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"A delicious feast of novel" Suffering from a bout of food rage at the local food court, Anglo-Indian food critic Puttla Marks creates a hullabaloo over vindaloo, and is hauled off to the Melbourne Detention Centre. There, the intrepid government interrogator Claude Anttick awaits. Convinced the culinary stoush is more than just an isolated incident, Anttick grills Puttla. The stakes are high. The authorities want Puttla to prove his patriotism or face deportation. Is Puttla up to the challenge? Can he dish up a story? Will Anttick swallow the repast? Probably not. But Puttla's going to give it one hell of a college try. After all, Memsahib Marks did not raise her boy to be a fool, she raised him to be British! The Secret Vindaloo takes the reader on a wild and wickedly funny ride at street-level in a bygone Calcutta. With laser-like accuracy, the author cuts to the bone in a tale of identity: that which we seek, that which is thrust upon us, and maybe, in the midst of it all, discovering who we really are. Scroll up and grab a copy today.
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An Anglo-Indian means a person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the male line is or was of European descent but who is domiciled within the territory of India and is or was born within such territory of parents habitually resident therein and not established there for temporary purposes only. The Indian Constitution, 1950, Article 366 (2)Much before the constitutional definition, Anglo-Indians came into being as the progeny of European colonists and native Indians in sixteenth-century India. An exodus of the com-munity from the Indian subcontinent occurred in modern times. Now, from the North Indian perspective at least, there are more Anglo-Indians outside of India than in the subcontinent. As time goes by, fewer and fewer remain to tell the stories. Of course, academic accounts abound, offering evidence for their findings. The Secret Vindaloo never purports to fall into this category. Sometimes it's easier to get at a truth - an emotional truth, that is - via fiction. Although born of my imaginings, The Secret Vindaloo is nothing more or less than the lived, emotional truth of one man and his times.About the Author:
India-born novelist Keith Butler is a teacher living in New Zealand. He writes for national newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. His awards include winning The Melbourne Age Short Story Competition for “Sodasi” and grants from the Australian Literature Board and Victorian Arts Department for his novel The Secret Vindaloo. Living in India gave him a lifelong fascination with languages. Of his many loves, he counts daughters, Asha and Mahla, wife Robyn, India, Indians, reading, writing, and of course, food. Watching reruns of “I, Claudius”, “The King and I’”, and the History Channel with a chota peg of single malt Laphroaig close by is his preferred indulgence. He travels frequently with Robyn, and his favorite trip was doing the Camino.
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Book Description Bay Road Media, 2014. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP102223023