Anjum Hasan

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Anjum Hassan
Born Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Occupation Writer
Notable work(s) Street on the Hill

Anjum Hasan (Assamese: অঞ্জুম হাচান) is an Indian poet and novelist. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya and currently lives in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Street on the Hill (Sahitya Akademi, 2006)[1] was her debut collection of poems. Her debut novel Lunatic in my Head (Zubaan-Penguin, 2007) was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award 2007. Set in Shillong, a picturesque hill-station in north-east India, in the early 1990s, the novel weaves together the stories of its three main characters, ranging from an IAS aspirant who is obsessed with Pink Floyd to a college teacher struggling to complete her PhD and longing to find love. The novel has been described by Siddhartha Deb as 'haunting and lyrical' and as acquiring a 'lyrical intensity'.[2]

Her second novel titled Neti, Neti (Roli Books, 2009) was longlisted for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize[3] and shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award in 2010. Her third novel, Difficult Pleasures, was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize.[4]

She has also contributed poems, articles and short stories to various national and international publications.[5]

She is currently Books Editor for The Caravan.[6]


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