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VOICES

 |  #PostcardsFromParas  |  4-minute read
Kamasutra, Human Rights violation, Gay stigma, Pride parade

Brunei, don't be a pain in the ass! The rich little nation decides on stoning gay men to death. It should learn lessons from India

Love is love. And Brunei, with all its money and monarchy, should take a lesson from our desi handbook. We knew all about love and respect before the West invented the terms.

VOICES

 |  5-minute read
Eve Teasing, Kamasutra, Women's sexual pleasure, Sexual liberation

India needs a sexual revolution, and fast!

I cannot write this article and share it with my family because the reaction invariably would be, “Tauba! How can you talk about sex so openly?” That is how sexually screwed up we have become.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Sexuality, Sex, Ancient India, Kamasutra

How Kamasutra inspired my book to be more about love than sex

Depravity and sensuality are two sides of the coin of sex.

ART & CULTURE

 |  7-minute read
Ancient texts, Desire, Vatsyayana, Kamasutra

Yoga is not as Hindu as it is believed to be. There's Muslim influence in it, too

[Book extract] The dissemination of the Yoga Sutra in India was helped greatly by al-Biruni’s Arabic translation in the 11th century.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Wendy Doniger, Book Extract, Kamasutra, Sexual conservatism

Wendy Doniger on how India's sexual conservatism is a result of the British, not Mughals

[Book extract] Many of the English-speaking Hindus came to accept the British evaluation of Hinduism, in a kind of Stockholm syndrome.

VARIETY

 |  3-minute read
Entertainment, Ekta Kapoor, Kamasutra

Ekta Kapoor to make Kamasutra: Will her audience take it?

The producer's version of the Mahabharata failed to impress her regular viewers.

ART & CULTURE

 |  12-minute read
Mythology, Manusmriti, Sex, Kamasutra

How sex became frowned upon in India of Kamasutra

[Book extract] Manusmriti stuck with the British because Manu’s prudish values resonated with the Victorian culture.

VARIETY

 |  2-minute read
Health, Kamasutra

New Durex ad: How to sell Kamasutra to Japanese

The condom brand has come up with an amusing yet powerful advertisement.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Wendy Doniger, Porn ban, Vatsayana, Kamasutra

Why porn blockers must read Kamasutra

If the India portrayed by Vatsayana was real, then when did it get so conservative?

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Book Extract, Kamasutra, The Mare's Trap, Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger on how Kamasutra blurs the line between rape and sex

[Book Extract] As if speaking back to Kautilya's Arthashastra, Vatsayana ends up establishing a code of accepted sexual violence.