DESI PORN A MAKE IN INDIA INITIATIVE. A NONLINEAR NARRATIVE

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DESI PORN A MAKE IN INDIA INITIATIVE. A NONLINEAR NARRATIVE

It is only natural that our capital is ranked number one when it comes to viewing porn in India. However there is a twist to it, apparently men and even some women in Delhi and across India have developed liking to “Desi Porn”. Now talk about make in India initiative it seems we are now giving some of the well established players in the market a run for their money. I decided to write this article after I read a rather interesting piece in TOI about India’s latest obsession with desi porn and our fair capital being the number one consumer. So I started asking myself this question, what makes desi porn more popular and titillating?

Now why does a person gets into the porn industry is a very difficult question to answer and I bet there are plenty of data and news articles to get that information. However as a man, guilty as charged who has watched porn, I think it has something to do with fantasy. When I was a teenager there were no internet and I am talking about growing up in the 1990s when compared to today it was a simpler time. It’s not that people did not view porn, the point is, it was very difficult. Liberalization of our economy had not yet gained momentum and many households did not have a color tv and VCR including my own. So when parents were not home boys would hire TV, VCR and X rated video tapes from the local video parlor which now people remember in cities as folklore and together with friends watch the forbidden. Or catch the Nine AM show in CP. I am not proud of it and I blame hormones.

But coming back to present, and with regards to ‘Millennials’ who were born in late 80s and early 1990s they simply do not know the amount of Hard Work (Pun intended) us slightly older folks had to do to watch porn. It was not easy and the fear of getting caught was very high and unfortunately some did get caught who were either beaten or as a tacit understanding or call it denial, never talked about it again. But enough nostalgia because I come from a time when there were no twenty four hour cable, broadband and the term “MILF” was not yet invented. God I feel old! But as I was saying the article which was published in TOI talks about India’s obsession and particularly New Delhi’s fascination with Desi Porn to me comes as no surprise.

Think about it, back in the day parents will not take children to movies if it had a kissing scene. I remember watching Tarzen starring Kimi Katkar, alone. But today every other actress does not mind doing kissing scene which in my opinion have sensitised our society as a normal human behavior. Mind you if I ever catch my parents kissing I am jumping from the nearest tall building (jumping from my building might not do the trick). But yes Desi Porn, I think it has to do with watching Indian women in nude and also many videos are homemade like couple in their honeymoon, collage hostel or high school kids getting their freak on. The point is we want to see Indian women naked. Come to think of it my parents were rather liberal when I was in my teens and often my father took us to watch English films and the kissing scene or tolerable love scene did not bother him or my mom even though we were sitting next to each other in theater. But I felt awkward to watch Hindi films where the heroine danced seductively in rain because since we were kids the perception was Indian women are very pious and western women are more open which is a very poor attitude to have.

So I think when we watch an Indian women having sex on the internet and hopefully with consent because there are some sick people out there, we relive our own fantasy of hoping to get a glance of a girl in our neighborhood while she is bathing, the “hot aunty” or “our own Savita bhabhi which is a very popular search word gave us sleepless nights. Is watching porn a good thing and in hindsight thank god there was no internet when I was teenager because I might have not gotten any work done. The answer is no but since when mankind has stopped from doing the right thing. My research was not very easy and I am not going to share any stats but what I found out that most of the videos which have maximum views was homemade, so remember and it is quite possible you might one day stumble upon a video which might feature someone near and dear to you and remember the cost of therapy is not cheap.

I was watching DDLJ few years back when I was abroad and there was this particular scene which made me cringe or call it an epiphany. The character of Kajol thinks she might have had sex with Shah Rukh Khan and she freaks out then our hero grabs her and looks her into her eyes and with a very serious tone says that he knows the value “Izzat” aka virginity of an Indian women. Maybe there lies the answer to our question why we are into desi porn because we hold our women in such high standards that getting any opportunity to see them in compromising positions is just an impossible opportunity to let go. There are movies after movies where the girl is about to be raped or sold into prostitution and in the nick of time is rescued before her Izzat is taken and it is our hero who finally takes the bite of the apple. No wonder we are obsessed watching Indian women naked and in the words of Mark Twain “The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.”

I made a quip about make it in India initiative which is also the title of this article since Indians are more into desi porn, but I do not think it is possible for any of our Indian cities to turn into the next San Fernando Valley which is the home to the porn industry in U.S. Some people with serious academic qualification say watching some porn is a healthy form of expression and maybe it is but in India watching porn is reaching epidemic proportions giving young minds unrealistic ideas about sex. It was important for me to get a little serious because life has taught me many lessons and though I have tried to approach this issue in a light heated manner, if a teenager with access to iPad, lap top and smart phone is reading this, I say this them “No one can stop you from watching porn I know I did with lot of difficulty and it was wrong and also a learning experience but do not make a habit of it because what you view is someone else reality or their nightmare.”

I have mentioned some of my life experiences and hope it might be of some useful information and now I must go and erase my search history.

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