Between the verses
26 March 2008
In the rush to ‘define’, have we forgotten Southasia’s long history of blurring the boundaries of love?
Young men wander hand in hand, giggle together, sit on each other’s laps. At weddings and parties they dance together sensuously, usually without any woman around. In many places, such overt displays of physical bonding between the same sex would be immediately designated homosexual. Whether viewed with liberal acceptance or castigated with opprobrium, such behaviour would first be categorised. Yet in the scene sketched here, most of the young men are intensely interested in girls, not boys…
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