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Juhi Chawla, Bollywood Actress, on My Magical Palace

November 22nd, 2013 | 1 Comment

Juhi-Chawla1” Opens up your eyes as parents…..probably the most poignant book on a child’s growing up in recent times….a must read” – Juhi Chawla, Actress

Every parent has a dream. One day their “raja beta” will bring their “dulhaniya” home or their darling “bitiya rani” will leave for her prince’s home. This is the destiny of every child. But what of those children who are not part of the majority 90% of heterosexual population?

Not all children want to have a heterosexual marriage and children.  They are a minority of about 10% and are gay, lesbian or bisexual or gender confused.

Countless arguments about western corruption or an unhappy childhood have not explained why some people are attracted to others of the same sex.

As a parent, what would you do, if your child came out of the closet? Would you disown him or her ? Force him/her into an arranged marriage? What would you do for your child’s happiness.

Talented actress Juhi Chawla goes to the heart of the matter with this question. What would a parent do, when faced with the revelation of a gay child, who was just born this way?

Excerpt from My Magical Palace:

‘What if I don’t want to get married?’ I asked, feeling no excitement at the thought of being chased by girls.

‘Oh, you silly boy!’ My mother laughed. ‘What an absurd question! Everyone has to get married. It is the normal thing to do. Come on now, your father will get upset if we delay any more.’

I wanted to tell her so badly that I was not like everyone else. That I was different from the boys in my class. That I might have been doing something really wrong. And that I did not want to get married. But I was sure she would not understand.”

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