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HOSTEL ROOM 131

HOSTEL ROOM 131

R. Raj Rao
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Rao R. Raj
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In the winter of 1978; Siddharth; twenty-three; meets Sudhir; twenty; in a friend’s friend’s room in Pune’s Engineering College Hostel. He falls instantly in love.
A man of unconventional views-he believes; for instance; that the two heroes in Sholay have the hots for each other rather than for the heroines-Siddharth becomes a full-time lover over the next seven years and stubbornly pursues the object of his lust and affection; despite his job as a college lecturer in Bombay.
There are many obstacles along the way; including Sudhir’s family; against whom Siddharth files a police complaint; and Sudhir’s classmates from Belgaum; led by the homophobic Ravi Humbe; who start an anti-Siddharth association. But Siddharth gets support from Gaurav and Vivek; a militant gay pair keen to ambush the enemy.
The author of Boyfriend returns with another irreverent look at India’s gay subculture.Deadpan humour and farce come together in this entertaining love story; giving us a glimpse of what really goes on in a boys’ hostel.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jun/2010

ISBN: 9780143064466

Length : 240 Pages

HOSTEL ROOM 131

R. Raj Rao
,
Rao R. Raj
Overview

In the winter of 1978; Siddharth; twenty-three; meets Sudhir; twenty; in a friend’s friend’s room in Pune’s Engineering College Hostel. He falls instantly in love.
A man of unconventional views-he believes; for instance; that the two heroes in Sholay have the hots for each other rather than for the heroines-Siddharth becomes a full-time lover over the next seven years and stubbornly pursues the object of his lust and affection; despite his job as a college lecturer in Bombay.
There are many obstacles along the way; including Sudhir’s family; against whom Siddharth files a police complaint; and Sudhir’s classmates from Belgaum; led by the homophobic Ravi Humbe; who start an anti-Siddharth association. But Siddharth gets support from Gaurav and Vivek; a militant gay pair keen to ambush the enemy.
The author of Boyfriend returns with another irreverent look at India’s gay subculture.Deadpan humour and farce come together in this entertaining love story; giving us a glimpse of what really goes on in a boys’ hostel.

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R. Raj Rao

R. Raj Rao was born in Bombay and now lives in Pune where he is professor in the Department of English, University of Pune. Two of his books, BomGay and The Boyfriend (the latter published by Penguin India, and translated into French and Italian), are regarded as cult classics. His other books include One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City (short stories), Slide Show (poems), The Wisest Fool on Earth and Other Plays, Nissim Ezekiel: The Authorized Biography, Ten Indian Writers in Interview (edited), Image of India in the Indian Novel in English (co-edited), Whistling in The Dark: Twenty-One Queer Interviews (co-edited). Rao is a pioneering Indian academic who runs a course on queer literature in his department.

Rao R. Raj

R. Raj Rao was born in Bombay and now lives in Pune where he is professor in the Department of English, University of Pune. Two of his books, BomGay and The Boyfriend (the latter published by Penguin India, and translated into French and Italian), are regarded as cult classics. His other books include One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City (short stories), Slide Show (poems), The Wisest Fool on Earth and Other Plays, Nissim Ezekiel: The Authorized Biography, Ten Indian Writers in Interview (edited), Image of India in the Indian Novel in English (co-edited), Whistling in The Dark: Twenty-One Queer Interviews (co-edited). Rao is a pioneering Indian academic who runs a course on queer literature in his department.

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