The Hundred Foot Journey …


My book starts off with the Main Character, Hassan Haji the seond boy of 6 children, who lives in Mumbai, India (Bombay) re-telling the past life experiences of his Grandparents Bapagi, his grandfather and Ammi, his grandmother before their current life together right now. He starts off by telling stories about how his grandfather’s “great hunger” drives him from the streets where he hustsled as a lunch delivery boy all the way up to becoming a popular chef in a U.S Army base during World War II. Many other characters were also introduced, most importantly a nemisis by the name of Uday Joshie. He is an arch rival in the restaurant business and caters to the finest people in Mumbai.  He owns a restaurant called Hyderabad in the “rich” end of Bombay and Hassan’s family is very envious of the lavish life Uday has created for himself. We also get to know Hassans father, Abbas Haji (Papa). We learn he is large and very old school. He admires his father very much and looks up to his determination as Papa is the man of the house and a successful business owner. The story line is told first hand as Hassan himself shares personal stories and emotions, I enjoy books like this better than past tense or from an outside view because it is easier to relate to characters and make connections. A part of the story that I questioned while reading and found so different from now was that his grandfather had buried all the family’s money underground in a box, it is just so crazy how now a days we have all our earnings on one simple debit or credit card and back then you had to burry money underground in order for it to be safe. Something I find challenging about the book so far is that the language and names used are very traditional so sometimes its hard to keep with the story as you can easily be confused as to whether they are talking about a character, traditional food dish or city/town as the language used is all very similar.