Sharif D Rangnekar, is a communications consultant by profession and a former journalist. What occupies him other than his 9-5 job is his association with human rights, social justice and the desire to write and indulge in music.
He is associated with the #IAmWhoIAm community and the concept band - Friends of Linger. The latter helped him release his first attempt at writing lyrics which turned out to be India's first song in English dedicated to the LGBT community - Head Held High. Most recently, he wrote Miss You - a song that through its music video tells a story of two men in love. The video features him in it as one of the two men!
Some of his writings and commentary are seen and available in Times of India, Scroll.in, Hindustan Times, Pitch, PR Week, besides here on Huff Post. At times, he just posts his poetry and prose on other platforms or his Facebook page.
Off late, he has been speaking at events focused on LGBT issues.
About a year ago, 30 October, 2015, to be exact, I lost my brother, Dwijen D Rangnekar. Those moments of the last day or two were a reminder of how uncertain life can be and what it is not to see or h...
Hardly two weeks ago, I saw a human being turn from active to inactive. I felt the spirit of positivity but could hold on to nothing that would let me believe, even for a second, that the 'intangible' spirit had a voice and a body of action that could carry on beyond that moment. That moment was deadly. I was told so often that this individual, my brother Dr Dwijen D Rangnekar, had gone to a better place. This idea of a better place was something no one could ever describe.
Most of us have seen the photograph of an innocent child who ended up lifeless on a beach for no fault of his own. His death was the result of a battle determined by adults, powerful nations and warmongers. This photograph was shared widely, touching the sentiments of anyone who knows what the innocence of a child is. As a world, we probably felt as much pain when more than 130 children were massacred at school last December, underlining how barbaric humans can be.
India is chasing a dream of development and an idea of wealth that revolves around public policy, banks and a handful of corporations. The idea of wealth and success is pretty well defined in most minds. However, often this idea of wealth and material gain gets mixed with greed and dependency on a system of debt that can often leave a nation in a poorer state, ensuring further exclusion of the impoverished poor.
If one were to conduct a comprehensive survey across India, there would be multiple definitions of marriage. Some might call it a divine blessing, others may talk about duty, some may say it is about women looking after their husbands, some may underline the importance of love and commitment while others may talk about equality and sharing. So, it depends on who you speak to. This fact makes the Obergefell v. Hodges US Supreme Court Case extremely interesting as it will determine whether same-sex marriages should be legalised across the country.
Homosexuals are probably the most intensely loving individuals. Think of it, their love is so strong that even after 100 plus years of 'illegality' tagged against their natural being, they have continued to love their partners, families and never given up on an emotion that fosters peace, all virtually without any support system be it from the law or society.
When I wrote the song "Head Held High", I had no idea that the script was not just a story that many gay men could relate to, but that it was a path that my life had taken. Yes, as the verses in the song spelt out, even I was confused, frustrated and lost at one stage. Later, I realised who I was and grew in confidence and that led to joy, happiness and the desire to love myself and share the love I could with others.