For TBF today, the book up for review is Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi from Gargi Publishers.
Everyone loves to live their life lavishly but Alia knows that a simple luxury is one too many, one they cannot really afford. Besides working a full time job, she also helps around at the old age home. The excessive burdens and responsibilities have turned her into a negative, no-nonsense kind of a girl who finds solace in the senior companions and their stories. This is the story of how a girl turns into a woman, strengthened and emboldened by the many lessons her old friends leave her, some through their words and some, through death.
I was drawn to the cover of the book even before I had the chance to look at the blurb and find out what the book was about. The protagonist of the book is far from perfect, another plus point because it was her timid yet aggressive character that made the story come to life. She isn’t your typical too-happy-too-rich-too-content kind of a girl. Instead she’s someone who knows what she wants and doesn’t have and often her tantrums ring true to someone like me, who has been through such a phase way earlier on in life.
The old age home is her only sanctuary where she feels free to whine and complain, a luxury she knows she cannot afford in the real world. Her senior friends, Girirsh, Hema, Sita and Raman are shown to be as anxious to see her everyday just as she is. They understand her plight but want her to learn from their mistakes and stories to let go and lead a fuller, happier life.
The writing style is simple and engaging, apt for such a story. The Author has touched quite a few hard subjects such as abuse, discrimination, hatred and of course, love. Through various standpoints and situations, these terse subjects are enough to take you on a roller coaster ride. I loved the way the author took a seemingly distant woman to be the protagonist since this is the marking point of how much she learns, understands and realises by the end of the book. Overall a well deserved 4.5 stars for the unique plot, bravado to write about such topics and taking a different path for a debut novel!
Until next time!
Disclaimer : I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.