No time for Goodbyes is a perfectly paced, adorned with sweetness and complicated with problems of the time travel kind of teenage romance. As I read the book, I kept thinking of how did Andaleeb Wajid, think of this and write this. Luckily, I got the chance to ask her the questions myself.
Hello Andaleeb and welcome to My School of Thought, I am so happy to have you here.
Q1) So, how did you think of the plot for the book?
It all started when my mother was looking at some old photos in an album and she wished she could go back in time, when those photos were taken. Her words stuck in my head and I started thinking about that actually happening. Since it wasn’t possible, I thought maybe I could write a book where I could make it happen!
Q2) Did all the time travel movies have any influence on the plot of this book?
No. I tried to keep away from any influences as far as possible.
Q3) How much of your real life can be seen in your books?
To a certain extent, some of my books portray the lifestyle of a typical middle class Muslim household. But apart from that there’s no similarity I feel.
Q4) Suppose you get a chance to time travel like Tamanna which year would you go and to meet
I’d love to go to the early 80s too! I’d probably want to meet my father and see what he was like then.
Q5) And your kids, If they travel back to your teen years what would they find you doing?
Ha ha! Probably holed up in my room reading some book. But also at family gatherings I’d probably be the one leading all the other kids into some noisy antakshari or the other!
Q6) How do you manage to write in two different decades without creating confusion? Does hard keeping the decades straight while writing?
It wasn’t too difficult considering I was writing about a present generation girl who had gone to the past. I’d seen a bit of that past myself so it wasn’t hard to conjure it up. The rest I had to talk to my mother and uncles and badger them into telling me what life was like then.
Q7) You have clearly pointed out the difference between the I pad, facebook days and the old days
when these were not there. Which is better according to you?
Honestly, it’s hard to choose. I’ve probably romanticised the old days in my head so I wish for the simplicity of life back then. But it’s hard not to look at how much easier life is thanks to all these different avenues of communication that have opened up now.
Q8) Which is your favourite genre and your favourite Author?
I enjoy reading a variety of genres so it’s really hard to choose – romance, fantasy, Young Adult, crime! All favourites of course. All time favourite author would be Agatha Christie I think.
Q9) Your all time favourite book?
Choosing favourites is so difficult but if you insist – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I can read it again and again and again!
Q10) One character you wish you had written?
Snape is a very complex character, isn’t he. Thank you for taking the time. Here’s wishing that your readers have no time for goodbyes, and so looking forward to the next book.