The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh

The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh is a tender and elegant exploration of what it means to love as the world devolves into division and chaos. Published by Pan Macmillan, the book will be available to the public in September 2020. It is Karuna’s debut novel.

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It is 2001 and 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.

About the Author

Karuna Ezara Parikh is a former model and television presenter. She studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at Cardiff University. Her written work has been published in Vogue, Wire, Outlook, Tehelka, Firstpost, Open, and Lonely Planet. She lives in Calcutta with her husband and their dog. The Heart Asks Pleasure First is her first book.

You can check out our interview with Karuna Ezara Parikh by clicking here.

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