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wears his style and sexuality on his sleeve
- be it speaking at the high-powered TED conference, signing
away his book Gay Bombay, board meeting at his corporate
office or a gay party in town! However Parmesh admits to be
a late bloomer, becoming comfortable with his sexuality only
after meeting Riyad and Roy Wadia and going abroad to
study at MIT, Boston. But now back in India and heading a
thinktank called Culture Lab and instituting a diversity policy
at his corporate office, Parmesh is never afraid to speak his
mind. With a finger on the contemporary gay pulse and a
global vision, he is an inspiration for the youth.
from BOLO Interview
Parmesh: Actually most of all of my working life, (I have
made sure) that I won't be treated any differently than
because of anything
because of my sexuality. So, whether it was the Times,
whether it was at Mahindra , (wherever I have worked)
earlier, when I was at Mahindra, I was in a relationship
So my desk had a photo of me and my spouse on it
just like my boss' desk has a photo of him and his wife on
it. My photo wasn't kept face down, it was kept face up.
When people would ask me who is this? I wouldn't say,
'it's my friend'
I would say, 'this is my partner'
what is that?'
I would say, 'Boyfriend, you know'
then it was like, 'Oh!'
And that was that. I have never
I don't know, I am sure people talk about it,
maybe they talk about it behind my back
certainly don't talk about it to my face.
don't think one has to be out. I am far from it
people should have the right to represent themselves in
exactly the way they want to
and nobody should pressurize
them in any way to be anything other than who they want
whether it's with one's sexuality or anything else.
I mean one's own identity, in any sense, is a construct
but one decides what one wants to, right?