In conversation with Hoshang Merchant, poet and memoirist, editor and publisher of 'Yaraana: Gay Writing from India' (1988)

Poet and memoirist Hoshang Merchant speaks to Sahapedia about his early life and education in Bombay and the United States, the origins of his family, the events of his childhood that moulded his sexual consciousness and the changing effects of societal conventions on sexualities in India. He contextualises Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and its effects on a colonised state like India. He speaks of how Anais Nin’s work helped him theorise on love and enabled him to edit and publish Yaraana: Gay Writing from India (1988).