BR #24 | A Year of Wednesdays | Sonia Bahl | Fingerprint! Publishing | ★★★★★

Book - A Year of Wednesdays
Author - Sonia Bahl
Publisher - Fingerprint! Publishing
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Born and raised in Kolkata, Sonia has lived and worked in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Jakarta, Miami, Brussels, Johannesburg, and Singapore. With home being everywhere and nowhere, her belief in the power of the moment became a religion. An affirmation that unexpected and undeniable human connections are everything. Meanwhile, on the work front, she spent a huge chunk of her life, her days, and sleepless nights, in advertising—writing ads for all things from coffee and cars to condoms and candy—while dreaming of morphing 30-second commercials to full-length feature films. Not surprisingly, she threw caution, and her full-time job as creative director, to the winds and embarked on a riveting rejection-filled screenwriting journey in the US. Finally her day job entails writing movies! In a recent, delightful plot twist, her debut novel, The Spectacular Miss, was optioned by a leading Bollywood studio and she was commissioned to write the screenplay. Sonia writes and re-writes in Singapore where she lives with her menagerie: gorgeous itinerant daughter, honorary proofreader husband, and her made-for-the-movies golden retriever, Ari Gold.

Book Review: "A Year of Wednesdays" by Sonia Bahl is a masterpiece. There are unique narrative styles and a sense of togetherness which is unique in every aspect of romance. The story is a miracle that people ever meet. It reiterates the notion of people connected by fate even after just one meeting! Our mind is one unique store of value. We never know which moment captures our heart so much that we refuse to let all characters from that scene ever escape from our reality. Truth is, some people do leave a lasting impression on our lives, which we can never erase.

Two passengers (Seat 7A and Seat 7B) on a 15-hour long flight are bound to exchange pleasantries and so they continue their conversations throughout the journey. They discuss their life, aims, objectives, philosophies, beliefs, and approach. It does not take long for them to realize that they are poles apart, the nature-loving mother of two with a husband and dog at home, and the goal-oriented young bachelor who puts a price tag on everything! However, they are seemingly lost in their own errands of this world after landing. But somehow they seem to remember each other and recollect each other's conversations as they go about talking with people who form a regular part of their surrounding. The very existence of their living stems out from some unfinished business - one in which no decisive side was chosen at the end of their arguments. One of the protagonists even believes that nothing bad happens on a Wednesday!

After a year full of Wednesdays it is surprising to see Seat 7A and Seat 7B still thinking about each other. Marked by their very different lifestyles, unforeseen events unfold towards the end which finally leaves a lasting impression on the quality of this work. The author has described a few scenes with heart touching emotions well displayed by the protagonists after they land from the flight and walk their separate ways in life. But, do they ever meet again?

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