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Sunday, December 23, 2012

"So, can fairy tales come true?": My entry for the Get Published Contest


The Idea: 

They say that matches are made in heaven. But often, these matches get torn apart in the real world, by our society and its various constructs and norms: religion, caste, creed, age and what not. Love may be the most precious blessing of all but it can often turn into a curse. Fairy tales may play out, replete with magic and miracles, but happily ever afters are difficult to come across.

This is the story of A and S. 

A, who was outgoing and humorous; S who was shy and reserved. His father was a reverend and closely involved with Christian ministries; she belonged to a traditional and conservative Hindu family. But that of course didn't stop them from falling in love. Because as every story of boy-meets-girl has implored since time immemorial, love is an untamed force that is far above the self-imposed, often unreasonable rules of humanity otherwise known as religion and caste.

Their story blossomed in a most filmi style as they grew close through bus rides together to college every day. The seeds of love were always there but it took three years for the flower to bloom. And till then, college was over and it was time to move on with life. A wanted to go to Canada to study further, while S applied for the MA course at the same college. Her parents were also hinting at finding someone for her to marry, now that she’d graduated.

What did the lovebirds do? Come out and talk to the families or wait and see what fate had in store for them?

This isn't just another story of an inter-religious love affair. It is the enthralling saga of a couple who had to part immediately after they got together in the first place because life cannot be paused, not even for matters of the heart. Did their love endure the separation that came with A going away to study? Did S confess to her family? Did their fairy tale affair culminate in a happily-ever-after? You'll have to wait to read the full story to find out. 


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

Please, please, please vote for this REAL love story at http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/330  because I've personally witnessed it unfold and assure you that it’s a story worth telling the world. 

Thank you! 

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