Life, Odds and Ends

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Life is an interesting puzzle that we all solve in our own ways. Here, four such puzzles take the form of stories in which friends, lovers and partners navigate the labyrinths of modern life.  If Aliya, the protagonist in "Drawing Parallels" is so good then why does she get involved with three men?  "Soul-mates" defines the connect between two childhood friends, Mira and Kusuma, in spite of the orthogonal surprising turns taken by their individual life.  In "Context", a workplace friendship with Som, Kabir and Aman impacts Rituraj's promises to his wife.  "My World" finds Rumi navigating the pulls of family, career and self.   ****************************************A trailer @ youtube.com/watch?v=7i485G11B3g ****************************************

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Preface  This book is a collection of four short stories. While writing these stories, even as I was defining Aliya, Mira, Rithima and Rumi - I was wondering that these could have just as well have been the stories of Maya, Saara, Jyoti, Vidya, Sandhya or Anvita. Though each one of us is different, yet, there are things common to all women, different from men.
No matter which generation we belong to, what educational, financial, or family background we come from, or what work we do, in some corner of our the heart, women are women and the same holds true for men also. And it must be, or else life would fail to sustain life.
 In older days, there was a clear separation in the tasks, and roles of men and women, based on the different physiological and brain structure and abilities. Choices were less and life was simpler. In today's generation, apart from child-bearing, men and women feel they have the need to do similar tasks. However, the way they derive their fulfillment out of various activities is still gender dependent. Given our careers and lifestyle choices, we often tend to overlook this factor or even end up stereotyping it, which lead to individual miseries.
If women have no feelings, all of them would be task- oriented and career-focused, selfishly refusing to take a break for childbirth and that would be the last generation on this earth. But evolution won't allow this fate. And the male dominated environment in which women live, makes them confused. Men are also in a push-and-pull struggle with their own identity crises. Families suffer just as individuals do. Intentions without strength, to carry them out, take a toll on one's life. As a result, we often keep reading about men versus women issues in self-help books, magazine articles and jokes. "A married man should forget his mistake. There is no use two people remembering the same thing." Unless it affects us, we laugh over these jokes. Man or woman, we live our individual lives. As individuals, we get bored, and want something different. As humans we evolve by improving things, to make a better world. Changes and improvements are desirable, yet still unknown and stressful at times. Work-life balance is still a challenge for an individual. As per the lifeforce, an individual comes up with amazing plans (to evolve). In the midst of all these plans, biology has other ideas and stimulates emotions in us. Since we are not knowledgeable or focused enough to understand what is happening to us, we make mistakes. We exaggerate our pain that results from these mistakes. A few turn to the path of spirituality at a later stage of life to develop the strength to absorb this pain. But if only we understood life right at the very beginning, we could live better lives and contribute to a better society. And this is so fundamental to humans; just think of humanity evolving from the Stone Age to the civilisation of today. Wouldn't all generations have felt the same confusion in their own way, according to their own era?
As social beings, relationships and the life of an individual impact one another heavily. The stories in this book revolve around the marital lives of the protagonists. Why do we talk about marriage? Because of all relationships a person has, marriage is a bond promising a lifetime commitment. As out of all relationships, a person's marriage is probably the only one promising lifetime companionship. Hence, it is the most challenging relationship and one expects it to be the most exciting as well. It is interesting to notice how we tend to live a rational life where decisions are driven by emotions. No matter how civilised we have become as a society today, 'falling in love' still makes one weigh his or her partner's everything and all other relationships. What happens when one 'falls out of love' and why? Can all other achievements, relationships and materialistic things replace the connect one can have with the spouse and it's impact on family and other relationships? Further, do we change? Do our relationships change? Do we take things for granted or become numb? Do we play games? Do we believe in 'When in Rome, do as Romans do'? Do we plan and prioritise the right things? What is right? 'How much' of 'What'? These, and other burning questions we all face and keep figuring out as long as we live. In short, life is an interesting puzzle that we all solve in our own ways. Reflecting on the stated thoughts in the mentioned context of today's life, in these stories, we would see the reflections of ourselves and our loved ones. This coincidence conveys that in some mysterious ways, we all belong to the same soul.
- Anvita 
 

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"A Last Word" (from the last page of book) "Anvita's stories talk of the modern day youth. Where the young find jobs in the Silicon Valley of India. Where the man and the lady are both working. Where the couple has to live apart for months at a stretch when one of them has to go abroad on an assignment.  The lady plays the Herculian task of managing the household, bringing up the kids, preparing the meals and combining all this with her job in office. Fortunate is she if her husband is one who lends the helping hand. Parents and in-laws and neighbours are there to give advice - both right and wrong. Sometimes you have to listen to this advice with one ear and let go through the other. You may find your partner in college or in office and sometimes it is the age old arranged marriages that sets the ball rolling. Sometimes you get so frustrated you want a separation. Of course there are your friends and that of your partner who can help you to come out of the rut.  Kormangla is a locality in Bangalore you may not have visited but there are many who have heard about the place. For an IITian, Bangalore is always a home and USA is a second home. You may be completing your studies abroad or you may go there for work.  And if you want to settle down in India we have ingeniously created our own Silicon Valley.  You may find your life partner by chance.  But memories of your old love sometimes come back to haunt you. When this conflict arises you simply don't know what to do. Anvita in her stories talk of all these dilemmas. She is a modern day story teller. She has been to IIT and she speaks to IITians and the youth of today who have graduated from other engineering and management institutes and arts and science colleges. For these young boys and girls and young adults there is a new offering from Anvita to lap up. Enjoy reading it."  - P V Rajeev, MarketExpress 

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