I’m back with the review as promised in the previous post of the day. So here I begin!
The book I had been reading since last Monday is Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi, by Gargi Publishers.
I was sent the physical copy of the book for an honest review and I feel glad I accepted it.
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. 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 – Realization.
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?
This is the first book to be penned down by the author Shravya Gunipudi, and I must add it is really an impressive work. The language and the smooth flow of the story keeps you hooked.
Alia is another working woman, who is trying hard, really hard to make ends meet. Living with her mother, she has no time for anything except work. Trying to provide for their existence and shelter, she has two jobs to run to. Quite a daunting life, but that’s what it means to live life in an expensive city with the costs of living rising higher by the day.
The contrast in her jobs was really something that amazed me. So, in the evening she works for an old age home. A place where the ‘unwanted’ or ‘uncared’ elderly are kept and taken care of. Alia tries her best to keep up the spirits there but somehow there is a pain, an ache of returning to their own. She shares a wonderful relationship with each of the grandmas and grandpas there.
The turn comes when one of them dies and he hands over the story of his life to Alia. His story brings in a different element of life for Alia. As days pass, like a chain reaction, they succumb to the impending death and each one leaves with a lesson for Alia. Their stories, their words make Alia reflect on the life she is living and what she wants it to be.
There are stories that show the rural face of India. The veiled part of India which many aren’t aware. That side which many a times is lost in the glitter and glamour of the India being projected. The little stories set in villages of India, let you peep into that purdah of the society which we are happily ignoring.
Most of the things may or may not be happening at this time, in this period, but some where, some place and some of this, for someone might be reality. It really touched my heart that the story talked about real men and women with real pain and emotions.
The stories leave you with many thoughts. You think over, if life is just a house of bricks and cement, or a home with love and care. It makes you think if love is worth fighting for or just letting it go as a deceptive feeling. It makes you think, if as a woman, you are better off than the rest of the unprivileged or are you just living the same life in another set up.
It leaves you thinking – What is life? Can one live a life with content? Is life as easy as we are told it is? Is life worth the fight? Are we willing to take that step and never regret it? Can one life be lived with no one to apologize to? Can life be without regrets?
At the end, I’d just say, that if you are looking for a good book that could just change your way of thinking, a book to make you feel happy and sad, a book that leaves a strong impression on your mind and heart, then this is the one! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to feel emotions, raw and deep.
Best wishes to the author for her future.
With about 200 pages, it is worth, trust me! Do let me know if you’ve read it or plan to. Also share your feelings after reading it.
Pustakmandi also has the international edition. So do check it out!
So, how’s the review fellas?? I hope I have been fair enough.
Lots of love and hope to be back soon with the second book I am done reading.