The Kama Sutra Diaries
Sally Howard, a self-confessed child of the Western Sexual Revolution, sets out on a ‘sexploration’ through modern India by train, plane and auto-rickshaw. From the heat of anti-rape protest on the streets of New Delhi to the cool hills of Shimla, playground of the Raj; from a Gujarati retirement home for gay men and eunuchs to a busy sex clinic in Chennai; from patriarchs to matriarchs; GIGs (Good Indian Girls), BIGs (bad Indian Girls) and the ﬂeshpots of Bombay, she accompanied by feisty Delhi girl Dimple lifts the bed sheets on India’s sexual revolution. And it’s a revolution that’s full of fascinating surprises and contrasts; for India the land that gave us the exuberant guide to sexual pleasure, the Kama Sutra is also a land where women remain cloistered in purdah while teenage girls check out porn online; where families bow down to a conjoined phallus and vagina, the ‘Shivaling’, while couples fear to hold hands in public; and where the loveless arranged marriage is still the norm.Colourful, compelling, confounding, The Kama Sutra Diaries reveals what India has to tell us about modern-day love, sex and sexuality. ‘Absolutely riveting… I could not put it down. Everything you wanted to know about sex… in India, but never dared to ask.’ - Mark Shand, author of Travels on my Elephant and winner of the Travel Writer of the Year award.