24 October, 2020

Stealing My Affections!

Indian puritanism, the fault of foreigners? Oh, in that case, I apologise, profusely.

Stealing My Affections!

This review is being written by someone who should not be writing it. Yes, there are at least three reasons why my opinion of this book should not be taken seriously.
Reason #1: I have grounds for litigation against the authors and publisher of the book.

Delighted to receive this wonderful anthology of Indian writings about erotic love, I was thumbing through the book, flipping back and forth over a wide range of sources (from the ancient magical fertility chants of the Rig Veda to the tenderly racy 18th-century Telugu love lyrics of the Thanjavur courtesan Muddupalani), 61 excerpts from texts translated from Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Apabhramsha, Tamil, and from Oriya, Gujarati, Braj, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Sindhi and other vernaculars, sundry passages from a wide variety of genres (Puranic, Shastric, and Tantric)—there's love poetry, erotic tale and dramatic scene, sexology, aesthetics and folk lore. Right in the middle of the book I happened to notice a line: "In summer afternoons that are hot and calm/Women anoint...



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