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Alphabet Soup for Lovers by [NAIR, ANITA]
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Lena Abraham knows that love can end in only one way - disappointment. Her marriage to KK is perfect precisely because she is not in love with him, and their life on a tea plantation in the picturesque Anamalai hills is idyllic. Then, one rainy morning, a man arrives to take up temporary residence in the homestay they run. Shoola Pani is south Indian cinema's heartthrob, an actor in flight from his own superstardom, and the last thing he is looking for is emotional entanglement. But when Lena and he meet, something flares between them that neither could have anticipated. She becomes his Lee and he her Ship, and the place they inhabit Arcadia. Told partly from the point of view of Komathi, whose own relationship with Lena is fraught with buried truths from the past, this searing tale of unexpected passion and adultery reaffirms the magical power of love in all our lives.

About the Author

Anita Nair is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Cut Like Wound and Idris. She has also published a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind, a collection of essays titled Goodnight & God Bless and five books for children. Anita has written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting, which was part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won a National Film Award in 2013. She has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award and her books have been translated into over thirty languages around the world. She is also the founder of the creative writing and mentorship programme, Anita’s Attic.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1288 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (15 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0182EFRMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The most beautiful way I have come across until now, the way in which Anita Nair has combined 2 very interesting concepts - Food and Stories of people.
The narrative is spellbinding and easy flowing. Each alphabet of English language, a food item starting with that letter, a small but meaningful and witty explanation by the cook, Komathi, and Lena's story.
Completely unputdownable ☺️
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Format: Paperback
Sweet, romantic and a delight to read.
The story is told through the eyes of Komathi, the cook of Lena Abraham, who lives a sheltered yet uneventful life with her husband KK in the Annamalai hills till the arrival of South Indian superstar Shoola Pani Dev at their homestay cottage.
As Komathi tackles the various letters of the alphabet with food or ingredients that catch her eye, the story attains the flavor of it and progresses smoothly.
The book made me crave for some of the foods mentioned, google some recipes and made me look at food with a different eye.
Recommended to all who love literary fiction that is a delight to read and tells a good story. Also for foodies.
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I was drawn to the Alphabet Soup for Lovers after reading some of the excerpts posted by two of my bibliophile friends. The food allegories were so simple that they were tempting. I've never read any whole novel of Anita Nair before, and having heard praise for her from many friends, the excerpts had an immediate effect. I ran to Amazon the moment the prices dropped and bought myself a copy.

Neither did I wait too long to start reading the Alphabet Soup for Lovers. I started reading it in train on the way to Kudla from Bangalore and unfortunately, also finished it in two days. I wish it would go on and on, I wish Anita Nair was tackling Malayalam alphabets - at least then we'd have had 52 chapters and not just 26.

Alphabet Soup for Lovers is a simple tale - of how Lena Abraham finds love. Lena and KK, her husband, run a tea plantation and a small homestay in the lap of the Annamalai hills. Their marriage is placid, free of passion or arguments. But when Shoola Pani, the Tamil superstar, comes to stay in the homestay, Lena's life takes a new course. Passion and love, which Lena carefully skirted around all these years, come bursting forth from her bosom.

But this tale is not just about Lena. It belongs as much to Komathi, the cook of Lena's household, as to her. The tale is partly narrated by Komathi, and this is where the food metaphors and the "palatable" descriptions come from. The story's poignancy, light-heartedness, philosophy and heart comes from Komathi's narrative. Here's an example:

"Arisi appalam doesn't puff up like a pappadum or a puri. Instead it turns a beautiful crisp white. It's full of flavour. Of green chillies and asafoetida, lime and the heat of the sun, and each bite is like a firecracker bursting in the mouth...
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Komathi the cook has found a way to begin learning English. This gives her insights into the nature of love and relationships. More than that, it gives the author of ‘Alphabet Soup for Lovers’, Anita Nair, the opportunity to showcase her magnificent literary conceit. From Arisi appalam to Zigarthanda, the parade of South Indian cooking ingredients and deicacies continues alphabetically, interspersed with a hunger that is both physical and emotional, played out in the backdrop of memories of lost loves.

Anita Nair has written with a light and deft touch, paradoxically highlighting the emotional upheavals that take place.

Whatever be your favourite cuisine, if you are a deserving reader, this book certainly deserves to be on your plate.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A mature love story between two soul lost in their daily routine and got comfortable. What happens when nature, situations and a sense of boredom add spice to your life? What happens when you ignore people around you and take them for granted? What happens when we don't pursue our dreams and let our imaginations stay locked up in a box for far too long? Read the book to understand how simple things can change your life when put in the right perspective. Time to unleash the puppy in you and set yourself free.

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A good book to read, enjoyed it. And as usual an awesome purchase experience with Amazon, though there was a delay, it was promptly notified.
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Alphabet Soup was a light read and totally fun.It is a love story told well, (which is a rarity in itself) and with so much food that it is sure to make you go looking for some recipes! I loved the kariveppilai goddess myth in the book. Even in this book of unabashed love, Anita weaves in an element of her strong brand of feminism with that story!
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What a delight this book is! It brought together the two things I love; food and romance. The manner in which Nair has merged the two is commendable. This is a lovely and engaging book and is a treat for someone who loves the heavy aroma of love wafting through the oldest form of alchemy-cooking! Do pick this book up. It's food for the soul!
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