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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 1, March 2017

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Andrea Cecon
Cividale del Friuli, Italy


Just Like Kathmandu

Chapati, Naan with butter or garlic, chicken Tikkas, rice prepared in many different ways and with any kind of sauce or spice: nothing's missing on our table.

My colleague tells me there is a similar restaurant in Vienna, and by similar he means a restaurant on a turntable from which you can admire the whole city.

"Really?" I listlessly say leaning back on my chair.

"Yes, of course," he answers.

Listening to him I recall the bevy of waiters, cooks, dishwashers and many others who approached our table to get the tip here in New Delhi. I recall the Indian businessman and his bodyguard with a submachine gun in the elevator. I think back to the city and all the poverty we encountered on our way to the restaurant.

"Amazing," I say.

Then he also relaxes and with a lost look on the thirty-third floor's night he says: "This is just like Kathmandu in Nepal. I never liked these Asian megalopolises."

tandoori chicken
my fingers sink
in a memory

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