Indian chef of Michelin fame, Vikas Khanna, has dedicated his latest cook book — that is reportedly the world's most expensive at Rs 8 lakh and weighs 15 kilos — to the transgender community.
The 43-year-old chef launched his book, titled Utsav, with actress Sonam Kapoor last Sunday at Cannes. The book will be auctioned at a starting price of Rs 8 lakh, according to an official statement from Khanna's office.
Actor Sonam Kapoor and Ambassador Mohan Kumar launch the book 'UTSAV' by Vikas Khanna on 17 May at India Pavillon pic.twitter.com/3i0tBhqgpS
— Indian Embassy Paris (@Indian_Embassy) May 18, 2015
Khanna has dedicated his 21st book to India's transgender community: "The journey of anything auspicious begins with transgender community singing and clapping at the doors of our homes, their blessings are like Mother’s love. It may be a wedding, child births, first Diwali, Holi or Lohri, it's their voices that bring the celebration in the occasion. So, I dedicate this book to them to them and applaud for their love and compassion in our Nation," he said at the launch.
The first 12 copies of the limited-edition book would be hand-delivered by Khanna to world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, the Dalai Lama, the President of France François Hollande, Queen Elizabeth of England and American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Khanna, who has penned 20 books before this, said a copy of the book will be would be auctioned for the SMILE foundation. Khanna has filled the 15-kilo book that comes in an ornate box with gold filing with over 12 years of memories and experiences of Indian festivals, ceremonies, traditions and culture in an attempt to capture and showcase India's rich and diverse heritage to the world.
Divided into four major segments, the book that features a 200-page index also includes several recipes that Khanna has come across or developed during his travels (including dishes for singing star Madonna and 'Mission Impossible' actor Tom Cruise).
A Big Big round of applause for the woman who wrote #UTSAV
This is for you Ma.
Hello New York! http://t.co/zdL0JX1Wg5
— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) May 21, 2015
Here are some photographs from 'Utsav':
Vikas KhannaSetting the temple for evening prayer
Vikas KhannaPanj pyare
Vikas KhannaMunj threading ceremony
Vikas KhannaDiwali celebrations
Vikas KhannaHoly ceremony
Vikas KhannaFlying kites
Vikas KhannaSalt festival
Vikas KhannaParsi festival Navroz
Vikas KhannaFamily welcoming
Vikas KhannaLocal tribe at Hornbill Festival in Nagaland
Vikas KhannaHornbill Festival at Nagaland
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