Asian Writers

June is dedicated to authors with ASIAN ORIGIN....review of books in this category will be posted all month....

Monday, December 31, 2012

Through the Looking Glass – my entry to the GetPublished contest



The Idea -
A pivotal day in the life of Kriti and Pankaj, a couple in their mid-thirties.
Kriti (a freelance consultant), and Pankaj (top brass in one of the multi-national firms in the city) married life is an epitome of the perfect urban family. Rich and popular they are the cynosure of their friends and family.  But is their love and happiness merely a fa├žade? Is there an ugly truth that lies hidden behind the walls of their penthouse?
Life throws a curveball at them in the form of a freak accident.  Facing a life-death situation, the couple is forced to relook at their life and to take a decision that will forever change their lives.
What makes it real –
Many modern day couples are caught in this quandary – when love takes a backseat and other trivial things gain importance. This story is a reflection of such marriages which wither away until jolted out of the rut by a life changing event and are forced to take a decision.
Excerpt -
 Kirti looked at the creases on his forehead. The lines were new, not that she was sure. It had been a long, long time ago that she had gazed at him in this way. Her eyes wandered over to his face. A day old stubble had already begun to make its appearance. The white hair gleamed in the full moon’s beam. He was getting old, she realized. Funny, the thought had never entered her head over these years. For her their marriage clock had stopped ticking years ago.
Pankaj caught her staring at him, and hastily she averted her eyes, turning her face away from him.
“Aaaaahhh…” she screamed, pushing her hands into the rocky ground. The pain was unbearable.
“Don’t move!” he spoke with a sense of urgency that had a hint of pleading. “Lie still and it will be less painful”
Endnote: This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.

A Near Miss... :-(

I have reached the deadline for the A-Z Challenge and unfortunately I couldn't complete it...
Given that I was doing good till mid-year, I can only blame my lack of focus that led to this derailment...

Which kind of sucks now as I fell short by 1 book. I have read half of Xanadu: A quest and half of Northanger Abbey ( I dont think I could have finished this book eitherways)

But there were some significant changes in my personal life that caused this. And in the following months, my reading time will take a further dent...so lesser books, lesser reviews.

But thats ok, I am still happy with the number of books I did manage to complete and some of the most amazing books that I got to read..which after all is the purpose of a reading challenge isn't it?

So on this sort of happy note, I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous 2013...keep reading!