Set in Hyderabad, the story revolves around the rivalry between two sweet shop owners, and the beautiful friendship that develops between the young children from the shops when they bond over panjiri, khubani ka meetha and swatting flies like ninjas
Jyoti is finding it difficult to come up with a perfect birthday present for her Aaji so she takes opinion of people Aaji knows. Although Jyoti is the mastermind to perfectly combine everyone’s idea, this story is about harmony and teamwork.
That year in Manikoil takes you back to the year 1944, when Madras (Chennai of today) was evacuated fearing a Japanese invasion. Back then, the entry of Japan into World War II had completely changed the position of India which then came at the frontline of a possible attack.
The story is set in a small village called Manikoil, where Raji, her mother and her sisters go to stay.
This book is about a girl and her struggle with being body shamed and her subsequent struggles at loving herself. Ananya, a bright teenager who loves baking, is fat shamed by friends at a birthday party, after which she transforms into a biryani hating, salad eating, cracker munching, hangry, “work in progress” woman, who sees nothing but her fat bulges in the mirror.