A light-hearted guide to sexuality in 21st century India meets an earnestly researched tome on the subject
One case is incidental, two indicate a trend, three are a story, goes the old feature-writers’ mantra. In that case, with the publication of two books back-to-back on the same subject, sex in India can be definitely deemed, at the least, a “thing". Significant overlaps notwithstanding, the two books—Sally Howard’s The Kama Sutra Diaries: Intimate Journeys Through Modern India and Ira Trivedi’s India in Love: Marriage And Sexuality in the 21st Century—couldn’t be more different from each other. If Diaries is a wham-bam affair, quick but satisfying in its place, Trivedi’s tome is an extended effort in desperate need of a little blue pill. For all the huffing and puffing, the experience leaves you wanting.