Monica Bhide – Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken |@RandomTtours|@mbhide|#KarmaandtheArtofButterChicken #BookReviews #BookBlogger

I am hosting the blog tour for Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken by Monica Bhide on behalf of Random Things Tours. Thanks to both Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Monica Bhide for my copy of the book.

Raised by Buddhist monks in Delhi after his mother’s untimely and tragic death, Eshaan sets out on the challenging quest to feed and nourish the hungry so they do not suffer her same fate. His attempts to achieve this monumental goal are constantly thwarted. And when his former girlfriend returns from Europe with a handsome fiancé in tow, his life becomes even more complicated.A sliver of hope appears in the form of a local TV cooking competition. Winning would offer the solution to all his problems: money for his mission and the chance to impress the girl he loves. But to win this competition, Eshaan first must face a secret that has the potential to destroy his life and his dreams.Can a young life that has been defined by a crisis ever really thrive? Will Eshaan’s pain-filled spirit ever hear the songs of salvation that the Universe sings for him, or will his demons ultimately win?

A truly different story for me today. Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken is not a book I would have automatically jumped to read . Although the title,being rather unique, and the synopsis did make me think twice and jump in to join the blog tour.

We meet Eshaan,throwing away food he has prepared for a food competition before the judge has a chance to taste it. His intention was to make a point due to him growing up hungry.  He has a goal in life to ensure no one ever goes hungry in life. Dreams and goals cost money, and with so much greed in this world, it looks impossible to fulfil.

Eshaan is such a kind and generous character, and this makes his aim to build and open his restaurant a dream he may not complete. With the help of his friends, he opens Buddha’s Karma Kitchen, which begins to fail. This is because it is usually the homeless who come in to eat free food. This is when he makes a meal for a  TV cooking show and throws it away before it is tasted by the judge. Then, to add insult to injury, his ex , Kitt, the love of his life, returns with her successful and gorgeous new fiancé.

Eshaan is a character you can’t help wanting to cheer on. A flawed young man who is so generous, he always gives his food to those in need. His heart is so big that it puts him at a disadvantage. Eshaan, along with all the characters, are well developed and make you care for them all.

Monica Bhide’s detailed descriptions of India and the food are enough to make you feel like you (a) want to eat and (b) would love to visit India to have a meal with the people there.

A book I enjoyed so much more than I initially thought I would. The author has such skill in her writing that I was immersed in Eshaan’s world. I will definitely look out for her books now.

About The Author

Monica Bhide

Celebrated food writer Monica Bhide dishes up a page-turning story of sacrifice, determination, and an honest exploration of the human spirit. Set in contemporary India and seasoned with gentle love, dramatic loss, enchanting poetic verse, and exotic food, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken will take you to a place where past and present keep uneasy yet delicious company.The cover photograph is by the talented and award-winning photographer, Simi Jois

Monica Bhide is an internationally renowned writer known for sharing food, culture, love, and life with a lyrical voice and universal appeal. She has built a diverse and solid audience through the publication of three cookbooks, her collection of short stories, her website,, and articles in top-tier media, including Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Saveur, The Washington Post, Health, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, AARP The Magazine, Parents, and many others. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster and Random House(India). The Chicago Tribune named Bhide one of the seven food writers to watch in 2012. In April 2012, picked her as one of the top ten food writers on Twitter. Her work has garnered numerous accolades and has been included in four Best Food Writing anthologies (2005, 2009, 2010, 2014).

Monica is a frequent presence on NPR, and serves as a speaker and teacher for organizations such as Georgetown University, the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ), London Food Blogger’s Connect, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her seventh book, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken, releases later this year. Monica was just profiled in “Those Immigrants: Indians In America, A psychological exploration of achievement,” by James Beard award-winning Dr. Scott Haas.

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