Anmol Rana, 35, was born in Dehradun, and completed his education from Mussoorie and Dehradun. A PG in science, he is currently working as a scientist in DRDO, and is settled in his hometown with his wife, parents, and two kids. He belongs to an unorthodox Indian middle class family where dreams are only restricted to sleep. He dared and turned his dream into a reality.
Writing was like a hidden treasure he discovered only recently. A scientist by mind and a writer by heart, he loves playing soccer and chess, as well as music and singing.
‘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...?
It is a love story, no doubt, the title suggests that. But then, it's a very different approach to a typical Indian romance. A tale of love discovered while two friends(!) get separated first time from each other. Vishwas, aka Vishu, and Shailja are best friends, but with opposite views about the other self. Vishwas has always considered Shailja as her foe more and friend less, because of her seemingly irritated activities and actions directed towards him. (Evidently, Shailja's character has been explored by the author only from the point of view of Vishwas, the protagonist.)
For the first time, Vishwas is stepping out of his hometown, Dehradun, to Delhi for his software job. He is relieved that he will be away from her childhood friend Shailja for atleast some time now (as he has to return home on his birthday which falls after seven days). On his way to Delhi in a bus, he comes across Nishika, a modern gal, whom he falls for during the journey. He tries to impress her with his heart, only to get badly disappointed at the end of the journey. But the reader always gets to enjoy the witty monologues throughout. And that's the first time (heartbreak) he gets reminded of Shailja as his friend for the very first time sub-consciously.
The successive days of his stay at Delhi and his joining at office encounter a variety of incidents, some shocking, a few pleasing. He meets his cousin, his college friend Harsha, a southern Indian girl Vaijanthi, his mentor at work - Sanjana ma'm, his boss Bhoslay, among other friends at job. Everybody, in destiny's own style, teaches him a different perception of life, some for better, some for worse. Everyday his day goes under test regarding a different sentiment, but ends constantly with a perplexing thought about Shailja before retiring to bed.
And in those moments of fun, joy, sorrow, pain, fear, disgust, embarrassment, deception (not in this order) experienced over the course of those fateful seven days separated from his only friend teach him the essence of selfless love. The ending is, of course, predictable, but it's the overall approach, content, and writing of this novel which makes it unique among others in its genre.
Simplistic writing, but vivid and wondrous descriptions, flawlessly mixed with a perfect dose of honest beliefs, lively sentiments, and witty humour all throughout the book
Seven days of different experiences are worth delving into with a couple of lessons to be learnt about the reality of life out of home
Reality (satiric, indirectly) display of selfish face and meaningless life in the metro cities like Delhi in modern times
Neither any overflow of emotions nor any kind of unnecessary masala
Impressive and honest portrayal of a feeling which can never be described fully - LOVE
The printing could have been a bit more darker in order to enjoy the reading in less eye-straining manner
An epilogue at the end of the story would have been the sparkling icing on the delicious cake
I would like to say that I never predicted such a gem of a novel when the author first contacted me for its review. Before reading, I only thought of it as just another romance novel into the ocean of such innumerous ones out there today. But now when I have read and savoured it, I must say that he has done a highly commendable job in this debut work of his.
My Recommendation: A MUST READ for every romantic fiction lover.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. -- Received a review copy from the author in exchange of an honest review...more
'साये में धूप' दुष्यंत कुमार की ग़ज़लों का एक क्रांतिकारी संग्रह है जिसमें राजनीतिक आक्रोश व सामाजिक विषमतायें प्रमुख हैं| इस संग्रह से उन्होंने हिंदी ग़'साये में धूप' दुष्यंत कुमार की ग़ज़लों का एक क्रांतिकारी संग्रह है जिसमें राजनीतिक आक्रोश व सामाजिक विषमतायें प्रमुख हैं| इस संग्रह से उन्होंने हिंदी ग़ज़लों का एक नया आयाम स्थापित किया है| ...more
‘What are you guys going to cherish after five years? The mundane thesis work, or working on an idea that no one has ever succeeded in?’ His utterings sound persuasive, but illogical, the stuff dreams are made of. Tapan and Harsh put their careers on the line. Will his passion make stars out of them or will it take them all down? Or just some of them?
It all starts with Aadi stepping into IIT Cawnpore for his post-graduation. He goes on to master a challenge as old as the age of the human flight. He beats the researchers all across the world. But he is yet not done fighting. Bruised egos, heated discussions and red tape, he needs to fight them all. And then there is the lady in red, a whiff of fresh air.
‘I value my friends more than my dreams and that’s the reason I am ready to trade my biggest achievement of the past two years.’ Would Aadi trade his sweat and blood for his morals? Will world know Aadi as a discoverer or will his story be lost in the ashes of time?
About the Author:
Sanjay hails from Pantnagar, a reputed university town in the state of Uttarakhand. After his post-graduation from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2007, Sanjay spent four years with General Electric - Aviation. Recently he has joined Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defense.
Between the chores of corporate life and his personal commitments, he completed his first novel titled 'Nobody Dies a Virgin'. Apart from writing, the author makes time to pursue his interest in dance, swimming and gliding. Sanjay also pens short poems from time to time.
The novel follows the story of three friends - Aadi, Harsh, and Tapan, through their post-graduation journey at IIT Cawnpore. Post breaking up with his former gf, Aadi finds a new passion in his Flying Car project. He includes both of his friends in this out-of-the-world dream of his, and also registers the unofficial support of few on-campus professors to get help with the lab facilities for experiments. But he goes wrong in making a mean professor his enemy, who will leave no stone unturned to make them all fail in their efforts. Adding a romantic angle to the story is Sonia, an MBA undergraduate at the same institute.
Will Aadi overcome all his obstacles and succeed in converting his dream project into reality? How far is Dr. Subbarao willing to go to super-feed his self-ego?! Is Aadi ready yet to lose his friends and/or his degree for his dream project?! Read the book to find out more; as it depicts quite well how our higher education system (intentionally or unintentionally) suppresses innovative thinking among the students, and lacks the will to provide quality infrastructural support making their dream projects go down the drain in the process.
The language quality is superb, really. The proper yet sarcastic choice of words really makes the reader want to read the sentences again, to enjoy more.
The whole flying car idea is very nice and forms the crux of the novel. The well-structured ups and downs associated with this project is what keeps the story moving forward actually.
Reader's connection with the story gets loosened at various points due to break in flow encountered repeatedly throughout. The random discontinuity between dialogues, situations, and emotions makes one to go superficially about the book.
The main story (except the Flying Car part) lacks depth. One's attachment to the storyline remains shallow throughout. It is just another typical college life narrative with assignments, courses, beer, hostel, with a tinge of romance.
Core technical descriptions seem to have been inserted too much; could have been presented in a simplistic manner.
Overall, a nice one-time read. A good effort from a debut author, though could have been better. Surely to be watched out for his next novel in line.
Recommended for: Technical story readers, Language lovers
My Rating: 3 out of 5
P.S. -- Received a review copy from the author personally in exchange for an honest review