Review Pen: Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi

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Book– Turning Back Time
Author– Shravya Gunipudi
Previous Works– Debutant novel.
Author contact– https://m.facebook.com/inkspressions/
Publishers– Gargi Publishers
Number of pages– 196

Blurb– 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… 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 regret?

Review
Alia, a woman who lived her life as a struggle for living it good. Hard-working, good, beautiful, caring, she was everything a person would want to be, everything except having emotions rule her life.
All that she did, she never did what she wanted to do, it was always everything that was needed or supposed to be done.
The book is about the way Alia’s life changes because of the lives of four elderly people, Raman, Hema, Sita, Girish, who despite being strangers left their imprints on her heart.
Their stories indeed, turned back time.

The book is well-written and the plot is something new for a reader to relish.
The stories were wonderfully delineated as the pain of the person could be felt through those words.
The way lives were back then, the way love was never fair, the way promises were more important, the way life was not worth living and yet they lived, all have been turned into words.

The book gives us an important lesson, its better to die with satisfaction that we tried than to die with the regret that we never did.
Its one life we have and suppressing our emotions and doing things for other people to be happy won’t let us die in peace.

Ratings – 3 out of 5 stars.

The book is a light read, making it an advantage to be read whenever the reader has time to spare.
The execution of the plot though good ,could have been better.

The book was either fast paced or good enough to be completed within a day, that’s for you to read it and decide.

Reviewed by – Banaja Prakashini

Buy The book at – Turning Back Time

Quotes
* Work is not a distraction. It is a cowardly method of running away.

* If there were no tears, we would not know the value of a smile.

* The problem with jealousy is, the harder you try to fight it, the stronger it becomes.

*  I needed him to survive because white did not suit my mother.

* A cramped home is better than an empty house.

* To me, making money was like drinking alcohol. The first taste wad infectious and before I knew it, I was addicted.

* Life punished me terribly. Death, hopefully, would not.

* There is nothing more dangerous than a man unleashed of his innermost repressions.

* I had simply given away my smile to those around me.

* If the eyes if a married woman are filled with hope when she sees her mother, then it means she is not happy with her marriage.

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