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Karma Sutra is a powerful document of the Indian street – a journey into the murky urban underbelly. It tells the stories of those who live on – and off – the street, an amazing cast of characters that includes sex workers, bar girls, hijras, Devadasis, drug addicts, runaways, migrants, hustlers, the homeless, the dying, the abandoned. Pulsating with raw realism and energy, the book tells gripping, heroic stories of heartbreak and hope, of exploitation and the will to survive. The stories echo the vibrance of George Orwell’s classic description of poverty and low-life in Down and Out in Paris and London, so that one can actually smell and feel the street, and all its risks and dangers.

About the Author
Rajendar Menen, a journalist who has pounded Mumbai’s streets fearlessly for many years as part of his work on HIV AIDS, often walking on the wild side, sometimes on a razor’s edge, leaves no stone unturned – and no eye dry – as he talks to those fighting for their daily survival. In doing so, he opens the window on an India less examined.

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Author Rajendra Menen
Book Details
Publisher HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
ISBN-13 9789350290941
ISBN-10 9350290941
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 226 Pages
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A small r changes the perception of kama Sutra to Karma Sutra

Karma Sutra is all about the real people with whom we never get a chance to interact. We
might get a chance to encounter them on Juhu beach or any local train in Bombay but somehow we
never try to see what Rajendar is able to see and retrieve it from them. The next time I visit
Juhu beach in Bombay I would really feel that all the people there would have their own story
to tell!

The author Rajendar Menen has the fantastic ability of narration. His write-ups take you right
there to the characters he is talking to. You feel like that you are there with Tara (the sex
worker in kamathipura)in her cubical watching her making tea for you or Tulasa Thapa, the
rescued sex worker from Nepal, sitting beside you in the hospital garden near Kathmandu.

Without using big and heavy words the author packs a powerful punch. The power and command
over the English language is fantastic. He prefers to play with simple words in a very clever
way. This makes the book more than just a documentation of characters; one enters their lives
and feels their pain while reading the book. You are left teary eyed.

The title of the book I find very interesting. Even though a lot of the book is on sex work,
by inserting an 'R' in Kam Sutra, the author changes the perception of the subject! His book
is even spiritual and one tends to look at one's own life and suffering. At the end, we wonder
about our lives and its purpose on this planet.

It is a fantastic book! Starting from the introduction, the author invites you to come along
with him to see the other side of the world which is unknown to most of us. He then unfolds to
us the reality of such a world. There is no judgement and no moral stance as the author takes
on the so called 'vulgar world' with dignity and empathy.

This book is a must-read for all those interested in the 'other side of midnight'.

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Karmasutra- Adventures Of A Street Bum

Reading "Karmasutra- Adventures Of A Street Bum" was quite a "journey". The book is a true along with being a raw documentation of incidents which evokes emotions of every shade and that itself was quite an experience. Being "kind of aware" about such characters and also events present in the society, is nothing compared to know them closely through the pages of this book. Hats off to the author for being so brave and selfless- in every way to delve into people's environments and psyche, in spite of the lurking dangers all around him. Mumbai for the world is a city of glamour, glitz and commerce. This book is a "on your face" account of the strong under-belly also such an integral part of this city. Also was quite impressed with the author's sense of humour while writing about such real and dangerous incidents, which besides giving a good laugh reading about them one realizes that there are so many sides to one event. A big "thank you" to the author for writing such an awesome book and may we get more.

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Karma Sutra book by Rajendar Menon

The Author has lived with the Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men Having Sex With Men (MSM) and Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in various parts of India particularly Mumbai and come out with enriching narrations coupled with deep experience sharing in this book. There are lessons to be learnt, agony to be empathized and Karma sutra to be lived. It is a work of not just a short period, it encapsulates the events that dates back to more than 20 years and leverages through seasons and moments. The book is worth is its penny and the readers will definitely garner the real idea behind the Karma Sutra of marginalised persons in this very world.

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karma sutra..

book is probably over hyped. it becomes quite monotonus, same settings, same characters. it fails on both the accounts it professes to illuminate. it neither has the edge of the seat, hair raising accountal of the dark under belly of mumbaii... neither it details and explores the curse of hiv, its roots, causes, eradication. all in a all a futile attempt. writer should take a clue from a beautiful thing by sonia faleiro, if he wants to continue to dabble and may be even dazzle in this genre.!!!

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Karma Sutra

A real documentation of life on the streets. Hats off to the writer Rajendar Menen to have put in so many years of hard work. The last three chapters are especially engrossing. Life on the streets - no one would like to live such a life......we all know it exists but are so comfortable in our own lives that we never give it a second thought.

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