Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sweet Neem” as Want to Read:
Sweet Neem
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sweet Neem

by
really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The groom died in a celebratory gunfire after the wedding. What to do with the big fat Indian wedding feast already prepared for the hundreds of guests?! Sri and Mia have to hit the ground running when they move to India to take over the struggling family business, Restaurant Annapurna.

Set in Hyderabad, also known as the City of Pearls, this is a story of three generation
...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 23rd 2018 by Notion Press, Inc.
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Sweet Neem, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Sweet Neem

Community Reviews

Showing 1-33
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Sweet Neem
Ruchi Patel
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The story is set in Hyderabad. Story begins with a marriage function in which the groom died in a celebratory gunfire after the wedding.
Sri and Mia shift to India and took up the challenge to run their struggling family business, Restaurant Annapurna. They want to expand and turn into multi cruising restaurant and fast food centre. They want to change the name to “Sweet Neem”. The story is about their plan and execution of a restaurant business.

Nice writing style. All the chapters named after fo
...more
Asha Seth
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Sri and Mia, come back from America to take on the family business of running a hotel in downtown Hyderabad. Three generations of a family thus get-together to relaunch brand Annapurna and work towards its sustainability in the competitive Hyderabadi atmosphere by offering a whole plethora of cuisines right from Indian Chinese, to Italian, to Mughlai, to Indian and Western desserts, to Anglo-Indian, etc. weaving their way through the multitudes of dishes and tastes that perhaps, only Hyderabad i ...more
Sheri S.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
After seeing my Listopia, “Books That Make Your Tastebuds Water", Ms. Durgampudi kindly contacted (messaged) me and asked if she could send me a copy of her new book to read and review. So, of course I told her that sure I would, I’d be happy to!
Well, I’m so glad that she did because not only was it a good book, but, it got me wanting to try Indian food so much, that my boyfriend and I went out to dinner last night to Namaste Cuisine in Kent, Ohio. But, not only that, then I was craving it so mu
...more
Swapna Peri
Book Title: Sweet Neems
Author: Mohini Durgampudi
Format: Ebook

Book Title:
The book's title ' Sweet Neem ' is very different and deep. As it's a known fact that Neem tastes bitter and when the word Sweet is attached to it, the title becomes interesting.

Book Cover:
The book's cover is an abstract art of the famous monument in the city of Hyderabad, ' The Charminar ' , with the images of red chilli & neem leaves and hence the image gives an idea that the story is set up either in the city of pearls or
...more
Tikolo
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author's knowledge of the culinary art and the attention to detail is just amazing.
Tynna
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Back cover:
"The groom died in a celebratory gunfire after the wedding. What to do with the big fat Indian wedding feast already prepared for the hundreds of guests?! Sri and Mia have to hit the ground running when they move to India to take over the struggling family business, Restaurant Annapurna.

Set in Hyderabad, also known as the City of Pearls, this is a story of three generations coming together in the span of a year across cultural, social and generational divides. The family deals with
...more
Keerthi Vydyula
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fresh narrative.
Recommended to Keerthi by: Atul
The name ‘Sweet Neem‘ was the first element that seized my attention even before reading the excerpt of about the book the author, Mohini Durgampudi sent me when she approached me for a review! Also, the cover of the novel is quite catchy with a bright coloured red chilli powder spread over, with the iconic Charminar in the background, making it evident that the story is set in Hyderabad. One of the prime reasons why I was very much intrigued to read the book is because of my Love for Hyderabad. ...more
Swapna Chakrabarti
In the early days of this new year, a resolution to read more and varied books came into being. A light-hearted read was needed to ease me into the challenge of reading 26 books in 2019 and Sweet Neem, a debut food fiction novel by New England writer Mohini Durgampudi was the right fit.
The premise of the book is engaging - an Indian American chef, Sri and his Italian American fiancé Mia, a professional pastry chef, return to Hyderabad in the South Indian state of Telangana to take over the stru
...more
Uday Singh
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The groom died in a celebratory gunfire after the wedding. What to do with the big fat Indian wedding feast already prepared for the hundreds of guests?!" there were the first couple of lines in the book's description, now tell me how can one resist such a story? But, was it actually worth it? Let me answer you.

Beginning from the book cover, the thoughtfulness regarding points of interest appeared in the creation in this book is simply astonishing. This book makes its own exceptional bend in th
...more
Katryn
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun foodies book for a back-of-the-house glimpse of a restaurant in India that makes you become a part of the restaurants' family as they experience different religious and interesting aspects for celebrations centering around food preparation and food service. It leaves me with wanting to go to India especially Hyderabad if only for the mango buffet or the 64 item Thalis! I found myself looking up glossary items in this book to visualize on the Internet and found it to be very captivating for ...more
Steve
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very very nice, feel good book.
Mikeyarthur
rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2018
Eve Dracon
rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2019
Sussane
rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2018
Mohini Durgampudi
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Susan
rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2019
Deepa Jacob
marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2018
Shobhit Shobhit
marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2018
Lisa  Hultgren
marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2018
Nikii
marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2018
DALIP
marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2018
Niveditha
marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2018
Nina Abramoff
marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2018
Sandra
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2018
Malabaricus
marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2018
Lisa C.
marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2019
Susan
marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2019
Lisa Ferretti
marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2019
Fay
marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2019
Jigna Thakkar
marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2019
Victor
marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2020
Theresa
marked it as to-read
May 25, 2020
Beth Valentine
is currently reading it
Aug 07, 2018
topics  posts  views  last activity   
BOOK REVIEW OF IN...: Sweet Neem 9 18 Jul 29, 2018 11:32AM  
Bloggers/Book Lov...: Sweet Neem 5 11 Jul 23, 2018 09:33PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Wrath of the Dragon King (Dragonwatch, #2)
  • Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
  • Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
  • Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
  • Dragonwatch (Dragonwatch, #1)
  • Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio, #5)
See similar books…
Mohini Durgampudi is an entrepreneur, food safety instructor and assists at a culinary incubator. She started her career in the IT sector but took a very happy and eager detour into the food industry.

An avowed bookworm, her writings so far have been anonymous contributions to travel and food blogs and crowd-sourced websites. Sweet Neem is her first book, and it brings together her love for food,
...more

News & Interviews

We're halfway through the year that time forgot! Ahem...I mean, 2020. Believe it or not, it's June. Traditionally, this is when the Goodr...
145 likes · 147 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“Why do you think there are millions of Gods and thousands of temples and hundreds of festivals?” 0 likes
“How is this jalebi caviar different from a deconstructed motichoor laddoo?” 0 likes
More quotes…