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.
Check out IVM Likes feat. Farhad here: http://ivmpodcasts.com/ivm-likes-episode-list/2018/5/14/ep-69-eroticast

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.

Follow Parched here for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/parchedindia/

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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 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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S02 E09: Ray

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On this episode of #KeepingitQueer, we meet Ray, a spoken word artist and social impact specialist. She opens up about how growing up Queer came with jeers, taunts and mental trauma. She also sheds light on how a body cleanse helped her cope with a lot in life.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss the best gay relationships in TV shows.

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S02 E07: Aruna Desai and Padma Iyer

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On this very special episode of Keeping it Queer, we meet two mothers - Aruna Desai and Padma Iyer. They open up about what's it like to accept your child as queer and the many learnings that come with it.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad talk about the Oscar-nominated queer films and how they have evolved over time.

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S02 E06: Darshil

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This week we meet Darshil S, a young chef who has been actively involved in organizing the Mr Gay World India pageant. He opens up about how he got involved with the LGBTQ community, what's it like living as a gay Desi man in Australia and how exploring sexual fetishes can help make the world a better place.

In the Culture Vulture segment of the show, Farhad talks about unique social dating apps that no one's heard about and opens up about kinks and sexual desires.

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S02 E05: Maya the Drag Queen and Rani Ko-He-Nur

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On this episode of Keeping it Queer, we meet two drag queens from India, Maya (aka Alex Mathew) and Rani Ko-He-Nur (aka Sushant Divgikar). Listen as they throw shade at each other, serve fish and explain several colorful terms from the world of drag.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad recommends musicians who are a far cry from the regular gay divas and he also ends up learning what the 'Kiki' means.

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S02 E04: Savio Mascarenhas

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This week on #KeepingitQueer, Navin is joined by Savio Mascarenhas, founder of Color Positive, who opens up about growing up gay in a joint family setting, enjoying the stage and sharing its joy with others.

In the #CultureVulture segment, Farhad recommends a film whilst also divulging a story about a kite, a cliff and rubbing one out.

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S02 E02: Koninika Roy

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This week on Keeping it Queer, Navin is joined by Koninika Roy, the Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust. She opens up about her experience of being queer and desi in London and how she got involved in LBT rights. She also tells us how her team reaches out to young bi, lesbian or trans women who are put under house arrest or face domestic violence.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss weird orgasms and aesthetic sex scenes in films and TV shows.

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Ep. 20 feat. Gauri Sawant

On the season finale of Keeping it Queer, prominent Transgender activist Gauri Sawant, opens up about:

  • Why she had to leave her family behind.
  • The creative ways she likes to abuse.
  • Why she decided to adopt Gayatri as her daughter.
  • What being a mother is truly like.

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Ep. 10 feat. Aditya Joshi

In the latest episode of Keeping it Queer, Aditya Joshi, a PHD student and activist, talks about how he was called names for being different, why his sister-in-law created a fake dating profile, why furry bears are here to stay and most importantly, how he started the Sathi connect cell in IIT Mumbai.

Some interesting conversations from the episode:

Aditya - I was focusing on my studies primarily as a way to escape the bullying at school.

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Navin - So what is the general consensus about the LGBT community in the IIT sector?

Aditya - A survey recently showed that 93 percent of IITians felt that there should not be a low that discriminates against people based on their sexual activity. Most of them were supportive but around 50 percent said they don't want a gay roommate.

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Aditya - We had many of these orientations where I would stand on the stage and talk to a bunch of new students, telling them that I'm gay. And telling them that if they need help they can connect with me. It helped me grow and become more confident.

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Aditya - The benefit that Saathi really achieved is that it spawned a lot of similar groups in other IITs and colleges.

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Aditya - When somebody is a good student it is easy to accept that they are gay. Where do the bad students go?