Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan
Food of the Gods
The rice beer bellies of a Christian village in Meghalaya; food fed to departed Zoroastrian souls; a Kolkata-based Jewish community in decline; Tibetan monks who first serve Preta, the hungry ghost; and fifty-six-course feasts of the Jagannath temple-these are the stories in Bhagwan Ke Pakwaan (or, food of the gods), a cookbook-cum-travelogue exploring the connection between food and faith through the communities of India. There are legends and lore, angsty perspectives, tangential anecdotes, a couple of life lessons and a whole lot of food.
Devang Singh was blessed with an agile understanding of light which inspired him to leave his history degree aside to become a photographer, director and producer-a profession that has both yielded content for brands worldwide and near life-ending altercations with elephants.
Varud Gupta (Author)
Varud Gupta was born and bred for business until a brusque millennial existential crisis sent him travelling through the culinary cultures of the world. He's been a NY cheesemonger, an Argentine asador, a Peruvian bartender and a spy in countless household kitchens
Varud Gupta's first book, Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan, was a travel narrative through the faiths and foods of India. The story of Chhotu represents the culmination of the first chapter on this existential path.
Ayushi Rastogi is a graphic designer and illustrator. She has created a board game for children with dyslexia, illustrated a children's series that tackles topics of diversity, and designed books on pressing issues from nature conservation to pollution.