At the age of ten, Siddharth Dube finds himself entranced by an androgynous striptease dancer and begins to see something of himself in her visceral beauty. He’s only just starting to understand some of his life’s defining preoccupations.
For Siddharth is gay, and it’s dangerous to be gay in India.
As Siddharth confronts personal traumas to eventually emerge as a staunch fighter for the outcast, his journey spans privilege as well as bigotry and persecution – from elite Doon School and Harvard to unsafe streets where lonely men seek each other out for sex and love, from the halls of power at the World Bank and the UN to jail cells where sex workers suffer horrifically at the whim of misguided officials.
In a book that is deeply personal yet public-spirited, Siddharth writes with insight about his own search for love and self-respect, and of the struggles of the oppressed in a time of global right-wing ascendancy. Like the dancer Siddharth glimpsed as a young child, No One Else is beautiful, singular and unforgettable, a tour de force that celebrates dignity and freedom, and holds to account those who would deny anyone these priceless human joys.
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will publish an international edition in 2017
Shortlisted for the Crossword Jury Award and long-listed for the Tata Book of the Year Award
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