Perhaps the first anthology of poems in Kannada by a transgender, many of the 48 poems in the collection deal with the idea of gender identity and the poet’s struggle to break out of the one given at birth.

An actor and an activist too, Ms. Chandini was born Mallikarjunaswamy in Hale Sosale village in Mysuru district, and her journey to becoming Ms. Chandini was full of hurdles. “I faced resistance from society at large when I wanted to join the hijra community. Later, I faced resistance from the hijra community too when I tried to break free from restrictions within the community,” says Ms. Chandini. / The Hindu