XX, XY, None or What?

As I emerged victoriously into this world

a gender was decreed

I formed an ‘O’ with my mouth to cry ‘oh No’


they said

it was already carved in stone.


I stand exactly in the line assigned

I try,

My chromosomes tango and clash with salsa-ing hormones

Debating civil-way style-

XX, XY, None, or What?

it was already carved in stone.


As I trudge along stigma-strewn fields of expectations

eyes with mistrust follow me around

My xerox-on-glass is a stranger

All I want is,

to be Me, but

it was already carved in stone.


Like a butterfly, or probably a moth,

I metamorphose

to make me, Me.

Re-emerging victoriously into this world

defying the flames, to strike out –

what was already carved in stone.


©Namratha Varadharajan

INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: Transgender Activist Gauri Sawant

This ad by Proctor and Gamble for Vicks is based on true story of how Gauri Sawant(who was born Ganesh Suresh Sawant) became a mother.

With no family support, Gauri’s transistion to a woman was a difficult one. However, she not only completed the transistion with the help of Humsafar Trust, she also runs an NGO called ‘Sakhi Char Chowghi’ in Malad, Mumbai for the past 16 years. Her team of 150+, promotes safe sex, provides accomodation, and counselling to transgenders.

Gauri Sawant adopted a girl whose grandmother was planning to sell the girl into prostituition after the demise of her HIV+ mother. Being a transgender, it was a difficult process for her. However, she says she did what any mother would do: fight against all odds for her child.

For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.


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14 thoughts on “XX, XY, None or What? : Transgender Activist Gauri Sawant #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterAtoZ #NaPoWriMo

  • April 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Beautiful poem. Carved in the stone- recurring line is hard hitting. Great job.

  • April 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Painful…!!! So true…that people don’t let those who don’t confirm to norms…be themselves.
    We are so intolerant as a society.
    So great that you wrote about this.
    I’ve seen the video. But so many may not have. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Natasha. She does potray strength

  • April 27, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Extremely moving and powerful, Namratha!

    • April 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Yes she did! Including mine. Thanks Akshata

  • April 27, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Very powerful post today Namratha. The poem is on the point. I had seen the video long back. I had tears then, I have tears now! More power to Gauri and everyone like her.

    • April 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you Meena. Yes it is very difficult to imagine ourselves in her shoes. I was affected by her story as well.

  • April 27, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Very inspiring Lady. Kudos to her and you too.

    • April 27, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you Varad. Yes her story is truly inspiring. I am glad she found her way and also is now counselling many.


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