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Shevin, F.F. (1992). Intimate Relations. Exploring Indian Sexuality: By Sudhir Kakar. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1989. 161 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 61:664-667.

(1992). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 61:664-667

Intimate Relations. Exploring Indian Sexuality: By Sudhir Kakar. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1989. 161 pp.

Review by:
Frederick F. Shevin

The author, a psychoanalyst in New Delhi, has written an interesting and scholarly psychological study of the relationship between the sexes in India. The observational data of his study are: (1) the use of the "story" in Indian folktales, mythology, and cinema; and (2) accounts of Gandhi's struggle with his sexuality from his, the leader's, writings as well as from biographical references of others.

While the "story" has universal appeal the world over, its significance in the Indian culture differs from that of the West, in that there is a belief in "the higher level of reality than the empirical reality of our world" (p. 3).

Man's war with "woman" is a common theme in Indian tales. The woman is defiant and does not submit without a struggle against her husband.

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