"She tells me in India people consider movies . . . glorified Technicolor dreams, a means of uplifting themselves . . . a comforting escape from the everyday routine." Thus Sunya Malhotra, the protagonist in "Pastries," shares her Indian mother's observation on the power and magic of cinema. "Pastries," Bharti Kirchner's first-person novel, is witty, sensitive, and not overwhelmingly profound, much like popular Indian cinema. This is Kirchner's fourth novel and her eighth book (the first four were cookbooks). Born in India, Kirchner worked as a systems software engineer before shifting gears into writing.