2016
  • 9780143064466

About the Author: R. Raj Rao

R Raj Rao born 1955 is a writer and teacher of literature and one of India’s leading gay rights activists His 2003 novel The Boyfriend is one of the first gay novels to come from India He received his PhD in English iterature from the University of Bombay and did post doctoral studies from the University of Warwick He is the author of Slide Show poems One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul Cit

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