Babur’s sexuality

At one party Babur saw a very surprising sight: a woman drinking. She made a pass at him: “I got rid of her by pretending to be drunk.” Babur was not much interested in women. He explains that he had married early, and neglected the girl. He uses that to introduce the subject of his passion for a boy called Baburi whom he sees in the bazaar. Until then, he says, he had “no inclination for anybody, and no knowledge of love or desire”. His passion for Baburi drives him to distraction. Shyness prevents him from approaching the boy. He quotes a Persian couplet:

“I am ashamed when I see my friend; My companions look at me; I look the other way.”
Whether he got anywhere with Baburi is not clear.”  From the Baburnama

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