Out of the Doubles Kitchen: A Memoir of the First Family of Doubles - The Number One Street Food of Trinidad & Tobago. Paperback – 11 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Badru Deen lives in Florida with Grace, his wife of forty-five years. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada with a BA in Economics and Sociology and a B.Comm(Hons) in Marketing and Business Administration. He followed a career path in Banking with the Royal Bank of Canada; Human Resource management with the Canadian Federal Ministry of Transport and the Government of Saskatchewan; Marketing and Sales with Philip Morris International and Nestlé. Like his father, he eventually became an entrepreneur, running his own corporation.
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This book is relevant to Trinidadians in Trinidad and in the diaspora. However, there are universal themes in the book that will resonate with readers all around the world, particularly anyone who has had to overcome poverty, shame and trauma in their upbringing in order to achieve social mobility and spiritual peace. I give it a "Double" thumbs up!
Charity, a modest living, the love of his children, the respect of his wife; that was Emamool Deen. His beautiful black beard, those awesome pants, his charismatic personality; all memorable. Though starting very young on their entrepreneurial venture with a large family; Emamool and Rasulan Deen were successful. Trinidad's street food industry benefited from their kitchen. They also provided a foundation for their children to choose their own path to success.
This book is a treasured addition to my library.
A must read!
The author not only bares his soul to the reader but invites the reader to share the experience of his journey.
From poverty in rural Trinidad to prosperity in North America, the vindication and preservation of his father's legacy, and his acceptance of that legacy are testaments to the resilience and desire to succeed that is embedded within in the human spirit and has inspired those of us who have dared to dream.
This is a day of celebration. We celebrate the creation of 242 pages of the personal history of Badru Deen and his family and by extension, our own personal story of life’s challenges, joys, sufferings and vicissitudes, and our colonial history that is at one and the same time an individual journey and the journey of a people.
Out of the Double’s Kitchen brings to life the poignancy of the individual’s struggle for survival in an era of limited possibilities, poverty, human tragedy and illiteracy without casting a veil of self-pity. The book is indeed a triumph of the indomitable spirit of a man, Mamo Deen, whose journey is chronicled in a series of graphic episodes that recall the experience of Indian indentureship, grueling labor, music and recreation, domestic abuse, community life and the dynamics of family life over the span of five decades. Those episodes are held strongly together by a powerful narrative thread that allows the author to vividly reveal personal stories, within the context of a socio-historic and socio-political milieu that is unique to his homeland.
The author’s diction, fraught with powerful symbols, local dialects, idioms and proverbs spice the work enriching it with an authenticity that is as real as a hot doubles with slight, medium or real hot pepper. There are occasions that were the author’s catharsis as well as ours; moments when we buss out a laugh or when the tears flowed freely. The zenith of our humanness and universality is reflected in the deaths of the twins, Habil and Cabil and in Rasulan’s overwhelming grief. In fact, the hallmark of good literature, as is this novel, is the ability of the author to infuse in his work powerful images that conjure up every human emotion.
Out of the Doubles Kitchen is a celebration of resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, common sense that was indeed made before book, family unity, creativity, selflessness and vision.
The pride, joy and sense of satisfaction I feel today for my friend’s literary and personal accomplishment cannot be measured. Not only have you, Badru, accurately retraced the origin of Doubles as a family legacy, you have enlightened many individuals who can, from now on, clearly understand that Doubles is our heritage, uniquely Trinbagonian, positively ours, and indisputably Deen’s. I hasten to say that Trinbagonians have unmistakably placed doubles on a pedestal evidenced by the ‘photoshop’ depiction of President Obama bussing up a doubles.
To Badru and family, Cheers! Grace, you are my hero as I know your role in the creation of this masterpiece. Indeed behind every great author is an even greater wife! Cheers everyone…To a doubles and a red Solo!