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  • Published: 13 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9789814914031
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

Orchids of the Rainforest



Six Indians strive to embrace their sexuality and their own notions of relationships in a conservative yet urban Asian metropolis.

Orchids of the Rainforest explores the lives of six urban Malaysian Indians who have unconventional relationships in an increasingly modern yet fundamentally conservative Malaysian society. Geetha, a lawyer, has her world rocked by the death of her wealthy husband and later by an encounter with a romantic pursuer, Anand. Sabitha, her much younger cousin sister is trying to come out of the closet to her family. Anu, a writer and Yuvaraj’s Malayali partner, has differing views on sexuality from her husband. Yuvaraj, a traveling engineer, grew up with latent chauvinism ingrained in his lifestyle, thoughts and in his treatment of women. He express his ‘disagreement’ with the sexuality of Sabitha and attempts to ‘cure’ her. He reacts negatively to Anu developing her own independent opinion about sexual minorities. Karthiga Murugesan is facing displacement for coming out of the closet about her sexual orientation. The story attempts to capture the essence of contemporary urban Malaysian living. It illustrates the larger diversity that exists in Malaysia, and how the cosmopolitan convergence and ideological clash play out in modern Malaysia.

  • Published: 13 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9789814914031
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Ram Anand

Ram Anand is a published writer, filmmaker, and a former journalist based in Malaysia. He had also spent over eight years writing for various news publications in Malaysia- namely Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider, The Malay Mail. He periodically writes opinion pieces in The Malay Mail after leaving journalism in 2018.
He recently finished a Masters in Directing Film and Television at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, and has written and directed three short films to date, two in United Kingdom, and another in India. His Tamil language short film made in India, Andhi, is currently being previewed at several film festivals across India.

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