Friday, 28 October 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi

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 regrets?

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
I hooked right from the beginning and found myself racing from page to page.

As it is cleared from the blurb, the story revolves around the protagonist Alia ,25 years old.
It involves other people also who came in her life and enrich the journey.

Alia & her mother lived on the second floor of the dilapidated building,their entire earnings going towards the monthly rent. It bothered Alia that they hardly had any savings and shouted at her mother for buying anything which is not necessary.

Alia worked 2 jobs. The first was a caretaker at a private children's day care across the street. It was a nice place to work in.The money was good as well.
Her second job was stressful and definitely paid a lot less in terms of salary.It was an old age home a few kilometers away from her own house,where she gave the elderly company and took care of them.
Her mother worked as a teacher in a local school. After her father passed away many years ago, work consumed their lives.

There are certain people who come into your life, and leave a mark .Death is a terrible curse.When the loved ones pass way,they take their presence with them.They leave their memories before death.

Other characters in the book - Raman, Hema, Girish, and Sita,etc.
There are Four parts  - PART- 1 ALIA
                                     PART- 2 HEMA'S STORY
                                     PART- 3 GIRISH'S STORY
                                     PART- 4 SITA'S STORY

The story touches on every human emotion. Each & every story is depressing & emotional.But there is something which you will learn from every story.Writing is very simple and easy, there are no grammatical mistakes.The story is engaging.

Everyone should give a try .I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Wish to read more from the author in future.

Author's Bio
Shravya Gunipudi, a 23 year old CA and CS, has been writing ever since the tender age of nine. Now, more than a decade since her first journey with the pen, she has won numerous prizes for her Articles, Short Stories and Poetry. She was a part of 19 Anthologies with a total of 17 published stories and was recognised as 'Best Writer of the Year, 2013' by She is also the editor of the project 'The Book of Dreams', by Numerique Publications. Shravya wishes to explore her passion both in Finance and Writing. It is her dream to merge her creative side with her analytical one. Writing, she believes, is the best form of expression that calms the mind and frees the soul. Her favourite quote is 'Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about'.

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