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Same-Sex Love in India offers an eloquent range of writings spanning more than two thousand years of Indian literature. Drawn from Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and contemporary fictional sources these writings convincingly demonstrate that same-sex love has flourished, evolved and been embraced in various forms since ancient times. From the Mahabharata to modern writers and ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by Penguin India (first published 2000)
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ہم نے جانا تو ہم نے یہ جانا
جو نہیں ہے وہ خوبصورت ہے
یہ کتاب بھی ماضی کی ہی کچھ باتیں ہیں اب انھی پڑھنے والا کیا مطلب دیتا ہے یہ اس کی مرضی ہے ہاں حقائق جو بیان کیے گئے ہیں وہ یہ ہیں
محمود غزنوی بت شکنی سے فرصت کے اوقات میں ایاز سے عشق بھی لڑاتے تھے کتاب کی مصنف کے بقول یہ واحد عشق تھا جو کامیاب ہوا محمود کو خوبصورت لونڈوں کی اتنی چاہ تھی کہ اس نے اپنے ایک وزیر کو اس لیے قتل کروا دیا کہ اس نے ایک خوبصورت لونڈے کو محمود کی خدمت میں پیش کرنے کی بجائے اپنے لیے مخصوص کیا محمود کا بیٹا بھی اپنے ایک
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Vipin Sirigiri
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The motivation to pick up this book was the often mention of it in Shikhandi - a collection of mythological stories depicting the gender and sexual fluidity in ancient India.

Ruth Vanita takes on a broader collection of such literature - encompassing from mythology, poetry, religious texts and scriptures, plays to recent magazine articles - most of which have been introduced and translated for the first time. The collection of these stories are divided into ancient, medieval and modern times
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Saurabh Sharma
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A work of monumental research, none of the contemporary writers have dared to produce a work as this one! My heartiest congratulations to Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai to assimilate the literary history of sexuality ranging from the beginning i.e. Vedas to modern day India. It's however a pity that our country still penalises any intercourse against the order of the nature (by it, whatever they mean!), it is interesting to learn how open and amazingly liberal we have been in the past. It makes ...more
Kyle
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stupendous collection of memorable translations in a realm seldom explored by literature scholars.
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