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Clinical sexologist Dr Prakash Kothari shares some uncomfortable truths about sexuality, the Indian way
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Prakash Nanalal Kothari is an Indian medical doctor and the Head of the Department of Sexual Medicine at the King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Mumbai. A graduate of the Mumbai University, Kothari is credited with several books and articles on sexology. The World Association of Sexology (WAS) selected him as the Man of the Year in 1989. He was honored by the Government of India in 2002, with the fourth highest Indian Civilian award of Padma Shri.

Excerpts from my interview with him.

Has the way we look at sexuality changed in the last 42 years?

Oh yes, the way we look at it has changed considerably but the problems have remained the same. The difference is that we have become more vocal. When I had first begun my practice, I had not seen a female patient for three years. But today, the woman will come and say – here is my husband, doctor, you better treat him or else I am walking out of the marriage. Or she would say – I am not climaxing, do something for me.

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