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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

"Flames" – my entry to the GetPublished contest

This is a story about two stories and how they intermingle and complement each other. They both involve one common link- the narrator. At different points of time in his life, the narrator fell for two separate girls. The stories that emerged from there had sharp contrast from one another. This story is about how one of the girls taught the narrator to fall and the other taught him how to cushion himself when he falls.

This story is real because in today's age, there are break-ups and patch-ups happening at the speed of light. To figure out what is going on in your partner's mind in not easy and might even cause you to overthink the situation and lead to insecurity and an inevitable collapse after that. This story delves deeper into that insecurity and clarifies the narrator's vision through his past experiences.

The narrative shuffles back and forth between the two stories as the narrator reminisces the difficulties and good times he had with his older love life. It might seem like he's hung up on the older girl but, actually he's just applying the "relationship wisdom" to make his current relationship succeed. Whether he'll succeed or fail is for you to find out.

The first story has it's faults. It had its ups and downs but eventually it didn't find a happy ending. The narrator took the heart-break as a tough lesson taught by life as somewhere when he was in the relationship, he could predict the end. His insight, although commendable, couldn't help him save the relationship as he saw the girl he loved slip away through his fingers. Love was lost. With that preface, he starts a new journey as he begins the quest for love. He starts off with an open mind as he knows that thinking too much can be hazardous in the matters of heart but, he is forced to reflect as the deja vu kicks in. The same insecurity, paranoia and insane expectations bog him down until he applies the power of positive thinking in his relationship. The how and why of this story is what is going to interest the reader.

Endnote- This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.

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