If Anthony Bourdain’s Life Was Not Perfect How Can Ours Ever Be?

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If Anthony Bourdain’s Life Was Not Perfect How Can Ours Ever Be?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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haven’t seen every episode that Anthony Bourdain shot since he started his TV odyssey. I haven’t read any of his books, and I wouldn’t be able to tell one recipe of his from Manjukutty’s, my neighbourhood Kerala kitchen’s fantastic cook. But I knew some things about Bourdain.

In fact a little quote – If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel, as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them,  wherever you go – that hung on a rectangular frame in a restaurant called Red Fork in Indiranagar, Bangalore became a guiding beacon at a time I was struggling to make a serious career decision in my life. But this isn’t about that quote. This is about a life well lived and yet cut short in the most unfathomable way.

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