Varud Gupta was bred for the business world, a past life spent studying finance at New York University and working as a consultant for Deloitte. And then a brusque millennial existential crisis sent him travelling (and eating) through the culinary cultures of the world. It was here that his journey as a writer began, documenting his odd jobs as an Asador or Cheesemonger and the tidbits eaten along the way. His first book, Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan, was a cookbook-cum-travelogue into the faiths of foods of India, which won two Gourmand awards for ‘Peace’ and ‘First Cookbook’ in India. The second, Chhotu: A Tale of Partition and Love, was a graphic novel coming-of-age story during 1947 — and a parable of the past that often doesn’t feel too removed from the present.
Bhagwaan ke Pakwaan