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Book Review : The Day That Nothing Happened by Sonal Sehgal

Title : The Day That Nothing Happened

Author : Sonal Sehgal

Publisher : Destiny Media LLP

Pages : 148

ISBN : 9788193678626

Story :

To accommodate an “extra day” in our calendar a worldwide shut down of electromagnetic activity has been called for. Which means no use of electric or battery operated appliances, no internet, no vehicular movement and there will be no record of any activity on that day as well. After the midnight of 18th June 2019, there will be an undocumented period of 24 hours post which the calendar will roll over to the 19th June and we resume life as if nothing happened. Only Veer, an astrophysicist at the helm of managing this cosmic aberration knows of one thing that will happen as a direct consequence. A portal will open into a Parallel Universe.When the fated day arrives, Veer reaches out to Samara to make her see for herself that he did not sacrifice their relationship for ambition. In his theory of the Multiverse, you don’t choose one over the other. Both choices play out in different Universes. He implores her to travel with him through this portal and witness their “happily ever after”. But when the portal does open, it’s a Pandora’s box. There is not one, but many Parallel Universes. Dev and Desiree are another couple who explore astral projection to deal with complex human relationships. The day when the Universe is paused, they accidentally discover the Multiverse. The worlds of science (the Multiverse) and spirituality (the 4th dimension) collide as the story climaxes.

Review :

The story enfolds in bits and pieces through the perspectives and present day narration of the characters involved. That’s the first tick that it gets from me for having such a a unique narrative.

The feelings expressed only orchestrated the eventful D-day. The day everything on Earth will come to a stand still! Sounds intriguing enough? Samara and Veer are your usual couple with career goals, commitment issues and fierce love. Veer knows they are meant for each other and in order to prove his point to Samara, he focuses on his job which he already treasures with extra passion.

Dev and Desiree are a couple who actually never met in the physical world. Their love is the proof of the art of astral projection that they both have been able to master.

This novel has given me insight into a different kinda world that I never really understood but had always been fascinated with. The world of astrophysics! But don’t be fooled for it is not all fiction. All the topics have been heavily and thoroughly researched so the credibility of all these theories and hypotheses are to be trusted.

All in all I can say for a sci-fi, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it does not merely fondle with science and theories but also explores the rough terrains and complexities of human relationships. You will be awed as to how none of the decisions you make are wrong after all. They just get played out differently under different circumstances.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 Stars. As a constructive criticism, I would like to add a few points. I do believe that this book could be modified into a way better version of itself, with a more thorough description of the intertwined events. Though the story started off on a promising note, I felt like it was a little rushed towards the end. But it is a pretty short read that one can finish (and would happily do so as the climax is quite tantalising) in one sitting. The Day that Nothing Happened is thrilling, entertaining, and richly insightful! Go grab your copy now!!

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Find the book on :

AMAZON

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About the Author :

Sonal Sehgal is an actor, screenwriter, and copyrighter. She is an English Honours graduate from Delhi University and holds a Diploma in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy, New York. She has played the protagonist in critically acclaimed films such as “Aashayein” and “Mantostaan”. She has co-written the screenplay for “Lihaaf” adapting Ismat Chugtai’s famous story for a feature film, where Sonal also plays one of the two lead characters.

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Review by ©TheGirlOnTheOnGo

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