O Gore Gore: What It Means to be a Fair-Skinned Man in India

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O Gore Gore: What It Means to be a Fair-Skinned Man in India

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

I’

m at the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, regrettably on a hot summer’s day. I carry a camera because I like to think of myself as a serious photographer. While looking for a quiet corner from which to capture the historic architecture, I am approached by a man with a camera in his hand as well, his two friends behind him. He wants a photograph. “Yes, sure,” I tell him and reach for his camera. He, though, hands it to his friends and puts his arm around my shoulder. A second later we have a portrait together. “Which country?” he asks. I first think of saying Israel, because I don’t want to disappoint him, but stick to the truth instead.

“India,” I say.

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