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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review : 'Time Racers' by Gayathri Ponvannan

'Time Racers' has Pratik Pallavanathan, better known as PP, all set to travel to India from Dubai for his vacation. Then, we do hear of his mother and father and little brother. We also hear of his grandparents, who are in India. We, then meet his uncle, aunt and a sister-brother pair from London. Almost a typical, South Indian family vacation!

It’s a rather interesting introduction, with some humour. I picked up the book, and I could not stop laughing for the first few pages, at least. I felt a distinct south Indian liking for it. :)

Moving on, let’s get to the village of the grandparents, where they own some property, as well as a temple. In the huge house, PP is introduced to an apparition, who looks like him. It was only for a few minutes, and it is gone. 

We then, go deeper into the village and the family temple. We are introduced to another girl, whose uncle is a priest at the temple. One day, Pratik is at the family’s picnic, before he finds himself looking for the family’s calf, and is led to the temple.

Here, he again meets his apparition, whose name is Simha. PP finds that he has time travelled, to 1920, with all the folks there wearing different clothes. And Simha surprisingly, speaks French too!

The two become fast friends, and soon have to find a way for PP returning to his time, and helping out Simha. Simha has an odd problem, where he is believed to have stolen certain manuscripts from his time. This, he denies with such confidence that PP believes him.

PP returns to his time, but not before he manages to find out more about his look-alike. Now, that he is back he begins to go on another journey, where he finds out that Simha and he, are actually related.

Would he find out more? Will he find a way to clear Simha’s name? Find out PP’s adventure with his family, cousins and his phantasm’s reality.

This wonderful novel manages to find its end, only when you are ready to not shut the book! I found it written with a vivid imagination and it manages to touch your heart, as well. 

Gayathri Ponvannan has written a science fiction piece, with a blend of history and mystery. There are a few surprises here and there, and you have to read it to believe it…

You can Buy the Book, right here.


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