Looped by Munmun Singh Nagpal
The cover is showing a black cat sitting on tree branch looking at sky. Tree leaves are colorful. This is soothing and cute.
"Toby Sezoe, the newly appointed time traveller finds himself falling in love with a woman. The only problem is that the woman lived on the same spot centuries ago. Luckily enough, the woman can't see him when he travels back in time to her because he is only present there as waveform, but he doesn't know what the future (or past), has in store for him. Assisted by the man who built the time machine himself, for reasons unknown to any one person, will he be able to bridge this gap of time between the past and present? The tale of a true enthusiast, a hard-core romantic and a loyal fan. An uncanny description of the future. An enthralling epilogue, binding all the elements together and introducing the idea that we are all characters of the same play, puppets bound by the same thread. A fascinating turn of events, reinforcing the laws of time but defying the concept of time as a whole."
The story takes place in future. Foenze, A scientist has devised a method of time travel. But the physical body cannot travel. Only the waveforms are able to be sent back and forth in time in a specially designed suits. So the time travellers are mere observers and people in that time can’t see them and they can walk through them. Toby Soeze is a time traveller and he falls in love with a lady from past. As it is obvious they can not meet his situation is precarious. Will they ever meet?
The concept of time travel is shown multiple times in books and movies. But that is mostly American and this is a rare attempt from an Indian author to try this science fiction story.
The time travel process is described thus:
“What happens is, a Time travelled is asked to wear a special suit designed for the purpose, and then he enters the Time Transporter. The Transporter converts his body into waveform and he finds himself standing in another time. The traveller will not be able to touch anything, nor even the ground. He will remain at the level of the time transporter. He’ll be able to move past anything. He will be invisible to anyone, even to himself because the waves do not touch the visible range.
But it is not only a sci-fi but a romance too. Please see this beautiful description of her:
“She was first thing I saw today. She stood there, looking out her window, serene and calm. Nothing could disturb her composure. Her brown locks kept flowing across her face and she stood there, oblivious to the effect. If only I could know what it was that she was thinking, or read her mind, or even see what and how she sees, I would consider myself lucky. She is magical.”
Story keeps moving back and forth in time and keeps you engrossed. The book has a lot of information of process of time travel and scientific jargon. Being an Engineer I like that.
The story is very interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical. Munmum has a lot of knowledge of science. This has science and romance both and that’s a good combo.
The story is confusing at times. The rules are not consistent from beginning to end. But at the end of the day it is fiction.
Recommendation and rating:
I would recommend it all my friends who like to read fantasy romance. I give the book a 4/ 5 stars (3.0 for story and narration and 1.0 for the effort to write Sci-fi in India)..
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About the author:
Munmum Singh Nagpal was an MBA in marketing who decided to leave her job for writing. Looped is her first published novel.