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Vātsyāyana is an ancient Indian philosopher, known for authoring the Kama Sutra. He lived in India during the second or third century CE, probably in Pataliputra (modern day Patna).He is not to be confused with Pakṣilasvāmin Vātsyāyana, the author of Nyāya Sutra Bhāshya, the first preserved commentary on Gotama's Nyāya Sutras. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vātsyāyana has received more than 636,743 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Vātsyāyana is the 638th most popular writer (up from 765th in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from India (up from 77th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Indian Writer.

Vātsyāyana is most famous for his Kama Sutra, which is a collection of Sanskrit texts on human sexual behavior.

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Among writers, Vātsyāyana ranks 638 out of 5,794Before him are Jerome K. Jerome, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Eugène Sue, L. Ron Hubbard, Raymond Queneau, and Ausonius. After him are Columella, Jean Froissart, Hind bint Utbah, Carlo Gozzi, Meera, and John Irving.

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Among people born in 300, Vātsyāyana ranks 10Before him are Saint Blaise, Pope Felix I, Pope Julius I, Pope Eutychian, Theodore of Amasea, and Vincent of Saragossa. After him are Valerius Severus, Macarius of Egypt, Volusianus, Erasmus of Formia, Asanga, and Narseh.

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In India

Among people born in India, Vātsyāyana ranks 59 out of 1,227Before him are Narendra Modi (1950), Zubin Mehta (1936), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Premchand (1880), Sri Aurobindo (1872), and Amir Khusrow (1253). After him are Meera (1498), Cliff Richard (1940), Ravi Shankar (1920), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), and Abdul Karim (1863).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Vātsyāyana ranks 11Before him are William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Tulsidas (1532), Valmiki (-80), Ghalib (1797), Salman Rushdie (1947), and Premchand (1880). After him are Meera (1498), Tukaram (1608), Deepak Chopra (1946), Ahmed Deedat (1918), Sarojini Naidu (1879), and Basava (1134).