Author: Shravya Gunipudi
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
The book is a metro read by a young author but is not like the usual romance between a couple who explore their love by indulging into sexual adventures, which ultimately leads to selling of the book.
Turning Back Time is a collection of personal narratives of people who are not related to each other but still share a bond of Love. What is it that connects the two individuals?
It can be personal, momentary or social gains. It can be someone’s companionship. It can also be something which is absolutely selfish and also selfless at the same time.
The setting of the book is primarily an old age home where the protagonist Alia works. She spends most of her time helping its inmates live each second when they hardly have reasons to breathe.
Death is a very significant trope in the novel which turns the course of the events. If one doesn’t leave, his or her story doesn’t come out as convincingly. The novel is in parts where each of the earlier inmates share their own life experience in some form which becomes a step on the ladder for Alia to climb and grow as an individual.
This book is not about acknowledging the value of grandparents and not keeping them in an old age home. It is about a lot of things personal and humane which can only be experienced if one assigns basic human values to an individual.
As a reader, one is made to think in a very simplistic manner, is it the changing times which change relationships or is it personal incapabilities of understanding what and when should be done, which is just?
Every piece of creativity is a thought which makes the recipient think if what is being said is what is being meant.
As a feminist reader of the book, I felt a young author like Shravya, who is exploring realms of women through different dimensions, has tried to give a taste of possibilities to the reader. Women are not only subjugated when they are ill treated by men, they also lose what they have when they fail to be themselves and stop struggling.
With inter-linking narratives which come to an wholesome end, the book is certainly gluing for those who feel life is not mechanical but needs doses of emotions and rationality mixed well in proportions.
[The book was sent by Pustak Mandi]