SALGA NYC serves to promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.
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10/5 The SALGA NYC Book Club Meeting (“Family Life” by Akhil Sharma)


“Family Life” by Akhil Sharma is the latest selection of the SALGA NYC Book Club.

Please join us on Sunday, October 5th from 4-6pm as we discuss this book over snacks & beverages. We encourage attendees to bring any of their favorite snacks or beverages as well.

For location information, directions, and alerts/updates please send an email to: BOOKCLUB@SALGANYC.ORG

About the book:

“We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.”

• “Riveting… Sharma is compassionate but unflinching.”—Sonali Deraniyagala, The New York Times Book Review

• “Bracingly vivid… Has the ring of all devastatingly good writing: truth.”—Molly Langmuir, Elle

• “A loving portrait, both painful and honest.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

• “[F]ine and memorable.”—Meg Wolitzer, NPR

• “If you’re the betting type, put money on it: National Book Award, Pulitzer, and the Book Critic Circle-thingy. Akhil’s in the running for a hat trick.”—Amie Barrodale, Vice

• “A heartbreaking novel-from-life… [Sharma] takes after Hemingway, as each word of his brilliant novel feels deliberate, and each line is quietly moving.”—Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

• “Sharma spent 13 years writing this slim novel, and the effort shows in each lucid sentence and heartbreaking detail.”—Stephen Lee, Entertainment Weekly

• “Surface simplicity and detachment are the hallmarks of this novel, but hidden within its small, unembellished container are great torrents of pity and grief. Sedulously scaled and crafted, it transforms the chaos of trauma into a glowing work of art.”—The Wall Street Journal

• “Dark humor twines through Sharma’s unforgettable story of survival and its costs.”—Mary Pols, People

• “I lost all track of time while I was reading it, and felt by the end that I’d returned from a great and often harrowing journey… To my own surprise, I found myself renewed after reading it, and imbued with a feeling of hope.”—John Wray, Salon

• “With his subtly drawn point of view—recreating the child’s perceptions but with the controlling sensibility of an adult intelligence—Sharma gives us a fully imagined world, both hard and consoling.”—Jon Garelick, Boston Globe

9/17 Don’t Miss Mashuq Deen’s “Draw the Circle”; Buy your ticket with a SALGANYC discount!

BEAT stands for Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, and we annually present the best in Brooklyn theater, dance and voice artists. This year’s festival will be held September 11-20 at venues across the borough, and Deen’s show will be a highlight. He is a gifted artist, a transgender playwright-performer, an activist in the LGBTQ community, the youngest child of Indian immigrant parents. And his show is a stunner.

“Draw the Circle” is the hilarious and moving story of how a conservative Muslim family deals with a child who defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter – and one woman’s commitment to unconditional love. Told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself, the show compassionately brings to life the often-ignored struggle experienced by a transgender individual’s family.

Tickets are limited and we encourage you to buy yours now. Be sure to also like our Facebook Event Page for Deen’s show and join the BEAT Mailing List.

Weds, Sept 17th @ 7:30pm 

Mashuq Deen

Sharing the Intimate Family Drama that Surrounded His Transition,
the Brilliant Mashuq Deen Creates a Transformational Night of Theater

Draw the Circle

Written and performed by Mashuq Deen, directed by Chay Yew
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn

$20 | Click HERE to Buy Tickets Now

Friends of Deen, enter this code for $15 Tickets: DEEN15

9/13 the back-2-school Bollywood Party














Saturday, September 13th | 10pm-4am
The BAR @ Dream Hotel Midtown (210 W 55 St. NYC)
No cover for educators / $10 for everyone else
$8 vodka specials 10-midnight

with your charming host Mr. TT
& your favorite bollywood beats by DJ Dynamite

a portion of all proceeds goes to Salga NYC

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that might be interested in the party!

9/13 – SALGA NYC Monthly Support Group


It doesn’t feel like it right now but the days are getting shorter and soon the crisp air will keep us indoors a little longer.  For many of us this extra time to slow down might bring us down a little. Let us come together to share in a discussion on coping and handling stress.

This month’s Support Group topic will be “Self-Care”.

Salga NYC’s monthly support group meetings are a SAFE, CONFIDENTIAL space for you to join a group atmosphere to talk about issues that affect your life and well-being. We provide a supportive atmosphere to all attendees.

Support is for you – come to discuss this month’s topic or whatever may be on your mind. Salga’s Support group is limited to folks who identify as South Asian and to their intimate family.

In addition to monthly in-person support group meetings, there is also a desi lgbtQ helpline on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Call 908-FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) for free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources. More info on

Date: Saturday, September 13th
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street