You know the old joke about the Kama Sutra? The one about how difficult it is to read the instructions while you are , em, enacting it?
Well Beautiful Books have come up with the answer: download it as an e-book. Yes, the 1,600 year old Indian sex guide can now be yours to listen to whenever and wherever you like.
The book, based on ancient Hindu philosophies, was first translated into English in 1883 by explorer Richard Burton. The reaction in Victorian times was moral outrage. There was also a pop up version produced (honestly!) but it didn’t sell too well.
This modern rendition of the Kama Sutra is read by Eastenders actress Tanya Franks. She plays Tanya Branning’s sister, heroin addict Rainie Cross, for those who know about these things. Franks said that she enjoyed recording the book so much that, “the only thing missing was a cigarette afterwards”.
The most famous chapter of the Kama Sutra is called “On Sexual Union” and it describes 64 different ways of making love. But there is a lot more to the book than that. It also contains a great deal of Indian philosophy and deals with important matters like how to acquire a wife and how to improve your physical attractiveness.
Simon Petherick of Beautiful Books describes the Kama Sutra as a perfect meeting of ancient history and modernity. He suggests it can be used as, “a step-by-step manual for improving bedroom techniques” or even as something, “to liven up your commute to work”.
So if you someone on the bus listening to an iPod (or other alternative MP3 player) with a smile on their face, well you might be able to guess what they are listening to.
I’m sure a few readers will want to look onto this matter further – for purely academic reasons of course. So if you fancy a download, it is a bargain at only £8.99 for two full hours of listening pleasure.
Check out this link: http://www.beautiful-books.co.uk/non-fiction/54-the-kama-sutra-.html
One final warning: this may not be the best e-book to listen to while driving.