Paperback ï Chef Epub Þ

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Chef ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Chef By Jaspreet Singh ❄ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 yearsK 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.


10 thoughts on “Chef

  1. Cynthia Cynthia 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 uiet 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 unreuited love both on a personal level and the unreuited 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. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I have had this book on my shelf since I started collecting books to read around the world in 2012 Chef is about a military cook from India who is returning to the Siachen Glacier technically in Kashmir where he had served as a younger man His father died in that same area while in the military Kip the main character comes from a Sikh background while most of the soldiers are Hindu There is a lot of negative talk about Muslims in this novel from the soldiers I found the prose difficult Dialogue was not indicated and sometimes it was confusing as to who was speaking The scenes are also two different time periods and not always clearly delineatedI enjoyed the discussion of the food what makes dishes specifically Kashmiri in particular I went on a deep internet dive and watched hours of videos of people making food in this region none of it in English but all of it by Muslim men interesting since in the book the Muslims are pushed so far to the sides I even watched a few travel videos where the man is accompanied by a Tourist Policeman at all timesThe Siachen Glacier is the line between the Asian and Indian continents and Pakistan and China India spends a lot of money and lives keeping a military presence there so they don't lose control of that access; the temperatures are insanely low and soldiers suffer freuently from frostbite hallucinations and Just do an internet search for Siachen and you will find videos featuring the army there All to say I think I enjoyed the experience of learning about this region and following small details in the book than I did the book itself But it did get me there I guessThe author lived in Kashmir as a child and now lives in Canada I decided to finally read this for the readtheworld21 challenge since this month was focused on the Indian subcontinent The Kashmir region is on the northern tip and is a high conflict area between India and Pakistan


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    NO SPOILERSFinished 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 uote 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 tasteAutumn 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 beginningSome people don't like descriptive writing For me good descriptive writing creates an atmosphere that depicts particular emotions I like that uestions 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 ualities but am having a hard time finding them I think maybe I am mistaken Or sometimes my computer is downBEFORE READING Too much talk about food? I am hoping I will get a good story bringing to life the Pakistani Indian conflict in Kashmir


  4. Renita D& Renita D& says:

    A beautiful book


  5. Pragya Pragya says:

    Sigh Even though I wanted to like this book I just didn'tIt 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 meThe 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 involvedGood points about the bookEverything related to food was yum Beautifully talked aboutThe picture presented of politics and war is hopeless but true and revealing to uite some extentSome people and incidents tug at the heartNot so goodEither 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 understandingIn all if you want to read it read for the description of food Nothing else would make me recommend this book to anyone


  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    While the themes and ideas behind this novel are uite 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 shortHere are a couple uotes 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


  7. Kathryn Kathryn 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 relationshipsI 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. Heather Moll Heather Moll 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


  9. Mary Mary 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 9thbut 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


  10. Gail Gail says:

    I thought this book told in a spare style with that subtly rhythmic langauge one finds in books by Indian writers to be uite good There is a distance between the reader and the characters as others have noted but I thought the effect was deliberate Kip as the narrator was himself distanced from everyone else and we see them through his eyes Chef is about the devastation left by war and its effects on people and on the environment It's a sad commentary on all those trumpenting war aims that we always hear about You'll read it and weep


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10 thoughts on “Chef

  1. Cynthia Cynthia 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 uiet 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 unreuited love both on a personal level and the unreuited 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. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I have had this book on my shelf since I started collecting books to read around the world in 2012 Chef is about a military cook from India who is returning to the Siachen Glacier technically in Kashmir where he had served as a younger man His father died in that same area while in the military Kip the main character comes from a Sikh background while most of the soldiers are Hindu There is a lot of negative talk about Muslims in this novel from the soldiers I found the prose difficult Dialogue was not indicated and sometimes it was confusing as to who was speaking The scenes are also two different time periods and not always clearly delineatedI enjoyed the discussion of the food what makes dishes specifically Kashmiri in particular I went on a deep internet dive and watched hours of videos of people making food in this region none of it in English but all of it by Muslim men interesting since in the book the Muslims are pushed so far to the sides I even watched a few travel videos where the man is accompanied by a Tourist Policeman at all timesThe Siachen Glacier is the line between the Asian and Indian continents and Pakistan and China India spends a lot of money and lives keeping a military presence there so they don't lose control of that access; the temperatures are insanely low and soldiers suffer freuently from frostbite hallucinations and Just do an internet search for Siachen and you will find videos featuring the army there All to say I think I enjoyed the experience of learning about this region and following small details in the book than I did the book itself But it did get me there I guessThe author lived in Kashmir as a child and now lives in Canada I decided to finally read this for the readtheworld21 challenge since this month was focused on the Indian subcontinent The Kashmir region is on the northern tip and is a high conflict area between India and Pakistan

  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    NO SPOILERSFinished 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 uote 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 tasteAutumn 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 beginningSome people don't like descriptive writing For me good descriptive writing creates an atmosphere that depicts particular emotions I like that uestions 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 ualities but am having a hard time finding them I think maybe I am mistaken Or sometimes my computer is downBEFORE READING Too much talk about food? I am hoping I will get a good story bringing to life the Pakistani Indian conflict in Kashmir

  4. Renita D& Renita D& says:

    A beautiful book

  5. Pragya Pragya says:

    Sigh Even though I wanted to like this book I just didn'tIt 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 meThe 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 involvedGood points about the bookEverything related to food was yum Beautifully talked aboutThe picture presented of politics and war is hopeless but true and revealing to uite some extentSome people and incidents tug at the heartNot so goodEither 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 understandingIn all if you want to read it read for the description of food Nothing else would make me recommend this book to anyone

  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    While the themes and ideas behind this novel are uite 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 shortHere are a couple uotes 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

  7. Kathryn Kathryn 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 relationshipsI 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. Heather Moll Heather Moll 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

  9. Mary Mary 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 9thbut 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

  10. Gail Gail says:

    I thought this book told in a spare style with that subtly rhythmic langauge one finds in books by Indian writers to be uite good There is a distance between the reader and the characters as others have noted but I thought the effect was deliberate Kip as the narrator was himself distanced from everyone else and we see them through his eyes Chef is about the devastation left by war and its effects on people and on the environment It's a sad commentary on all those trumpenting war aims that we always hear about You'll read it and weep

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