Monday, 25 August 2014

Review of "Twice Upon A Time" by "Anjali Bhatia"

Blurb: Is a man’s past set in stone, or can it be changed? Rewritten and reshaped?
Is time a reality, or a construct of the imagination? Fleeting and fragmented?
One man is about to find out…
Meet Arpit, a bitter young man who embarks upon an incredible and seemingly impossible journey to right the seven wrongs that shadowed his life, all in a quest to be together with Mannat, the love of his life.
When Arpit meets Nishimaya, a modern-day mystic, little does he know his life is about to change. In entirely. But change comes with effort. And Arpit has to lose himself in order to resurrect his past and set thing right. With every past mistakes he corrects, he finds a corresponding change in his present life…but not all changes are easy to make. And as Arpit travels further back into his own life, he’s forced to dig into frightening depths and fight against his own self to dredge up the truth from sediments of folly that litter his world.
Unknown to him, however, Mannat is supporting his striggle from halfway across the world even if she tries to gather her own life together. And Nishimaya, as she takes Arpit through the swirls of time, has to confront ghost of her own as well.
As their lives get caught in the web of karma, dreams, memories, and destinies, Arpit, Mannat and Nishimaya must stumble and fall if they are to reach the end. But Time still holds a revelation none of them had expected…

Verdict: ‘Twice upon a time’ is the first work of Anjali Bhatia. The debut author has framed quit a different plot and executed it wonderfully. The concept of time-travel is always fascinating and this is why the readers should pick this book.

I do judge a book by its cover because it creates the first impression and I appreciate the designer for making such a wonderful cover. From the font to the soothing background color everything looks remarkable. The name suits the concept of time travel perfectly.

This is the story of a guy named Arpit (the main protagonist), who has lost his love Mannat for his own deed. His immature decisions and his misplaced words took his love away from him and left him to regret his past. After the entry of Nishimaya aka Nishi, a modern day mystic, Arpit starts to see a hope to get Mannat back because of her powers to take him to the past by re-dreaming. As the process starts and Arpit goes back to make up for his mistakes the book becomes interesting.

Apart from the love story of Arpit and Mannat the author has presented few sub-plots too, the fright of the villagers against the evil corporate companies to save their holy lake from polluting, Arpit’s relation with his father, who is the main culprit to bring those companies to those villages and the past of Nishimaya. The characters are created with such proficiency that it leaves a lasting effect on the readers. Every character has a story to tell and a role to play. At times I felt the author was dragging the story unnecessarily by focusing on the sub plots which drops the speed.

The author have a beautiful command over the language and have chosen her words very carefully. At the beginning, the readers might find this bit a boring because of the puzzle created by the author. The slow speed at the start could make the readers drop the book. If the readers can go through the first few chapters till the start of the re-dreaming process then they will find this story interesting. I would have loved the book more if the author would have concentrated more on the time travel or the re-dreaming process without confusing the readers with numerous characters and stories. Though at the end the author was able to tie all the loose ends and complete the story with a good note and an effective message. Overall a nice effort by a debut author and this book can be picked over a cup of coffee as a different read.

Final Words:  The author has efficiently mixed up science fiction with mystery which will help the readers find this story interesting. The fluent narrating style of the author the best part of the book. A decent effort by a debut author.

Title: TWICE upon a time
Author: Anjali Bhatia
Publisher: Fingerprint Publications
Page Count: 312
My Rating: 3.75/5

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