Brindaalakshmi K 3 Comments The only time I have ever felt comfortable with being told that women ask for it was in an adult toy store in Kolkata. I was almost inspired and quite thrilled to learn that women in Kolkata had asked for adult toys even about two decades ago. Along with lingerie, we also sold products like fetish garments, soft handcuffs. From then on, women felt comfortable asking even for toys since they were used to buying these products from us.
Having visited the store personally, I would agree with him. It took me a while before I was certain that I was in fact, in a store that sold adult toys. Third floor of a lavish Forum Courtyard Mall in Kolkata! It sounded easy enough to find or so I thought. Knowing the name of the store, I went looking for it on the third floor. It was easy enough to spot. I walked around the place and found no adult toys. I was certain about walking into the wrong store.
I should be honest here. Later I understood that this feeling is also why women feel comfortable buying adult toys there. My friend, who had suggested that I visit this store, had also asked me to have a chat with the storeowner.
Taking the suggestion, I asked to talk to the storeowner. He then took me to the adult toys section in the store called the Couple Corner on the first floor and we sat there for a chat.
What has changed over these many years? More awareness has happened with men to please their partners. We also see men coming and picking up products. A lot of men have size problem.
Some have pre-mature ejaculation. There are travellers who stay away for family for long. Even doctors recommend that women masturbate to release stress if you are not with multiple partners. So the toys work as medical aid too. Taboo around issues like women masturbating has changed. Or so I thought. Good for business may be but for a couple, may be not.
He feels that this is changing now because of porn. But they want to experiment and it often brings bad experiences to your sex life. Sexual wellness is about understanding consent and individual pleasure points and then gradually maturing to use the right sexual products. I was glad that someone was finally talking about consent. However, my question was, would this attitude help the business of selling adult toys? He says it does and his reasoning made absolute business sense.
We help women experience pleasure so that they also buy exotic nightwear. Even using toys requires right education to get the right results. So we are trying to sell in an educative way. This is a big one! They need to be clean or understand that may be she likes a different flavour.
It was not possible for women to go to medical stores to pick it up themselves. It was easier for them to pick it up from our store.
The need for sexual health even after having a child is coming up in a big way. It has also started making lingerie for women with breast cancer and breast removal. The store is also trying to associate with schools to educate young girls about wearing the right size lingerie for sports, work etc. New launches are couple toys that can be remotely controlled with mobile apps.
That can work for couples who talk over video calls. I had had enough! That was too much information for a single woman not intending to shop there that day. Enough with the excitement and details for one day, I thought. With that, the interview about happy endings ended and I was happy to leave.
But then came the icing on the cake. After working the price out, the student asked him a pertinent question. What if my father finds out. Convinced the boy left for the day but came back the next day. Sir can I have another portable vagina? Nathvani was now shocked and worried. You get only one discount as a student. Out of curiosity Why do you want another one?
I stay in a college hostel. There is great demand for a portable vagina in my hostel. So I started giving it out on rent along with a free condom. And the Startup of the Year award along with a free condom goes to… On that note, I walked out of the store still with no toy in my hand or a happy ending.
Writer does not vouch for the products or services offered by the store.