Author: Anjali Bhatia

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Book 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 have 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 that his life is about to change. In entirety. But change comes with effort. And Arpit has to lose himself in order to resurrect his past and set things right. With every past mistake 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 the sediments of folly that litter his world.

Unknown to him, however, Mannat is supporting his struggle from halfway across the world even as she tries to gather her own life together. And Nishimaya, as she takes Arpit through the swirls of time, has to confront ghosts of her own as well.

As their lives get caught in the web of karma, dreams, memories, and destinies, Arpit, Mannat, and Nishi must stumble and fall if they are to reach the end. But Time still holds a revelation none of them had expecte

My Review :

This book’s main premises is what got me interested in reading it…from the book blurb it felt like it would be Time Traveler’s Wife meets Paulo Coelho.

The story tarts with the Protagonist Arpit, who is deeply distressed by his past and is now desperate to look for answers. He meets Nishimaya a modern day mystic who might give him ‘answers’.

I liked that the book talked about how making peace with your past would help law foundation for a peaceful and happy future…After all that is what we need to do in life right? How can a person carrying his past as an albatross around his neck ever be happy? Kudos to the author for such a powerful message.

Coming to characters, to me, they did not feel real. They did not come to life, I could neither connect to them nor visualize them.

Also, I felt the book had a very distinct good and bad, and almost no grey area. As in the characters were either shown in a good light or bad. I know that these characters were from one person’s point of view, but still, one person cannot be all bad or all good.

Also, some very logical decisions taken by Arpit were seen as wrong like taking up higher education in a reputed school in the city.

All in all, a good book, but lacked in some points.

Ratings: 3.5 out of 5

I thank finger print publishers for sending me a copy of the book 🙂