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Archive for January 9th, 2008

Indian Kamasutra Against Modern India

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Madhya Pradesh, minister of India has been reported as saying that the sale of sex toys in India would have “severe consequences in society”. He has gone further to advise the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have a meeting with all parties to discuss the matter further.

This was due to a letter from Minister Kailash Vijayvargiva, from the Public Works Department (PWD). All sex toys, even condoms with a vibrating ring, have been advised to be banned from the country. Kaliash has suggested that there should be no import or sale of the products within India.

However, ancient Indian texts, such as the 4th Century AD book, Kamasutram, encourage the usage of toys. It would appear that in old Indian tradition, using sex toys and the industry around it, was a large and flourishing industry.

Kamasutram, known in the West as Kama Sutra, goes into detail about a variety of devices that one could use and incorporate in sexual practice. The materials used include ivory, wood, rubber, gold, silver, copper and horn, as described in this extract from the text:

“Or, he may make use of certain Apadravyas (sex toys), or things which are put on or around the lingam (penis) to supplement its length or its thickness, so as to fit it to the yoni. In the opinion of Babhravya, these Apadravyas should be made of gold, silver, copper, iron, ivory, buffalo’s horn, various kinds of wood, tin or lead, and should be soft, cool, provocative of sexual vigour, and well fitted to serve the intended purpose. Vatsyayana, however, says that they may be made according to the natural liking of each individual.”

There are diagrams and pictures in the book to show the different shapes, designs and sizes of the sex toys. The sex toys are not only for women, but for men as well when a partner is not available. There is whole section dedicated to this.

This contrast against the latest Indian government talk, which is focusing on condoms with vibrators attached. They insist that condoms are for family planning and not for enhancing pleasure. In the Kama Sutra texts, however, it suggests that “The sex organ produces pleasure through experiencing objects; therefore, it is a sign of a soul”

Kama translated has a variety of meanings including wish, desire and intention. It is a Sanskrit word, but can also be translated to mean pleasure and love. Kama is the name of the Hindu god of Love. Sutra translated signifies thread or discourse threaded on a series of aphorisms or concise rules.

The book goes into the courtship and relationships between male and females. There is a strong link between the descriptions in the book and courtship, which occurs in nature, for example the rituals of birds to attract one another.

The verdict for or against condoms with vibrators hasn’t been ruled on in India yet. The Prime Minister has called an investigation into the matter.

India Bollywood News – Will Ranbir and Sonam Live up to the Legacy of Kapoors?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The newest Kapoor in the town, to be making their mark soon in a BIG way, are Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. While it is difficult to gauge there talent at this stage, but after the release of promos of their debut film SAAWARIYA, its clear that they are the most awaited star kids to be launched this year.

Their debut is one of the most talked about in recent times and all eyes will be on Ranbir Kapoor – the son of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor – daughter of another superstar Anil Kapoor. Expectations are running high especially because they are launched by one of the finest film maker of Bollywood, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

With this new pair it seems Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to present one more hit couple to the industry.

The biggest buzz in bollywood is now that, will Ranbir and Sonam live up to the legacy of their families.

Ranbir Kapoor – The name is borrowed from his grand father Raj Kapoor. Raj Kpoor’s full name was RanbirRaj Kapoor. According to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ranbir carries the charisma of both his father and grand father.

“I know he is in very capable hands. But then you never know. I just pray to God that he can live up to the expectations. Fingers and everything crossed,” says Rishi Kapoor.

Ranbir has to fit in and carry on the legacy of Kapoors which began with Prithviraj Kapoor in the 1930’s. Second generation of Kapoors – Raj, Shammi and Sashi were also a suucesfull stars. Raj Kapoor is also known as the biggest showman and the finest film maker of India. Even Randhir and Rajeev of third generation were not so successful but Rishi Kapoor was defiantly the most popular romantic hero of his era.

Ranbir will represent fourth generation of the first family of Bollywood although Karishma and Kareena Kapoor are already there but he will be the first male of fourth generation.

On Ranbir the industry is looking as next super star, that’s why he is been signed by big film makers like Yash Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani well before the release of his first film.

On the other hand most probably Sonam Kapoor will be the first heroin in film industry whose father Anil Kapoor is still playing lead hero roles in the movie.

Bhansali calls her the combination of Rekha and Wahida Rehman and industry watchers are already comparing her with the Dimple Kapadia of Bobby (1973).

Anil Kapoor is delighted at the attention she is getting. “I was pleasantly surprised by her performance when I saw the rushes of Saawariya.

Sonam also has to carry the legacy of another Kapoor Family which is also in film industry for more than 40 years. Her grand father Surinder Kapoor and her uncle Boney Kapoor are well known film makers of India. Sonam will be the first lady of the family to enter in industry.

Earlier Sonam was interested in film making and that’s why she started as assistant to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Black but Bhansali found that innocence and purity in Sonam which was required for SAAWARIYA.

Now the debut film of both Kapoor kids is ready to release on Diwali, expectations are running very high. Not only Sanjay Leela Bhansali but families of both Ranbir and Sonam are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best.