TMOUH is primarily a story of margins and marginalized; the ones who are ‘misfit’ for the soceity, the dunya as Anjum rightly called it, where hegemonic majoritarian politics make identities like being Queer, Woman, Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim, Kashmiri, Drug Addict, Syrian Christian, Poor and Uneducated the easy target of unbridled and insatiable hatred.
The sixty poems in The Tree Outside My Window is a Drama Queen are short pieces, and can be read in bursts. They coalesce around nature, and in contrast, technology. Often, Matta’s poems speak of gayness and its proscription in this country.
Aligarh is not just the story of Prof. Siras, it is the story of thousand of LGBTs who have to face discrimination, extortion and live under threats. It is the story of fear under which LGBTs live in this country.