An expensive suite in an iconic seven-star hotel in South Mumbai is abuzz with activity. Anticipation and perfume mix in a thick cloud in the room outside where big names from the real estate industry, corporate heads and a film financier with his wife, pallu drawn over her head, wait eagerly for darshan. Inside the room is Jyoti Ma, the intersex person they have queued to seek blessings from. Ze is dressed in turquoise blue pajamas and a white kurta. Shoulder-length curls frame zir face, coloured with dark lipstick, kohl-lined eyes and make-up. The visitors ask zir questions to which there are brief hushed answers, but mostly, just smiles.
October 22 / DNA