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When desires cross all barriers,
This review is from: Tea and Spices (Paperback)
British and the native Indians in the colonial era of India had hated each other. In this backdrop, is it possible to think of any love relations between a British living in India and a native Indian ?
To find out an answer, we may take a look at Nina Roy's fiction "Tea and Spices". A young British woman, Devora comes to the colonial India, where her husband, Gerald was posted. After coming to India, Devora soon finds out that the Britishers in India were living in a closed community, isolated from the Indians, whom they all hated. She doesn't find any interests with the bridge playing of the ladies, their club get togethers and the least, their gossips. She is in love with the beautiful land and is eager to learn about its arts, sculptures and the historical past. Her fellow countrymen and also her husband cautions her against the "uncivilised" folks of India, but that could hardly dampen her interests. She is highly sensuous in nature. Herself an artist, she is a lover of art.The descriptions of India's ancient erotic scrpt Kama Sutra and the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho, which her countrymen brands as something disgusting and works of uncivilsed people, appeals to her inner senses.
Her journey of search begins. Not that everything was smooth, not her encounters with outrageous perversions. She finds a new companion in her journey - Rohan, the loyal head-servant of the household, who was educated, could play pianos but became a servant by misfortune. Her journey continues. She loves the land more and more. The reader will find it thrilling to discover her erotic adventures in every stage. The novel is thoroughly erotic, its every chapter is erotic, right from the word goes. But I am the last person to appreciate erotic writings unless it is supported by a well-founded story, In this case, I did because everything was so well-founded, as if to say the ultimate intimacies were symbolic of her intimacies with the diverse, mystique land, everything so artistically depicted. Everything that happens transcends the barriers of religion, colour and social norms. Illicitness may bring in questions of morality, rightfully it would, but then ask yourself, was Gerald faithful or were the gossip mongering women faithful in their private lives ?
If you are only looking for a cheap pornographic book from the market, this is not the one for you. If you feel uncomfortable with explicit erotic descriptions, then also this book is not for you. It's surely for you, if you have a mind to explore, along with Devora. I personally loved the book upto the last chapter, holding my breath throughout.