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Bridging Intimacy and Empowerment: A Conversation with Seema Anand"

In a captivating evening at the Park at Somajiguda, Seema Anand, a master storyteller, mythologist, and sexual health educator, mesmerized a room filled with women from the FICCI Ladies Association (FLO). The event, hosted by FLO, centered around an intriguing session titled "The Art of Storytelling—Bridging Intimacy and Empowerment."

Ritu Shah, the Chairperson of FLO, introduced Seema Anand as a storyteller who breathes life into her narratives. "Today she is with us to have a conversation on one of the rarest subjects of discussion in an open session like this," remarked Ritu Shah. The focus of the session was on the Kamasutra, an ancient Indian text on sexuality and eroticism, a subject often treated with hesitancy.

Seema Anand, based in London, expressed her passion for the erotic literature of ancient India, particularly the Kamasutra. "My interest arose in Kamasutra some 23 years ago. It is the most exciting subject. I am still enjoying studying it. My objective today is to foster safe and honest conversations and relationships on the subject we love to hate and hate to love," she shared.

While acknowledging that 'sex' is often discussed in a hushed manner, Seema Anand aimed to demystify the misconceptions surrounding the Kamasutra. Contrary to popular belief, she emphasized that it is not merely a sex manual or a guide to positions; instead, it delves into the art of living well, the nature of love, and aspects of the pleasure orientation of human life.

Highlighting the seven chapters of the Kamasutra, Seema focused on the second chapter on sexual union, exploring its insights into both men and women. "This chapter talks about sexual content, various sexual acts, embracing and kissing, grabbing, etc.," she explained. According to Seema, the balance of the universe lies in the pleasure of women.

Challenging the stigma around the word 'sex,' Seema questioned why it is often considered a dirty term, suggesting that it shouldn't be so. Drawing attention to the historical context of the Kamasutra, she revealed intriguing details about how lovers communicated in the absence of modern messaging platforms, such as conveying love and romance through paan (an Indian after-dinner treat).

Seema Anand concluded her enlightening conversation by asserting, "Sex is like even if it is bad, it is good." The session, organized to dispel myths surrounding the Kamasutra, showcased Seema Anand's expertise as a Ph.D. holder in Narratology, focusing on the study of narrative and storytelling. With a background in researching and teaching mythology, its relevance to contemporary life, and its impact on the psychology of relationships and sexuality, Seema Anand emerged as a prominent speaker, debunking misconceptions and unravelling the secrets of the ancient Indian text on sexuality and eroticism.

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