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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Chef
  • Jaspreet Singh
  • English
  • 07 November 2018
  • 9781608190850

10 thoughts on “Chef

  1. says:

    This is the reason we readers read, for books such as this There seems to be a trend for inward books recently and this falls into that category There is plot but mostly to hang thoughts and feelings on Kip, is a Sikh working in Srinagar as an Army Chef attached to a powerful General s house The world outside their house is at war He s a quiet, contemplative man and the attention he receives is second hand, mostly associated with the heroic deeds of his soldier father When people meet Kip they seem to not see him They talk at him about his dad s exploits By the way if you re a foody this is only peripherally about cooking and food though the sights, sounds, smells of Indian cuisine are interwoven throughout the book as you follow Kip around the kitchen their there as metaphor or as a description of place and mood Mostly this book is about political issues that plague India, Pakistan and the pivot is Kashmir Kashmir is where the best and the worst play out Another theme is unrequited love both on a personal level and the unrequited love for one s country and countrymen Both these loves almost break Kip and it does break some of the other characters I don t want to give the impression this is a philosophy book though that s here Jaspreet shows the human rights offenses with a deft touch Bombs don t go off in your face the prose builds up layer upon layer until there s a slow implosion I kept thinking, he doesn t mean that, surely not , and then, with dread, he does mean that It makes the horror real but without having to wipe blood off your face The relationships have a push pull that read frighteningly close to real life especially the story of a woman, Irem, who is Muslim and living in Pakistan with her husband She s so desperately unhappy she throws herself into the Ganges and winds up on the Hindu side She s taken prisoner for being an illegal alien and a possible terrorist She s under the general s care which is how Kip meets her and falls in love He s never sure if his love is returned or not This is a sad book And so well written it could break your heart.


  2. says:

    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 always is 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 the chenar trees dance They moved liked dervishes in the wind I had never seen autumn before Both sides of the street were lined by plane trees The whole valley would burst into Technicolor The leaves turned as they fell on the roofs and the streets, turning any surface into a red and yellow and orange carpet The wind carried them, swirled them and then abandoned the leaves one by one Contemplating their sadness I would forget my own, and I would forget too the Siachen Glacier Even if blindfolded, I will still be able to detect the chenar leaves I can t forget the smell of cut grass and the smell of plane trees How sad the trees look when shedding leaves, and yet how happy as if trying to kiss the whole world Autumn is not the end of happiness It is the beginning Some people don t like descriptive writing For me good descriptive writing creates an atmosphere that depicts particular emotions I like that questions arise in my mind what has happened in the past, what exactly does he mean by that I like the ambiguity But that is me Rather than just being about food and recipes, it is about all the senses and how they move us as human beings Food is important in how it affects our emotions I guess when I am very silent about a book that I am reading it is because I am fighting to LIKE the book I don t want to criticize until I am sure I don t like it I WANT to like it I am searching for the good qualities but am having a hard time finding them I think maybe I am mistaken Or sometimes my computer is down BEFORE READING Too much talk about food I am hoping I will get a good story bringing to life the Pakistani Indian conflict in Kashmir.


  3. says:

    A beautiful book.


  4. says:

    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 abstractness and randomness add interest and appeal to a book but in this one, the pages were filled with abstract that went beyond my understanding.In all, if you want to read it, read for the description of food Nothing else would make me recommend this book to anyone.


  5. says:

    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 potential, but ended up falling short.Here are a couple quotes I did like I knew what was outside my cycle leaning against the plane tree, and next to it was the nurse s cycle The nurse and I had failed to connect, but our cycles had met and they were making love to each other I realize there is no bigger tragedy for a land that forces its own people out and makes them wander from place to place, and leaves them damaged with an intense longing to return home.


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  7. says:

    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


  8. says:

    chef .


  9. says:

    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.


  10. says:

    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.


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Chefcharacters Chef, audiobook Chef, files book Chef, today Chef, Chef 8e986 Kirpal 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 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


About the Author: Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh born 1969 is a Canadian writer.He grew up in India and moved to Canada in 1990.