Book Review: ‘All Those Who Wander’ by Kiran Manral

Book Title: All Those Who Wander
Author: Kiran Manral
Publisher: Amaryllis
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 978-9355432568
Date Published: Jan. 15, 2023
Price: INR 243

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Book Review

All Those Who Wander” by Kiran Manral takes readers on an enchanting and mind-expanding odyssey through the boundless realms of space and time. With its captivating premise, this book seamlessly merges science fiction, horror, romance, philosophy, and thriller genres, delivering a refreshing perspective that breaks free from traditional Indian writing.

At the heart of the story is Ana, the protagonist who possesses the uncanny ability to traverse time and space involuntarily whenever she gazes upon her reflection in a mirror. Relentlessly thrust into her own past and future, she embarks on a journey across multiverses, encountering diverse versions of herself. Desperate to alter her fate, Ana courageously plucks one version of herself from one universe and transplants it into another. The narrative intricately weaves together the lives of Ana’s different iterations in a nonlinear fashion, creating a tapestry of interconnected chapters.

Manral’s empathetic and intense narration immediately captures the readers’ attention, immersing them in a world of astounding prose from the very first chapter. Throughout the book, she skillfully interlaces memorable passages that delve into the profound nature of time and its fluidity.

Beyond its exploration of time travel, “All Those Who Wander” delves into the intricate dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship through the character of Ana’s mother, Mandira, a deeply nuanced figure. Other pivotal characters, including Aman, Sukanya, Saachi, and Ana’s father, also play crucial roles in the unfolding narrative.

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The author masterfully crafts a surrealistic realm that permeates the entire book, revealing the manifold consequences of tampering with time. Ana must confront the reverberations of her actions, immersing readers in a story that encompasses not only science fiction but also a profound exploration of unresolved trauma, reconciling with the past, and nurturing one’s inner child.

In conclusion, “All Those Who Wander” is an entrancing novel that follows the journey of a time-traveling woman plagued by profound mental health challenges stemming from a traumatic past. Seamlessly blending multiple genres, it offers readers a distinctive and unparalleled reading experience that will captivate them from the opening page to the closing line. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone seeking a fresh and exceptional literary adventure.