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Monday, June 09, 2014
Book Review : ‘No Time For Goodbyes' by Andaleeb Wajid
Sixteen years old
and bored, on a summer holiday in 2012 seemed to be the crux of Tamanna’s life
when she goes up to the attic for a little time alone from her mother and
sister. As Harry Potter’s magic takes over, she discovers a diary and an old polaroid
photograph, in which she spots her own mother, and a couple of aunts, along
with a strange boy in the background. All of them are in their teens at the time the photograph is taken.
She stares at the
photograph, before being magically transported to her grandmother’s house. She
discovers that it is 1982, and her teenage mother and aunts do not know her.
Neither does her grandmother.
Her mother and her
aunts also have summer holidays and are waiting for the mysterious boy, from
the picture. They think that Tamanna is a pen pal from Australiaof the boy’s,
whose name is Manoj. But Tamanna is forced to stay with the girls, because
Manoj lives with his grandfather. Her aunts, all have a crush on Manoj, she
finds that her mother’s crush is the strongest, though it is not reciprocated.
Tamanna is shocked
when she finds out that Manoj knows that she is not his friend, but is nice to
her, because he knows all about the magical properties of the time travel polaroid.
He takes her to his grandfather and together they tell him of how she came to
be here. Eccentric and brilliant is the grandfather who wants to find a way to
send her back.
discovers that Bangalore is prettier in 1982. It is smoke free, vehicles are
lesser and the buses and movies are so much cheaper. She soon falls for Manoj, who
is in college. The two of them spend a lot of time together, but they both know
that she will have to go back.
What would happen
when Tamanna goes back to the present? Where is Manoj today? Why was he never
mentioned? Would their love story survive the time travel? This they discover
through the time, which she spends here and there. How it happens is something,
you have to discover…
I was pleased to
hear that Andaleeb Wajid has a full trilogy planned. She wrote a simple love
story, with a dash of romance, mystery and drama. 'No Time For Goodbyes' has simple and plain grammar, and absolutely
no errors, as far as I could see.
Its description of
Bangalore is wonderful and for me it is a nostalgic piece, probably because I studied
there, and lived close to the surroundings. I finished this book in a day, probably
because I have something in common with the book. But, it was a fast moving
piece of work, which has created enough mystery, which I want to discover.