Siddharth Dube

   
No One Else
A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex

No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and SexAt 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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Atria/Simon&Schuster
will publish an international edition in 2017

Shortlisted for the Crossword Jury Award and long-listed for the Tata Book of the Year Award

Excerpts:

An Indefinite Sentence
The Caravan

Are you a pansy?
The Caravan

The importance of being honest
Himal

Love & loathing in the US
DNA

 

Read Times of India op-ed

Read Asian Age op-ed

 

REVIEWS:

"This searing memoir of a gay man from a country that criminalizes homosexuality is intertwined with a first-hand account of the struggle for basic human rights by gays as well as by women sex workers, two groups similarly outlawed in India. Dube unsparingly exposes a complex web of hypocrisy, corruption and brutality in this work of grave, vital importance."
KIRAN DESAI

"An extraordinary book that triumphs on many levels, personal and social … Above all, it is a sensual and passionate story about the search for love, the 'endless flowing river in the cave of man', that animates all our lives.”
SUDHIR KAKAR

"Journalist-activist Siddharth Dube's memoir…is both a personal and political journey. In recounting his own painful realisation that he is different, he provides a scathing indictment of the education system, particularly the tony Doon School, of the country's policy on AIDS, the political establishment's attitude to homosexuality and the deep-seated hypocrisy surrounding prostitution not just in India but also in the West…His ability to relate to others who are oppressed is moving and memorable."
KAVEREE BAMZAI, INDIA TODAY

"The importance of this work as an authentic, essential record of our lives and times can hardly be overstated....(a) masterful union of memoir and reportage," VIKRAMAJIT RAM, BIBLIO

"Rich, thoughtful...exacting and moving in both its personal and political dimensions."
SUPRIYA NAIR, MINT

"Probably one of the most important (books for our times)…Both fierce and tender, it will leave the reader enraged and heartened."
NANDINI NAIR, HINDU BUSINESS LINE

"Deftly merges the personal and political…Alongside the beautifully told stories, often painful, and often uplifting, of his closest friendships and relationships, Dube addresses the hypocrisies of the World Bank and UNAIDS, where he worked, and the brutal way that consensual sex work is criminalised in India."
SHREYA ILA ANASUYA, SCROLL

"The year's best books....journalist Siddharth Dube's brave, sensitively told coming-of-age account as an upper class gay man and the persecution he faced."
SUNIL SETHI, BUSINESS STANDARD

"The reader does not merely get acquainted with an eventful life, but gets a rare insight into wider social, political and historical realities...This is powerful reading, indeed essential reading."
UDAYAN DHAR, PINKPAGES

"A story that spawns decades, that brings together a massive range of actors, and that intersects with the story of other movements...The narrative finally revealed to us is the contemporary history of three major intersecting movements  -- sex worker rights, rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBT rights --  as seen through the eyes of the author...both an important chronicle of struggles by sexual outlaws, and an impassioned testament..."
DANISH SHEIKH, SABRANG

"Dube takes a real hard look at our schools, homes and hearts in his candid book."
SAMHITA CHAKRABORTY, THE TELEGRAPH

"Searing prose...Dube’s story goes from being the story of one gay man to become a story about how a 'silent and secretive minority' becomes increasingly vocal and articulate."
ARVIND NARRAIN, INDIAN EXPRESS

"Incisive analysis...fleshed out in vivid detail."
RATNABIR GUHA, TELEGRAPH

"Dube is privileged and a pariah at the same time. It is this insider-outsider perspective, the difficult choices he made, and his deep empathy with those less privileged that gives the 300-plus pages of the book their punch."
PATRALEKHA CHATTERJEE, ASIAN AGE

"This courageous memoir could have been written by no one else."
GEETANJALI KRISHNA, BUSINESS STANDARD

"An intimate account of growing up as a homosexual...But it’s equally a history of the gay, lesbian, transgender and sex workers’ rights movement in India...(and) also an insider report on the global fight against HIV." 
SUCHETA DASGUPTA, VIEWS ON NEWS

"A memoir which is as courageous as it is candid…a powerful testament for anyone who wants to live and love on one's own terms."
KAVAREE BAMZAI, DAILY-O

"More than a memoir of a gay man’s life growing up in India and the United States...a firsthand account of the lives of sexual minorities in these two countries."
ANKUSH ARORA, REUTERS


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