How much of the psychoanalyst influenced the novelist?
As much as the novelist has influenced the psychoanalyst in the previous writings. You always write what you have experienced. If I wrote a book on the basis of my theoretical readings, it would be mechanical. My personal experiences add life to my writings. What is the basic message of Kamasutra? To give eroticism a greater place in the scheme of life along with artha, moksha and so on. But it does not imply libertinism. Kamasutra has a lot of dharma (of sexuality) and dharma leads to spirituality. It tells you that there are certain things you should not do but if you want to do it then do it this way. It’s the Indian way of saying that nothing is absolutely right or wrong. That way it professes some subordination to the whole scheme of the person and is not independent of him. Was sex always a taboo in India? Actually, there are two factors here. First, there is the Indian tradition itself where there is a conflict between the ideals of eroticism and ascetic celibacy. A conflict whi