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Shuma Raha's debut novel, The Swap, looks at the practice of spouse swapping in Delhi. Raha spoke to Firstpost about how playing mixed doubles is emerging as trend in pursuing pleasure amongst a section of urban Indians.
The racy novel is a slice of amoral urban India and its desire to push the boundaries of sexual freedom. Raha spoke to Firstpost about how playing mixed doubles is emerging as one of the trend-setting forms of pursuing pleasure amongst a section of city slickers.
Excerpts from the conversation:.
Are swinging couples a new trend in urban India? Swapping, or the practice where couples swap partners with each other because they are bored in their marriages and want sexual variety, is certainly not a new trend in urban India. I did a fair bit of research on this before I started writing The Swapand I found ample evidence to suggest that it has been around in India for decades. While swapping happens, especially in urban, affluent India, it can hardly be described as mainstream.
Priya Bakshi, from whose point of view The Swap is largely told, is a journalist. Her husband, Akash, is girls swapping chartered ant in a multinational firm. They are regular, something, upwardly mobile city-dwellers. I wanted to make them percent real and relatable, because that is what makes their so-called aberrant sexual behaviour shocking.
Both suffer from inhibitions, both want to conform to the self-righteous image of themselves in their own minds. But, as the battle of faith rages on across campuses and streets of our country, how plausible is it for a Kulsum to hobnob with Akash and the rest in the polarised times we live in?
The characters in my novel are liberal Indians whose terms of engagement with each other have nothing to do with religion. I find the battle of faith, or polarisation, as it were, largely manufactured. In most of India, people interact with each other as friends and neighbours and colleagues — without any thought about their religious persuasion. So it is not unusual for this bunch to hang out together. In my view, this is what Indian society is really all about — the polarisation is synthetic, our syncretic culture is real.
Was Delhi, as the setting of your plot, a conscious choice? But really, the story could have been based in any metro, or in any tier-2 city, for that matter. Akash and Priya represent Indian urbanites who are pushing the boundaries of possibilities in their lives, including the boundaries of sexual possibilities. Is the kinky West intruding on the drawing and bedrooms of urban India?
Or, is it a fantasy indulged by the upwardly mobile with disposable cash to spare? They have the girls swapping to pursue pleasure in various forms. Girls swapping writing in English is largely squeamish about erotica. Is it a valid criticism? Erotica can quickly degenerate into smut or hilarious bad-sex scenes.
Indian authors are no exception. The S wap will come to life soon, thanks to a planned web series. I am very excited about the web series. I would love to see Radhika Apte play the role of Priya. Rajat Kapoor would be perfect as their older, manipulative friend, Tarun Paul….
The Swap by Firstpost on Scribd. Some of the returned books are currently on display at the West Branch of the library with a note explaining how the books made their way back decades after they were checked out.
Ferrell tells the story of three young girls, Black and biracial, who are kidnapped and thrown into the basement of a decaying house in Queens. Once there, they are tied down and tortured and raped for a decade, reminiscent of the kidnappings in Cleveland from to Firstpost Conversations 9 Months S. Home Living News. The Swap L is Shuma Raha's debut novel.
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