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Start by marking “It's Normal!”. It's perfectly normal, ' says Dr Mahinder Watsa, India's foremost sexologist. Be the first to ask a question about It's Normal!. It's Normal Paperback – 8 Jul It’s perfectly normal,’ says Dr Mahinder Watsa, India’s foremost sexologist. In this book he addresses and explains all the issues and concerns that you might have about sex and sexuality. In an easy manner he addresses the concerns and demystifies sex for the common Indian. The book also has an extensive FAQ section with questions from his.

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It's Normal [Dr. Mahinder Watsa] on *FREE* It's Normal Paperback – October 15, "This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dr Mahinder C. Watsa, MD (Mumbai), DCH ( Mumbai), Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month?. Book extract: Dr Mahinder Watsa's 'It's Normal!' - On the first night of their honeymoon, both had undressed and, while he was fondling her.

I had never intended to write a book on this topic, but I had an immediate response. I told him that kids and teens did need to know about the virus, but that they also needed to know a lot of other things about their changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health in order to stay healthy. That night at supper, I told my family about my idea for this book and asked my husband and children what should be in a book on sexual health for kids 10 and up. My children were in high school at the time. And that started my research, which continued over the five years it took to complete this book. While writing the book, I went back to these people over and over again, to make sure my facts were accurate and up-to-date and that the text was age-appropriate. Their expertise and answers to endless questions were invaluable. Each time I meet with one of these experts, I learn new and fascinating things that somehow slip into my books. When Michael Emberley created the art for this book, we also showed it to the same experts. This process went on throughout the creation of this book and it is one I use for all my books, nonfiction and fiction. I worked on it for five years, and Michael Emberley worked on it for almost three years! Taking a conversational, relaxed tone, Harris also discusses such subjects as sexual orientation, sexual reproduction, pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual abuse. The author intentionally and effectively repeats certain crucial information, especially on the subject of the possible consequences of sexual intercourse. Appearing on each spread are two characters-an easy-going bird and an apprehensive bee-whose comments add levity to this solid volume.

My rating might be a hit harsh given that I read the Emperor of All Maladies before this. If Watsa had the inclination or the talent, he could have made this into a masterpiece. Sex is probably one of the easiest and most universal things to talk about.

Literature, Pop culture, movies, Juvenile jokes, double double-entendres, Feminism, history of sexuality.. It's all endlessly interesting; But let's focus on w It wasn't hard and ended up being a quick, breezy affair. It's all endlessly interesting; But let's focus on what the book has managed to accomplish.

The book is a much needed one particularly in conservative societies like India where there is no sex education and people's knowledge is based on what they have learnt from the internet, friends and in rare cases family. The book establishes the basics about sex, sexuality, safe sexual practices and tries to answer frequently asked questions.

About half of the book focuses on questions previously sent in by readers. It's hard to maintain your interest after a while, as only a small section of the book and the questions would be relevant to you based on which phase of life you are in.

I don't want to know about slowing libido in the 5os and 60s. But what this book does is to try and establish the right attitude towards sex and sexuality.

Looking at all the questions and topics addressed, you would feel that your issues, whatever they are, are for the most part normal. This is key, in a society where sex and sexuality are topics which are avoided and any strange behaviour is considered abnormal.

Overall, it's a, dare I say, necessary read given the topics it touches on. Good book for a casual reading. I felt that some questions were not answered properly i. Best part of the book was the not at all judgmental tone of the doctor. The title of the book is very appropriate.

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Oct 20, Prasanna Rao rated it it was amazing. It is about sex education! Faq's section are informative and definitely will laugh out loud for few queries and answers Pratik rated it really liked it Jun 05, Varun Kumar rated it it was amazing May 14, Balraj Aulakh rated it it was amazing May 25, Ajay rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Osha S rated it really liked it Feb 11, Uma rated it it was amazing Nov 17, Dhruv Kapoor rated it liked it Nov 29, Kiran rated it did not like it Jan 30, Ponraj rated it really liked it Jan 19, Tanuj rated it really liked it May 10, Ck Vinod rated it really liked it Jul 13, Ashwani rated it liked it Apr 19, Siljo Joseph rated it really liked it Aug 31, Ashwin rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Sirigiri Vipin rated it it was ok Mar 27, Shekhar Garhwal rated it really liked it Jun 06, Darshan Sudhakar rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Jay Mehta rated it liked it Jan 03, Prabhat rated it liked it Feb 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Appearing on each spread are two characters-an easy-going bird and an apprehensive bee-whose comments add levity to this solid volume. The bold color cartoon drawings are very candid: a double-page spread of nudes, which beautifully demonstrates the varied shapes and sizes humans come in; a picture of a couple making love; one of a boy masturbating as he sits on his bed; another of a girl examining her genitals in a mirror.

With illustrations scattered liberally across the pages, the format occasionally seems crowded, but the candor of the artwork will help kids view sex as a natural part of life. Such openness will also help them grasp the main message of the text: that sex comprises many things, not just one.

There are seven sections: Lots of Questions, What Is Sex, Our Bodies, Puberty, Families and Babies, Decisions, and Staying Healthy; within these sections the author explores puberty, sexual feelings, reproduction, contraception, and other topics. The text is simple, friendly, and specific, relating valuable information in an unsensational manner.

Diagrams ranging from male and female sex organs to the position of birth control devices are clear and understandable; an open-minded bird and an embarrassed bee flutter through the pages providing marginal dialogue and comic-strip skits; little Woody-Allen-ish exploits of a released egg and an onrushing sperm appear occasionally and are funny and memorable.

And naked human bodies appear throughout the book in a reassuring variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and sexes — there are adolescents peering into the mirror, homely and recognizable masturbation scenes, tactful but honest depictions of intercourse, and a terrific double-page spread of rows of different nude people, ranging from young to old, fat to thin, that should make stripping off in the locker room a lot easier for young readers.

Acceptance and respect, after all, go hand in hand, and readers will clearly get the message that respecting yourself and others is a part of sex and growing up.

The book makes it clear that families are as diverse as individual bodies and that there are a lot of different ways — platonic, gay, and straight — of caring for people. At first glance, there seemed to be several illustrations in this book that would make an eye-catching cover for the Bulletin. Thinking about it more, however, we decided that pulling pictures of naked people out to stand alone on our cover might mislead our readers and distort the book.

The books intelligently covers birth-control options, how to have safer sex, how to treat STDs, and, in an especially impressive chapter, how to combat sexual abuse — all without patronizing the pre- or post-pubescent.

But for parents who fear that a school sex-ed class may not be informative enough, it will certainly aid that dreaded birds-and-bees discussion. A terrific teaching tool that just may help slow the spread of sexual diseases and ignorance. The cartoon style illustrations are witty, expressive and accurate. Too many instructive books for children have diagrammed sex and reproduction — or worse, romanticized those subjects.

It's Normal! by Mahinder Watsa

Harris, and the illustrator, Michael Emberley, manage to be honest without losing their senses of humor. No fact or image is too embarrassing for them to take on.

If you doubt me, just turn to page 23 and check out the girl looking upside down into a mirror to locate her anus, vagina, and urethra — all conspicuously apparent to the reader. Other pages discuss and portray different-size penises, different possibilities for birth control and safe sex, and different ways a baby can be born. The illustrations show an array of anatomical shapes, ethnic variations and sexual persuasions.

The design is a marvel of coordinated information and illustration. This is cartooning at its best — witty, expressive, and accurately reflective of human antics. A younger child can enjoy the art while a parent paraphrases an inroduction to the facts of life. An independent reader in the lower grades can seek definitions of both familiar and less familiar terms in privacy. And adolescents can give a superior smirk while secretly learning what they most need to know about sexual survival in a world threatened by sexually transmitted diseases.

Chapters include an introductory discussion of gender, reproduction, sexual desire, intercourse and sexual orientation. The handling of gay and lesbian relationships is value-neutral. The second chapter on the human body and sex organs is followed by one on pubertal changes. The chapter on families and babies includes a description of types of families, various forms of touch and assertive rights about not touching and not having sex, as well as common teen misconceptions that can lead to pregnancy.

Intrauterine development and the birth process are covered in the chapter on families.

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