Chef by Jaspreet Singh
Finalist for The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2008
Chef Kirpal, seriously ill, returns to Kashmir after a gap of fourteen years to cook his last meal at the governor’s residence. He embarks on a long train and bus journey from Delhi to Kashmir during which he looks back over his days of apprenticeship and the life of ordinary soldiers on the Siachen glacier, occupation of Kashmir by India and Pakistan, prejudice against the Muslims, and his relationship with women from both sides of the border. But his reasons for visiting Kashmir one last time extend further than the strong desire to cook a wedding meal for the general’s daughter. He would like to excavate a part of his past that has kept him from moving forward.
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