Readings — From the August 2013 issue

Lakshmi’s Story

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By Vaishali Raode, from Mi Hijra, Mi Lakshmi (“I Am a Hijra, I Am Lakshmi”), an account of the life of Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender-rights activist in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Translated from the Marathi by R. Raj Rao and P. G. Joshi and published in the June issue of the online magazine Words Without Borders.

People are curious about hijras. How do we live? Do we kidnap children? What funeral rites are performed for a hijra after his death? Because we hijras are so secretive about our lives, hearsay rules the roost.

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