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It’s food for thought!

Debut novelist Jaspreet Singh’s first novel boasts lively characters, interconnected plot lines along with dream-like, lyrical writing. Hard-hitting in some places, the author is also harsh and realistic with his descriptions in some instances in the book.

books Updated: Jun 26, 2010 01:17 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

Debut novelist Jaspreet Singh’s first novel boasts lively characters, interconnected plot lines along with dream-like, lyrical writing. Hard-hitting in some places, the author is also harsh and realistic with his descriptions in some instances in the book.



The deceptively simple title refers to its protagonist Kirpal Singh, a chef who is lovingly called Kip. The story is narrated by Kip, who is on his way to Kashmir after 14 years. En route, he recalls instances from his previous stint in the Valley, when he worked for Lt. Gen. Ashwini Kumar an apprentice.



The author’s writing creates a vivid picture of the beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of Kashmir. Another interesting part of the book, is how the other protagonist Chef Kishen converses with food — through which we learn interesting things about food. The author has also thrown in recipes (including that for Rogan Josh) for those interested.



Title:

Chef


Author:

Jaspreet Singh


Publisher:

Penguin Viking


Price:

Rs 450