Author: Preethi NairPublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 294ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172235321
This novel is a story about Truth, unraveled through the mystical art of cooking. It is about telling a lie to save the vulnerable, only to have it resurface with unforeseen consequences.Maybe there are one hundred shades for explaining truth, a spectrum from light to dark. Things are not always clear-cut, they are not either black or white, life just isn’t like that.Satchin and Maya enjoy a carefree life in India with their mother Nalini, who concocts magical recipes with their grandmother. Unexpectedly, their father Rahul sends for them to join him in London where he is working. Having uprooted his wife and children, he ruthlessly abandons them leaving behind a trail of debt and deceit.Left penniless in an alien culture, Nalini is determined to preserve her children’s sense of self-worth and tells them that their father died in a fatal accident. As their fight for survival begins, whole realities are bult on this one lie.