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A Compelling paintings at the Cultural personality Of The Indian People&Both Provocative And Revealing -Shyam Benegal In Outlook A Remarkably Perceptive research Of Indian personality -Khushwant Singh during this daring, Illuminating And fantastically Readable

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Her limbs remain motionless. She crosses her thighs. She wants only to sl~ep. When she sees that he is exhausted, she urges him on. She laughs at him when he cannot do it, and she shows no pleasure when he can. When she notices that he is aroused, even in the daytime, she goes out to be with a crowd. She intentionally distorts the meaning of what he says. She laughs when he has not made a joke, and when he has made a joke, she laughs about something else .. '5 Yes! That would get rid of him! It is not that Vatsyayana idealizes women; only that he is equally cynical about men and women as far as sex is concerned.

14 The daughter is thus encouraged to work hard at her studies, her academic achievements greeted with parental pride and pleasure, while her involvement in domestic chores, although still more than that of her brother, is often minor as compared to the lot of her rural sister. ENTERING PUBERTY Late childhood marks the beginning of an Indian girl's deliberate training in how to be a good woman, and hence the conscious inculcation of culturally designated feminine roles. This is true of all girls, although in the new middle class the break between early and late childhood is not so sharp and traditional feminine values are leavened with modern imports.

It is not that Vatsyayana idealizes women; only that he is equally cynical about men and women as far as sex is concerned. '6 Kamasutra, on the other hand, is more egalitarian: 'A desires any attractive man she sees, and, in the same way, man desires a woman. '7 Love in the age of the Kamasutra The erotic love of the Kamasutra is not of the romantic as we know it today. Its tenderness and affection for partner is still, largely, in the service of sexual desire. 'B The literary birth of romantic love-in the twelfth century: Bedier's The Romance of Tristan and Iseult in Europe and Nizami's The Story of Layla and Majnun in the Islamic world-still lay far in the future.

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