A delicious romance, No Time for Goodbyes is tender, irresistible and unforgettable all at once
No Time For Goodbyes is about our regular 16-year-old girl Tamanna, staying in Bangalore with her family. She has a younger sister with whom she shares her room, and in her opinion since she has nothing in common with anyone in the family, she is probably adopted. One afternoon, while looking for a quiet place to read, she went to sit in the store room, which she liked to call the attic. A while later, her mother calls and she gets up to go when she finds an old polaroid picture of three girls and a boy. She recognises one of the girls to be her mother.
When Tamanna goes downstairs to see where her mother was calling her from, she feels strange. Then she realises the house is different and things weren't where they usually are in her own house. Slowly, she realises she is in her Ajji's house, in her mother's childhood home where her grandmother stays with her three daughters. Tamanna meets her mother, who was then younger than what she herself was right then. She also meets her mother's neighbour Manoj, on whom oddly for her, her mother has a crush and she herself was falling in love with.
Tamanna was in the past. In 1982. She's seemingly gone to the past through the photograph which she saw. Hereon, I would love to write what happens, how it's depicted and what I felt but it would be a sin to reveal the contents. Wajid has a very easy flowing style of writing, and is very easy to connect to. The fact that Tamanna met her mother, as she was 30 years ago, was an odd thought. For a moment, even I wondered how it would have been to meet my own mother, when she was a teenager - and know about her dreams, aspirations, crushes etc. Quite a nice thought, actually. I specially loved the bits where Bangalore of 1982 and Bangalore of 2012 are described and compared. Very smoothly done, actually made one wonder - Oh! There were no computers in 1982? or Oh maaan! She told him about the World Cup win of 1983!
So Tamanna is 30 years in the past where she meets a whole bunch of people and even falls in love. Does she get stuck there? Or does she manage to get back to the present. All I can say is, that the end is not what you might be expecting.
A fresh plot in a book for young adults, this is also Wajid's first for this genre despite her being an established author in her own rights. A very well-written book, I would say. Well edited, tight plot and with well defined characters, No Time For Goodbyes takes you through time travel, with a nice, warm feeling that will stay in your hearts throughout the time you read the book.
[This review is for Bloomsbury India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]