Book Reviews

A Year Of Wednesdays – Book Review

  • Author: Sonia Bahl
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing (1 March 2019)
  • Language: English

BLURB as on Goodreads

A flight from New Delhi to New York. Two strangers, seat 7A and seat 7B, who have nothing in common. Absolutely nothing. Except they are both hoping the seat next to theirs remains empty. It doesn’t. Mid-flight turbulence and infant incontinence force them to interact—the cool wall Street guy and the mom-with-the-drool-stained-sweater-and-ordinary-aspirations. Blistering wit, opposing views, and some unexpectedly poignant admissions keep them addictive engaged and hopelessly sleep deprived through the fifteen-hour journey. Touch down… And they leave the cabin without a backward Glance, jumping right back into their dramatically different lives. Never to meet again. But somehow they continue to travel together—interlocked forever through an inexplicable connectedness. Can one meeting change everything forever? The Japanese have a term for it: Ichi-go Ichi-e. One time, one encounter, lasts a lifetime.

My Review

Each day is a new one which brings a new reason for the change. It brings along a multitude of hopes and colors with us. A day is different in the way it twists and turns to shape our lives. We look forward to each day with anticipation of getting something new or perhaps, getting rid of baggage. However, amongst the seven colors of the rainbow, we hardly pay any attention to the middle one – Wednesday – which seems pale and trivial but get into this book, and with each flipping page, you’d love it more than anything.

It’s not the start of the week. It’s not a flamboyant Friday. It’s not the revered weekend. And yet, this humble mid – week day has this halo around it. I feel like nothing bad can ever happen on a Wednesday.

Two people who are poles apart in their ideologies and behavior bump into each other on their 15-hour long flight. Their chance meeting turns into an important part of their respective lives as they walk their ways after the journey. Time and again, for an entire year, the Wednesday reminds them of each other. The Wall Street guy who lives for money and the Environment lover mommy who strikes the young man with philosophical questions recall their conversations that bring about a wave of change in their already dynamic lives. And so we come to realize, a meeting can last a lifetime.

In the witty and crisp writing style, the author weaves a compelling narrative brimming with the emotions on high but balanced with a sigh of humor and pinches of sarcastic conversational style. The book consists of opposing viewpoints of two people who influence each other in just a meeting of 15 hours. The beauty of their story leaves an indelible mark on its readers. How a meeting rests with us in our hearts!

With wonderfully etched characters and meticulously developed storyline, the pace of the book kept me glued to it. Though at points, I seem to lose my enthusiasm due to the inclusion of references to movies and shows which were foreign to me, the book does hold a beauty which unfolds as you go further in its journey. Replete with mindful dialogues between the characters served in delightful style, the story makes you feel multiple emotions. A Wednesday of colors, shimmer, and everything nice.

A Year Of Wednesdays has a woman happy with her small family who extorts dormant emotions out of money minting mechanistic man. The transformation in him which manifests itself slowly and transcends the boundaries with that last note made something break inside of me. Seat 7A was truly my favorite in this book. A man of the hard exterior but utterly softcore. This is definitely my recommendation to everyone who wishes to get the taste of life with a bit of humor.



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