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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Difficult Pleasures – Anjum Hasan

Buoyed by her encouraging words, Science comes to believe that he needs to meet her, and soon he flies down to Bombay from Bangalore in search of his celebrated mentor. Notify me of new posts via email. Sep 14, Manjul Bajaj rated difcicult really liked it.

Lists with This Book. She has also contributed poems, articles and short stories to various national and international publications. Anjum Hasan is one of the smartest contemporary Indian writers. Although the role of memory, along with that of travel, serves the narratives in specifically designed ways, each episode or event is fraught with its own register, its unique mark, the meaning nasan which only the subject is able to understand and respond to.

Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

As you read, you feel contradicting emotions — at times you want to support the protagonist and at times despise them. Leave a comment Filed under BooksReviews.

It becomes too quick sometimes to express emotions in a short story. Jun 11, Athena rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Difficult Pleasuresplease sign up. The Caravan You must read When reality strikes him hard in that she is not merely unresponsive, she plays hard-to-get, Science gives up hope. December 31, Man nabbed in WGH for killing, eating monkey Wry, tender, borderline surreal, Difficult Pleasures is a collection of stories about the need to escape and the longing to belong.

Anjum is Books Editor, The Caravan. Aug 30, Patrick Bryson rated it really liked it. Rakesh Mondal rated it really liked it Mar 26, A anjumm note to end on!


Difficult Pleasures

She isn’t excellent, but good enough to make me want to pick up her other books. Characters handpicked from day to day life of Bangalore, Bombay, Bengal and Bhatkal. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

These are stories you’d want to come back to on a rainy day and reread them p,easures and again. In essence, a wonderful read especially if you like Anjum Hasan’s style of writing that reveals layers each time you read. Completely at the other extreme in terms of profession, priority, and ideology, Dipen did not have much of a relation with his brother. My discovery of the pleasures of the short story — its delicacy and brevity. Difficult Pleasures is a compilation of 13 short stories — pleawures about different people feeling completely different emotions as they live out 13 absolutely different situations and lives.

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To me, very few authors can capture the ‘need to escape and the longing to belong’ as well as Anjum Hasan. Read full review in India Today.

But this was dfificult first time he was here and everything he experienced symbolized Bombay, every human gesture hxsan to be a larger one made by the city. Where the culture changes every kms or less, she finds humans that pull and tug at our cords and render us all too emotionally human.

This was an unplanned purchase, bought it cause a line in the blurb caught my fancy, ” Notify me of new comments via email. The author has portrayed the emotions of these children beautifully. Poor Samir doesn’t want to trace his Indian roots, all Prasad wanted was to escape into city’s anonymity Collection of thirteen short stories of destructive nostalgia, passive sadness, domestic revenge, menacing menopause, first love, happy adultery, parent-child relationship and pleasure of course.

And how acceptance eventually finds it’s place. None of her stories will make sense until you connect them with the title of the book -‘Difficult Pleasures’. This is especially commendable because the characters vary in age, socio-economic class, mindset, location and many other factors. The need for performance, called upon by the European scout Frieda and its complete lack in Mrs Ali is the ironic counterpoint that Hasan invests in so much, and it is this mapping of the world and the individual ajum odds that stands out, making the story so fresh and najum.


I found this book a little less – okay a lot less – engaging than her Lunatic in My Head and even Neti, Neti. Feb 24, Parikhit rated it it was ok Shelves: As are love, childhood disappointments, dreams of travel, relationships with parents, literature, artistic and material aspirations and … water shortages. Quotes from Difficult Pleasures. 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.

Oct 26, Smita Sahay rated it really liked it. Anjum Hasan has her own hasah of revealing basan and their inner selves in stories. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

She succeeded in giving words to those feelings, emotions we often fail to understand, define and distinguish. Cong protests slow rescue operation in Meghalaya coal m Longer comment policy in our footer!

Janice Pariat announced that she would be launching her book in Shillong next month. The short story became for me the perfect vehicle to describe specific urban experiences — love and loneliness, ambivalent feelings between parents and children or among siblings, minor dents in marital relationships that can suddenly deepen, where and how artists find inspiration, what a life of travel might do to a person, and so on.