“That rainy day” – My entry for the Get Published contest

The Idea – The setting is modern India where tradition  and societal norms still dictate love and marriage. The story is about two young people in love who drift apart. The narration traces the story of their love as they first meet each other in college and their friendship blossoms to love and passion. Stolen encounters follow.  They enjoy the romantic tryst till a sense of betrayal ensues after the boy gives into family pressure and moves away. Years later a chance encounter brings them together only to end in an unexpected turn of events.

What Makes the Story Real – Love is a reality and all of us have that One True love that stays all through our life irrespective of whether it culminates in a lifetime relationship. The story is not about a mills and boons romance but realities that makes modern day living in India exciting and compelling.

Extract

He looked down to see her satisfied smile.

Did it really happen she wondered? Were they lovers? She remembered the disturbing scene when he had come home to propose to her formally. Her father had greeted him at the patio and not allowed her to see him. She had stood inside and heard her father’s stilted words deriding him for his lack of status. She heard his voice but couldn’t make out what he said.

She waited for his call. She went to his room only to be told he had vacated.

She felt betrayed. She held on to hope.

She had won a scholarship and a new life awaited her.

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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