Book Review: SHE: Ekla Cholo Re: Santosh Avvannavar



SHE: Ekla Cholo Re by Dr. Shayan Haq and Santosh Avvannavar and edited by Rajashree Ghosh is a narrative in relation to discovering one’s individual distinctiveness in spite of all odds whose character is over and over again untitled and distorted who does not fit in anywhere, certainly not in the ‘he’ or ‘she’ group, thanks to our societal habituation.

Set in the milieu of 1990s Calcutta, the chronicle spins around the days of Kusum, a brave heart who urges one and all to move on notwithstanding the apprehension of desertion from others. During the trip, looking out of the window of the chapters, landscapes and stations flow. Dilemmas appear as every individual see in front of diversity of awareness. And, at the same time, the great examples stand out culturally superior in a non-fiction world.

The book is not a book, but conforms as a journey and also the inner torment of a passage to the conventional barriers and boundaries of normal love. A book that sheds light on a subject much discussed but about which very little is known, transgenderism as a culture offering a vision of sexual and fluid gender, which claims the right of every person to be at any position intermediate between the extremes of male/female stereotype, without having to undergo any stigmatization or social discrimination.

The text, therefore, aims to make a journey between past and present mediated by reference to true stories, to lay the foundations for a concrete reflection with respect to this particular condition, more common in reality than you think.

The incidents mentioned are accompanied by a thorough search of testimonies and contributions and, ultimately, a deep interview of transsexuals who has chosen to tell openly the reasons and mechanisms innermost of their transformation of their gender.

You can fight the degradation potential of an idea with only chemo opinions. Simply, it operates in order to optimize time, flatten the times, mortifying times. The book is exactly the impediment of the assimilatory project. Rather, the triumph of difference, its joyous explosion. In the book, the authors bring together different experiences. Mix together the cards of homosexuality and those of transsexuality, generating unconsciously and consciously in a reader a cosmogony of diversity which is beauty, wealth and emotions.

The upstream of this short book of testimonies is in order to remove or at least make up for the stupid and offensive image that the media highlights of transgender people. The book is very true, of course, touching and sometimes moving and does secularly on moralizing censorship to induce the reflection, not the coarctation in a slow, cooling off, that culture must encourage.