SERVING CRAZY WITH CURRY
If life gets you down, spice it
up with the unexpected. . . .
pressures to marry and become a traditional Indian wife and the
humiliation of losing her job in Silicon Valley, Devi is on the
edge—where the only way out seems to jump. . . .
Yet Devi’s plans to "end it
all" fall short when she is saved by the last person she wants to
see: her mother. Forced to move in with her parents until she
recovers, Devi refuses to speak. Instead, she cooks . . . nonstop.
And not the usual fare, but off the wall twists on Indian classics
that her mother considers a culinary sin. Now family meals are no
longer obligations. Devi’s know-it-all executive sister and her
professor husband make it to dinner every night; her father can’t
get enough; even her mother has to admit the cooking is
Suddenly their lives become as surprising as the impromptu creations
Devi whips up in the kitchen each night. Then a stranger appears out
of the blue. Devi, it appears, had a secret—one that touches many a
nerve in her tightly wound family. Though exposing some shattering
truths, the secret will also gather them back together in ways they
never dreamed possible.
As satisfying as Devi’s homemade blueberry curry—and interspersed
with delicious recipes—this story mixes food, humor, warmth, and
leap-off-the-page characters into a rich stew of a novel that
reveals a woman’s struggle for acceptance in her family and herself.
Release: October 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books (US)
Piatkus Books, UK (2004)
Verlagsgruppe Libbe, Germany (TBA)
"If we were in India, this would've never happened," Saroj told Avi.
"Girls don't commit suicide like this in India, not those from good
families at least."
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