Priya Basil was born in London in 1977, but has spent most of her life away from the metropolis. She grew up in Kenya returning to the UK to study English Literature at the University of Bristol. She had a brief career in advertising before becoming a fulltime writer. She currently divides her time between London and Berlin. Priya Basil.com, Priyabasil.com Priya Basil, Priya, Basil, Lierature, Ishq and Mushq, London, Kenya, Random House, Priya, Priyabasil.com, Priya Basil.com, Ishq & Mushq, Ishq Mushq. Priya was born in London in 1977, but has spent most of her life away from the metropolis. She grew up in Kenya returning to the UK to study English Literature at the University of Bristol. She had a brief career in advertising before becoming a fulltime writer. She currently divides her time between London and Berlin. ”Remember, there are only two things you can’t hide, Ishq and Mushq, Love and Smell….” Against the violent backdrop of India's Partition in 1947, Karam and Sarna meet, fall in love and marry. They soon leave for Kenya hoping to make a fresh start, but neither can forget what happened in India. Theirs is a story of the struggle to overcome the past. Scarred by his brush with death at a refugee camp in Lahore, Karam restlessly searches for a new kind of history which he can be part of. He travels the world trying to participate in or pay homage to history, from Queen Elizabeth's coronation to Egypt's pyramids. But fate always contrives to make him 'miss' the spectacle. Meanwhile, Sarna retreats inwards, seeking to annul the past by reinventing it. She tries to hide her story behind the witty veil of words and the shadowy smells of spices. Sometimes, she manages to stifle unwanted memories by cooking zealously, sweetening her thoughts with syrup, or suffocating them with the hottest spice she can find. But when she receives an unexpected letter from back home, her assumed equilibrium is shattered to the skies. It carries an ultimatum she cannot ignore… Karam and Sarna's children, reluctant to be encumbered by their parents' burdens, itch to get away and leave behind all the unspoken secrets. But a mysterious man called Oskar, who is a lodger in the family house, becomes entangled in their affairs and ends up bringing them together in the most unexpected way. Spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and moving between India, Africa and Britain, this moving and funny family saga shows how Love can redeem and compromise and Smell can seduce and betray. Read an extract of Ishq and Mushq at Catalyst Magazine. ...a delectable dish of a novel...the concoction whips and churns its ingredients of plot and style with the panache of a born storyteller, into a fusion food that is at once quixotic and riveting.” India Today Ishq and Mushq - India Today (pdf) ”An enticing debut by a much-vaunted young novelist” The Glasgow Herald ”With a verve for the colour of life ...this book surprises with its underlying wisdom” Good Housekeeping ”Priya Basil has something all of her own, an emotional intensity and flashes of imagination...she is anyone's equal, I greatly admired and enjoyed this novel.” Margaret Forster ”Superbly written with a use of powerful imagery and poetic rhythm, delicately told and a delight to read. One of the best debut novels I have had the pleasure to read.”The Asian Writer's Project To read an interview about Ishq and Mushq by TAWP, click here ”A brilliantly woven tale ... clever and often funny” Candis Magazine ”Ishq and Mushq, is an assured and compassionate tale.... Ishq and Mushq is one of the best-written debuts I have read in recent years. It’s refreshingly honest when dealing with the attitudes and experiences of the older generation, unafraid to take the unconventional viewpoint. It’s warm and funny….” Asians in Media www.asiansinmedia.org ”...an enormously fluent, enjoyable read, albeit one which leaves your stomach rumbling.” Lumiere ”Priya Basil’s debut Ishq and Mushq is a three-generation saga, quietly funny and subtly intelligent.”
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Textualities Online literary magazine www.textualities.net ”This is a stunning debut from a master storyteller." Authortrek www.authortrek.com ”A tragicomic saga about voluptuous Sarna and her husband Karam. Their marriage, in spite of Sarna’s virtuoso cooking, is never uncomplicatedly palatable.” Kate Kellaway in The Observer