Author: Anmol Rana
‘Seven Days Without You’ is a story of two childhood friends that finds its destiny only when they live seven days away from each other. What the joyous life of years together couldn’t unearth, was dug out by the heart breaking realities of seven days that were no less than a new life for him– one where his child hood friend was not with him.
The protagonist, Vishwas is all set for his first job. Enthralled with excitement the small town ‘mummy-papa’ boy leaves for Delhi and would return after seven days. His seven days without Shailja do not happen as he thought they would. His dreams ruined, expectations shattered and fantasies turned into nightmares, he realizes that life isn’t as simple as it looked from the balcony of his room.
Fun, joy, excitement, sorrow, disgust, embarrassment, deception and then LOVE… Seven days teach him the perfect definition of every sentiment. The battle of emotions and confessions that lasts for seven days transmutes his years old relationship into something else and his heart overflows with the love he thought Shailja would never kindle inside him.
What happened in those seven days that gouged his love out of friendship?
Will Shailja still be waiting for him after these seven days?
And will she reciprocate his love…?
I had won a copy of the book in a Goodreads Giveaway. (I had been lucky to have won a few of them now). With the holiday mood in the air, I had not been doing much reading & so, was quite late in finishing the book. Sorry Mr Rana for the late review! 😦
First things first. The cover of the book was not at all impressive. If it had not been the interesting plot of telling a love story in a period of 7 days & a good blurb, I might have never picked up the book. I am sad to say that many people might not pick it up only because of the cover (I hope it does not happen). But once I finished reading it, I was not at all disappointed.
As the title of the book says, the entire book is divided into 7 chapters naming 7 days each. At this point, I would like to point out that the book is a massive 340 pages telling the story of 7 days. I was quite amazed thinking how someone can write a story of 7 days into so many pages! But the author, Mr Rana, did quite a good job in that. J The language is simple & the story flows through smoothly. However there were bits where editing could have been much better. Also some monotonous details had cut short the fun.
SEVEN SAYS WITHOUT YOU is the story of a simple boy, Vishwas, who belonged to a simple middle class family in Dehradun. For his first job as a software engineer, he had to move to Delhi. It was his first time moving out from home, his comfort zone. And with this move starts the remarkable journey of 7 days. These 7 days gives him a taste of everything – mishaps, adventures, many firsts of his life, home-sickness, and true colours of friendship and finally culminated in finding love. Vishwas was amazed, surprised & happy to have discovered true love in Shalija, his childhood friend-cum-enemy & next door neighbor. The author seemed to have built up the story on the popular belief that – only when someone moves out of your life, you realize his/her worth. The end of the story was evident & predictable, but the way the author brought down the curtains is very appreciative.
My final words: A good book with a good concept, which a reader might not pick up because of the cover. However, anyone looking for a simple & innocent romantic, light read with bits of fun & life lessons thrown in should definitely pick up this book.
I wish the author good luck & my best wishes with this book & the many more that I hope he will pen down in the future. 🙂