The ancient guide to life and love, in a compelling modern translation.
The word 'Kama' means desire, especially for sensual pleasure, in Sanskrit. Its proper pursuit was considered an essential part of the well-rounded education of a young patrician. Treating pleasure as an art, Kama Sutra is a handbook covering every aspect of love, sex, the social life and relationships.
We learn that a man can become as virile 'as a bull' by drinking milk mixed with garlic, pepper, licorice and a little sugar. There is succinct, practical advice on seducing a new partner and what to do when a relationship cools off, as well as different types of kissing and caressing, even scratching and biting. We also gain a fascinating insight into the pampered world of the Indian elite two thousand years ago- how often they should bathe and get a massage, or how to behave correctly at a picnic or drinks party.
This new edition of Kama Sutratakes it away from the well-worn image of an erotic, Oriental curiosity. The clear, accurate translation conveys all the original flavour of this elegant, hugely enjoyable work; a masterpiece of pithy description and a wry account of human desires and foibles.