Vikas Khanna unveils his book at Manipal
Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna unveiled the cover of ‘Utsav — a Culinary Epic of Indian Festivals,’ a gold-encrusted book with 1,200 pages weighing 16 kilograms at the annual Utsav 2017 of Manipal University at KMC Greens in Manipal. Earlier, Mr.Khanna who is an alumnus of Manipal University presented a copy of the book to Dr. Ramdas M Pai, President, and Chancellor of Manipal University. Thousands of cheering students provided Vikas the perfect setting for a memorable launch. It was an emotional moment for the alumnus of Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Khanna had his mother Bindu Khanna by his side. It was a proud moment for Manipal University as well to see its alumnus who is today a world famous chef. The book is a unique collection of information about Indian festivals, ceremonies, and rituals, along with the food served on those occasions that symbolize India and its heritage along with recipes and the sacred ingredients. It took 12 years for Khanna to write the book which was recently auctioned for Rs 30 lakh. He has presented his magnum opus to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Queen Elizabeth II and former US president Barack Obama and several other dignitaries. Khanna was the chief guest of Valedictory function for ‘Utsav’ at Manipal University’s five-day cultural fest. Mrs. Vasanthi R Pai, Dr H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University; and HoI’s various institutions belonging to Manipal University were present.