17 Tomatoes - Tales from Kashmir

17 Tomatoes - Tales from Kashmir

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Author: Jaspreet Singh
Publisher: IndiaInk
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 151
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
Seventeen Tomatoes
Border Cricket
Captain Faiz
Student of Gardens
Small Pain
Parachute Aunty
Remover of Obstacles
Garden of Fidelity