Salman Rushdie investigates Indias transsexual underworld

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In his contribution to Aids Sutra, a collection of essays about the HIV/Aids problem in India, Salman Rushdie reports on the culture of the hijra

According to Greek mythology, Hermaphroditus, the child of Hermes and Aphrodite, fell so passionately in love with a nymph named Salmacis that they beseeched Zeus to unite them for all time, and were joined in a single body in which both sexes remained manifest.

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Edited extract from Aids Sutra

Aids Sutra: Untold Stories from India edited by Negar Akhavi
Vintage, £8.99; 352pp Buy the book

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