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Om Books International along with JLWA, Mumbai hosted the launch of Kama: The story of the Kama Sutra written by renowned TV – web series writer and documentary director, Jaya Misra on Monday, 07th May 2018. The book was launched by Bollywood stalwarts like Actor Arshad Warsi, Film Producer Ekta Kapoor and Film Director Kabir Khan. The event was hosted by Mini Mathur and the event was graced by Bollywood celebrities like Sandya Mridul, Mandira Bedi, Gul Panag, Roshan Abbas, Maria Goretti and award winning writer Manu Joseph.
Kama: The Story of the Kama Sutra is the first fictionalized biography of Vatsayana, the compiler of Kama. A contemporary novel depicting the life and times of a man who lived 2000 yers ago, who compiled ancient erotic texts with his witty aphorisms to create the sensational Kama Sutra. On the face of it Kama Sutra, is a manual for the hedonist, but within the story, lies another, written with blood. A tale of broken hearts, lyrical violence, ageless love, and pure lust! Set in 273 A.D, in a land fraught with war and unrest, Kama is the story of a catastrophic day in a writer-artist’s life that sets him off on a journey unto himself, beyond the boundaries of love, family and betrayal. This fast-paced story of tragedy and triumph beguiles and captivates as it flits seamlessly between an agonizing past, an erotic present and a cataclysmic future. The book marks Jaya Misra’s debut as an author.
Commenting on the book launch the debutant novelist Jaya Misra said, “Kama Sutra as a concept is presumed to be or depicted as a synonym for creative sexual positions; in reality, only part of the Kama Sutra is about sexual positions. My book Kama: The story of the Kama Sutra has a very different take on the entire concept; it is about the philosophy and theory of love. It’s about what motivated Vatsyayana to write this grand treatise! I actually feel that Vatsyayana was possibly India’s first feminist, with his pulse on female desire. Kama is erotic, its contemporary and its exciting. I’m so overwhelmed by the response of early readers! They have not been able to put down the book and have finished it over night! My friend Roshan Abbas finished it in 7 hours straight! I’m very happy about my book getting published and also very anxious to know the response from the readers”.
Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International: While the Kama Sutra remains an unparalleled treatise on love-making, the life of its compiler, Vatsyayana, shrouded in mystery, has always been heatedly debated by scholars. Kama is a very credible yet fictionalised biography of Vatsyayana, based on an amalgamation of intense research and great imagination. The book is so evocative that I felt I was watching everything unfold right in front of me. Simply mersmerising in its erotic and tragic charge.
Mr. Priyank Sukhija-Owner-JLWA,”We at JLWA are thrilled to host the launch of Jaya Misra’s book that throws further light on the chronicles of Vatsyayana. JLWA is known to host such unique genres of events and we look forward to celebrating contemporary literature in future too.”
The book is published by Om Books International which is one of the largest English language trade publishers in the Indian subcontinent, Om Books International has been a name to reckon with for over five decades in the Indian publishing and retail industry.