The Land of the Kamasutra has always maintained a stoic silence on talking about sex. Until the Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey became an annual feature that we were derisive about, but voraciously lapped up nonetheless. If this survey got edged out from being a Page 1 item to the inside columns, it wasn’t because it had lost its readership. It was only because it became a tiresome chore reading how wonderfully sexually active Indians are we didn’t know that, we’re only a billion and counting and how ready we were to experiment. Because, truth be told, we were talking all right, only we still weren’t beating the Greeks to it. We were talking sex in class and TV shows, in newspaper columns and Aids awareness material.
So, it’s a bit of a Great Indian Upheaval to note that this year around, Indians are making claims to being ‘adventurous’ in bed. Of course, we seem to have a different take on what is ‘adventure’. On one hand, Indians are satisfied with their sex lives and think it’s exciting. On the other, India is almost at the bottom of the heap when it comes to ‘fun’, ‘range of activities’, ‘sex products’ used and so on and so forth. Same drama, more contentment.
How cool is that? It is all in the mind. Indian women, on an average have two partners and men six. The Greeks leave us in their dust — or is it lust? — with women on average having 10 partners while the men 28. The Austrians have a greater number of partners, the women 17, and men 29, but they also seem to have less sex in a week than the Greeks. That may well be because it takes time to zero in on new partners. Sigh, we restrict our adventures to a lot of telephone sex. It’s what we always feared. Indians love it, it’s just that they don’t do it.