Publisher: Rupa Publications
What if the course of your life and your love, is determined by just six evenings?
Atul Shukla, a young, successful executive, has been arrested by the Gurgaon police. As he attempts to find some comfort in the dark confines of his cell, Atul revisits his life and the six evenings that changed its course.
Eight years ago, while working in Bhopal, Atul had met the beautiful and intelligent Priya on a train- DDLJ style. When it turned out that she was in his city only for six days, he decided to woo her in that fleeting period of time. But fate had some other plans in store, and Atul and Priya were torn apart by lust and betrayal, seemingly forever.
Years later, Atul and Priya meet, once again for six days, while they are both navigating the murky underbelly of the modern corporate world. And this time it’s not just their love at stake, but their careers and their future as well. Will Atul and Priya manage to give love a second chance? Or will corporate greed destroy their chance for a happy ending?
Just Six Evenings is a modern-day tale of love, lust and ambition in a corporate India that shines at the expense of the dreams it trample under its feet.
‘Just Six Evenings’ is a story of Atul, a salesman and his life. The story begins with a scene where Atul is in prison. The author has incredibly well expressed Atul’s feelings, while he is in prison.
‘Why is a man wearing suit locked up in jail? What has he done?’ were the questions that popped up in my mind. I felt like reading it more!
And then Atul begins narrating his story. He speaks about his family, his failure at exams, his journey in landing up at a job in Tectronics, his best friends and the train journey which changed his life completely. He meets Priya in train and eventually ends up in falling in love with her. He tries to woo her by his sweet gestures and helpful nature.
Does he succeed?
Priya is a career oriented girl. After the demise of her father, the entire responsibility of looking after her family is showered upon her. She feels that love will divert her from her goal of having an awesome career. But Cupid does not spare her. She falls in love with Atul. Their love boat sails peacefully until Priya catches Atul while making out with Charu (his colleague at work) red handed. This marks the end of their love story and also Atul’s friendship with Lovely (his best friend and room mate).
What is going to happen next?
As time passes, everybody has moved on with life except for Atul. He is still guilty about his act. Destiny plays a strange game and Atul bumps in to Priya once again. He is placed between devil and sea for he wants a contract to be cracked. This contract will involve deceiving Priya, once again.
Will he go ahead with it? Will he beg for forgiveness? Does he cheat her, once again? Will their love find an happy end?
I loved about the story:
- Priya and Atul’s dedication towards their work. (Except the act where Atul tampers with Priya’s laptop.)
- Atul’s, Lovely’s and Ramakant’s friendship.
- Guruji’s advices.
I did not like:
The use of corporate terms. (I am new to all those.)
P.S.: I really loved the simple narration.
My overall rating for this novel is 4/5.
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