"learned the art of love in which, more than anything else, giving and taking become one."
Original painting depicting scene from the Kamasutra
Public DomainOriginal painting depicting scene from the Kamasutra - Credit: Tzodikov Kfir

The first love story of the world was found in the Rig Veda and the first comprehensive work on love was written in India with Kamasutra becoming one of its offshoots. Love techniques were perfected over centuries and sculpted on the walls of temples of Khajuraho and Konark." - Love in Ancient India by M L Varadpande.

Kāma shastra refers to the tradition of works on Kāma: love, eroticism, or sensual pleasures. The Kama Sutra, originally known as Vatsyayana Kamasutram ('Vatsyayana's Aphorisms on Love'), was written Between the 1st and 6th centuries BC. This commentary on the kama shastra, or 'science of love', explored the scope and intent of human desires, and sensuality, and was a technical guide on how to please a sexual partner within a marriage. The Sixty Four Arts of Kama Sutra encompassed the concepts of intimacy and the bond in love making.

Listen to the The Kama Sutra by Mallanaga Vatsyayana Translated by Bhagavanlal Indrajit Richard Burton and Shivaram Parashuram Bhide.

Love in Ancient India, a book by M L Varadpande, chronicles the story of love which is considered an Indian creation. "The first love story of the world was found in the Rig Veda and the first comprehensive work on love was written in India with Kamasutra becoming one of its offshoots. Love techniques were perfected over centuries and sculpted on the walls of temples of Khajuraho and Konark."