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Monday, December 17, 2012

"This year's love" - My Entry for the Get Published Contest

A lot of us have spent our lives trying to decipher the actual meaning of this four letter word and somehow always fallen short, which used to make me wonder if it even exists, if it's real or just a myth. That feeling within, which can send you reeling in a spin of blissful delusion - was it for me or did I sidestep it as I hurried through life ?

The story, This Year's Love, is the narrator's tale of meeting her soulmate by sheer accident and how one night changed both of their lives forever. The narrator flies across miles to visit her childhood friend and boyfriend at the time, Sameer and ends up engaged in conversation with one of his acquaintances instead. As alcohol and words flow freely between them, it's hard to decide when exactly they realize that their chemistry is more than just a coincidence, it is fate. The boy who claims to be her soulmate, Anirudh, is also dating his long time friend at the time, Arya. The story unfolds and as these two people decide to give this divine intervention a chance, love triangles are formed and age old bonds severed for what they both believe is a once in a lifetime love.

This story deals with not just the rainbows and butterflies of when they decide to take on the world together for it feels so right but also what follows once the narrator heads back across all those oceans to pursue her education. It's about how those few days become enough to last for the months to come that they spend apart and how distance can drive a wedge even in the most beautiful of love stories.

Excerpt:

'As she stepped onto his feet, he smiled and pulled her closer. His hand on her waist was sending tingles up her spine and as she looked up into his eyes, the crowd of people started to fade away around them. He whispered the song ever so softly in her ears and took a whiff of her hair as they continued waltzing to a melody so pure and apt that it would be cheating destiny to resist this. Inches away from her face and those big, brown eyes, he admitted to himself how this was the very first time he could see clearly. She parted her lips, trying to say something but nothing needed to be put into words; not that either of them could've described the perfection of the moment anyway. 


But as he listened to the ending notes of her favourite track draw to an end, fighting his insides to not swoop her into a kiss that very instant, she pulled away from him and ran - putting as much distance between them as was possible in that little room in which they'd been left alone.'


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

If you like it enough and would like to read more or better yet, see this in print, please like it at:
http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/303/

45 comments:

  1. Such steamy passion deserves a red heart. India seems to have leapt into the twenty-first century.

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    1. Thanks a ton. It means a lot that you like it enough to vote for me :)

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    2. @KayEm.....i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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    3. you are one of the best i know...seriously

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  2. Very well written, the plot idea is quite interesting and will be fun to see how you develop it. Voted for you and best of luck !! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Soumabha. Every vote means a lot :)

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    2. @Soumabha Roy Chaudhuri.....i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  3. it would be one of the stories i would wait for.. :)
    gr8 narration.. all the best.. :)

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    1. I am glad to see you think so Sravanth. Hope you like what follows. Thank you.

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    2. @Sravanth.....i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  4. wow! gave me the goosebumps.. awesome start, can't wait to read the rest of it

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    1. *smiles graciously*
      I do wish the rest of my story lives up to your hopes.

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    2. @parmitaborah......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  5. Interesting for sure :)
    I submitted mine too.

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    1. @Manjulika pramod......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  6. Aha steamy passionate one, the lil description! Good luck for the contest!

    Here is mine. Kindly read and cast your valuable vote!

    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/248/

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    1. I cast my vote. It was truly beautiful. Your pen-ship has a certain maturity to it which draws the reader in, more than usual. All the best :)

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    2. @RINZU RAJAN......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  7. Quite a narration. Want to read more for sure. Good luck.. :-)

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    1. @a Rat......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  8. Very forthright you are about the truth! And well captured in the choicest words.
    Do have a look at mine as well on http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/169/

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    1. I wanted to read a bit more about your story. But you did manage to ensure that I return to find out what happens next.
      Thank you for your kind words. :)

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    2. @Kritika Agrawal......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  9. Passionate description and very well crafted excerpt. All the very best. Looking forward to see your story get published.

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    1. Thank you so much Prasenjit :)

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    2. Very nice effort and all the best for your post to get published.

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    3. Thanks so much. please do vote :)

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    4. @pRaSeNjIt SaRkAr......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  10. an intesreting read and twisted through :)
    I liked your entry....please visit mine and caste your valuable vote and feedback

    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/447/

    Good Luck dear!

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    1. Hey, thankyou.
      I liked yours but um if I may say so, I think it lacks a little fluency. I did however vote :)

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  11. A lovely read... :)

    I liked your entry, please visit mine, and give your valuable vote and feedback...

    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/461/

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    1. I voted for you Mimansa. Quite a simple story, yours. I hope you get to complete it.
      Thanks for your comment ;D

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    2. True...its simple...but very complex for me... considering i'm in 12th right now...and that it is true to every word... :)

      Thanks for your vote.. :)

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    3. @Mimansa......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  12. Nicely written.. All the best... :)
    Hari

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    1. @Hari......i'm trying to promote my story :)
      wld u mind reading mine and don't forget to vote?here -> http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/84/
      @shiromi:sorry messing wth ur blog page :p would like ur cmmnts too!crticism welcome.

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  13. Quite an interesting idea..waiting to read the completed one..already cast a vote :) see if you like mine at http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/536
    Don't forget to give me a feedback :)

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    1. I did. I voted for you too :)
      Though I forgot to mention there, I would have liked a little more romance.

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  14. Beautifully put! Love the soft, yet passionate sense of romance! Good Luck with the contest, hope to read the rest soon :)
    P.S. Would love to hear your thoughts on my idea too!

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  15. Thanks Amruta :)
    Send me a link to your idea ?

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  16. Reading this excerpt, makes me eagerly wait for the final version, and more so, in print. Btw, I would like to know the song which was playing..;) Looks great here, and hopefully would turn out to better when in print..:)

    Would like to hear your thought on my idea as well..:)
    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/302

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    1. That is so sweet of you Nirvaan.
      The song that was playing kinda has a whole story to it in itself but I'll tell you anyway. It's The Scientist by ColdPlay. If you've not heard it then you must give it a listen :)
      My net seems to be acting up at the moment but I will read your story most certainly so do wait for my reply. Thanks again.

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