A flight from New Delhi to new York. Two strangers, seat 7A and seat 7B, who have nothing in common. Absolutely nothing. Except they are both hoping the seat next to theirs remains empty. It doesn’t. Mid-flight turbulence and infant incontinence forces them to interact—the cool wall Street guy and the mom-with-the-drool-stained-sweater-and-ordinary-aspirations. Blistering wit, opposing views, and some unexpectedly poignant admissions keep them addictive engaged and hopelessly sleep deprived through the fifteen-hour journey. Touch down… And they leave the cabin without a backward glance, jumping right back into their dramatically different lives. Never to meet again. But somehow they continue to travel together—interlocked forever through an inexplicable connectedness. Can one meeting change everything forever? The Japanese have a term for it: ichi-go ichi-e. One time, one encounter, lasts a lifetime.


Can a sole convo with a stranger change lives? No, this is not any monotonous love story- a story that is better read than stated. Misapprehending this read for a love story will be a felony. As the author references in the blurb- “Ichigoichie’ – One time one encounter lasts a lifetime.

Well, the author’s script elegance is so enchanting right from the way she started with the gratitude note. The story starts with a plane ride and changing baby’s diaper mid-flight- the author sets the tenor for what to come later.

The book is full of droll allure. I would not endorse this book to novices as the plot is intricate and the language used is not unpretentious. Sonia delivers the art with class and this makes this book to stand out making this an exceptional and colorful read.

More interesting is the trail of these well-developed characters having diverse spheres of lives.

Check this quick abstract

Axel Brandt is German but didn’t get the
national memo on efficiency-his desk is a
minefield of papers and used food containers
so old, he can start an exotic epidemic at will.

A gorgeous cover, perhaps one of the best cover designs with an elegant golden author name makes this stunning book to be picked right. The blurb is indeed crisp and right to the theme to get more inquisitive. Go ahead and pick this if you are bored of routine books with routine plot. This book may be a bit slothful read in some places but if you stay- you will not repent picking this book.
Overall, this is a great attempt to tell a not-normal story with full justice and will undeniably keep you in the edge of curiosity island.

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