Machher Jhol (Fish Curry)


Baba’s forehead burned.

“Third day,” he coughed and drifted off to sleep.
Gopu knew this was his only chance to sneak away.

Hear the footsteps, the jostle and the commotion as Gopu walks down the busy lanes of Kolkata.

Where is he going amidst all this? Why is he alone?

Awards won: This book won the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) Award in 2019 for the theme Beating the Odds for the age 8-10 yrs. It won the Neev Book Awards, 2019 under the Picture Book Category. It also won the Crossword Book Awards, 2019.

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When his father falls sick, Gopu knows exactly what will help: a bowl of his mother’s comforting machher jhol (fish curry – in Bengali).

Gopu single-handedly embarks on a journey towards his Dida’s (grandmother) home. He steps outside carefully, counting each step, smelling the scents, and listening to the bustle of the city: all his senses heightened and working in unison to help him reach his destination.

With every step, Gopu is that much closer to the marinated fish sizzling in oil until golden brown, soaking in a hot, spicy stew.

Find out what’s cooking in this tale of pure unconditional love that explores the bond between a father and son, and their connection with a mouthwatering delicacy.

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Weight 140 g
Dimensions 22.2 × 27 × 0.5 cm


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