Growing Up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India

by Chandra Sundeep
Cover picture of Homeless by K.Vaishali

Homeless: Growing Up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India” by K. Vaishali is my chosen read for Pride month. This memoir provides an unfiltered and authentic glimpse into the author’s life, where she faces the dual challenges of dyslexia and discovering her sexuality in a conservative Indian society. Through this gritty first-hand account, Vaishali shares her personal experiences.

This is my first time reading an LGBT book set in India. Unfortunately, Indian society remains judgmental and conservative in accepting differences.

I was deeply impressed by the author’s resilience and courage. Despite facing numerous challenges, such as academic struggles, societal homophobia, a dysfunctional family environment, and a failed romance, she remains determined.

While the topic and themes are intense, the writing style could have been improved. The lack of organization, repetitions, and pacing detract from the overall flow and rhythm. The disjointed narrative disrupts the reading experience.

As with memoirs, the narrative is based on the author’s personal experiences and does not provide a detailed exploration of the experiences of others in similar situations. Consequently, it suffers from personal bias and offers a limited perspective.

Additionally, there are generalizations about larger groups or communities without proper justification.

Despite these flaws, the memoir remains a vital contribution to the literature on marginalized identities on marginalized identities and those seeking to understand the nuanced challenges of living with multiple intersecting marginalized identities in contemporary India may appreciate it. Reading about the author’s experiences will sensitize readers and deepen their understanding of these issues.

“Homeless: Growing Up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India” is a powerful memoir that combines personal storytelling with social critique. Its honesty and educational value are significant strengths, although the intense focus on struggles and issues with the narrative structure lessens its overall impact.


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Title: Homeless: Growing Up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India Author: K. Vaishali
Publisher: HarperCollins India Publication date: 8 May 2024
Genre: Non-Fiction-Memoir Format: eBook
ISBN: 9789392099502 No. of Pages: 240

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I’ve selected this book as my pick for the #ReadingWithMuffy challenge, for the prompt – read an LGBTQ+ book .

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