Dear Tamil, I was very surprised to discover that you are too sensitive to play in a public forum. Why did u have to withdraw your posts ? You were holding fort with admirable conviction and courage ; u dint have to abandon your armoury at the fag end, all of a sudden just because you felt oppressively lonely in your camp. Plese dont think you are in a minority on one. There maybe / are plenty others who would reason it out like you but chose not to post here. If its any comfort for you, my friend, here is my unsolicited but truthful support. cc to varalotti from here on: I chose not to post anything on Homosexuality earlier because I dint see it as a major twist in Shalini's story, just a sidetrack involving junior artistes. Here is my take now , for what it is worth: 1. Myriad are the creations of Nature and amazing are the mechanics devised by Her for the conservation and propagation of each and everyone of them. Procreation is one of the 3 main values defining Life ( as we know it)the other 2 being Growth and Decay. Simpler life forms are designed to reproduce asexually by uncomplicated processes like hiving off, for instance. Creatures higher up the evolutionary ladder, being more complex need to pass down millions of packets of genetic data. X and Y chromosomes were necessitated for sharing this burden, whence the 2 Genders. Heterosexual Conjugation is the means devised by Nature for the ceaseless pooling of genes, allowing for Natural selection of the fittest and refinement of design. Hence it is "Natural". Homosexual conjugation, which at the outset viciates Nature's plan for propagation of Species, is "UNnatural" Not being infallible, Nature does throw up unplanned non-standard items now and then. Albinism, Dwarfism, hermaphrodites, sixfingers, homosexuals. Let us not shun them as damaged goods. Let us respect them as humans and give them their due place. But let us not go overboard and insist that there is some sort of "Pride" attached to being non-standard. 2. Psychologists says HS are born with an unconventional internal circuitary. But I find it curious and incredible that eversince the world started pushing the parameters of acceptable choices further and further away ( latter part of last Century), thereby increasing Society's capacity for accomodating values once thought taboo, the number of HS seems to have grown enormously. Did Mother Nature , all of a sudden, start producing anticlockwise clocks on assembly line, frustrating her own plans ? Or does availability of acceptable choice influence people to experiment ? It is pertinent here to note that a new item has cropped up on the menucard. It is called Bisexuality. I dont get it - one is "oriented" towards either the male or the female, what is this all-embracing "orientation" ? Sounds too much like "anything goes". If I say this, I am a regressive fossil. To support my suspision that HS need not be just congenital, but also an aquired taste, I can muster up umpteen examples which will just make this post an unbearable blade-"rambum". I will limit myself to just mentioning these: Severely restrictive atmosphere of Prisons and remote hostelries. Robustly heterosexual Roman and Greek Emperors of yore with their "Royal Favourite" boys.(Gibbon sees this as an aesthetic refinement- "to adore and to posses a thing of beauty") The sisters-in-law in the movie "Fire". contd.