Jan. 2nd, 2012

tevere: ray making 'facepalm' gesture (facepalm)
Not surprisingly, considering my advanced state of jetlag when I signed up for Yuletide, I made what nearly turned out to be a fatal miscalculation: "Why, I'll just make offers in all the fandoms I'd be delighted to receive a story in!"

MISTAKE.

It's one thing to enjoy a Bollywood film as a cultural outsider, and another thing entirely-- as a cultural outsider-- to attempt to write an insider-perspective of two desi characters interacting with each other. Two Yuletides ago I wrote the Snake Agent story This Sweet and Bitter Orange Mood, which is set in a fantasy Singapore that's a lot like 1960s Hong Kong, and I remember how I could hear the characters-- I could make a reasonable guess at what they'd say and how they'd say it (and in which dialect), how they viewed the world, how they conveyed their understandings of belonging and not-belonging. Scratch all of that this time around. Not only could I not hear the characters (a problem exacerbated by the fact that they speak Hindi), I had barely any understanding of their cultural context. It was actually quite a distressing experience, because it's not like I wanted to be faily, but I didn't have the capacity not to be (nor the time to do the research that might have remedied that). Call it Yuletide karma for that time I bitched about how Snake Agent doesn't properly represent Chinese culture.

I nearly ended up defaulting, but the Yuletide gods were merciful to my recipient and I somehow managed to enlist the endlessly generous [personal profile] azuire to, essentially, co-write the story with me. Everything that's right about it is due to her efforts, and everything that feels off is solely my fault. [personal profile] azuire, I can't thank you enough! I also owe [personal profile] dhobikikutti for her valuable input and advice-- thank you, Kutti.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Dostana, you're missing out-- it's a delightful romp based on the Pretending to Be Gay trope, and I like it a lot. If you're interested, my introduction post (with pretty pictures!) is here. The sequel is due out this year, but-- hmm, I honestly suspect the only place this franchise can go is downhill.

a glorious white sand beach, light green sea, with a limestone island in the centre of the frame
Krabi Province, Thailand. Ironically, I found out after I'd written the story that this is where 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai' was actually filmed.

When the Lamps are Lighted (4077 words)
Fandom: Dostana (2008)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kunal Chauhan/Sameer Acharya
Summary: Maybe this is their love story.

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