Pleasure Lost and Pleasure Found, In a Book

Tishani Doshi. Photo by Denzil Sequeira.

Tishani Doshi. Photo by Denzil Sequeira.

In poet, dancer and author Tishani Doshi’s debut novel, The Pleasure Seekers, “the language often rises – when speaking of the great matters, life, death, and above all love – to powerful metaphorical heights” says Salman Rushdie.

Such is the praise The Pleasure Seekers has received since being released, first in Italy – fitting given the Italian love for beauty and pleasure – and now available in India and the U.S. as of last Tuesday.

Doshi was inspired to write the story upon her discovery of love letters written in the 1960’s by her Welsh mother to her Gujarati father during a period of their forced separation. The book, a tribute to her parents’ marriage, is a fictionalized version of their journey together. Weaving in themes of identity, home, family, and love, The Pleasure Seekers is an engaging and enjoyable read, reminding us of what it’s like to be human.

Ready to find Pleasure? We’re giving away 10 copies of the book to Republic of Brown readers. Just visit us on Facebook and tell us what brings you pleasure.  We’d like the clean version please! Like eating chocolate covered strawberries with chilled champagne while watching an island sunset (our very own Geetanjali’s favorite.)  The top 10 Facebook posts win a copy of the book. And yes, we’ll ship anywhere in the world.

More on the beautiful and talented Tishani Doshi:

– How she came to work with Chandralekha, one of India’s most controversial and celebrated choreographers. Read here.

– Her stunning Vogue Italy photo shoot and video interview. See here.

– Her personal history and other writing. Discover here.

Remember to visit us on Facebook to win a copy of The Pleasure Seekers. Post by Tuesday, September 7.

Tishani on NDTV

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