By Thommen Jose
“’Ind-j-a’ tastes better on your tongue... try it,” Sanjay Malhotra told me.
I did and it did. I mean, I wasn’t too sure about how it tasted, but it definitely sounded different. Well, may be better too. In a whacked-out sort of way. Sanjay Malhotra, the much-awarded fashion designer is also the director of ‘Indja’, a gay travel boutique. I had asked Sanjay whether the ‘j’ in his ‘Indja’ was a gimmick. Besides the taste thing, “adding a ‘pink’ to the company name would have been a cliché,” feels Sanjay. ‘Pink’ might be cliché, still gay-friendly travel companies like Pink Escapes and Pink Vibgyor which are just over a year old are witnessing business growth in double digits.
It all started in July 2009 when a New Delhi High Court repealed Section 377 which criminalised homosexual activity; a draconian 148-year-old colonial British law which proscribed homosexual intercourse as ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. The long-awaited verdict summed up with aRead More »from Gay tourism in India comes out of the closet