The Heart Asks Pleasure First


Author: Karuna Ezara Parikh

9789390742820 | PB | pp. 368 | 2022 | Macmillan Publishers

The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh is a magical novel about impossible, forbidden love and difficult friendships which form between two people of different faiths.

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Daya and Aaftab have just met in a park in Cardiff. She is studying ballet and he is practicing in a law firm. She falls madly in love. He does, but he also cannot, because he is Muslim and there are certain rules. Set in a world of students, Karuna Ezara Parikh sets up a dazzling framework of impossible, forbidden love, difficult joyous friendship, as she delves into migration, Islamophobia and jihad in the wake of a cataclysmic terror event that will have dangerous ramifications the world over. Brilliantly crafted, this magical first novel reveals with great power and grace both the agony and the ecstasy of being human.

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About the Author

The author is a poet, former model and television anchor known widely for her activism. She studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at Cardiff University. Her writing has featured in Vogue, Wire, Outlook, Tehelka, Firstpost, Open and Lonely Planet, amongst others. In 2015 she co-founded the sustainable company The Burlap People. She lives in Calcutta with her husband and their dog. The Heart Asks Pleasure First is her first book.


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