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  1. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Brilliant work on Indian sexuality based on textual sources from ancient times to new What was refreshing for me was the way the author brilliantly explored Bollywood themes especially the movie Nagina to explore the concept of the Snake LoverUnfortunately a cousin borrowed this book from me and lost it He tried to replace it but by then it was out of printI need to dig up another copy This is definitely worth a re read

  2. Prakash Yadav Prakash Yadav says:

    Leave it to Sudhir Kakkar to apply Freudian psycho dynamic voodoo to the naagin dance and split open unconscious drives that make movie villains appeal to the Indian audience Among India's finest psychoanalyst in this book he invests some time delving into the ethos of indian sexual psyche how its moulded from religious text to modern movies He also elaborates at length on Gandhi's experiments with truth his fight against desireHis insight inspires the reader to tilt their head a bit and wonder why we do things the way we do What's the story ? where's the trauma ? where's my phone ?Midway through the book Kakkar's flamboyant delivery gets technical with phallic symbolisms uagmire of genital desires Ego and the Id and then goes completely bananas introducing naughty Oedipus and what he did and why we Indians want to do it too I am very suspicious about what he has to say about Swami Vivekananda in his book 'The Inner World'

  3. Cbj Cbj says:

    I am not used to reading this kind of book so I have nothing to compare it to It is a book about the sexual behavior of Indians and how males and females relate to each other in India Kakkar tries to explain why there is a natural sense of rivalry between Indian males and females why tiltating rape scenes are common in Indian movies and why domestic violent is prevalent in India He uses stories from Hindu mythology Indian non English fiction and folklore to understand the Indian psyche especially with regard to male female relationships and sex The best part of the book is Kakkar's analysis of Gandhi's sex life which Gandhi explained in great detail in his books and letters I found Intimate Relations to be very interesting though some of the analysis seemed to me like intellectual mumbo jumbo But like I said I am not used to reading this kind of book

  4. Sri Iyer Sri Iyer says:

    Interesting A worth knowing interpretation of various forms of Indian narratives Succinctly written

  5. Annie Annie says:

    It is indeed an extra ordinary work It is anthropological psychological study about Indian sexuality and intimate relationships It was a good read but not a uick one as it is thought provoking The chapter Gandhi and Women made me look back at my notes on Gandhi and his sexuality Another chapter 'Husband and others' takes you to the slums of Delhi and self narratives of Janak and Basanti is insightful I will give it a four star

  6. D. D. says:

    Pretty interesting book I can imagine that it must have been shocking in the 90s when it was first published I'd love to see an updated version especially focused on the educated urban Indian population One criticism is that the Freudian analysis of mythstoriessexuality seems a bit dated

  7. Ashish Gourav Ashish Gourav says:

    It is a therapy in the form of a book A must read for anyone who haswants to delve in the mystical realms of intimate desires erotic fantasies which are ever elusive and convoluted as our small intestines are

  8. Suchitra Sukumar Suchitra Sukumar says:

    Offered me a compelling rethinking of gender relations in the Indian context

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Intimate Relations Exploring Indian Sexuality Plumbing the hearts of women and men in India and exploring the relations they engage in Sudhir Kakar gives us the first full length study of Indian sexuality His groundbreaking work explores India's sexual fantasies and ideals the unlit stage of desire where so much of our inner theater takes placeKakar's sources are primarily textual celebrating the primacy of the story in Indian life He practices a cultural psychology that distills the psyches of individuals from the literary products and social institutions of Indian culture These include examples of lurid contemporary Hindi novels; folktales; Sanskrit Tamil and Hindi proverbs; hits of the Indian cinema; Gandhi's autobiography; interviews with women from the slums of Delhi; and case studies from his own psychoanalytic practice His attentive readings of these varied narratives from a vivid portrait of sexual fantasies and realities reflecting the universality of sexuality as well as cultural nuances specific to IndiaMoving from genre to genre Kakar offers a brilliant reading of verses from the Laws of Manu the original source of Hindu religious laws to uncover their psychological foundations—male terror of the female sexual appetite that shields itself by idealizing women's maternal role Kakar also examines the psychosexual history of Gandhi at length though his near lifelong celibacy makes him an atypical subject Gandhi's story is universal Kakar says because we all wage war on our wantsIn India's lore and tradition complex symbols abound—snakes that take the shape of sensual women or handsome men celibates sleep with naked women gods rape their daughters and a goddess fries a king in oil With the analyst's third ear Kakar listens decodes and translates the psychological longings that find expression in Indian sexual relations

  • Hardcover
  • 172 pages
  • Intimate Relations Exploring Indian Sexuality
  • Sudhir Kakar
  • English
  • 18 May 2016
  • 9780226422800

About the Author: Sudhir Kakar

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa IndiaKakar took his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gujarat University his Master’s degree Diplom Kaufmann in business economics from Mannheim in Germany and his doctorate in economics from Vienna before beginning his training in psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt Germany in 1971 Between 196