#NoBarForPyaar | Lakshmi’s Message This V-Day: Love Is Devotion

People who go against love are adharmis, says Lakshmi.

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What is Lakshmi doing this Valentine's Day?

No, you don't have to do any guessing as the transgender icon willingly spills the beans. She says she wants to start the day by paying a visit to her favourite deity, Lord Shiva as Mahashivratri falls on the same day. After that, she hopes to spend some time with her long-term partner.

Lakshmi spoke to The Quint on the sidelines of Difficult Dialogues 2018 in Goa, an annual conference aiming at bridging the gaps between policymaking and execution. This year the conference had ‘Gender’ as its theme and Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi- yes, that’s the diva’s full name- spoke about her activism and challenges she faces.

It’s Mahashivratri on 14 February so I will visit my lover, Shiv Bhole. I’ll shop and eat ice cream. I have always wanted to have coconut water and kiss. 

Lakshmi says she isn’t bothered by those who hate love. For them, she has her ready wit and sass.

Love is love. Love connected Meera and Krishna. Devotion is love according to me. People who question love are the biggest adharmis.  

Lakshmi's tussle with those in the business of religion is not new, and is unlikely to fade out any time soon. She also happens to be the first Acharya of the Kinnar Akhara and sets herself at par with the Shankaracharya. The traditional akharas are up in arms against her.

But Lakshmi continues.

(This Valentine’s Day, Quint Neon is playing cupid for Sultana Abdullah. The 60-year-old is looking for a date. If you would like to take her out on a date, or know someone who would be a good match, then write to us at neon@thequint.com. You can also text us on WhatsApp at 9999008335. This Valentine’s Day, say it out loud: #NoBarForPyaar)

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