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Monday, September 28, 2009

Seasons of Love

Finally, here's the beginning of my second book. I am looking for publishers in the United States and India with aggressive marketing behavior. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for the same/feedback on the scrapped content.

Chapter 1: The Prequel


I have often wondered where this story began. It could have been the moment my mother conceived me after a cosmic thrust released all the potential 'me's into her but only one succeeded, and I came into existence. Or it could have been the first time she saw my father, resting on a sofa, with his right hand bent an angle on his forehead and his eyes closed. She knew she had been arranged to marry the eldest son of her English teacher. It was his first visit to his folks since the arrangement was made. The initial observation she had was, ‘He has such long eyelashes!’ She was 21, still in her undergrads. A girl of that age, at those coordinates of the universe, at that time, with no experience of the world, would have probably noticed only that.

It could, as well, have been the day my paternal grandfather was teaching a group of students and he suddenly fell ill. And while rest of the students sat still (probably wondering what to do), my mother rushed to his aid, trying her best to comfort him. That day my grandfather decided that she would be the wife of his first son, his eldest daughter-in-law. She often prides upon the fact that I got it from her- the willingness to serve.

Whatever the circumstances were that lead to my being born, I am here today. And this is my story...

11 comments:

sejuti said...

wow.. im excited.. aami PR manager toh?

ILA said...

All best dear. keep polishing..

Aparna Kar said...

@Seju
Of course, you are !

Aparna Kar said...

@ILA
Polish. Polish. Polish. :)

Anirban Kar said...

@Aparna
Are you writing a family history or your own story. You may take these things into consideration:
1. Your birth and the reaction of your kith and kins and your growing up in PART I
2. Your adolescence in PART II
3. Your post teen experience in PART III
4. Meeting and knowing your man in PART IV

How does a girl from a small NE state go into states to become very successful in life? This is something all would want to read and especially her transformation to a woman, her culture shocks, her trying it for the first time and so on, keeping in mind her penetrating back to the cocoon for attached social stigmas.

Keep writing. Should be a good book. Give me a piece to read once you are done.

BTW, Part I is a better way of approaching things.

Anirban Kar said...

@ Aparna
All of them could be a book by themselves only. Kindly reconsider your starting point. Or whether you want to complete all the books in one go.

Well wisher said...

@ Anirban
Aparna has not said that it is her life story.
Every writer pens down his/her experience mixed with imaginations. So you may find shadows of the author here and there. Please don't jump to conclusions. Let her complete the book.
@ Aparna
Keep going but don't rush. Best wishes.

Aparna Kar said...

@Anirban
Thank you so much for your suggestions. I have thought of structuring the book into 3 parts. This is the first chapter of Book 1 (or part 1). There will be the hues of my experiences and subsequent emotions but I can't say that it will be completely autobiographical. In fact, I am working to have a twist at the end.

Sometimes, if things get too personal, the author feels a certain reluctance towards publishing it like it happened with JD Salinger. But I guess that is what made 'Catcher in the Rye' such a natural classic. Autobiographical or not, it is certainly going to be a bildungsroman or coming-of-age kind of novel.

Aparna Kar said...

@ WellWisher

Thank you, I will keep that in mind.

Aparna Kar said...

P.S @ Anirban

It is going to have everything you mentioned :) I am waiting to taste some 'real' success before I can write about it though :D Then again, I guess it is a cumulative thing and I will cite the milestones as I go.

Rajat said...

It seems you are moving into a diff space with your writing skils. All the best

Cheers !!