The teddies died in the 90s. Roses, the decade after. This year, whatever’s left of Valentine’s Day mush is also making way for lusty indulgences such as Kamasutra nights, sex toys on discount and intimacy kits, complete with condoms and jelly.
Restaurants in the city have decided to give good old romance a kinky makeover for the festival of love on February 14. At The Second Sin’s Kamasutra Night, couples can get cosy in personalised tents called the Love Shacks.
The guests will also be given chocolate flowers dipped in vodka and intimacy kits, which will include a pack of condoms and jelly as a takeaway gift.
“We wanted to get bolder and leave our guests prepared for the night before they leave,” says Kushagrah Nagrath of the Saket-based hangout. The deal, which also includes a holiday to Goa, costs Rs 20,000.
Olive at the Qutub is offering a Sensuous Valentine’s Dinner priced at Rs 5,000. Their punchline reads, What happens after is entirely up to you!
That’s not the only hot stuff. Online and offline dealers of sex toys, which are illegal in India, claim that their sales are soaring and the special discounts are a hit with Valentine enthusiasts.
“A large number of young girls and boys are ordering sex toys online to gift each other on Valentine’s Day. We are giving freebies, and they’re working well,” says Vikas (name changed), a dealer who claims to own seven sex-toy outlets.
He says his buyers mostly include college goers, corporate executives and foreigners. Another Delhi-based dealer shares on request of anonymity, “Long-distance lovers are also gifting personalised blow-up dolls.
We import them from China and redesign them.” Sheetal Vij (named changed on request), who has ordered sex toys for her husband, says, “Sex toys add novelty to love-making and no time like Valentine’s to gift one.”
Dr Vinod Chebbi, a sexologist who has been campaigning to legalise sex toys in India, says, “Sex toys spice up sex, which leads to stronger bonding between the couple. It also cuts down infidelity rates. So why not?”
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