08 May, 2021

Ruchir Joshi

On the launch of his sex anthology, Electric Feather—The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories

Ruchir Joshi

Why a book of erotic stories?

Because no one in India had come out with one yet.

What was the reaction of writers when you approached them for erotic stories?

Excited. Curious. One or two shied away but most of them were eager to do it.

Isn’t erotica just a fancy term for porn?

No. Porn leaves nothing to the imagination while erotica excites the imagination.

Why do Indian writers invariably end up winning bad sex awards?

Because they haven’t read this book as yet. None of the writers in this collection have won it or are likely to.

Your contributors are mostly young—what happened to the more established writers who’ve made a mark with their writing on sex?

I did ask some older writers but they were too busy or didn’t want to do it. Anyway, my stress was not on generation but on quality.

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