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I AM VIDYA: A TRANSGENDER’S JOURNEY

by Living Smile Vidya

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2398-5
  2. Pages: 144 pages
  3. Date: July 2013

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Identities are not mere markers we are known by; they define as well as limit us. They can both confine or release a consciousness. I Am Vidya is the story of one such journey—that of a declaration, of the claiming of an identity. It is an assertion of a consciousness that has suffered the agony of being trapped in a mould it does not belong to, a body it does not identify with.
Vidya has lived through all the indignities forced upon a tirunangai, a transgender, by a society which divides and defines itself as men and women in terms of biology alone—from being spurned by her family, to begging on the streets as a social outcast; from donning a woman’s clothes, to undergoing excruciating surgery to lose her ‘manhood’; from suffering emotional and physical harassment, to arriving at her true identity.
A compelling narrative about a woman trapped within a man’s body, this is a story of extraordinary courage and perseverance.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Living Smile Vidya has a master’s degree in linguistics and is keenly interested in contemporary theatre and cinema. She currently works for a voluntary organization engaged in serving destitute people in Chennai.