Vishu with PRIDE

Vishu’s Life Story deserves its
own powerful memoir; however,
we are very proud to present to
you her life in a short narrative.
Vishu’s childhood unease with her
male body; her escape from her
birth family to a home of her own
and her eventual transition to
being the woman she always
knew she was. Today she is an
accomplished Makeup Artist and
an independent activist, working
for the rights of transgender
persons.

Vishu offered us insight into one of the least talked about experiences on the gender trajectory, that of being trans women. Calling several trans her daughters, Vishu puts before us her moving, and sometimes tragic stories of courage and triumph leaving us questioning the ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’ binaries of male/female that so many of us take for granted.

Born in Mumbai, Vishu started life as a regular kid. At a very early age Vishu realized how different
her body and soul was, she was a woman in a male body. Others around her also started to notice
that Vishu was different, however, neither family nor friends came in support. The pressure didn’t break Vishu it rather gave her strength and courage to make her life better.

Growing up she always knew the importance of education and kept it at the forefront to a better future. . During a visit to the local bakery, Vishu saw a group of Trans dancing at an event and her gaze was fixed on one person. She inquired about her and gathered the courage to find this
person. Persistence paid off and Vishu met Balu Khade who took her under her wings.Growing up she always knew the importance of education and kept it at the forefront to a better future. . During a visit to the local bakery, Vishu saw a group of Trans dancing at an event and her gaze was fixed on one person. She inquired about her and gathered the courage to find this person. Persistence paid off and Vishu met Balu Khade who took her under her wings.

Vishu used to make excuses at home
to meet her Guru who guided her
through her transformation, that of
becoming a strong and confident
person. She started to take a stand
for herself and others in the
community, this was a turning point in
her life.
She started gaining clarity about her
future, and knew she wanted to
become a respected Hair & Makeup
Professional; this wasn’t going to be
easy, so she took up a job at a call
centre to sponsor her course. She
spent the first few years gaining
experience in salons before she could
have her own set-up. It has been 8
years since and there’s no looking
back.

She didn’t stop there and went ahead to empower others in her community financially and motivated them to achieve their dreams.

Vishu wants the world to acknowledge the Trans community accept and respect them. She believes it’s about time “people should stop looking for ways to deal with the Trans” and TREAT THEM AS A PERSON THAN A GENDER. Especially it should start from the school where teachers should educate children to accept everyone as their own kind and not discriminate. There is an urgent need for policybased decisions and reservations for the trans community to ensure inclusiveness.

– Written By SAP Volunteers for SAP stories

Be you you’ve always been, proudly.