S02 E30: Ashok Row Kavi

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On the season finale of Keeping It Queer, Navin speaks to one of India's early LGBT activists; journalist and writer, Ashok Row Kavi. Ashok is credited to having founded India’s first LGBT magazine in 1990 - Bombay Dost and The Humsafar Trust in 1994.

He discusses:

  • His early days as a gay journalist and writer in the country.

  • How he came out in a Hindu monastery.

  • The queer community as part of the Indian pop-culture culture.

  • The politics of shame.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad discuss some of their worst experiences on dates they've been to and share their cynical thoughts about relationships and casual equations. They end the segment and the show with some pop-culture recommendations about love, family and relationships.

Ashok is on twitter as @Amma29

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S02 E29: Manak Matiyani

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On this episode of Keeping It Queer, Navin speaks to Manak Mataiyani, Executive Director, YP Foundation. Manak is a feminist queer activist facilitating youth leadership for social change.

He opens up about:

  • Growing up gay in Delhi and dealing with coming out during his college days.

  • How he came to be a feminist in his approach.

  • His work with the YP Foundation, focussing on gender and sexuality.

  • His involvement with the Delhi Pride.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad talk about well Navin's favourite 'M' word - Marijuana and its potrayal in some films and TV series in the recent past.

Manak is on twitter and instagram as @Dafliwala https://twitter.com/Dafliwala

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S02 E28: Durga Gawde

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to artist and activist Durga Gawde. Their drag name is Shakti.

They talk about:

  • Durga's journey with their gender fluidity.

  • How their parents created an artistic environment for them.

  • What Durga's parents thought about gender roles and how it made an impact on Durga.

  • Durga's days at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and The Rhode Island School of Design, America.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad pick on Sacred Games and some more current hot picks from pop culture, talking about the portrayal of transgender people.

Durga is on Instagram at @durgagawdestudio

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S02 E27: Parmesh Shahani

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Author of Gay Bombay and the Head of the Godrej Culture Lab: Parmesh Shahani.

They talk about:

  • Parmesh's early days as a Sindhi boy from Colaba, what his sense of inclusion is and his journey with self-discovering his sexuality.

  • How Parmesh is the diva of 'Viva Vikhroli!'

  • His work with India Culture Lab and collaborating with other corporates and colleges for LGBT inclusion.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad go down south with their choice of films and men!

Parmesh tweets at @parmeshs https://twitter.com/parmeshs

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S02 E26: Sex Rated with Esha and Sneha

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin and Farhad talk to Esha Paul and Sneha Nair, the producers of the series, Sex Rated: A Vice Guide to Sex in India. 

They talk about:

The notions of sex they had, growing up.

The sex toys they have used and the different props they discovered while working on the series.

How the four of them were first exposed to porn and content about sex.

What the state of porn is in the country and how there are attempts being made to curb porn addiction.

How there are certain groups that educate and come together discussing BDSM, kink and of course, consent.

Talking about all things sex in this episode, the Culture Vulture segment is all about recommendations of some cool and much more needed content about positive sex!

Esha tweets at @eshapaul4 , Sneha tweets at @snehanair13

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S02 E25: Ankit Bhuptani

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to social worker, gay rights activist, founder and chairperson of GALVA (Gay & Lesbian Vaisnava Association), Mumbai.

He opens up about:

  • His coming out at the age of 17.
  • How and why he founded GALVA in Mumbai.
  • His perspective about inclusion through faith.
  • How he went around the country in trains to talk about LGBT rights.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin riff-raff about some recent Bollywood films they watched and didn't really like. Navin also brings up his recent obsession with queer voguing videos and lots more!

Ankit tweets at @krishnasankit

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S02 E24: Ishmeet Nagpal

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to gender rights activist, writer and poet Ishmeet Nagpal. She is also the Co-Founder, SXonomics and works with Save the Children, India.

She opens about:

  • Her journey with fighting for women's rights and her experiences of being stalked and harassed in Harayana.
  • How incels are coming in the way of women's freedom and rights.
  • How society pressurizes women, irrespective of the different stages in life.
  • The real reasons behind acid attacks.

Ishmeet tweets at @IshmeetNagpal

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On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin couldn't help but bring up the aunty who says, "Hi friends, chai pilo!" What a rage! The two of them also discuss lesbian-centric pop-culture and lots more!

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S02 E23: Ishaan Sethi

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Ishaan Sethi, Co-Founder, and CEO, Delta App. He opens up about:
- His journey about being accepted as a gay man in the U.S and then in India.
- Setting up an app to promote inclusion for the LGBT community in the country.
- The specifications that differentiate Delta from other networking and dating apps.
- The stories, that have come out of this app, the responses to the platform, from across the country.

Ishaan tweets at @_IshaanSethi

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On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss the FIFA fallouts and the football fever.

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S02 E22: Vivek Tejuja

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Vivek Tejuja, major book nerd and critic. He opens up about:
- Discovering great erotica through books.
- Watching queer films on Indian movie channels late at night.
- The 10 LGBT-themed book every queer kid should read.
- How most of the shows we grew up with have queer undertones.

Vivek tweets at @vivkeisms

On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss fetishes and weird things that turn them on.

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S02 E21: Dan Rebello (Queer Rave)

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This week on Keeping it Queer, teacher and Instagrammer Dan Rebello joins Navin to talk about:

  • What's it like to not conform to one gender.

  • How they deal with their over-inquisitive extended family.

  • How society is not equipped to accommodate non binary individuals.

  • What their Instagram campaign 'Dekhi Andekhi' is all about.

On Culture Vulture, Farhad and Navin discuss toxic masculinity and a TV series that breaks that mould.

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S02 E20: Feat. Devdutt Pattanaik

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On this episode of Keeping it Queer, author Devdutt Pattanaik joins Navin to have an in-depth discussion about:

  • How he was first introduced to Indian mythology.
  • How people don't read enough history before interpreting religion.
  • How India's greatest monk wrote the best book on erotica.
  • How he was exposed to all kinds of cultures as a child in the Pre-Hindutva era.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin take an in-depth at the new film 'Love, Simon' and the issues surrounding it.

You can talk to Devdutt at @devduttmyth
Follow Navin on Twitter @houseofnoronha

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S02 E19: Feat. Ankit Dasgupta

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This week, we meet Ankit Dasgupta, who manages social media content for Mirror Now, a reputed news channel.

  • How he first came out to his mom.

  • What's it like to be openly gay in a massive news channel.

  • What was it like to be a part of Flash Mob.

  • Why news debates are necessary, but in a controlled manner.

On the Culture Vulture segment of the show, Farhad and Navin talk about their childhood crushes and recommend some cool reboots.

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S02 E18: Danish Sheikh (Playwright of Contempt)

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This week on Keeping it Queer, Navin talks to Danish Sheikh, a human rights lawyer who is taking the fight against Section 377 beyond the courtroom and onto the stage, with his latest theatre production, Contempt.

He talks to us about the idea behind the play and why he believes that tapping into the anger the queer population in India feels is necessary to challenge the authorities.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin delve deep into their sexting habits and discuss a film that has sexting in the center of a controversy.
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You can find tickets for the play here: https://www.oddbird.org/event/reserve/contempt

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S02 E17: Praful Baweja

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This week on Keeping it Queer, Navin talks to Praful Baweja, co-founder of Six Degrees, a growth network for Indian LGBTQ++ individuals to meet; connect; recruit; share skills; leads; referrals and empower each other. He opens up about:
- His fascination with books from an early age.
- Being there when the Mumbai Pride first started.
- Why he feels it's okay to move on to curation of other events for the queer communities.
- How the allies are coming out in support of the community.

On the Cultrue Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss queer stand-up comedians, who are using jokes to get the stories of their struggles out there.

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S02 E16: Feat. Pradipta Ray

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On this episode of Keeping it Queer, Navin is joined by filmmaker Pradipta Ray, who talks about the confusion over her name, what it was like to identify as trans in a culturally affluent household, her grandfather's erotica collection and why Hindi films have contributed a lot to the constant fears women live with.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin talk about coping with loss, and two films that portray that queer characters dealing with tragedy.

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S02 E15: Anuja and Rupa

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This week on Keeping it Queer, we are joined by Anuja Parikh and Rupa Sengupta, an out and proud lesbian couple responsible for the new venture, Parched. They talk about how they hope to create safe spaces for the queer community and its allies.
They also delve deep into weird tinder dates, the L word and dealing with family at parties and stalkers on Instagram.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad talks about the cutest bromances in TV shows and films.

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S02 E14: Sridhar and Shibu (Kashish Film Festival)

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This week on Keeping it Queer, we focus on the upcoming KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. And to talk about it, we have Sridhar Rangayan and Shibu Thomas from the KASHISH team joining Navin in the studio. They discuss the joys and difficulties of putting a film festival together, the waves the films have created in India and abroad, and also touch upon the weirdest question people ask queer folks.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad talks about a film that showcases a coming-of-age story of a young gay man.

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S02 E13: Shobhna S Kumar

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This week on Keeping it Queer, we met Shobhna S Kumar, founder of QueerInk.com.
She talks about how love convinced her to make Mumbai her home, her fascination with books and the role literature, films and the arts play in helping queer artists and their admirers throughout the world cope with the anxiety of coming out of the closet.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin delve deep into the wonderful new reboot of Queer Eye.

You can talk to Shobhna here: info@queerink.com
Check out her work on the Queer Ink Website: http://queer-ink.com/

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S02 E12: Deb, Ankit and Arundhati

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This week on Keeping it Queer, we meet Deb and Ankit, two young gay men who found love in each other. Joining them in the studio is Deb's mother Arundhati, who talks about how she always knew her son was gay and also dishes out some secrets!

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin talk about evolution of Queer themes in the Hindi film industry.

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S02 E11: Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

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On this episode of Keeping it Queer, we are honored to be joined by Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, a role model for several queer people in India. Navin talks to him about what it was like for him to come out as gay despite being from a royal family, what he thinks of heritage and a lineage, and also drops an X-Men reference.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad tells Navin about the resurgence of aesthetic porn.

Watch the short NDTV Documentary, Married in Public, Gay in Private here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gei7JgOM9I

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