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Publisher:HarperCollins PublishersIndia Today Group
Published In:2004
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.59 lbs
Pages:pp. 344, Glossary, Acknowledgemen

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About the Book

In this comprehensive anthology, the authors forcefully drive home the point that the fascination with eroticism is age-old. The absence of inhibition and guilt and the candour and boldness with which society set about seeking its pleasures find expression repeatedly in writings over the ages. The literature of India, both religious and secular, is full of sexual allusions, sexual symbolisms and passages of such frank eroticism the likes of which are not to be found elsewhere in world literature. For example, some sections of ancient texts like the Vedas, the Upanishads, the epics (the Mahabharata and the Ramayana), the Brahmanas, the Puranas and devotional hymns like the Saundarya Lahiri (by Adi Shankaracharya) are studded with graphic sexual imagery. The sacred and the sensuous were thus seen as integrated elements of human existence.

In the medieval period, writers, poets, dramatists, painters, sculptors and artists, whatever be their language and idiom, gave full vent to their creative talents, suffused with the sexual metaphor. Kalidasa and Jayadeva stand out as exemplars of this genre.

It was basically the evangelical fervour of the Victorian era that imposed severe strictures on the so-called heathen 'amorous degradation' and sought to 'cleanse' the Indian people by propagating Western 'morality' and Values'. And the Victorian hangover still persists. The underlying themes of this volume are that, in the Indian tradition, the relevance of desire, with eroticism as its natural attribute, was pragmatically accepted and that women were given equal status as men in the pursuit of pleasure.

About the Author

Author-diplomat Pavan K. Varma has penned several successful and critically acclaimed books such as The Great Indian Middle Class and Krishna : The Playful Divine apart from an authoritative biography of the renowned poet Mirza Ghalib. He has also translated Kaifi Azmi (a well-known Urdu poet) and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee into English. He was, until recently, India's high commissioner in Cyprus. He has now been appointed the director of the Nehru Centre, London.

Sandhya Mulchandani has worked in the print media for several years and is the author of The Indian Man : His True Colours, a book that looks at the modern urban Indian male, warts and all. She is presently working on a five-volume series, translating hitherto unpublished Sanskrit Kama Shastra manuscripts into English, as well as on Kamasutra for Women.



1. The Vedas
2. The Mahabharata - Vyasa
3. The Brahmanas
4. The Upanishads
5. The Ramayana - Valmiki
6. Artha Shastra - Kautilya
7. Gatha-saptashati - Hala
8. Nalinika Jataka
9. The Puranas
10. Poems of Love and War : Tamil Sangam Literature
11. Kumarasambhava, Rtusamhara and Srngaratilaka - Kalidasa
12. Setubandha - Pravarasena
13. The Panchatantra - Vishnu Sharma
14. Shatakatrayam - Bhartihari
15. Dasakumaracharita - Dandin
16. Sanatkumara Charitam - Haribhadra
17. The Saundarya Lahiri - Adi Shankara
18. Vajjalaggam - Jayavallabha
19. Kadambari - Banabhatta
20. Amarusataka - Amaru
21. The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden - Udayaprabhasuri
22. Gaudavaho - Vakpatiraja
23. Kuttanimatam - Damodaragupta
24. Vasavadutta - Subandhu
25. Poems of Vidya and Shilabhattarika
26. Tantra
27. Dhvanyaloka - Anandavardhana
28. Vaddaradhane
29. Karpuramanjari - Rajashekhara
30. Katha Saritasagara - Somadeva
31. Samayamatrka, Kalavilasa and Desopadesa - Kshemendra
32. Gahun: Chando Ain Gangraj - Gahuni
33. Yogavishista
34. Kumarpala Padibodha - Hemachandra
35. Subhasitaratnakosa - Vidyakara
36. Caurapancasika- Bilhana
37. Gitagovinda - Jayadeva
38. Yashodhara Charite - Janna
39. Suka Saptati
40. Ratirahasya - Kokkoka
41. Naisadhiyacarita - Sriharsa
42. Veli Krishna Rukmani - Prithvi Raj Rathor
43. Verses of Vemana
44. Ananga Ranga - Kalyanmalla
45. Ritikal Poetry
46. Poems of Govindadasa
47. Satsai - Bihari
48. Manucharitramu - Allasani Peddana
49. Vaishikatantram
50. Unnichirutevicharitam
51. Ramayana - Krittivasa
52. Kadambari - Bhalan
53. Sahajiya Poetry
54. Gaudiya Vaishnavism Poems
55. Ratimanjari - Jayadeva
56. Madhavanala Kamakandalacharita
57. When God is a Customer : Telugu Courtesan Poems
58. Ghananjaghana - Dhananjaya Bhanja
59. Vidya Sundara - Bharatchandra Ray
60. Folk Mythology
61. Radhika Santwanam - Muddupalani