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The Tiffin

Mahtab Narsimhan's young adult novel tells the story of Mumbai's lunch delivery service and how a young boy's life is forever changed when a lunchbox goes missing.

Mahtab Narsimhan

A tiffin is a boxed lunch delivered to workers throughout Mumbai. When one goes astray — and inside it, an important note — lives are forever changed. Baby Kunal is separated from his mother and grows up in a difficult foster household. Kunal decides he has had enough and goes on a quest to find his mother once and for all. A moving story about risk, hope, and what a family truly is.

The Tiffin is for readers ages 12 and up.

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Kunal hurried out from behind the counter and was at the entrance when a thought arrested his steps. His mother's bangle. Did he dare get that, too? He knew he had been incredibly lucky so far. He should run and get out now. While he still had a chance. But he hesitated, unable to leave behind the only thing that belonged to his mother.

At that moment the door swung open and Sethji walked into the room...


From The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan ©2011. Published by Dancing Cat Books.

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