Sex is a controversial topic in India but Dr. Mahinder Watsa’s unusual frank and funny newspaper column has broken the boundary and opened the line of communication. His replies are witty, poignant and at times brutally honest. You might say he’s India’s version of Dan Savage only Dr. Watsa is 90, which makes him way cooler. Rock on, elderly sexpert guru!
A common question Dr. Watsa receives involves masturbation and a man’s fear that the act is somehow detrimental to his health:
Q: I have a small penis and I can’t seem to satisfy my girlfriend. My astrologer has advised me to pull it every day for 15 minutes while reciting a shloka [prayer]. I have been doing this for a month but it hasn’t helped. What should I do?
A: If he was right, most men would have a penis hitting their knees. God doesn’t help gullible, foolish men. Go visit a sexpert instead who can teach you the art of making love.
Another common question involves the subject of broken hymens, a concern that is still very prominent in India:
Q: My family is demanding that I get married. How can I ascertain if the girl is a virgin?
A: I suggest you don’t get married. Unless you appoint detectives, there is no way to find out. Spare any poor girl of your suspicious mind.
Some of the more basic queries included:
• Is it possible to contract Aids from pets?
• What is the difference between anal and oral sex?
• What are periods in girls?
• I am 20 years i want to know what is meant by orgasm
• hello sir i want to ask just one question: does coffee affects sexually??? does it decrease our interest in sex or do breast size decreases???
Dr. Watsa admits that many of their problems stem from a lack of sex education, and this set him off on a life-long mission to provide it, first through the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) and later through his own organization, the Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International, (CSEPI).
Throughout it all, he carried on writing.
And I’m glad for it. Cheers to fellow sex educators who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, help people and use a little humor along the way!