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Not Like Most Young Girls

18 true stories from the urban underbelly.

“Not Like Most Young Girls” is a collection of short stories that peeps into the real faces behind the masks. Written by young minds from eminent educational institutions from Mumbai, these stories give words to the lives of these invisible wraiths and attempt to bring out and present before society the human beings hidden within the sex workers. Ones that are hardly encountered on the streets and alleys of the sex work hotspots of the city.

The story of a childhood lost and a youth tarnished – the story of a thousand sex workers in the shadows of the city. An account of a homosexual sex worker’s coming out of the closet and the undying hope for a better future.An account of a woman’s life and her initiation into the profession – not all bed time stories are fairy tales…
These are stories of women, men and hijras who have come together under Aastha Parivaar a federation of sex workers to give a face to their community and claim the dignity that they deserve as much as any other person. “Not Like Most Young Girls” is more than a book – it is an attempt to fight the stigma and shame loaded upon this community by our society. It is an attempt to bring out of the shadows, these individuals who breathe, feel, and give back to society, just like any one of us – or perhaps more.

These are stories of women, men and hijras who have come together under Aastha Parivaar a federation of sex workers to give a face to their community and claim the dignity that they deserve as much as any other person. “Not Like Most Young Girls” is more than a book – it is an attempt to fight the stigma and shame loaded upon this community by our society. It is an attempt to bring out of the shadows, these individuals who breathe, feel, and give back to society, just like any one of us – or perhaps more.

Order the book online or find it in your local Crosswords bookstore. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Aastha Parivaar.

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