He focussed on sexual health subjects including taboo topics such as menstruation, masturbation, unprotected sex, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation — among other related issues.
Dr Mahinder Watsa, a trained obstetrician-gynaecologist, also famously known as India’s leading sex guru has died aged 96 in Mumbai. He was famous for his daily column called “Ask the Sexpert” in Mumbai Mirror. He started writing for Mumbai Mirror when he was 80 and wrote it for more than a decade. The column where he addressed curious queries of Indian about sex got him a cult following from around the world.
“He wrote for @MumbaiMirror from the day it started in 2005 until the last edition nine days ago without a single day’s break.” wrote Mumbai Mirror’s editor Meenal Baghel on Twitter. (Read Meenal’s wonderful tribute to Dr Watsa HERE )
With humour and understanding, Dr Watsa addressed the peculiar questions of readers.
Being a trained obstetrician-gynaecologist, he learnt about the lack of sex education in India. In 1974, when he served as a consultant for the Indian Family Planning Association (FPAI), he suggested the implementation of a curriculum of sexual therapy and education. Despite the criticism, this plan was approved and the FPAI opened India’s first sex education, counselling and therapy centre.
Some of the excerpts from his columns (credit – Mumbai Mirror):
Q: Two days ago, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend. To prevent pregnancy, we bought an i-Pill. [emergency contraceptive] But in the heat of the moment, I popped it instead of her. Can it cause any complications for me?
A: Next time round please use a condom and make sure you don’t swallow that too.
Q: I have heard that any kind of acidic substance can prevent pregnancy. Can I pour some drops of lemon or orange juice in my girlfriend’s vagina after the intercourse? Will it harm her?
A: Are you a bhel puri [snack] vendor? Where did you get this weird idea from? There are many other safe and easy methods of birth control. You can consider using a condom.
Q: After having sex four times a day, I feel weak the next day. For about five minutes, my vision goes blank and I can’t see anything properly. Please help.
A: What do you expect? Shouts of hurray and I am a champion all over town?
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.
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.
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