Tuesday, January 22, 2013

“...And the Love Story Died…” My entry for the Get Published Contest

The Idea: -
Sudhir Mehta, 48 years of age, well known TV news anchor, divorced since last 20 years, has a 21 years old daughter named Chandni, falls in love with his co-anchor Shwati Singh, half of his age. 

Feeling little odd, many a times, Sudhir tried to express his feelings, but his own reflection in the mirror stopped him by saying: -“You are 48 and she is 26… you are divorced and she is never married… your daughter is 21… she is almost as old as your daughter…”  It was a fact. And every time, Sudhir believed the fact that his reflection told him and dropped the idea of expressing his feelings to Shwati.

One fine evening, at the office party, Shwati came with a plump, bald, and old man. The sagging skin under his chin was posing him around 60 years of age. Both of them came in the center of the hall and Shwati declared that they met before a few months ago - felt that they are made for each other and got married today morning.  She also said that the love can happen at any time, at any age, at any place, and with anyone.

As if the sky fell on Sudhir, before he breaks down, he slipped away from the crowd. In the parking lot he got into his car and burst out into tears intensely. He cried for a long just like a child.

Next day, Shwati was shocked on his resignation. When she compelled him to answer, he said that he has got a better opportunity.

And when he left, the love story died....

What Makes This Story ‘Real’?
I have observed the part of the story that has taken place in my office. I have witnessed the anxiety and pain of improbability.  I just would like to say the readers to be honest, to be open, and truthful. If you feel anything for someone, without any hesitation, let him or her know before it gets too late.

Extract: -
People around them were stunned.
Shwati resumed after a moment: -“Obviously, seeing both of us together, you all must be little amazedYes, I am 26 and he is 59. But… let me tell you, if we see the life on a broad spectrum, we all are looking for just one emotion… and that is love… When love happens, we forget all unmatched elements. Some of you may not agree with me, but when you experience the love, you will understand that love has nothing to do with age… If you live with the person you love, no matter whatever may be the age of your partner, the life – even if smaller – would be ‘worth living’. And ultimately, we all are craving for a life that is ‘worth living’...”

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