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The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

 

“Un petit trésor”!!! The Hundred Foot Journey, though first published in 2008 by Harper Collins, came back into prominence recently due to the recently released movie by the same name.

The book is a delightful read about the journey of Hassan Haji and his enterprising family.
Born above his grandfather’s restaurant on the Napean Sea Road in what was then called West Bombay,Hassan says ” I suspect my destiny was written from the very start, for my first sensation of life was the smell of machli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, rising through the floorboards to the cot in my parents’ room above the restaurant”.

From Mumbai to London, after the tragic death of his mother, Hassan and his family settle down in the idyllic village of Lumière, in the French Alps. Hassan’s world changes completely when the Hajis open their Maison Mumbai bang opposite the two Michelin starred, Le Saule Pleureur. What follows is comical, yet some what infuriating clash between the neighbours.

With the strong fragrance of Indian masalas and the whiff of d’arômes français, the book takes the readers on a gastronomical journey.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the hundred-foot distance between the two feuding restaurants and the two different cultures  is covered and how Madame Mallory of Le Saule Pleureu has a lasting impact on the life of Hassan Haji.

Rating 4/5

The Hundred Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais
Published by Harper Collins Publishers and Scribner
256 pages

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