Set in a small town with an eccentric Lalaji, a sweet shop, and the search for a secret ingredient. Lallan Sweets by Srishti Chaudhary has interesting written all over it. When we at thenotoriousreader came to know about it, we knew that we had to get in touch with Srishti to know more about her book.
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.
What inspires you to pick up your pen and write?
This is the only thing I know, and the only thing which makes me feel alive and a little bit more useful to the world. I have always wanted to be a writer and tell stories, and it is a way of life for me now, and you never really need to feel inspired to do that- it’s just how you are.
Can you please give us some more information about your book?
Lallan Sweets is the story of a quest- the quest for a secret, magic ingredient. Lallan Sweets, a sweets shop in the small town of Siyaka, uses this secret magic ingredient in making their sweets. Lalaji, the owner of the shop, is the only person who knows the ingredient, and one day calls upon his three grandchildren, Tara, Rohit, and Mohit, to send them on a quest, at the end of which lies the secret ingredient- it is a romance enveloped in an adventure.
Can you please tell us more about the main characters of the book?
Well, there’s Tara- she runs the Ultimate Mathematics Tuition center, and works at her grandfather’s sweets shop, Lallan Sweets. She’s feisty, fun, and insanely competitive. And then there’s Nikku, who is Tara’s long time neighbor and crush, who accompanies Tara on the quest. He’s an ace kancha player, a super companion, and the sweetest and the most fun guy you will ever meet.
Why did you choose to write about this particular topic?
This story is about food and family, and everyone can relate to that. Food connects you to family and friends, it’s a way of showing love- it is also entrenched in memory and legacy. I just married these two universal themes together.
Why did you choose this particular genre? Will you be trying your hand at any other genre?
It comes very naturally to me, romance- I love love!
When should we expect your next book? What will it be about?
I’m a writer without a deadline, but I write every day! The third one takes us back to the British Raj in India, set in Simla- you’ll have to wait for the rest!
If not a writer, what would have been the career of your choice?
I’d have been a space scientist or a doctor- a good or bad one, nobody knows!
Can you tell us about your favorite author/ authors?
I love JK Rowling and Patrick Rothfuss. In Indian authors, Chitra Banerjee and Manju Kapur are my favorites.
What do you like to do when you are not busy writing?
Obviously I love to read. I love being in nature, staring at the sky, the trees, chasing sunsets. Love cooking, and chatting up with people.
Are there any words of wisdom that you would like to share with our readers?
Two things if you want to write to your satisfaction- read a lot, and write as much as you can! It’s the only road to success.
You can check out her book here.