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Cover Image The Women Who Bathed Together Arya for the first time has seen her aunt's breasts and wished to never have boobs. Read Arya's essay about bodies and bathing! 28, Nov 2022 Cover Image Asexuality And Shah Rukh Khan: Ek Prem Kahaani But the older Abhramika grew, the more she realised that her idea of romance was probably not the same as that of others around her. Cover Image Stars In My Eyes ft. Meena Kumari 6 people tell us why the Tragedy Queen mattered to them on her birthday! 01, Jul 2022 Cover Image Forbidden Cookies Taste Sweet - Falling In Love With My Older Married Aunt It didn't bother me that she was married because I just wanted to be with her for whatever time I could. 07, Jun 2022 Cover Image Healing, Not The Law, Gave Me My Justice - This is My Survivor Story M tells us a complex story about violence, justice and ideal victims! 28, Jun 2022 Cover Image My Clients Celebrate Relationships With Me That They Can’t Even Mention Outside The Therapy Room: A Therapist’s Diary A therapist wonders if we can relook how we approach 'problematic' relationships 14, Jul 2022 Cover Image Do You Dare Confess Your One Sided Love? He loves someone else, but he doesn't mind me loving him in this one-sided fashion. Cover Image Breaking My Heart And Finding Myself Imran on why queer break-ups are hard, but you can't lose yourself entirely in love. Cover Image Love Paranoia After every rejection I ask, is it my disability? Cover Image QUESTIONS. RUMINATION. CONVERSATION Or What is he doing right now? Cover Image Bad Habits, Good Women: My Conversations with Nuns Unmarried, celibate, religious – is every nun the same kind of woman? Nikhita finds out! Cover Image My Wobbly Bits: Making Friends with My New-Old Body In my 50's, I'm rearing a kid by myself and greeting new body parts ever so frequently. Cover Image The Case Of The Missing Butterflies In My Tummy I thought if I gave myself a push, I’d fall into the hormone pool everyone was swimming in. Cover Image See-Saw Sexual Confidence Ka! What people said brought their sexual confidence up or down! 07, Jan 2022 Cover Image Bodies in Pain: Reclaim, not Shame Angel's journey of accepting that her period pain was real, not imaginary or inconsequential. 30, Apr 2022 Cover Image Where is my Education? A Transman’s Story The everyday struggles of a trans man attending university. Cover Image Fan : Why I Love Shah Rukh Khan If you love him, you love him the way he loves his heroines – unabashedly, inexplicably, and forever. Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Mohan's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Manju's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image Seen Zoned, IRL It turned ‘seen’ instantly, like never before. Bundles of crackers went off in my heart. 10, Nov 2021 Cover Image Kabhi Alvida Kehna! How I Said Ta-Ta Bye-Bye to Gender Norms and Became Beautiful It was not easy to dress like a girl outside; only in the secrecy of my room. 17, Sep 2021 Cover Image Discovering My Sexual Self Through Therapy Now that I have been living by myself, the quietness has given me time to take off these masks. 13, Oct 2021 Cover Image Friendship: The Movie featuring Uncertain Love Shocking - Queer people confused if their flirting is romantic or platonic! 17, Oct 2021 Cover Image My Body, My Confusion My idea of the feminine was intrinsic to the experience of heterosexuality. 20, Sep 2021 Cover Image Good Friends, Bad Boys And Friendship Betrayals Do you remember your first friendship break-up? Pranav does! Cover Image My Best Friend, My Wedding and Other Breakup Stories Can BFF's getting coupled up throw your dosti into crisis? 23, Aug 2021 Cover Image I Have Erotic Friendships And It's Not Complicated Aditya writes to reveal new definitions of friendship - and sex! 09, Aug 2021 Cover Image My Mother’s Lost Friendships How can marriage and family expectations slowly bleach friendship out of a woman's life? 15, Aug 2021 Cover Image You Are My Di! What keeps an intense friendship alive in a world that defines love & friendship separately? 04, Aug 2021 Cover Image Can Your Vulnerability Make You Mean? Mine Did. What memories can a unexpected apology from a childhood bully bring up? 22, Jul 2021 Cover Image I Will Not Write About The Boy I Like The world is imploding. I should not be writing about the boy I like, who recently told me he likes me too. Cover Image This Was My Adolescence! 7 People Tell Us How Their Youth Shaped their Adult Lives 03, Jun 2021 Cover Image Oh Boy! That's a Sex Toy (For Penis Owners) Toys to please your P's - Penis and Prostate! 25, May 2021 Cover Image “Rubbing, rubbing, nothing is happening!” What can a quest to find out about the mythical ‘orgasm’ look like? 05, May 2021 Cover Image Of Desire, Sex and Size “Oh, are you wearing a sleeveless top? Have you looked at your size?” 17, Jun 2021 Cover Image Of Simps, Sluts and Societal Pressure - My Time in a 'Boys Club' Nayana talks about conditioning, internalized misogyny and self-hate through her experiences in a “boys club” in school.   04, Jun 2021 Cover Image Love Was Not A Cure For My Masculine Anxieties “Pyaar ka sitam means love comes to us with great promise, to fill our lives, but the truth is it can only fill very little of us,” says Anand Yadav, battling with the pressure that the idea of ‘love’ brings with it. 21, May 2021 Cover Image Some of us need to be understood differently: Breaking Up and Mental Illness Rukmini writes about her relationship and break-up, and how as a person with mental-illness, she wishes it could have been done differently. 29, Jul 2021 Cover Image Uncle’s Fault : What I Understand Now About Grooming How do cultural norms rooted in respect for seniority enable grooming 16, Mar 2021 Cover Image What Does Queerness Care About Productivity? A Poem The mind was kept busy while the body craved attention. The more it craved, the more I got busy.  22, Mar 2021 Cover Image The Vicious Ability of Ableism: What do you do when you're explicitly told that you're unlovable, over and over again? 15, Jul 2021 Cover Image Platonic Pyaar in the Time of Corona 23, Mar 2021 Cover Image The Story of My “Diagnosis”: What if Nothing is Wrong With Me? How is absence of shaadi or coupledom an 'abnormality' for the society and for oneself? 09, Mar 2021 Cover Image If Love is A Rose, Mine is Rather Grotesque Once bitten, twice shy – Can one learn to trust again? 04, Jul 2021 Cover Image WHY MEN DON'T TALK ABOUT MASTURBATORS - AND OTHER QUESTIONS YOU NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK How restricting sex to peno-vaginal intercourse hinders possibilities of self-pleasure 04, Mar 2021 Cover Image How to Muse a Man  Why are always men finding muse in women in books and films? 08, Feb 2021 Cover Image The Curious Case of Absent Serenading Heroines in My Life Where to find those Bollywood heroines who serenade the hero? 03, Feb 2021 Cover Image To Think Of All the Bisexual Love I’ve Missed! I’m 28 and I recently realized I’m bisexual. 22, Feb 2021 Cover Image How the Internet Changed the Way We Make Friends What does it mean to form bonds in the world of digital connections? 18, Jan 2021 Cover Image Looking For Love on a Dating App…And What It Taught Me How experiences of dishonesty sour dating in the digital world 07, Jan 2021 Cover Image The One My Mother Warned Me About AKA Chais With Guys Can breaking rules make our own choices and chai sweeter? 15, Dec 2020 Cover Image Self-love, And Other Jarring Tasks I Am Forced To Perform During Lockdown What if lockdown loneliness found you new love? 09, Dec 2020 Cover Image PROSTATE AND PATRIARCHY Why does prostate pleasure scare conventional masculinity? 06, Dec 2020 Cover Image Kahin pe Nishana, Kahin Pe Nigahein A party, flirtation, class, and a romantic twist. 29, Nov 2020 Cover Image I am Big and Beautiful A fat woman rises to own her sexuality, desire and desirability 21, Nov 2020 Cover Image A Live-In In Lockdown What does lockdown mean for a couple living-in in a big city? 24, Nov 2020 Cover Image BOSOMS - A Poem A poem about a little girl's desire to have big breasts 15, Nov 2020 Cover Image A Prostitute and A Saviour: A Diary A trans-person's journey through sex-work and back 17, Nov 2020 Cover Image Why Does Guilt Follow Pleasure - An Investigative Documentary About Me Moving from guilt to satisfaction in sex! 09, Nov 2020 Cover Image “If He Does 'This', Girl You Need To Let Go Of Him!” How the Discussion on 'Toxic' stuff can become toxic to live with 06, Nov 2020 Cover Image How Masturbation Helped Me Cope With Heartbreak Masturbation and other remedies for rejection. 29, Oct 2020 Cover Image TWO OR THREE THINGS I LEARNED FROM BEING ALONE How living alone during a pandemic changes how we think of our wellness. 17, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Body In Bed Isn’t Any Kind of Map To Pleasure What is intimacy like when it’s traumatic to live in your body/head? 12, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Struggle To Live and Love With Vaginismus How does trauma manifest in our bodies and our intimacies 04, Oct 2020 Cover Image It Was ‘Twilight’. I Woke Up Bisexual. How one can stumble upon one's (bi)sexuality with the help of fiction / fan-fiction 23, Sep 2020 Cover Image Sex Sure Doesn't Need #PeriodLeaves What's so special about the flow period sex can take? 18, Sep 2020 Cover Image Being A Sub Made Me Bloom And Widened My Perspective What sharing intimacy with strangers online may reveal about your kinky self. 09, Sep 2020 Cover Image Dear Girls Who Sent Nudes, Thank You What leaking of nude pictures says about betrayal of consent and privacy. 03, Sep 2020 Cover Image Romantic Sensual Asexual - That’s Me Can one be asexual and terribly romantic too? 24, Aug 2020 Cover Image The Adorable Boys Who Love ‘Papa Bear’ Who decided that desire is only for the young? 21, Aug 2020 Cover Image I Ghosted Him. Then I Got A Second Chance. Caught between shame and surprise, will a ghost-er make a different choice? 10, Aug 2020 Cover Image To All the Boys I Couldn't Love Before What fleeting connections with many interesting men tell you about having the hots for none of them. 04, Aug 2020 Cover Image S.W.A.G (Secretly We Are Gay) 2: Till We Meet Again Revisiting an old lover with new realisations and self-admission. 23, Jul 2020 Cover Image Memories of Touch- Poem In A Pandemic In the protected rooms where people are intubated there are no last hugs and the only thing to touch may be the glass of the window through which you can look at them  27, Jul 2020 Cover Image I Took A Nude Selfie. It Changed My Life. After years of hiding, can a nude selfie get Ini to see her body in a new light? 13, Jul 2020 Cover Image Can I Open The Window And Let Go Of The Past? A journey back to a room full of a traumatic memory to seek reconciliation. 07, Jul 2020 Cover Image Tell Me Tarot, Will He Ever Come Back? After Manjari is ghosted, all search for closure leads to herself. 02, Jul 2020 Cover Image June Rewind - #WhenWomenLoveWomen, All In One Place Stories, histories and resources for queer women - ek dhamakedar package! 30, Jun 2020 Cover Image You've Got Mail! Letters Between An Older and A Younger Lesbian - Plain Text Version 24, Jun 2020 Cover Image Secret Loves And Broken Hearts: A Comic A comic about queer desire, love, and loss. 26, Jun 2020 Cover Image Satrangi Ladki, Atrangi Khiladi: A Comic About Shiela The many romances and realities of this dashing woman! 28, Jun 2020 Cover Image You’ve Got Mail! Letters Between An Older and A Younger Lesbian How much has changed for women who love women in urban India? 24, Jun 2020 Cover Image Shiela Ki Jawaani Ki Anokhi Kahaani An excerpt from Maya Sharma's Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India 13, Jun 2020 Cover Image "So Many Women, But It's Her I Love" An excerpt from Maya Sharma's Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India 07, Jun 2020 Cover Image Lockdown Diaries: There's A Naked Woman In My Mirror! F*** It's ME! When there is nobody to call us beautiful, what might we discover while binge-watching ourselves? 29, May 2020 Cover Image I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It - 7 Queer Women Tell Us About Their First Kiss With A Girl Stories of people's first taste of pleasure and tenderness 01, Jun 2020 Cover Image What Falling For My Friend As A Lesbian Taught Me About How We Express Friendship Does queerness complicate the experience of falling for a friend? 15, Jun 2020 Cover Image I Have a Disability. Why Does Everyone Keep Saying That Love is Not For Me? It took me way too long to realise that I, too, was allowed to love. That I, too, was worthy of it. 23, Mar 2020 Cover Image S.W.A.G. Secretly We Are Gay Two closeted gay men, who are married to women, fall in love with each other. 01, Mar 2020 Cover Image The (Secret) Porn That Turns Me On Must our fantasies mirror our real-life sexual preferences? 27, Jan 2020 Cover Image Does Size Matter? A True Story For a man with a small penis, porn and condoms can unite in a nightmare. 16, Jan 2020 Cover Image As A Man Am I Condemned To Choose Violence Over Love? Maybe Not. I hit her. The realisation of what I did, and the guilt it brought is unbearable even now. 15, Oct 2019 Cover Image Is ‘Good Touch’ and ‘Bad Touch’ an Unhelpful Shortcut to Teaching Kids about Consent? Is focusing all our energy only on preventing abuse, instead of building autonomy, missing the woods for the trees? 08, Oct 2019 Cover Image The Shame Around My Friend's Abortion Scarred Us All - A Comic A comic about Akhil's memory of a school friend who needed help. 05, Oct 2019 Cover Image How My Girlfriend's Abortion Made Me A Better Man: A Comic M's story about a life-changing incident. 02, Oct 2019 Cover Image What Emraan Hashmi Couldn’t Teach Me About Dhichak Dhichak I thought sex meant lying next to someone under a blanket and smooching. I was so, so wrong 19, Aug 2019 Cover Image I Believe in the Promises Made by Passing Strangers: Cruising and the City Leaving behind the threshold of our homes, what other boundaries do we cross? 23, Jul 2019 Cover Image Maybe Fighting with a Friend isn't Such a Bad Thing Why do we find it so easy to let friendship fade away? 20, Jun 2019 Cover Image More Than An Identity: How I Realised My Struggle Was With Being Sexual, Not Homosexual My identity as a queer person became a bit of a shield from the world of love, the world of sex 11, Jun 2019 Cover Image A Mudblood Child of a Love Marriage From my parents’ inter-caste marriage, I learned that love was worth hardship  24, Nov 2019 Cover Image Amma, I Wonder If You Had Orgasms I have always wanted to ask you this. Can you tell me about your orgasms? 12, May 2019 Cover Image How Shru Stopped Hating Herself (With A Little Help From Her Dad) From self-harm and shame, to learning to be your own hero! 18, Apr 2019 Cover Image Main Apni Sabse Favourite Hoon: Chronicles of an Instaspam Queen What is it about being a woman on Instagram that is so joyous, so satisfying – and so annoying to men? 25, Apr 2019 Cover Image I Faked Orgasms to be Polite You know how we’re taught that good kids don't go for second helpings of food? I carried that training into my sex life 05, Mar 2019 Cover Image To be Truly Sex Positive, I Think We Need to Step Back From Sex Between being strictly platonic and having sex is a sea of sensuality. Are we ready to see that yet? 27, Feb 2019 Cover Image Muh Bole Rishte - 6 People Describe Their Chosen Families Society might say “Only family is forever”, but here are stories of 6 people forming their closest bonds, beyond blood. 20, Feb 2019 Cover Image Menopause: A Poem "My tongue has sharpened." 19, Mar 2019 Cover Image How My Relationships Made Me Question Pyaar, Azaadi aur Accountability Is ‘demanding accountability’ just a euphemism for trying to control someone? 26, Feb 2019 Cover Image My Valentine To Milind A digital altar for our collective fantasy of this effortlessly beautiful man. 14, Feb 2019 Cover Image How I Grew Out of My Turbulent Teens Life as a schoolgirl was about trying to fit in; to be seen and not seen; self-hate and self-harm. Talking about it to other people was the first step in a new direction 17, Jan 2019 Cover Image My Male Friends and I Talked About Sex Constantly, But Not How We Really Felt About It I’m trying to unlearn everything I’d absorbed in predominantly male spaces. It’s making me a better person. 13, Nov 2018 Cover Image When a Workshop about Love and Desire Turned into a Raucous Party 26, Oct 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: It Was My First Time, and I Had Gotten My Period! As part of our #SexActually series, we asked people to write to us about their real-life experiences of sex. This 23-year-old author tells us about her recent experience of putting theory into practice and why it will always be special to her. (23 then, 23 now) 18, Oct 2018 Cover Image What I Learned from Reading Erotica at Twelve Is erotica a good intro into the world of sex? 09, Oct 2018 Cover Image My First Time Taught Me How Not to Have Sex 24, Jan 2019 Cover Image a historic day A short poem for September 6, 2018 13, Sep 2018 Cover Image You Should Wear Maroon For Your Skin" and Other Advice I've Ignored as a Non-Fair Woman Why hide under drab colours? Bold lip art – bright colours, filigree designs, polka dots – are my jam 24, Aug 2018 Cover Image I Thought Dye-ing Young Would Make Me More Desirable. Twenty-Three Years Later, I’m Ready to Stop Trying to hide white hair now seems like an avoidable agony 21, Aug 2018 Cover Image What My Live-In Relationship Taught Me About Consent She wanted to say no, but felt compelled to say yes. She would signal how she truly felt, but he would pretend not to understand. Consent proved tricky and elusive, until she developed the muscle she needed to say 'no'. 02, Aug 2018 Cover Image My Exes Live in a Sexy Nexus. I Love them All We need our exes like we need our brothers and sisters and favourite cousins to remember who we were 03, Jul 2018 Cover Image 'I Hope that My Art Replaces Judgement with Acceptance' I express queerness through my art, then it exists with all the politics and the complexities that surround it, whether it’s social or it’s personal. 30, Jun 2018 Cover Image Isn't A Whatsapp Love Story A Real Love Story? Could you fall crazily in love with someone you've never met IRL? 12, Jun 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Memories of Mid-Afternoon Sex, and Losing Friends 11, Oct 2018 Cover Image From Saat Khoon Maaf to Khoon-Kharaba : Ways People React To Cheating! Stories from people who discovered their lovers’ infidelity, what happened next and what they think about it now. 03, Feb 2020 Cover Image How Dancing Helped Me Fix My Broken Heart There is no gender in dance. Pick your gender for today and tomorrow if I ask you to switch you should be able to do it . 29, Apr 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Ecstasy, Anxiety and the Fear of Being Judged Sex, as it actually is. 08, May 2018 Cover Image Different Personas In Bed Perhaps we adopt sexual personas to make ourselves feel more confident, or to make our lovers feel more confident. Some people adopt different personas as a temporary holiday from their real lives. 11, Sep 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Of Broken Vaginas and Negotiating Consent New stories of women's unforgettable sexual encounters. 19, Apr 2018 Cover Image The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Girlfriend There is only so much that can be romanticised about a long-distance relationship and the magical reunion that'll fix everything. 12, Apr 2018 Cover Image Thoughts You Can't Avoid When Your Long-Distance Relationship is Doomed I suppose one of the perks of being in a long-distance relationship is that you can foster a few pimples which pixelate into the rest your skin on Skype. 24, Apr 2018 Cover Image I Stopped a Man From Harassing a Young Boy on a Bus, Because it's Happened to Me Too Think about all the hotel rooms, offices, malls, streets, building blocks and so many other places all over the world where similar things might be happening at this very moment. 03, Apr 2018 Cover Image Why Flirting Without Agenda Matters: Lessons from the Caribbean There is a way to verbally and non-verbally gauge another person’s interest without harassing them. It’s called flirting 13, Mar 2018 Cover Image What Is It Like To Have Sex and Love With Both Men and Women Sex with men and with women is actually very different but it’s difficult to articulate the difference in sensation. 22, Mar 2018 Cover Image Why I Believe Love is Like Quantum Physics (But in a Good Way) The strange similarities between love and the theory of quantum entaglement. 28, Feb 2018 Cover Image I Dreamed of Having a Suhaag Raat Straight Out of the Movie Kama Sutra. My Actual Experience Was Nothing Like It It’s been a decade since I had sex with a man. 20, Mar 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually 2.0 : Stories of women's sexual experiences and thoughts... continued. 31, Jan 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: The Sexual Encounter Women Say They Can't Forget Women make sense of their diverse sexual experiences. 26, Jan 2018 Cover Image People Call Me 'Pervert' Because I Like Sex They can laugh and shame me all they want, but it's through sexual relationships that I learned how to build trust, seek consent, and stop judging 17, Jan 2018 Cover Image Curious Cat or Sleeping Dragon: What's your position on positions? Is the definition of good sex many-positions wala sex? 22, Dec 2017 Cover Image Dating an Older Woman Made Me Take Myself and Relationships More Seriously It made me do a lot of prioritizing and reorganizing. It was stabilizing. 08, Jan 2018 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AND KHICHDI I just wanted to hold him tight and never let go. I wanted to make sure he would come back and I wanted to scream at him for untangling the ‘not’s in my chest. 12, Dec 2017 Cover Image LONGING IS THE SPICE THAT MAKES A MEAL OF SEX FOR ME Longing is a spice. Its essence pulls you close, teases the appetite at the slightest taste. What is love without longing? 04, Dec 2017 Cover Image Mard, Mann Aur Jealousy: 5 Men Talk about Dealing With Unusual Jealousies Unusual jealousies men experience and how it affects the way they look at themselves as sexual beings. 16, Nov 2017 Cover Image WE MET ON GRINDR. NOW THE INTIMACY OF THE SEX WE HAD MAKES IT HARD FOR ME TO FORGET HIM Some loves are sexual, where emotion, body and connection become powerfully joined in the intimacy of sex more than anything else. It is an intoxication, a nasha that’s hard to forget, because it runs deep. 08, Nov 2017 Cover Image Are We Together or Broken Up? The Agony of Ambiguity. I was afraid to straight up ask him for an answer and he didn’t have the decency to be a bit clearer. 30, Oct 2017 Cover Image my mother does not know i am wearing her sari. how long must I hide? poetry and poetic prose by soz 29, Sep 2017 Cover Image A Thousand and One Stories of Coming Out I learnt that people are always jockeying for power and invariably looking for that one thing to pick on you about. In my case, it is my sexual orientation 21, Sep 2017 Cover Image My Year of Flings In retrospect, it seems to me that my ‘hooking-up’ was not so much about seeking temporary partners, it was more about establishing power. To make myself needed, yet always be out of reach. 12, Sep 2017 Cover Image How Gujrati Porn Made Me Realise I Was Asexual The way I was not feeling anything while watching porn, I did not feel any kind of attraction and sexual desire for anyone either. 14, Sep 2017 Cover Image I was the Abusive One In My Relationship. My Break-up Taught Me To Change. I’ve realised that there is no purpose to just feeling perpetually guilty. What I can do now is never treat anyone else the way I treated her. 12, Oct 2017 Cover Image My First Break-Up Was Nothing Like The Movies We just sat down, wringing our hands. I said, “We have to confront reality. I don’t think we should be together anymore.” 13, Oct 2017 Cover Image Dosti is Pyaar: Being Lost and Finding Friends If pyaar is dosti, it took me a while to understand that that dosti is also pyaar, but more forgiving. 04, Aug 2017 Cover Image How I Helped My Mother Watch Porn and Other Stories Can a young woman learn to accept her mother too is a sexual being? 28, Aug 2017 Cover Image I LEARNT HOW TO EXPRESS AFFECTION AND LOVE IN FRIENDSHIP THE HARD WAY Sometimes I think that friendship and hugging are oddly co-related. Both exist in a place of love which is somewhere between sexual love and cordial acquaintance. 06, Aug 2017 Cover Image Diary of An Indian Sex Educator It was a co-ed school. But the boys were not going to learn about the body. 31, Jul 2017 Cover Image Why I'll Never Stop Masturbating I accidentally discovered orgasms at 14, and began a thrilling solo trip 19, Sep 2017 Cover Image I Came Out To My Mom And Now I Think She's Fomosexual A mother's totally unexpected response to her daughter's coming out! 22, Aug 2017 Cover Image Dil Google Google ho gaya AKA how I internet stalked my way through a break up I’d scroll down from post to post, to find semblance of a love lost. As though trying to relive our time together by scrolling down will undo everything that happened to us. 11, Oct 2017 Cover Image When Pets Walk In On Sex Let’s face it, pets do become like family for most people. While we may all have worked out ways of getting away from our families in the pursuit of ishq, animal children have a sneaky way of sticking around and refusing to be shooed out of the room. 07, Sep 2017 Cover Image I Felt Humiliated for Contracting an STI But I Know I'm Touchable, Lovable and More-Than-Sexable Getting an STI is surrounded by shame and shaming, even at times, by doctors. 03, Aug 2017 Cover Image Making Sense of An Ending 27, Jul 2017 Cover Image For 25 Years I've Stayed Faithful To A Husband Who Refused Me Sex Do I need sex? Well not really but I’d definitely like some. 17, Jul 2017 Cover Image WHAT 'NO STRINGS ATTACHED' TAUGHT ME ABOUT LOVE AND SEX A young woman asks some 'un-cool' questions about NSA relationships 25, Jul 2017 Cover Image How I Taught Myself To Have Orgasms I wasn’t fucking anorgasmic, I’d just been doing it wrong my whole life. 19, Jun 2017 Cover Image Watch Me As I Fall In Love: 5 Trans Persons Talk About Dating Love is supposed to be the simplest thing, but it isn’t. 17, May 2017 Cover Image Hot Mama: Or How I Went from Comfortably Numb to Shape of You 13, May 2017 Cover Image Could I Have Been Misogynist Even Though I Was a Woman? Why? Today, I feel to an utmost certainty that I am not pretty, and even slightly indulging in dressing up makes me feel like a fraud. 07, Apr 2017 Cover Image Savita Bhabhi and I: A True Love Story Here is something you should know about me. I wrote three stories for Savita Bhabhi. 04, Mar 2017 Cover Image A Craving For French Fries Have you ever had this sudden, urgent, mad craving for french fries? Like I did, on rainy days when petrichor can drive you to delirium. 19, Feb 2017 Cover Image To All The (Straight) Men I've Loved Before Let loose, this rise of the body and soul caused me to constantly fall in love with many a lissom lad 21, Feb 2017 Cover Image My Konark Summer 17, Feb 2017 Cover Image Fantasy Mein Kya Sharmana: My Secret Crushes 16, Mar 2017 Cover Image UNFUCKABLE ME (OR, “YOU’RE NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS”) 13, Feb 2017 Cover Image The Bhabhi Next Door "I like talking to a Bhabhi in the neighbourhood because of her outspoken and frank opinions on sex" says Saurabh "but I feel nervous too because she is so bold." The conversations excite him and Bhabhi extends an invitation. WiIl Saurabh take her up on it? Listen to this podcast about a young man's fantasies and anxieties about sex. 20, Jan 2017 Cover Image George Michael, The Sex-Ed Teacher We Never Had And all this while dear George, hot-sexy-smooth George Michael in his snug denims kept telling us, ‘Sex is natural, sex is good, sex is fun, sex is chemical’. 28, Dec 2016 Cover Image "I've slowly learnt to keep the lights on." Body, Images and Sex: A Storified Conversation Body, Images and Sex: A Storified Conversation with Kripa Joshi, Rani Dhaschainey and Ratna Devi Manokaran 19, Dec 2016 Cover Image TELEPHONE PYAAR When Rohit's crush writers her cell number on a form he quickly memorises it. Then it's love in full gear. They act like strangers in the coaching class and spend hours on the phone. And then, one day, there's a cross-connection and the line goes dead. Did love have to turn into hate? Listen to this podcast and see what you think. 04, Nov 2016 Cover Image EK LADKI BHOLI BHALI SI 21, Oct 2016 Cover Image Every Navratri Falguni Made Me Feel That Queer Is Ekdum Cool A song of ishq for Falguni Pathak! 05, Oct 2016 Cover Image I CALL HER MOSAMBI 23, Sep 2016 Cover Image BAS EK KISS... 16, Sep 2016 Cover Image NOT A HAIR IN PLACE: SEX, WAXING AND THE BODY IN MY MIND Body hair and sex - that complicated relationship! 06, Sep 2016 Cover Image ISHQ VISHQ SEX VEX EXPLORING TOUCH TO EXPLOSIVE TOUCH Let Manu take you on his journey of touch from naive bodily explorations with his male friends to the electric, experiences with the opposite sex, and along the way understandings about consent, mutuality and the simple pleasures of pleasure! 02, Sep 2016 Cover Image I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN LOVE – THEN I FOUND POLYAMORY Well. Polyamory done right, as it turns out, is a lot of work! 31, Aug 2016 Cover Image A LOVE SUPREME Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? Gudiya's story of love ending in tragedy is both unbearably tender and painful - but it will make you believe in the idea of a love supreme. 26, Aug 2016 Cover Image Qayanat Ka Romancenama “A board was flashing a sign: Qayanat*, I love you. It was like a film. I could not believe this was all happening for me, to me.” Qayanat’s romance, begins like a film, proceeds like a film, complete with shayris, desperation, twists and turns, 100 free sms a day, ice-cream in the mall, and her reflection in her boyfriend’s eyes. How does this filmi Romance-nama culminate? Not at all as you would expect – listen here to this podcast full of fizz and glitter: Qayanat ka Romancenama. 12, Aug 2016 Cover Image ISHQ KE AAM, KHAANE KE AUR, DIKHANE KE AUR Sweety, growing into a beautiful young woman in a small town, admired herself in the mirror, longed for love. But did she dare taste this forbidden fruit? A bittersweet story of longing and regret from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. 09, Sep 2016 Cover Image JEEP MEIN BEEP, DIL MEIN DHAK DHAK “He winked at me in the rear-view mirror and I was overcome with shyness.” Once Chandni meets this jeep driver and their love story gathers speed, it’s heart-in-the-mouth romantic twists and turns and the speedbreaker of respectability cannot slow it down. A story of passionate romance from Banda, UP. 05, Aug 2016 Cover Image In A Gay Bar You Can See Forever An Indian man at 31, in a gay bar for the first time, experiencing male erotic tenderness for the first time. Cover Image You, Me (Aur STD) A pertinent but unexpected question asked on a random dating app led Luna to get tested for STDs. Just using condoms is not enough! Cover Image THIS IS WHO I AM: A YOUNG MAN’S JOURNEY OF FINDING HIMSELF THROUGH KINK A young man who discovers his submissive nature and learns to be himself through BDSM and kink. Cover Image My First Boyfriend Rutuja's first boyfriend began to do an unexpected sexual thing with oranges. Did she like it? Listen to Rutuja's podcast about what she learned from her first relationship. 05, Jun 2016 Cover Image How Posing in the Nude Changed My Life A young gay man who hates being touched, is awkward about having sex. Then, an ex-flame asks him if he'll pose for some photographs - in the nude. Listen to Arindam's podcast on how the experience made him bloom into a sexual being. And how an act that mixed intimacy and creativity, began a new journey of confidence and exuberance. 29, Apr 2016 Cover Image Mamma Ka Dilemma One day you discover your 7 year old has been watching porn? What do you do? Freak out? Cut your internet connection? Blame yourself? Or maybe, you do what Anu Singh Choudhary did. Listen to her podcast Mamma Ka Dilemma. 22, Apr 2016 Cover Image I Kissed A Boy (Plus Several More) And I Liked It: My Slutty Life The thrill of being with a stranger, the joy of kissing several more - and liking it! Read as Glitch embraces her 'slutty' course of life, making it HER choice. Cover Image Amma, It's Time We Had THE TALK Discuss sex with your parents? Tell them that you are sexually active? Nope, not happening. But Srinidhi managed to do so. Read to find out how THE TALK took place between Srinidhi and her mother! Cover Image We're Not Serious and Other Non-Promises "What is sex sex I want to scream? Is what we’ve been having un-sex sex? Is one superior to the other? Is this one inferior to that one?" Alia questions the boundaries between love, lust, sex and long-term relationships. Cover Image The Reluctant Voyeur Your best friend and her boy friend get it on in front you. Should you be made a voyeur without your consent? Young Andrea's podcast about an awkward night. 13, Mar 2016 Cover Image The Flower of My Secret Sex Life A young woman's candid and joyful account of her search for a relationship with her sexual self. Cover Image My First Vibrator When household chores turn into the discovery of an orgasm. Listen to Meera's story of her first ever vibrator! 28, Nov 2016 Cover Image Jewels like Flowers: About Men's Bodies and Women's Desires We are always made aware of the beauty of the feminine, but what about the masculine figures? Read this essay by Elisa Brune to know a woman’s love for the opposite sex. Cover Image I Have Erotic Friendships And It’s Not Complicated 09, Aug 2021