Serving Crazy with Curry

If you haven’t yet seen my voracious reader page you may not know that I read more books than the average person. (Wasn’t there some study earlier this year that said that the average person read only one book a year? If that’s the case then I’m way ahead of the game!) Not all of the books I read are that great. Some aren’t very well known– I enjoy picking up obscure books that may not necessarily make the top 10 bestseller lists. Serving Crazy with Curry is a book that I stumbled upon while browsing around on the internet. The book looked different than anything I’ve read recently (and the book I finished just before it was a real stinker) and so I decided to put it in my request queue at the library. I delved right into the pages and finished the book earlier this evening.

It’s a chic-lit style book with an interesting twist. The book is based mainly on the fictional character, Devi, a young Indian woman who makes an attempt to end her life. Saved by her mother, she spends the remainder of the book discovering who she is and why she wanted to end her life. During this time she has stopped speaking to anyone and instead begins communicating through food. Devi was never interested in cooking, but during such a rough time she begins spending all of her free time cooking up adventurous dishes for her family.

The book is well-written and the characters are so real that I have a hard time believing that I won’t run into them one day walking down the street. It’s the special touches like the letters and recipes inside of the book that make it such a gem. I sincerely hope that if you decide to read the book that you enjoy it as much as I have. The author, Amulya Malladi, has written other books that I’m convinced I’m going to love. They are definitely going onto my “to read” list. I’ll have to save them for the special times when I need to feel comforted. These books are to the soul what Mom’s home cookin’ is to the tummy.

What a great way to kickoff this year’s Summer reading program at the library!


5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    jin said,

    i thought you were gonna show us a picture of a curry dish

  2. 2

    Kiki said,

    Sorry to disappoint, girly. I’m not well-versed in Indian fare. It really makes me regret getting rid of that vegetarian cookbook before we moved (We were trying to minimize our stuff) because it had a TON of Indian recipes and it just so turns out that I love Indian food!

    And are you calling me crazy?!? LOL!

  3. 3

    Jen said,

    BTW, I read that you are a voracious reader and thought you might find this article interesting. When I find time, I’m also a heavy reader (
    In this essay, a writer with the The Atlantic proposes that having all of these Internet resources like search engines so quickly regurgitating to us the info we seeks is remapping our brains in different ways. We don’t have to work as hard to find knowledge, so the author says that makes it easier for us to get distracted and causes people to turn away from reading, esp. in book form.

    I guess it depends on the person, because, on a daily basis during the commute, I see tons of people with their noses glued to the books they are reading. A comforting sight that tells me a good solid book will never die.

  4. 4

    Jen said,

    Oh sorry to leave more blog litter (can I coin it to be known as “blitter?”)
    Anyway…forgot the link to the article I mentioned in the last comment. So here it is:

    Is Google Making Us Stupid?

  5. 5

    Kiki said,

    Jen, Blitter away 🙂

    Thank you very much for the link!

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