If I had been a movie director, I wouldn’t even look for ideas to create a movie after reading a book like Lallan Sweets.
Set in the 1990s, Tara Taneja lives in a fictional Siyaka with her grandfather Lallan, fondly known as Lalaji, uncle’s family and her mother. The protagonist runs Ultimate Mathematics Tuition Center simultaneously helping her family in their family sweet shop Lallana Sweets of preparing mind boggling lades, an Indian sweet. But his famous lades have a secret ingredient that makes them mouth-watering & perhaps famous.
Lalaji sends his grandchildren on a quest to discover the secret ingredient that makes the ladoos famous just for the sake of making his grandchildren worthy of continuing the shop and not just by inheritance. She ventures into this adventurous quest with her childhood friend and crush, fun-loving & family trusted Nikhil Sabharwal who supports her.
This book is an acknowledgment towards adventures, family rivalries, unspoken secrets and deep unfathomable emotions.
Srishti Chaudhary gifts us a major craving for sweets and food in general. I’m in awe of her imagination to build a book of this decree. Her writing is lucid and fast paced but there’s no extravasation of a certain incident. The author shows her crisps planning the situations of drama and humor just like the apt quantity of salt in a sweet dish. The most pleasing and satisfying fact of the book is that the story devours upon the main characters and the aim of the book i.e. the search for secret ingredients remains constant all throughout. I’m sure Srishti would be a really keen traveler and observer to produce a book that has specks of human relationships, thinking and surroundings that are deep rooted to the city’s tradition in the 90s times.
I never imagined that I would get a sense of relaxation and thrill when I started reading the book. I was hooked on the adventures. The circumstances and challenges that Taru and Nikku faced were no less than typical Bollywood movies for me. I devoted a lot of guilty reading to this book and then if you ask me if it’s worth the time or not it’s meaningless.
Taking references from Bollywood especially from Shah Rukh Khan Movies and songs melted my heart a bit faster with its mention. The 90s era is totally felt and it did take me back in time when my mother described the 90s.
Overall a wholesome read of love, family, excitement and warmth that gives you a cozy essence of the December winters. I would recommend it to all as it was a light read after literally reading continuous romantic books back to back. I’m glad I finished this book this year and didn’t wait for 2021. Perhaps, it feels special as I share the same month of release of my book as this book, both released in the month of July.
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