My second cookbook, The Melting Pot Asian Gems, provides a different perspective into the way I look at food. The inspiration for this book has come from the four countries that played an important role in my life—from my ethnic country, Sri Lanka; my birthplace, Malaysia; my time in India during medical training; and my present home, Australia. Malaysia, with its diverse mix of cultures, has developed unique styles of cooking influenced by neighboring countries. It must be noted that the flavors and aromas of traditional Sri Lankan and Indian dishes are similar, but have subtle differences that give each their individuality. In The Melting Pot Asian Gems, I try and use recipes from all these nations to express the influence of these various cultures on my journey through life. I hope you enjoy the dishes as much as my family and I have over the years.