In Focus
    by Kinshuk Gupta

    Ye Dil Hai Ki Chordarwaja

    srilata-2

    Hindi’s first LGBT short-story collection which moves beyond the trope of ‘coming out’ and pulls back the curtain on repressed sexual desire

    Yeh Dil Hai Ki Chordarwaja is a groundbreaking LGBT short-story collection that goes beyond the clichés of ‘coming out’. Unlike contemporary short fiction in Indian languages, this collection imagines queerness in social spaces and the potential conflicts that arise when queer desire clashes with conventional ideas of love. The book provides a diverse range of stories that feature queer characters navigating their everyday lives and dealing with the abuse of heteronormative society and the complexities of queer spaces.

    Through the tales of a young boy trapped in the world of Grindr, a woman seeking to feel desirable by having sex with her husband’s gay partner, and a couple searching for clues to their son’s abuser, this collection addresses themes of love and the struggle between individual desire and societal expectations.




    Buy the book here

    Kinshuk Gupta is a doctor, bilingual writer, poet and columnist who works at the intersection of gender, health and sexuality. His debut book of short fiction, Yeh Dil Hai Ki Chordarwaja, modern Hindi’s first LGBT short story collection, was published to great critical acclaim in 2023. He is the winner of prestigious awards and fellowships including the India Today-Aaj Tak Sahitya Jagriti Udayiman Lekhak Samman (2023); Akhil Bhartiya Yuva Kathakar Alankaran (2022); Dr. Anamika Poetry Prize (2021). He has been shortlisted for the Toto Awards for Creative Writing (2023); The Bridport Prize (2022); Srinivas Rayparol Poetry Prize (2021); All India Poetry Competition (2018). He edits poetry for Jaggery Lit and Mithila Review. He has been awarded the prestigious South Asia Speaks 2023 Fellowship to work on his poetry manuscript with Tishani Doshi.

    Subscribe to our newsletter To Recieve Updates

      The Latest
      • May ’24 Special Supplement

        We are proud to be the official publication partners for the winning poems of

      • The Usawa Newsletter May ‘24

        In the corridor on the ground floor, the dog smelling the orange

      • The Usawa Newsletter April ‘24

        Kabir Deb: Hey Rochelle!

      • The Usawa Newsletter March ‘24

        Much like the title itself, Smitha Sehgal’s maiden poetry collection How Women

      You May Also Like
      • Money, No Money by Karthik Krishnan

        manjula bore five children then her children added to the brood with five more

      • In Excess by Savita Singh

        I was in excess of this order, more than bones I was arteries

      • Women of the Land where pain blooms like poppy and Other Poems By Sarita Jenamani

        Dedicated to the sisters in war ravaged countries At the end of the day When