Book: Straight to Normal
Author: Sharif D. Rangnekar
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography, LGBT
Number of pages: 222 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of ‘Straight to Normal’ from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The book is an autobiography of the author’s life, describing his family and childhood in Mumbai, then Kolkata and finally Delhi. The author has vividly described his struggles with academics, his excess weight and how his family and he struggled to cope with the untimely loss of his father.
He was vaguely aware that there was something different about him as far as his interest in women was concerned but due to the lack of available information during that period, he could not easily figure out that he was not inclined to be attracted towards women but rather towards his own gender.
The process through which the author comes to terms with his sexuality and the support received by him from his family and close friends is wonderfully depicted by him.
I found it extremely endearing that the author has placed so much emphasis on his objective of finding true love. He has been extremely candid in talking about regarding his failed relationships, crushes and various disappointments in life, as indeed a true autobiography should be.
The book is extremely interesting and thought provoking. I am sure that it took a lot of courage and determination on the author’s part to make sure that it was published. I hope that this book serves the purpose of dispelling the prejudices still held by many towards the gay community. I believe that everyone will definitely benefit from reading this book.