Published on 4th February 2014

Call me Heena

  • Pinky Guru (56)R, leader of a Hijja community,dancing with her follower in a Puja Party. 

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  • Knowing that Shumi (22) L & Priya(26) R have no chance to return to their family ,they have adjusted themselves to live under a guru (the leader of Hijra community) .

  • When Mohona(29) turned ten, her father locked her up for three years to hide her feminine nature from the world. She broke free and eloped and after a refuge here and there she ended up in Delhi. She has freedom now but lost the door of her home.

  • Nayan (24), a garment worker. In day time, she works in a factory,which is perceived as a legitimate earning to her family. But at night she goes back to her community. 

  • Deepika's (29) journey has perhaps just begun, under the street lights of Delhi she guides no one but herself.

  • Poppy (47)L and Kesri (45)R may be dead to their families, whom they left ages ago, but they are strongly living through each other for decades. They have found a friendship which can come close to replacing unfulfilled unconditional love.

  • Moyna’s (54) Guru passed on leaving her the plainness of a widow along with responsibilities and restrictions of the real world. It’s been forty years since Moyna went home, but between the puffs of her smoking pipe she dreams for a death in motherland -Bangladesh. Kolkata, 2014.

  • Aporupa (27)Left, used to sell eggs. Now she sells her body dwelling under a Guru with ten others in a small room.

  • When Mohona(29) turned ten, her father locked her up for three years to hide her feminine nature from the world. She broke free and eloped and after a refuge here and there she ended up in Delhi. She has freedom now but lost the door of her home.

  • "I feel like a mermaid. My body tells me I am a man & my soul tells me I am a woman" Heena (51)

  • Tiptap’s (8) father and the hijja community exchanged her luck against nature’s progression. Her dance under the light continues though till tomorrow decides fate.

  • "I like to see guys get attracted to me, like other women" Jesmin (24)

  • Moyna’s (54) Guru passed on leaving her the plainness of a widow along with responsibilities and restrictions of the real world. It’s been forty years since Moyna went home, but between the puffs of her smoking pipe she dreams for a death in motherland -Bangladesh. Kolkata, 2014.

  • "Always desiring to be a mother I have adopted Boishakhi. But what if she calls me father someday ! " Salma (27)

  • "I  am giving an exam, result is unknown to me".. Tina (21)

  • Poppy (47)L and Kesri (45)R may be dead to their families, whom they left ages ago, but they are strongly living through each other for decades. They have found a friendship which can come close to replacing unfulfilled unconditional love.