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Ally Nation

In 2018, Parmesh Shahani got a phone call from the graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh (Delhi Calm). After professing admiration for his work, Ghosh suggested that Shahani write a book collecting all his experience, especially in the corporate set-up. Shahani, who had recently put out a “white paper on transgender employment”, co-written with a Godrej India Culture Lab colleague Nayanika Nambiar, was introduced to Westland’s “legendary publisher” Karthika VK. Their meeting “took place inside the very noisy Kitty Su in Delhi, during which Karthika and I bonded while watching Maya the Drag Queen shake to ‘Dreamum Wakeupum’. By the end of that evening, I knew that I wanted to do this book with her.”

Two years later, Shahani feels that has become even

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