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Chef Kirpal, seriously ill, returns to Kashmir after a gap of fourteen years to cook his last meal at the Governor's residence. He embarks on a long train and bus journey from Deli to Kashmir during which he looks back over his days of apprenticeship and the life of ordinary soldiers on the Siachen Glacier, occupation of Kashmir by India and Pakistan, prejudice against Muslims, and his relationships with women from both sides of the border. But his reasons for visiting Kashmir one last ime extend further than the strong desire to cook a wedding meal for the General's daughter. He would like to excavate a part of his past that has kept him from moving forward.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Vintage Canada, 2010
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
ISBN: 9780307399335
Branch Call Number: F SIN NVD
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 14, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writer has an obvious love for Kashmir and presents a compassionate and subtle look at some of the untold damages created by the conflict, as seen by a young Sikh cook working for the army in Srinagar. The central presence of food and cooking was well done too. Also interesting that on the battlefield on the glacier, all that soldiers would eat were canned food...

Aug 11, 2010

I'm afraid any of this book's redeeming qualities were lost on me. I was not able to connect at all. Not to the characters or the storyline. For me, this book was just continuous rambling. I found the second half slightly more interesting than the first half, which gave me encouragement to finish it, but it is clearly not suitable for me.

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