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The Two Krishnas (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Intersex) Paperback – November 15, 2011
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"The Two Krishnas is a beautiful, sometimes joyful, yet heartbreaking exploration of love in all its manifestations. Here it is many days later, and I still find myself thinking about Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla's insights into the fierceness and frailty of the human heart. Oh, the things we will do for and in the name of love. Dhalla is a brilliant young writer, and his novel is exquisite, drenched in emotion, and timely." - Lisa See, best-selling author of Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
"In The Two Krishnas, a novel filled with unexpected turns and beauty, Ghalib Shiraz has examined with perceptive compassion the complex and heart-wrenching ties that bind families, and the secret desires that pull them apart. - Chitra Divakaruni, best-selling author of The Palace of Illusions.
About the Author
Los Angeles-based writer-director-producer, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla was born in Mombasa, Kenya. His work has appeared in various national publications including Instinct, Angeleno, and Genre, and celebrated at MIT (2004), the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (2009), and the Yale Master's Tea (2011). Dhalla's critically-acclaimed debut novel, "Ode to Lata," was hailed by The Los Angeles Times as an achievement” and by the Library Journal as brilliant.” In 2008, "Ode to Lata" was turned into the major motion picture "The Ode," which was written, produced and co-directed by Dhalla. A passionate activist, Dhalla also co-founded the South Asian program at the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team and is one of the founding members of Satrang, a support group for LGBT and questioning South Asians in Los Angeles. In 2009, Dhalla joined the prestigious Humanitas Prize organization which recognizes excellence in TV and Film scripts.
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The other main characters were the family: Pooja, Rahul, and their son. Pooja has a small successful food business and Rahul is a banker that provides a great income. However, whenever Rahul by chance meets Atif he cannot get him out of his mind. They set out to meet and it goes from there. The entire book was a focus on Rahul's inner struggle with his sexuality and finally accepting his true identity. It also focuses on family, conflicts, drug usage, Bollywood, literature, and violence.
One night things forever change for Rahul, and that was the hardest part of the whole book.The biggest tragedy, and still to this day it haunts me. This book I believe to be Ghalib's magnum opus. I will always recommend this book to anyone.
Dhalla is a driven prose poet uncompromising in his quest to touch and disturb our deepest most hidden emotions - those that some readers will undoubtedly discover and experience for the first time both whilst and after having read this raw but intimate novel.
Dhalla's sophomore effort is a marvelous literary achievement that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions at every turn of the page. You will laugh, contemplate, weep, smile, gasp, and yes, you will hurt.
This beautifully written book remains entangled in attachment and discrimination. Love that is based on discrimination breeds prejudice and ultimate sacrifice.
The novel takes us to different countries and cultures but the message remains one. I think I am going to read it again. Beautifully written. I cannot wait for Dhalla's next book. 'Ode to Lata" was excellent. "The Two Krishnas-" beyond excellence.