Cover Reveal: The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh

In a world that is going through so much at a time – let’s all agree that 2020 is one big dumpster fire – we all need love, friendship, and compassion. I don’t even want to talk about the callousness that is rampant in the world today. But I do want to talk about this new novel that’s scheduled for release on September 21, that looks and sounds so beautiful and talks about love and friendship in a world divided.

Take a look at the cover and the blurb and tell me if you’re heart doesn’t skip a beat! I mean, LOOK AT IT! It’s so gorgeous, it makes my heart hurt! ❤


The Heart front cover



It is 2001 and Daya and Aaftab have just met in a park in Cardiff. She is studying ballet and he is practising 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.


Love for the Book:

‘A luminous, hypnotic novel, as much about the beauty of language as it is about the struggles of life’ – Ann Patchett

‘A tender, elegant exploration of what it means to love as the world devolves into division and chaos’ – Prayaag Akbar

‘Enthralling and affecting, The Heart Asks Pleasure First is an intoxicating and immersive exploration of love and faith’ – Lisa Ray

‘Evocative and transporting … This is a fable for our time’ – Avni Doshi

‘Enchanting, poignant and powerful … it left me mesmerized’ – Aanchal Malhotra


The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh comes out on September 21, 2020 and is being published by Pan Macmillan India.

Pre-order the book here: The Heart Asks Pleasure First 

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