Publisher : Tranquebar Press
Rating : 3/5
Stories here does provide novelty and innovative ideas (including a futuristic tale of a four gendered orgy). Sexual passion, in its subtle forms, though play a central role while narrating these stories. Like many short story collections dealing with erotica, there are low and high points. This one is no different though i must quickly add that the high points are really strong and does invoke an emotion of passion.
The book starts with an unapologetic account of a postmodern man's attraction to his maid and ends with a libido-fill husband (whose wife had a recent miscarriage) encounter with a call girl who desperately wants to see Taj Mahal next year. There is a poignant tale of a boy's sexual awakening in a cinema bathroom and a lyrical meditation of a mysterious woman's carnal lessons to an imprisoned monk. My personal favourite, however remain the story about a male who is trapped in the body of a female and finds sexual solace in an abusive relationship with a college drop-out and budding politician. It has raw energy and touches an indescribable emotion about such people.
I particularly found couple of stories dealing with foreigners or Indian people in foreign location overly complex and turgid. They do not particularly hold my interest but it seems a little rude to the writers/publisher who have gone out of their way to bring out an erotica yet again to warm up your senses. Do give it a chance but with a caveat of not liking every story you read here.