Climbing the Mango Trees

Climbing the Mango Trees

A Memoir of A Childhood in India

eBook - 2006
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Actress-writer Jaffrey gives us a memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared. Madhur (meaning sweet as honey) grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners with forty or more members of his extended family. Picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed with raisins and mint and tucked into freshly baked pooris; sampling the lunch boxes of Muslim friends; sneaking tastes of exotic street fare--such memories flavor Jaffrey's story. Independent, sensitive, and curious, as a young girl she loved uncovering her family's many-layered history, and she was deeply affected by their personal trials and by the devastating consequences of Partition. This is both an account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to evoke memory. Plus a secret ingredient: more than thirty family recipes.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307517692
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 297 p.) :,ill
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 18, 2016

A good memoir of childhood in India...Enjoyed reading it.

Aug 20, 2014

The author writes in detail about a magical childhood as she was growing up in pre-independence India in a joint family. As is often the case with memories from India food is a vital part! Who better than Jaffrey an author of cookbooks, to elaborate on such a childhood?

Mar 04, 2013

An interesting view into growing up in an affluent Indian family that was very Anglo before they immigrated to England.

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