“You are gay! He is gay! Sethuraman has some alternate interests.” Such statements intended as jokes have become very common amongst Indians, especially in the corporate circle. These so called gay jokes have become the staple of senior managers when they want to cheer up the office environment. So much, that if Greg Chappell was to work in an Indian office; his first impression would be that most co-workers are gays. Of course Chappell wouldn’t know the context that Indian males find it tough to find not only girls but also guys in
But this habit of gay jokes has caught fancy only recently and is quite strange given that homosexuality is a rarely witnessed concept in
Most of the people who crack up such so called jokes believe that hijdas (eunuchs) are called gays in the West. And the only time they might have seen gays is on TV; Dolly or Karan Johar (probably). However, despite this lack of exposure to gay culture; Indian corporate workers are expert at spotting gays. If two males have been working on a project for a long time, they are gays. If someone is not married despite reaching marriageable age, he is gay. If two sales people were forced to share a hotel room because of cost control policies, they are gays. Such experts are Indian managers in spotting gays that Christian evangelicals are thinking lobbying the
In the west, “he is gay” kind of jokes is used mostly by school going teens who are getting first exposure to sexuality. We will pass over this stage soon.