It is 1995. Tara Taneja lives in the small town of Siyaka, running Ultimate Mathematics Tuition Centre and working for Lalaji, her grandfather, at Lallan Sweets, his famous sweet shop. The laddoos sold at the shop are made using a secret family recipe that contains a magic ingredient known only to Lalaji.
When Lalaji chooses to retire, he decides that Lallan Sweets will not be inherited but earned. He devises a quest for his three grandchildren-Tara, Rohit and Mohit-to discover the magic ingredient. Whoever finds it first will get to run the shop.
It helps that Tara’s long-time crush and neighbour, fun-loving and good-natured Nikku Sabharwal, returns to Siyaka after years. He joins Tara in her pursuit to outsmart her cousins. As the quest takes them from Mathura to Ludhiana, they must battle old secrets, family legacies and unexpected dangers. Yet, the toughest part will be acknowledging their feelings for each other. Will this journey bring them together or lead to a bittersweet end?
Srishti Chaudhary was born and raised in Delhi, and studied English literature at Lady Shri Ram College and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. The author of Once upon a Curfew, she also has a series of short stories to her credit. She has also written for BBC Travel and National Geographic, among other publications. She wishes she had a cool signature, the apparent prerequisite to being a writer.
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Title: Lallan Sweets
Author: Srishti Chaudhary
Publisher: Penguin eBury Press