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Using a combination of multi-sited ethnography, textual analysis, historical documentation analysis, and memoir writing, the author provides macro and micro perspectives on what it means to be a gay man located in Gay Bombay at a particular point in time. Specifically, he explores what being gay means to members of Gay Bombay and how they negotiate locality and globalization, their sense of identity as well as a feeling of community within its online/offline world.
On a broader level, he critically examines the formulation and reconfiguration of contemporary Indian gayness in the light of its emergent cultural, media, and political alliances.
~ Offers an exciting path breaking ethnography, which combines a large macro sweep with an intensely personal narrative. The author′s memories flow in and out of the main narrative to create a distinct reading experience,
~ Presents a unique and timely look at urban contemporary Indian sexuality
~ Provides an integrated approach that illuminates how new media technologies, the media industry, audiences, and broader socio-historical contexts shape gay identity in contemporary urban India.
~ Gives a different perspective on globalization in post-liberalization urban India, as India re-positions itself as a global superpower. How are its minorities being treated? How are they asserting themselves in this new imagination of the nation-state?
~ Weaves in personal experience that helps us understand male same-sex desire in relation to customary experiences in a city like Bombay.
Parmesh Shahani is based in Mumbai, India, where he works on new media and innovation for the Mahindra Group and for Verve, Man's World and Rolling Stone magazines.
Parmesh holds undergraduate degrees in commerce and education from the University of Bombay, and a graduate degree in Comparative Media Studies, from MIT.