Awanthi Vardaraj

A woman’s limitless desire ‘more erotic than Kamasutra’

A pleasant kind of heavy and other erotic stories by Aranyani (pseudonym) is one of the most modern erotic offerings to emerge from the subcontinent.

12 May 2017

The pleasure of reading Fanny’s sexual adventures

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure or Fanny Hill has already been mentioned once before in this column.

05 May 2017

When books bring about fifty shades of sexual revolution

When Fifty Shades of Grey came out in 2011 it seemed to do what a lot of erotica prior had been unable to; it swept erotica as a genre out from under the carpets and from behind furniture and dragged

28 Apr 2017

Poems for the romantic in you

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe is best known for his two-part drama Faust, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of literature the world has ever seen.

21 Apr 2017

Venus’ exploits, sans vulgarity

It is rare when I put down a book of erotica and feel a sense of literary satisfaction, but that is what happened when I finished Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus last week.

14 Apr 2017

Communal eroticism of Emmanuelle

It is almost impossible to choose which authors to profile in this column because there are so many, and they are all prolific writers with deeply impressive portfolios.

07 Apr 2017

Often overlooked & underrated limerick

I want to dedicate this column to a form of poetry that is often overlooked: the limerick.

17 Mar 2017

40 years later, the thorn bird  still has it

In a conversation with an older friend recently, she happened to mention an erotic novel that she loved when she was in her 20s, in the 1970s. My friend is Australian, and the novel in question,

10 Mar 2017

Khushwant Singh, the great satirist

Nobody who knows me will be surprised that the subject of my first author review for this columns none other than Khushwant Singh.

03 Mar 2017

A leaf out of forbidden literature

Salman Rushdie once said, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

24 Feb 2017

The scandalous novels of their time 

Last week we looked at a sampling of erotic verse in time for Valentine’s Day, but this week we’ll look at novels.

18 Feb 2017

Eroticism, an extension of our desire to love

It seems especially fi tting that I’m working on this column even as I am surrounded by the rampant commercialism of Valentine’s Day, a day that supposedly honours and celebrates love with declaration

11 Feb 2017

Shameless in writings and explicit in architecture

It’s impossible to deny that human beings like sex, and spend an inordinate amount of time consumed with thoughts of it.

04 Feb 2017