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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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 f I am disappointed; after an out-of-the-world-experience with ‘Lunatic In My Head’ by the same author my expectations were sky-high and they came tumbling down with ‘Difficult Pleasures’ as I flipped the last page and slammed this book shut.

I’m definitely going to read more by this author. The same can be said of The Namesake? 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.

This is what makes this book so special. From going through bad break ups to loosing someone dear to you. The back lawn was lit by generous golden slabs of the rare English sun.

I read it because I wanted to find that headiness which I associate with Hasan. Or so he presumed her to be. To me, very few authors can capture the ‘need to escape and the longing to belong’ as well as Anjum Hasan. Jan 15, Vaidya rated it really liked it.


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 of which only the subject is able to understand and respond to. The occasional meetings, the last of which was quite a few years back, did not cut much ice, aanjum Banerjee remembering his brother as a man with an inexplicable worldview who urged him to read certain books.

Calcutta, Shillong, London—spaces with associations come to have meaning for him only because they remind him of all that he had been through with her. Up until now there plfasures not been a single story that gave me the feeling of wanting to know more; I was mostly disinterested. I absolutely loved some of the stories in here, each story describes the life of a person going through some crisis.

Apr 09, KhepiAri rated it really liked it. Saswat Subasit rated it did not like it May 13, Currently reading this one.

Such a poetic perspective she brings to them! Extremely relatable peop Uff, this woman can write. Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurugram and Hyderabad. Leave a comment Filed under BooksReviews. But they have two emotions anjun — anger and sadness that go deep but are visible starkly on almost every page of this book.

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I found this book a little less – okay a lot difricult – engaging than her Lunatic in My Head and even Neti, Neti. Some of the stories are really good, and some seem to act as fillers. To ask other readers questions about Difficult Pleasuresplease sign up.

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Each character has something in them, a small itch or a glitch that makes them move away from their comfort land. Prev Post KSU yet to receive influx panel letter. View all 6 comments. Apr 05, Vindi rated it did not like it. Notify me of new comments via email. What I love and hate about these stories are the abrupt ends.


This book isn’t as good as Lunatic in my head but there is something to be said for short story collections that are this well-written.

I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this one! Cong protests slow rescue operation in Meghalaya coal m December 31, Man nabbed in WGH for killing, eating monkey Notify me of new posts via email. 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: The narrative does not present the artistic process through the register of the programmes that accompany the culture of display in high-end art installations, but takes the route of a privately ordained journey which is unlike any other.

The faultlines are not quite societally programmed, but they emerge as conditions framing the space that hold its realities on offer for whoever seeks them. This is a dangerous choice to make, and as Inayat allows the narrative of life to propel Hina forward, he realises that any control, however fabular in dimension, over conditions beyond our making invite risks that can hardly be foreseen.

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. But from the first page I was glued to her tales.