The second wave of COVID-19 in India triggered a tremor among the Indian expatriates in Dubai, and it was then that author Flavel Monteiro decided to help the community. Since penning about food is what Monteiro does the best, he indulged with all his talent to raise and donate money to help the COVID-19 relief efforts in India. Monteiro launched an e-book, Come Together for India, on India’s Independence Day, 15 August, that comprises several recipes by popular Indian chefs living and cooking everywhere from North America to New Zealand. The e-book costs just $5, and each penny earned through the sales will be donated towards Dubai Cares and Vibah.org to help Indians amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After losing friends to Covid-19 this April and May in India, this COVID Catastrophe worsened in India, major cities and villages were at a near standstill, the mortality rate was high due to the health care system crashing, the end of this second wave has had severe consequences and is still far from coming to an end even though we see a drop in cases. Since food brings people together, it took me back to April 2020 when I did an eBook Come Together with 84 of the world’s finest chefs for the same purpose to put a smile on people’s faces and support chefs around the world. Today, I do it for India with Come Together For India along with my co-author Naim Maadad, India’s finest chefs, Dubai Cares – IACAD
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Vineet Bhatia, Ranveer Brar, Garima Arora, Manish Mehrotra, Hari Nayak, Prateek Sadhu, Manjunath Mural, Vivek Singh, Emma Diniz Ryan, Jitin Joshi, Urvika Kanoi, Sameer Taneja, Monisha Bharadwaj, Dayashankar Sharma, Ashish Kumar, Surjan “Chef Jolly” Singh, Praba Manickam, Manav Tuli, Akshay Bhardwaj, Sanjay Thakur, Deepanker Khosla, Jerson Fernandes, Megha Kohli, Anup Pawar, Radhika Khandelwal, Pradeep Khullar, Arkadeb Banik, Aarthi Sampath, Priyam Chatterjee, Ashish Kumar, Trisha Henault, Rahil Rathod, Ritu Dalmia, Anas Qureshi, Vanshika Bhatia, Ashwani Kaw, Niyati Rao, Himanshu Saini, Ankit Bhardwaj, Yugal Kishor, Jose Anthony, Vinu Raveendran, Rohit Sharma, Vikesh Singh, Aditya Kumar Jha, Irshad Qureshi, Akil Ahmed, Altamsh Patel, Hareesh Gopalan, Prashant Chipkar, Paul Kinny, Alam Afroj, Sujan Sarkar, Nigel Lobo, Nikhil Britto, Sandeep Ail, Sajjan Singh and Jawad Munshi complete Come Together For India – A CULINARY MELA!
Extremely delighted for the authors to bring up this creative compilation of finest India Chefs ranging from North America to New Zealand. This is such a superb initiative to celebrate and showcase the best of culinary excellence hailing from rich heritage of India. It brings me great pleasure to support, encourage and applaud everyone amongst these 58 who will be representing the best of incredible India through this collaboration.” Vikas Khanna
Naim Maadad says, “When the pandemic crisis hits humanity hard like never before – it is but natural to stand behind and support India with all our might and unite to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Urging all like-minded fraternity to join hands in support and recognition of the effort of our fellow human beings from India who need our joint support more than ever. Come let us unite in their journey towards recovery and hope – and save humanity by doing out a bit with responsibility.”
“First time ever. A superb collection of rare Indian recipes shared by brilliant Indian chefs. It’s an E-edition and limited print edition, but unlimited in its generosity to help feed the needy in the COVID catastrophe,” said Rashmi Uday Singh, Food Critic, Author of 40 Food Books.
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