Vivek’s memoir is very personal, his words will stick to you, his warmth will overwhelm you, and you will just want to read some more. So Now You Know is about Vivek, his early days of growing up as a gay, his realization of his different identity at the age of eight, accepting and admiring the way he is, trying to find a deserved place in the city where homosexuality was a crime.
The book reads like a diary, not in chronological order, random chapters where he shares about acknowledging his first love, bullied childhood, longing family acceptance, sexual preferences of different men, and books as his only solace.
This book is special, why? you ask? It is brave! It is extremely honest! It takes immense courage to put out everything in open, to share one’s feelings with acute honesty, without fearing people’s perceptions.
This book needs to be read, just not because it’s about Vivek, a voracious reader, the whole reading community admires, but because it shares the story of a young innocent boy who struggled to be accepted the way he is, who craved for acceptance in this brutal society that was never kind to him, about being a normal human being who just happened to be gay.
Well, Vivek is the only reader, whose Instagram stories I eagerly look forward to, curiosity to know about the books he is reading, the book projects he is involved in or planning to do. I wish someday he write in detail about his varied reading interests, how he picks reading projects, and everything about books.
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Title: So Now You Know: A Memoir of Growing Up Gay in India
Author: Vivek Tejuja
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publishing Date: 6th September 2019
My Rating: 3.5 stars