By Jaspreet Singh
Kirpal Singh is driving the gradual teach to Kashmir. With India passing by means of his window, he displays on his vacation spot, that is additionally his earlier: an army camp to which he has now not again for fourteen years. Kirpal, known as Kip, is shy and never but twenty while he arrives for the 1st time at common Kumar's camp, nestled within the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. At twenty thousand ft, the glacier makes a forbidding battlefield; its crevasses claimed the physique of Kip's father. Kip turns into an apprentice below the camp's chef, Kishen, a fiery mentor who courses him towards the heady spheres of foodstuff and ladies. during this position of contradictions, erratic violence, and severe temperatures, Kip learns to arrange neighborhood dishes and food from worldwide. whilst months go, Kip, a Sikh, feels safe in his allegiance to India, firmly at the correct facet of this interminable clash. Then, one muggy day, a Pakistani "terrorist" with lengthy, flowing hair is swept up at the banks of the river and alterations every thing. Mesmeric, mournful, and extremely lyrical, Chef is a courageous and compassionate debut approximately wish, love, and reminiscence set opposed to the devastatingly attractive, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir.
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Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh