The Grammar of My Body: A Memoir by Abhishek Anicca

An unapologetically honest journey challenging ableist expectations…
A collection of essays on disability, love, and self-discovery.
About the Book

Subverting an ableist India’s expectations from a disabled person to be ‘inspirational’ and an ‘underdog who made it’ despite their illness, Abhishek Anicca writes about everyday stories of living with disability and chronic illness in this memoir-in-essays. With piercing mindfulness and radical vulnerability, Annica writes sparse and compelling essays on the self, questions of care and dignity, dating and navigating desire as a queer-disabled man, self-hatred, moving about with a crutch, chronic pain and shame, the chilling lack of representation in the media and reflections on nearing death.

Conversational and informal, truthful and unflinching, Anicca’s wry and urgent essays in The Grammar of My Body compel the reader to become at once distant from and proximate to their inner experiences.

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About the Author

ABHISHEK ANICCA is a bilingual (English and Hindi) writer, poet and spoken word artist. He identifies as a person with locomotor disability and chronic illness, which shapes his creative endeavours. He is the founder of Dislang, a digital magazine that publishes narratives by disabled people, a mentor for the South Asian Speaks Fellowship and has guest-edited for Agents of Ishq. His non-fiction work has appeared in the Times of India, DNA, Outlook, the Equator Line, the Third Eye, The Quint, Unbias the News, Devex, IndiaSpend, Agents of Ishq, In Plainspeak and Kitaab among other print and digital publications. His poetry has appeared in Nether Quarterly, Gulmohur Quarterly, Alipore Post, Rhetorica Quarterly (Lucknow), Sunflower Collective, Indian Cultural Forum, RHiME, Posham Pa, Jankipul, Samalochan, Prabhat Khabar, Apni Maati, Antrang (collection), Battling for India (anthology) and The Yearbook of English Poetry 2021 (anthology).

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