Chef

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  • Jaspreet Singh
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  • 15 February 2019
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About the Author: Jaspreet Singh

Paperback õ Chef PDF ´ chef free, ChefChef ePUBJaspreet Singh born is a Canadian writerHe grew up in India and moved to Canada in wikipedia.


ChefPaperback õ Chef PDF ´ chef free, ChefChef ePUBKirpal 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.

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10 thoughts on “Chef

  1. 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 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 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 horrorreal 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. Chrissie 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 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 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 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 isabout 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. Renita D& says:

    A beautiful book.

  4. Pragya 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 th 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. Teresa 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 t 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

  6. 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 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

  7. 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 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

  8. 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 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 ma 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

  9. 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 quite 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 I thought this book, told in a spare style with that subtly rhythmic langauge one finds in books by Indian writers, to be quite 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

  10. Barbara says:

    Chef is the story of Kirpal Kip Singh, a young fatherless Sikh looking for his late father both literally and metaphorically, as well as for himself and a lotby joining the Indian army serving in Kashmir Shortly after his father s death he goes to the Himalaya to work in the kitchens of General Kumar, chief of the Northern Command and resident of the second biggest house in Srinagar.Chef is also the story of Kirpal Kip Singh, a man in his 30s whose life is to be cut short by a diagnos Chef is the story of Kirpal Kip Singh, a young fatherless Sikh looking for his late father both literally and metaphorically, as well as for himself and a lotby joining the Indian army serving in Kashmir Shortly after his father s death he goes to the Himalaya to work in the kitchens of General Kumar, chief of the Northern Command and resident of the second biggest house in Srinagar.Chef is also the story of Kirpal Kip Singh, a man in his 30s whose life is to be cut short by a diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumour He has been invited to return to Kashmir by the General who fourteen years after Singh left him is now the Governor of Kashmir and resident of the biggest house in Srinagar.But possibly the Chef of the title isn t either of the Kirpals, young or old, but the young Singh s mentor, Chef Kishen It s never quite clear and that s just one of many ambiguities in this book.We join the book with Singh in his older self, a man who has been waiting many years to hear from the General waiting for an apology for presumed past sins These are sins that we as readers have to pretty much work out for ourselves as this is a book in which much is hinted but little is revealed Kip is waiting for answers to questions that have long gone unasked but which torment him still When a letter arrives at the home Kip shares with his mother, it is not the apology he had waited for but an invitation to return and cook the wedding feast of the General s daughter Rubiya, someone he remembers as a young girl back in the days when he served her father A wedding should be a cause for celebration but there s a big dark cloud over the proceedings Kumar s daughter has chosen to marry a Muslim from Pakistan, seemingly throwing her father s life s work defending the Indian border from attack back in his face.The book is structured around Kip s two periods in Kashmir, the story flitting back and forth between the two The first trip was caused by young Singh signing up for the army and going to Kashmir to learn his trade as a chef The second is taken by his older self, a dying man whose illness seems to have given him access to a courage he lacked when he was younger The General is now the Governor and Singh is heading back to Srinagar to try to understand his own past, to find out the answers to questions which have haunted him for years.We know from the first pages that Singh is unmarried and we suspect the reason why lies in his first time in Kashmir He becomes unofficially apprenticed to Chef Kishen, an eccentric and bawdy man, passionate in equal measures for the dishes he creates and the local nurse whom he beds Kishen urges Singh to get a woman, saying he ll let Kip have his job as Chef the day his young prot g e loses his virginity Instead Singh gets the job when Kishen steps out of line and gets exiled Then there s the mysterious Pakistani woman, pulled out of a river and accused of spying for the enemy, a woman that Kip wants to understand, to cook for and quietly to love Things happened to the woman, things which are mysteriously revealed, layer by layer, as the book moves back and forth in time Things which drove Kip away and bring him back again so many years later.There are many books about Kashmir and most are romantic evocations of the paradise in the sky that was represented by this beautiful mountain area Many revolve around Srinagar as a place of cool refuge for the British in the days of the Raj Others are emotional accounts of the devastation wrecked on the local people and their communities by decades of conflict between India and Pakistan But Chef takes rather a different angle, offering instead a story of the Indian forces in Kashmir and of the ongoing and persisting conflict with Pakistan across the so called Line of Control This is not the Kashmir of Bollywood song and dance routines amongst the mountain flowers It s the Kashmir of the military, of men living close to the line and sometimes even closer to the edge, ever alert to attack and fearful of spies and invasion It s also the Kashmir of freezing temperatures and weather that has killedmen than the conflict ever could We see men driven crazy by their situations, women destroyed by prejudices, and all the time we watch through the eyes of Kirpal Singh, a character designed to observe, to be always just a little bit outside the action, someone around whom things happen rather than someone who actually creates the action himself.I can only assume that the author, Jaspreet Singh, is making a specific point in making his non hero a Sikh like himself Whilst it would be fair to say the Sikh community in India has plenty of reason to side with the Hindus against the Muslim Pakistanis, theirs is a dispute that sat home on the plains of the Punjab and not up in the Kashmiri Himalaya Singh s character Kirpal is thus granted a differentness that enables him to be a little detached from a conflict that s by history one of Hindu versus Muslim, a conflict where his late father didn t really belong either Similarly his role as a chef for the General means he s simultaneously a part of the military but not a combatant Not surprisingly for someone serving in the Indian Army, his loyalties lie firmly on the Indian side of the Line of Control, but his contact with the young Muslim woman, the growing understanding of how and why she came to be in the river and accidentally pulled out on the wrong side, makes him question his loyalties and his part in the conflict As a chef, he s not exactly looking down the barrel of a gun, targeted on an enemy, but this sense of separation adds again to that sense of separation and observation.I loved the gentle but threatening pace of the story, where things unsaid are every bit as important as those spoken out loud I found myself re reading passages to make sure I d understood them properly, checking back to see if I d missed something the first time No sooner had I finished than I knew I would want to go back and have another go, to see what I could spot second time around that had hidden under a rock the first time through As I was approaching the final pages I found myself wondering how the book could possibly finish with so few pages left to go and I would admit that I felt the ending was a bit rushed, and left me with plenty of unresolved issues still niggling away in my mind