Anjum Hasan is a young Indian writer who won the Man Literary Prize in 2009 for her book “Neti, Neti”. Her latest book “Difficult Pleasures” has been listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. “Difficult Pleasures” is a collection of short stories in the form of a montage of characters who go about their busy lives in big, anonymous metropolitan cities – Mumbai,Bangalore,Calcutta. Anjum Hasan casts a spell on these characters and they bare their deepest, darkest emotions to the readers. There is rebellion and disappointment, love and melancholy and the reader experiences the intimate emotions of her characters. Hasan delves into the emotional spaces of the characters and bares all without any inhibitions leaving one with more questions than one had bargained for.
DW’s WomenTalkOnline had the opportunity to speak to her:
Date14.01.2013 | 15:21
‘Woman’- what does this word signify? There seems to be an old definition and a new definition. Let’s take a look at both. The old one refers to a woman as the symbol of dignity, respect, a homemaker, some one who is dependent; and the modern definition includes words like independent, attractive, bold, equal etc. But do these definitions actually describe
Date09.01.2013 | 9:55
It’s been a very bad year indeed for women in India. As the world settles into the New Year, India’s daughters are mourning the death of their “braveheart Nirbhaya,” the 23-year-old who was brutally raped and has now succumbed to her injuries. This is symptomatic of the agony, pain, humiliation and wretchedness that Indian women suffered in 2012.
Date04.01.2013 | 11:40
TagsAbuse, assault, gender, government of India, India, justice, molestation, murder, rape, sexual harassment, victims, Women talk online, women's rights
As a journalist you often read and write about crime and a point comes when writing the number of dead becomes a routine and you do not feel the loss anymore. In fact you do not find it interesting enough or you do not even consider it a story worth mentioning, if the number of casualties were too low or if the violence was not too brutal. But also there comes a time when words fail you, something so horrendous happens that it does not just touch you; rather it shakes you
Date04.01.2013 | 10:46
On 16 December 2012 six men abused and raped a female student in New Delhi. Their victim is now dead. The unbelievable brutality of the attack has unleashed a nation-wide debate. But that’s not enough. Now, after the death of the 23-year-old student, the young, urban middle class in particular is out on the streets. Many are demanding the death penalty for the six imprisoned rapists, one of whom is a minor. And many are also urging the state to finally do something to better protect women. India’s urban middle class views the state as void of ideas, deeply corrupt and unable to act – as a way for those in power to enrich themselves.
Date04.01.2013 | 10:02
There is a lot common between Pakistan and India, after all the two nations have hundreds of years of shared history. But while partition of British India in 1947 gave India and Pakistan separate identities, 65 years later, the two nations are still striving to achieve a major goal: the protection of their women citizens from rape.
While activists in Pakistan mourned the recent killing of nurses carrying out a polio vaccination programme, the gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student in a Delhi bus on December 16 has shaken the Indian nation and touched what the International Herald Tribune called the “deepest chord of discontent”.
Date03.01.2013 | 14:39
A prank call by Australian radio presenters who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles has caused a huge uproar. They tried to inquire about the Duchess’s condition and were successful with their hoax. Kate was admitted in the King Edward VII Hospital complaining of acute morning sickness. The presenters were connected by the nurse on duty to Kate’s nurse who then gave a detailed account of Kate’s health. The nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, who put the DJs through to Kate’s nurse, committed suicide.
Date17.12.2012 | 10:57
Tagsbritain, jacintha saldanha, kate, Media, paparazzi, prince charles, prince williams, roma rajpal, royalty