I managed to sip the creamy orange pumpkin soup with the big spoon without incident and in spite of my fumbling with the knife and fork I was able to enjoy the main course - roast beef with a completely spice-free side of baked potatoes. I savoured the utter absence of chilli or turmeric. The food seemed naked. It was my version of porn.
-The Exotic Rissole by Tanveer Ahmed
Can life be too spicy? Suffering from an overload of turmeric and the complexities of growing up in an immigrant Bangladeshi family in Sydney’s west, eleven-year-old Tanveer Ahmed thinks it probably can. And so begins an unpredictable, and very entertaining, double life – sampling the delights of Aussie cuisine, joining a cricket team that gets mistaken for a terrorist group and a stint as a Bollywood-style game show host. After discovering an aversion to dead bodies as a medical student, Tanveer, quite inevitably, decides he’ll become a psychiatrist. The Exotic Rissole is an irreverent and very honest memoir. It’s about the unexpected stories that emerge when cultures clash and the mix of identities that make up a life, held together loosely with breadcrumbs and egg.
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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Everyone is welcome to play!
How it works:
1. Grab a book from your collection
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3. Post the sentences, along with author and book title in the comments of this post
This month's reading theme is FEEL which comes courtesy of the National Year of Reading 2012 program!