Payal Dhar: The Best Indian Children’s Book of the Year

We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.

Payal Dhar is the author of several books for young adults.


This has been a great year for reading, especially YA, and it would have been terribly hard to choose just one book, so I’m cheating and choosing a series: Andaleeb Wajid’s Tamanna trilogy (Bloomsbury) I never expected to be hooked on to a young adult romance series; after all, romance… blech. But then I heard that it was a time-travel romance, so that was that!

In No Time for Goodbyes, 16-year-old Tamanna accidentally slips 30 years back in time and finds herself in the company of her mother—who is as old as her. And, horror of horrors, they have a crush on the same guy (who, thankfully, is not her future father!). But impossible love triangles apart, the 1980s are crazy—there are no mobile phones, no Harry Potter and the fashion trends are cringeworthy. On the plus side, Manoj is completely dreamy and Bangalore is lovely. So, will Tamanna find a way to go back to her life? But if she does, what about Manoj? No spoilers here, so to find out what happens, you must read Back in Time and Time Will Tell.


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