Recently separated from his nagging and ill-tempered wife of thirteen years, millionaire businessman Mohan Kumar decides to reinvent his life. Convinced that 'lust is the true foundation of love', he embarks on an audacious plan: he will advertise for paid lady companions to share his bed and his life. Thus begins his journey of easy, unbridled sexuality in the company of some remarkable women. There is Sarojini Bharadwaj, the demure professor from 'small town' Haryana who surprises Mohan with her ardour and sexual energy; Molly Gomes, the 'free spirited' masseuse from Goa, mistress of the sensual impulse; and Susanthika Goonatilleke, the diminutive seductress from Sri Lanka. After each affair ends and before the next begins, Mohan finds solace in the practiced charms of his obliging maid, Dhanno and in the memories of his first lovers: the American Jessica Browne, to whom he lost his virginity, and the Pakistani Yasmeen Wanchoo, who brought him the heady passion of an older woman.
In between all this, he has twinges of conscience that try to awaken him to a sense of responsibility, to take a look at where he is going. He also has the occasional need to find spiritual solace by visiting Haridwar, and seeing the Ganga Aarti. The sight of the holy river comforts him, but he still keeps returning to his preferred mode of life. The Company of Women deals with love, lust and passion, and obsessive indulgence. Mohan Kumar, despite his faults, has some redeeming moments, like the affection and respect he shows for his father, and the occasional spiritual journeys he has. However, none of these help him rein in his lust.
The Company of Women, Khushwant Singh, India's most widely read author, has produced an uninhibited, erotic and endlessly entertaining celebration of love, sex and passion.
©2014 Khushwant Singh (P)2014 Reado
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