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Pleasure of Losing

Pleasure of Losing

(Penguin Petit)

Saadat Hasan Manto
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People take pleasure in winning. But it was losing that gave him a greater thrill, especially when it came in the wake of winning.’

Bombay has always been a land of opportunities—to earn money, fame and whatever else one desires. And while Seth knows how to grab each opportunity, he has always revelled in the pleasure of losing it all. In fact, he would seize opportunities only for the pleasure of squandering all that he earned.

Strange as it was, it was a pattern that he was happily living by. Until one day, on his way to his favourite gambling den, he meets Gangu Bai, an old prostitute. Striking unusual deals was his habit but who would have known that a harmless little deal with Gangu Bai would prove to be the biggest decision he ever took.

Manto’s speciality lies in his characters that defy the norm in almost every way possible. Pleasure in Losing is an example of precisely this.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jan/2018

Length : 15 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Pleasure of Losing

(Penguin Petit)

Saadat Hasan Manto

People take pleasure in winning. But it was losing that gave him a greater thrill, especially when it came in the wake of winning.’

Bombay has always been a land of opportunities—to earn money, fame and whatever else one desires. And while Seth knows how to grab each opportunity, he has always revelled in the pleasure of losing it all. In fact, he would seize opportunities only for the pleasure of squandering all that he earned.

Strange as it was, it was a pattern that he was happily living by. Until one day, on his way to his favourite gambling den, he meets Gangu Bai, an old prostitute. Striking unusual deals was his habit but who would have known that a harmless little deal with Gangu Bai would prove to be the biggest decision he ever took.

Manto’s speciality lies in his characters that defy the norm in almost every way possible. Pleasure in Losing is an example of precisely this.

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Saadat Hasan Manto

SAADAT HASAN MANTO is the most widely read and controversial short story writer in Urdu. A pre-eminent practitioner of the genre, he produced twenty-two collections
of short stories.

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