Author: Jaspreet Singh
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186939296
17 tomatoes is a series of linked stories that revolve around two Sikh bys coming of age in an Indian Army camp in Kashmir. Each story takes a minor character from the previous tale and builds a new tale, weaving a collective portrait of the border community. In addition to the boys, Adi (a student of gardens) and Arjun (a budding chemist), we meet a boatman’s daughter, a celebrity cricket umpire and Parachute Aunty. From modern missiles to cricket matches, from religious miracles to the sumptuous gardens of Shalimar and Nishat, Singh treats beauty, politics, and religion in a gentle and humane manner.
Seventeen Tomatoes is a quiet but worthy debut, a love letter penned to the many-faced land of Singh’s youth.
-Montreal Review of Books
Draws of Salman Rushdie and Ben Okris’s pioneering examples of Straightfaced exaggeration to describe the merry-go-round of characters and regional customs that enchant and upset.
-Quill and Quire
Funny, tragic, elegantly told, these tales from Kashmir should be read everywhere.
-Kristen Den Hartog, author of Water Wings
Angle of Heaven
Student of Gardens
Remover of Obstacles
Garden of Fidelity