Sumitra and Anees

Sumitra and Anees

An Indian Marriage - Tales and Recipes from a Khichdi Family

Seema Chishti


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In the India of today, social and communal fault lines have become starker than ever before. Inter-faith marriages, once seen as the hallmark of a plural society, are now being increasingly used to further a divisive political narrative.

Journalist Seema Chishti, herself the product of an inter-faith marriage from a time when the 'idea of India' was not just an idea but a lived reality, tells in this book the story of her parents: Sumitra, a Kshatriya Hindu from Mysore in Karnataka, and Anees, a Syed Muslim from Deoria in Uttar Pradesh. Woven into their story are recipes from Sumitra's kitchen, a site of confluence for the diverse culinary traditions she mastered.

This short book is an ode to all that made the coming together of Sumitra and Anees possible - a tribute to the big promise of India they brought into their modest home.


Seema Chishti:
Seema Chishti has grown up, studied, lived and worked in Delhi as a journalist-writer for three decades. Her family ties to Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have meant a long engagement with these states over the years. She is interested in politics, society, questions of identity and technology and in examining the changes in information and digital space and its impact on our democracy and on the way we live. She is the co-author of Note by Note, The India Story (1947-2017) and has worked with the BBC in London and India, The Indian Express and HTV.