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Book Review of Just Six Evenings

by Enakshi Johri
(Bangalore, India)

Author: Tanmay Dubey

Publisher: Rupa Publications
Rating: 4/5

Summary
What is it that differentiates love from lust? Perhaps the answer lies within us. “Just six evenings” is about the time that changed Atul’s life, leaving him off guard. But the unpredictable destiny is such a bitch! It turns back again, retraces the same path and brings back the reminiscence bump. Atul has already been through the consequences of his actions and now he is forced to come face to face with the most dreaded situations. This story is about how the circumstances can force a person to divert from the right path and start the wrong journey. It is about how easily lust can ruin love. “Just six evenings” is a story about how twelve evenings changed the course of life of our protagonist. The novella is not all about love, but it outlines the filthy underbelly of the corporate world too. There is politics, fraud, love, lust, money, success and failure. Altogether, this is a rollercoaster ride where the reader is left wanting for more. Will destiny help Atul get back his love? Or will the urge to soar higher and higher override the good that resides in his soul?
Grab your copies to know more and realize the importance of destiny’s role in shaping one’s life.

My opinion
“That line between love and lust was thin as a whisper.” “Just six evenings” is a pot boiler with all the essential ingredients of love, trust, betrayal, lust, money, sacrifice, realization, frauds and destiny. The keywords are self sufficient to describe what the novella is all about. The cover of the book and the title are matched perfectly. The plus point is the twist and turn of plot. The way the “six evenings” return in Atul’s life is the turning point because it is then when Atul gets a second bite at the cherry. The author has successfully maintained the suspense but as the reader draws closer to the end of the book, the plot becomes very much predictable.
The part where Atul’s professional life has been described, is boring. Probably, the marketing stuff and the project information befuddled me a lot. However, the characterization of the protagonist has been done nicely.
The narration is lucid and the dialogs are short and crisp. The printing quality is superb and the storyline is engaging.
Overall, a good book with which the readers can relate themselves.
Best wishes to the author!

Drawbacks
The climax could have been a little somber because it is not necessary that every novel ends on a happy note.

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