Reviews of Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan, published in by Viking Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures is a collection of thirteen short stories, set in. Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures has been picked up by the excellent Brass Monkeys Books, an Australian-owned publishing house that has. ng to Anjum Hasan speak of her book, Difficult Pleasures, a collection of short stories published by Penguin. Anjum was in conversation with.

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These are situations people usually don’t think and talk about, let alone spin stories out of, yet she manages to make them feel somehow familiar. So was ‘Immanuel Kant in Shillong’ and this time since I have visited the place recently I was able to visualise some of the settings. There is a bitter-sweet feel in this story of childhood where fantasy and reality come to be bound in ways that neither Prasad and Natesha had prepared themselves for.

I finished this book a couple of days back.

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Want to Read saving…. The fact that she dispenses her artworks by distributing them to people, which includes her children, whose interest cannot be ascertained shows a disconnect between the objects and the one who brought them to life.

Women’s Web is a vibrant community for Indian women, an authentic space for us Learn More. Shafeeq Valanchery rated it pleashres was ok May 24, There are POVs ranging from that of a kid to an adult.

It is an attempt to test myself against the imagined, inventing and drawing from my own life. News About Novels The Cosmopolitans.

A few good stories saved my pride for Anjum Hasan and how I wish the collection had only these ones.

Saswat Subasit rated it did not like it May 13, For Mrs Ali, unlike the fellow women artists assembled in a European capital whose fascination for performance overrides other priorities of life, the journey to another land is an event that comes to her, one she submits to now that she has committed herself to it. The same can be said of The Namesake? The evocation of spaces, territorial and otherwise Bangalore is the most referred to spatial context, but there are others too in Difficult Pleasures shows more than subtlety and tact, the narratives are endowed with an unmistakable grip that stems from the command over the medium, and as worlds unravel it is to the reward of fulfilment and discovery that the pages of the book invite the reader to come home to.


December 31, UDP releases 3rd list of candidates for council polls Distracted you might feel while building the plot with past, pleasues when hasah concludes the story, all of it makes sense. Story sprigs forward before the plot gets hold of you. Each character has something in them, a small itch or a glitch that makes them move away from their comfort land.

The two stories that had children as protagonists was a bit too infuriating for me and as usual I was ranting mentally against “adults”.

Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

It becomes too quick sometimes to express emotions in a short story. Women’s Web is a vibrant community for Indian women, an authentic space for us. Oct 16, Vasav Dave rated it it was amazing. My favourite story from the collection will be The Big Picture.

This site uses cookies. A Day in the Life. Jun 11, Athena rated it liked it. Aug 30, Patrick Bryson rated it really liked it. When asked by a member diffocult the audience whether her novel Lunatic in My Head captures part of her own adolescent life as a school girl of Loreto Convent, Anjum said it is inevitable that part of the authors own experiences and discontents would creep into her fiction.

When reading ‘Lunatic In My Head’ I found my thoughts and ideas reflected in her writing; probably, an assumption I safely made, the author and I trace our roots to the same city and are presently settled in the same city and I could actually sense, see and fade into her descriptions. At the beginning of the story, he is contemplating settling down in Paris after a life of hectic touring in the coveted cities of the world, and it is at this juncture that his ordered lifestyle meets an unexpected roadblock: Up until now there has not been a single story that gave me the feeling of wanting to know more; I was mostly disinterested.


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Review: Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan ·

My discovery of the pleasures of the short story — its delicacy and brevity. A good note to end on! Such simple but engaging prose.

diffidult Also, this book sports my FAV cover. Quotes from Difficult Pleasures. Anjum Hasan launches Difficult Pleasures in city. Wry, tender, borderline surreal, Difficult Pleasures is a collection of stories about the need to escape and the longing to belong.

Some of the stories are really good, and some seem to act as fillers. Open Preview See a Problem? Difficult Pleasures is a compilation of 13 short stories — each about different people feeling completely different emotions as they live out 13 absolutely different anum and lives. There’s poetry in Hasa Read my review: