Book Review: Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi
Paperback, First Edition, 196 pages
Published October 12th 2016 by Gargi Publishers
When people we love pass away, they only take their presence with them. They leave their memories with us. The story revolves around ‘Alia’, an emotionally distant woman, and how the lives of four elderly strangers impact her own very deeply, bringing about a change in the way she treats herself and those around her. But as the clock begins to tick and they each start to die, leaving their stories behind for her to learn from, she finds that the depression and trauma caused by their loss have left with her the gift of a lifetime… Realisation. In the tale of life, death and the ride in between, where there are always mistakes and never second chances, there is only one question. Can you make it through without regrets?
DEATH IS A TERRIBLE CURSE.
Yes, it is.
Though the central plot around which the plot revolves is REALIZATION; I would also like to add the relevance of DEATH in the plot. The title provokes an image of past and gloominess. You can’t turn back time in reality, but realization can make you travel to the past. Raman, Hema, Girish, and Sita narrate something from the past which ends with a single word REALIZATION. The author connects all the four stories together and puts Alia to bridge the gap amongst them.
Every one of us travels through a time when we regret about the past. That is when we love to travel to the past to change the mistakes. There are 4 different stories which are told to Alia, for different-different reasons and in some way it will inspire us too.
Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.
Though Death is something very ugly, painful and frightful; still it’s the bitter truth.
We have a beautiful Ending to the story,
‘A wonderful family, a lifetime of love, enough money to survive and so much happiness that I think I am going to explode.’
That’s the truth.
The plot is beautifully crafted. The novel focuses much on social issues, which are prevailing in the country. It talks about various orthodox behaviours, thoughts which are still inculcated within the people in rural India. Starting from education till sanitation, social issues prevail everywhere. Even you could feel the same from the cover too.
Let’s end with a beautiful quote which aptly summarises the entire plot
“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”
Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8.5/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8.5/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10
KUDOS TO SHRAVYA GUNIPUDI(