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Tasting forbidden fruit

Documentary filmmaker and novelist Ruchir Joshi has assembled perhaps the first collection of erotic fiction in Indian English. He tells Rrishi Raote what motivated him. Caught between “the inexorable bulldozers of mostly male-driven hard porn” and “people setting fire to the forest from inside” (that is, Hindu Talibanisation), our inner Brindavan, writes Ruchir Joshi, is being subjected to a “double rape”. Brindavan, of course, is the forest on the Yamuna riverbank where Krishna romanced Radha and the gopis. For this book, partly in defiance and partly ...