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Aunty's Lovers

They are unintelligent and risque, crass and dirty. Yet they make anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 a night. They are the Indian gigolos. Their world is about desire and passion. Of frustrated and loveless women. They are...

Aunty's Lovers
Atul Loke
Aunty's Lovers
outlookindia.com
2019-11-04T15:12:24+05:30

Why am I doing this? It is four in the afternoon and I am waiting for a whore at a Delhi coffee shop. It's been 30 minutes: this feels terrifying and hilarious, almost in equal measure. This is no regular whore. It is a man to begin with. His pimp, a girl who calls herself Mansi, allays my restlessness with hot sell on the phone. Later I realise that someone has been watching me all along as I sit fidgeting there. Mansi's voice is insistent: jo ladka maine aapke liye chuna hai, woh bahut special hai. Mil to lo." (The boy I have chosen for you is very special. At least meet him.)

Six days on the gigolo trail, I have met ten-twelve male whores in Delhi and Mumbai. And never is the story the same. So what's the story?

It is an invisible story which is familiar but not really. It's about desire and sexual passion. About frustration and need. Sex and money. A bizarre cocktail of secret meetings and inflamed ambition. Of young men selling themselves to support a fantasised lifestyle. Of women who find neither sex nor intimacy in marriages. It is about...

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