Nov 23, 2014
The Bodybuilding Villages of India
But there's a village in India where nearly the entire adult male population, gay and straight alike, is into bodybuilding.
Actually two adjoining suburbs, Asola and Fatehpur-Beri, about 10 miles south of New Delhi, near the airport.
They belong to the Gurjar, a Scheduled Tribe (historically disadvantaged) from Rajasthan, previously nomadic, relocated to Delhi to work in farming and low-paying government jobs. But mostly unemployed until they discovered bodybuilding.
This was big money! They jumped at the opportunity.
You can make a living through your physique?
Everyone started hitting the gym.
Kids growing up looked to bodybuilders as role models.
Now over 200 villagers are employed as "hired muscle": bouncers at New Delhi's trendy nightclubs, private security guards, and bodyguards.
I assume that the standard proportion are gay; the gay dating services list a number of men from Asola and Fatehpur.
See also: A Bodybuilding Contest in India; and The Erotic Temple Carvings of Khajuraho