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On the Kebab Trail is a delectable read

movie reviews Updated: May 10, 2013 00:47 IST
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A truly delectable read
If you are a Delhiite, it’s unlikely that you haven’t had a meal at the famous Moti Mahal restaurants. But did you know that it was the founder of this North Indian eatery, Kundan Lal Gujaral, who put the tandoori chicken on the food map, and also invented the quintessential Punjabi butter chicken, apart from a range of signature kebabs.

Kundan Lal’s grandson Monish Gujral’s book, On the Kebab Trail, features many such interesting facts, apart from a bouquet of rare and delectable family recipes. There are also interesting kebab recipes that Monish, an avid traveller, gathered from across various corners of the world, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco and more. The book is quite complete in the sense, the author even provides recipes of breads, dips, raitas and salads to pair up with kebabs. While some recipes do seem a tad complicated, if you are a true blue foodie, you wouldn’t mind going that extra mile to recreate some authentic Moti Mahal bites at the comfort of your home, would you?
Title: On the Kebab Trail
Author: Monish Gujral
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 299
(Debasmita Ghosh)

Love in the time of India’s freedom struggle...
This book strings together priceless nuggets from history and the dynamics of human relationships in a timeless format. In the book, author Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul traces the lives of her parents, Ayi Tendulkar and Indumati Gunaji in the backdrop of Nazi Germany and pre-Independent India. Dhaul has researched the book well and has a wealth of documents, pictures and personal stories that she’s deftly used to give an account of her parent’s struggles in the times of internal and external strife all over the world.

The unconventional love story between Dhaul’s parents takes place in Belgaum, where Indumati worked in Bapu’s Mahilla Ashram in Wardha and Ayi had started a Marathi newspaper, Warta News. The book also explores a very important relationship, that between Ayi and German filmmaker Thea von Harbou. The two were married before Ayi came to India. Though unconventional, the book is an interesting read as it attempts to explore the freedom movement through the eyes of these central characters.
(Aditi Pant)

Quite a flutter here
It’s not the kind of book you would expect to find a gigolo in. With the innocent pigeons flying on the cover, never. But then, every good book is a revelation. The characters — Aditya and Radhika, refreshingly just two in the times of a zillion, get alternate chapters to themselves, each connecting the dots to the other. They’re lovers, of course, long lost along life’s way after meet-now part-now intervals. The lady lands up loveless but with money, and the man, with repercussions of recession, even if enviable to some. As a sex worker. You’re instantly reminded of this recent Bollywood potboiler where the heroes, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, saw the same plight, remember? While you’d wish at times for stories in general to get over that syndrome, the pigeons still pull you in, pained and poignant, with their truth that resembles many our own.
Title: The Homing Pigeons
Author: Sid Bahri
Publisher: Srishti
Price: Rs 150
(Soumya Mukerji)