Andaleeb Wajid
Bloomsbury India
September 5, 2014
Final Verdict

About the Author

Andaleeb Wajid is a Bangalore-based writer. She has written on diverse topics like food, relationships and weddings in a Muslim context. She has spoken about how she wants to challenge the stereotypical representation of Muslim lives through her stories.
Other Works By Andaleeb Wajid
Asmara’s Summer
Twenty-nine Going on Thirty
When She Went Away
Mirror, Mirror

Back In Time

Back In Time is the second book of the Tamanna series, and Andaleeb Wajid has done justice to the story of Tamanna that she started in No Time For Goodbyes.

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PLOT: Stuck indefinitely in the 80s after losing her camera, Tamanna is rather calm. She finally has to confront her feelings for Manoj and come to terms with what she discovers. She also has to save her Ajji’s house in the process and remain calm while she has glimpses of her parents struggling with her unconscious body in the present day. Tamanna settles comfortably into the life of the 80s.

CHARACTERS: The characters of the book are the ones we have come to know and love in the first book. Tamanna and Manoj and their complicated love story are what makes the book tick. We get to see more shades of Suma, Reena, Vidya and Ajji.  And Rukmini or as she is aptly called dragon amma makes the whole set-up of the 80s more interesting. This book shows us a new dimension to the characters, be it in the past or the present.

WHAT I LIKED: The fact that the book is really an extension of the previous one makes it a very enjoyable read. We learn something new about everyone and the circumstances. Some very important questions are answered and new ones are created in their place, perfectly set up for the last book of the trilogy. It is a simple story and makes for an entertaining read.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:  For a story involving time travel, the fantasy aspect got a bit lost in real-world problems. Though as a person who loves her romances, I don’t consider it to be a really very bad thing.

FINAL VERDICT: The book is about a Young Adult, fantasy with time travel as the crux, at the same time it is also a wonderful love story, and Tamanna and her problems are such that any teenage girl can relate to them. The book is fast-paced and a very quick read. Waiting for the third instalment to finally hope that Tamanna has a happy ending.

The book has been given to me for review by Bloomsbury India. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.

Jaibala Rao

Jaibala Rao

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