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By Hardeep Singh Kohli

ISBN-10: 1847671438

ISBN-13: 9781847671431

Review'How deep is Hardeep's love of nutrition? As deep as Loch Ness and as unfathomable as India. Indian Takeaway is a truly humorous and beguiling journey.' Paul Whitehouse Product DescriptionAs a boy, Hardeep Singh Kohli knew the place domestic was once: Glasgow. yet every person else regularly assumed he used to be Indian. simply because definitely he could not be British, together with his brown pores and skin and turban? Thirty years later, Hardeep units out on a trip to find the place he's rather from. His tale is as hilarious because it is relocating.

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Twenty-five minutes,’ he proffers. ’ He fails to make eye contact. Very precise, I think and with a reasonably accurate explanation for the delay. This must mean he knows what he is talking about. After all, I am here with time to kill. Twenty-five minutes would be a useful bridge to the next hour I have to spend before my fl ight to Trivandrum. ‘Fine,’ I say. He glowers at me, as if somehow trying to summon an eloquent English language diatribe. Glower over, he skulks off. He would be back ‘later on’.

Yet, as a turbaned Sikh, Indians expect me to be a fluent Hindi and/or Punjabi speaker. It seems wherever I go in the world the expectation of who I might be is never in sync with who I actually am. Perhaps this is what I was searching for in India – the secret formula to reconcile the expectations of those around me with the reality. Or maybe it was something much more profound: maybe I had to manage my own confusion, my own expectation. To make some sense of the life I had led thus far, I needed to know why my father had left India, uprooted and had a family in Britain.

Paul sidles over, his empty rucksack on his back and kindly offers to hunt down and bring back beers. I give him a hundred rupees and bid him a swift and safe return. Meanwhile the waiter comes to take my order. There is only one thing I would be eating in this part of India, a dish rarely seen outside the non-Christian south. Pork vindaloo. Given the 120 million Muslims in India, as a sign of secular respect pork is very rarely served in any region where there is a discernible Muslim presence.

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