Singh s first novel is told by the protagonist Kirpal in flash backs on a train trip back to Kashmir Kirpal has agreed to prepare the wedding feast for his former General s daughter This is a story India of the conflict between India and Pakistan Listen to Singh description of Beethoven s 9th but I have heard the music My fear, my fury, my joy, my melancholy everything is embedded in this piece The Ninth is real It penetrates my body like smells, like food And yet is is solid and massive like a glacier Shifting Sliding, Melting Then becoming air.
While the themes and ideas behind this novel are quite important, it ended up just being an okay read for me Perhaps I m missing something and I say that sincerely but I didn t find the writing poetical or lyrical as it was advertised for the most part And while the style is purposely informal and conversational, to me, much of it was either underwritten or overwritten, with the metaphors feeling forced I do give lots of credit, though, to a passage about movies being made in hotels that was very well done By the middle of the book, I started getting rather annoyed by the much used one word sentence But that was used maybe effectively at first, but ended up being just repetitive By the end of the book, I was wishing perhaps someone like Rohinton Mistry one of my favorite writers had written this story, that, for me, had much Singh Is Riding The Slow Train To Kashmir With India Passing By His Window, He Reflects On His Destination, Which Is Also His Past A Military Camp To Which He Has Not Returned For Fourteen YearsKirpal, Called Kip, Is Shy And Not Yet Twenty When He Arrives For The First Time At General Kumar S Camp, Nestled In The Shadow Of The Siachen Glacier At Twenty Thousand Feet, The Glacier Makes [ Pdf Chef ê wonder-woman PDF ] by Jaspreet Singh ☆ A Forbidding Battlefield Its Crevasses Claimed The Body Of Kip S Father Kip Becomes An Apprentice Under The Camp S Chef, Kishen, A Fiery Mentor Who Guides Him Toward The Heady Spheres Of Food And WomenIn This Place Of Contradictions, Erratic Violence, And Extreme Temperatures, Kip Learns To Prepare Local Dishes And Delicacies From Around The Globe Even As Months Pass, Kip, A Sikh, Feels Secure In His Allegiance To India, Firmly On The Right Side Of This Interminable Conflict Then, One Muggy Day, A Pakistani Terrorist With Long, Flowing Hair Is Swept Up On The Banks Of The River And Changes EverythingMesmeric, Mournful, And Intensely Lyrical, Chef Is A Brave And Compassionate Debut About Hope, Love, And Memory Set Against The Devastatingly Beautiful, War Scarred Backdrop Of Kashmir Sigh Even though I wanted to like this book, I just didn t.
It started off well, weaving me into the story, wanting to know what had happened in the Chef s past But as the book progressed, it went downhill I felt like there was so much need to take the book to a higher, cognitive version of itself that it ceased to make any sense, to me.
The story is of a Sikh army Chef and his reminiscing about his past experience in Kashmir the war troubled zone The life there, the food of course and the politics involved.
Good points about the book Everything related to food was yum Beautifully talked about.
The picture presented of politics and war is hopeless but true and revealing to quite some extent.
Some people and incidents tug at the heart.
Not so good Either I am not abstract minded to make sense of the abstract or there was senseless abstract in the book To some level abstractne Starting with the cover, this book is wonderful The cover is breathtakingly beautiful and just transports you to northern India The story, told by Kip, is simple in its telling, but at the same time shows the complexity of human relationships.
I loved this book and highly recommend it If you liked Buddha s Orphans by S Upadhyay or A Fine Balance by R Mistry, then this book is for you .
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I could barely get through this book It s written in a style that some would call lyrical, but for me it s too slow paced and convoluted I just couldn t plod my way through and it felt like a chore to read through 250 pages I never got a good feel for the narrator s personality as we skipped through perspective and time He doesn t engage me and I can t relate to him in any way In the end, I didn t care about him, his dying, his relationships, his food, nothing at all At the end of the book I understand Kashmir and its occupation no better, I understand Kip s personality and his relationships with women no better, and the relationship between food and life seemed shallow and ill formed connection.
NO SPOILERS Finished This book is good all the way through One should read it to experience this author s writing style It is original, very moving, sometimes disjointed, but alwaysis said than the simple words The quote given below is not harsh, other portions of this book are Don t think you will be served a syrupy treat Much is said about countries in conflict and how the people of the conflicting sides react towards ach other It wasn t until the very end that I realised how well personal conflicts mirrored the the India Pakistan conflict over Kashmir Through page 49 Oh yes, I like this The most important thing for me is is HOW a writer writes, which words he chooses, are the messages blatant or subtle I am happy I will give yo a taste Autumn is not a season in India In Kashmir autumn arrives in the month of October Through the soot coated kitchen window I could watch