This is a story set it in 1939 in Nazi Germany. And it’s beautiful. Markus Zusak manages to avoid a hitting-you-in-the-face description of the Jews, the Germans and the concentration camps. Instead, he tells us about Death. And a book thief.
The story is narrated by Death himself. After 554 pages of it, I can only appreciate his humanitarian nature. For me, it was not a story about Leisel Meminger, it was a story about Death. The way he carries souls of the people after they shut their eyes to the world. The way he, Death, shivers on the first day in Auschwitz. The way he prays to God in a futile attempt to understand (God never says anything; we humans are not the only ones he never answers). The way he sadly declares himself to be the most loyal servant to the Fuhrer in all the years of Hitler’s reign. The way it sometimes kills him to see people die.
But there’s a truth that Death knows. The only truth he knows. Read the book to unearth it. A wonderful narrative with a distinct style of unfolding the facts, this book is a must read.
I reiterate, Times Food Guide is a must-have.
So this time we tried Kokum Country. And fell in love with it.
Experience: Kokum Country offers coastal cuisine from Kerala, Goa and Mangalore. They welcome you with a complimentary banana and wheat dish, which leaves you wanting for more. Order whatever you fancy, be it ghee rice or fish curry or chicken or an unusually prepared idli, you are headed for a mouth watering experience. Kokum Sherbet is a must try. The restaurant boasts of very pleasing looks, be it the 6-chamber container that houses an assortment of chutneys and masalas or the finely done interiors. The service is good too.
Location: It is tucked away in a corner of MRC Nagar, R A Puram, beside Cafe French Loaf. These two are the only eating joints in the area, so it’s not tough to navigate to the location once you are in Kasthuri avenue.
Meal for two: Rs. 800 – 900
Final take: The price tag may be a bit scary, but it’s worth a visit once.