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Anjum Hasan talks to Curious Book Fans

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Anjum Hasan’s latest novel, Neti, Neti (Roli Books, 2009) was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize. Her first novel, Lunatic in my Head (2007) was shortlisted for the Crossword Fiction Award. She is also the author of the book of poems Street on the Hill (2006). Anjum has published poems, short fiction and essays in various national and international magazines and anthologies.

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CBF: This is your second book about Sophie – what is it about her that makes you want to continue writing about her?

Anjum Hasan: I like the fact that she’s a bit of waif-like character – unmoored from everything, rootless, lacking any kind of cultural safety net.

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Big City Blues

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Neti Neti by Anjum Hasan‘Neti neti’, Sanskrit for neither this nor that. It’s a process of rejecting everything in search for that ultimate happiness.” So says Anjum Hasan when talking about her new book. This is in a sense, a continuation of Lunatic in My Head, Sophie Das, who was 8 in that book, is now a cigarette smoking young woman of 25 living in Bangalore and trying to come to terms with the chaos she sees all around her in the big city. Judging by Hassan’s textured descriptions, Bangalore is a lethal city where someone is being squashed on the roads every minute and where cars and auto rickshaws collide. Sophie lives in a state of terror having failed to come to terms with living in what is literally another country, when you compare it with Shillong which she left behind her.

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