Expatiation Riddled By A Tale

Das’s erudite treatise on the nature of desire—its opposite pulls and its shape in literature—is weakly illumined by a fictional prop with cardboard characters

The tao of desire

Channelling kama for a higher purpose

Desire is innate to human existence, and love is its prime manifestation. From sexual to asexual and from material to abstract, desire is double-edged, something that explores human strengths while simultaneously imploring its vulnerabilities. Lethal as it may seem, desire’s origin as Kama in scriptures and philosophies swings between two extremes — Vatsyayana’s sensuous poetry and Victorian middle-class morality.

Chronicles of the carnal

The newest entrant to explore the deep ocean that is desire is Gurcharan Das. With this book, he has completed the trilogy that comprises India Unbound (about worldly wealth or artha), and The Difficulty of Being (about virtue or dharma). Kama: The Riddle of Desire speaks of sensual gratification or kama and concludes the author’s tryst with the three purusarthas (the aims of a human life) that lead to the attainment of the fourth and final purusartha: Moksha (liberation).

Shades of Desire

An engaging account that goes beyond sex and sexuality to explore desire in the contemporary Indian social order

Given my feminist orientation, any book on "desire" would strike alarm bells, and when it is with reference to the Kamasutra, one may worry about the exoticisation of the erotic. Gurcharan Das's book came as a pleasant antidote to the usual commodification of women in such a text. While the Kamasutra is a running thread, Das presents its critique in terms of a modern, gender-just outlook.

The Riddle of Desire by Gurcharan Das

Sudhirendar Sharma

An exploration of desire establishes that Kama is at the very root of being human

'Memoir of passion

Memoir of passion

'Memoir of passion

Using memory as a device to summon the many forms of desire that play upon the mind

Read against the background of the ongoing battle between the sexes there is something infinitely soothing about Gurcharan Das's scholarly ruminations on the theme of desire.

The #MeToo Revolution

At the very moment when great threats are facing economic globalisation, quite an opposite trend has surfaced in the world of emotion and culture. The extraordinary speed with which the #MeToo movement has spread is a tribute to globalisation. Within a year, societies around the world have become astonishingly comfortable in discussing social and emotional issues which earlier they had swept under a carpet.

Mind of the mixed-up Indian

By Sanjaya Baru

उन लोगों को सम्मा न दीजि ए जो हमसे अलग हैं

अपनी खुली और उल्ला सपूर्ण भारतीय परम्पराओं से सीखकर पुरानी रूढ़ियों से मुक्त होना होगा