“Hi, I am Babli. I am a 12 year old girl who lives in a small village in Rajasthan. I am good at math, at least my teachers think so. My father is a farmer, my mother also helps him earn a living for us. Sometimes I have to work too. I want to become a doctor when I grow up. I want to earn enough so that we will become rich and have a good house for ourselves. We will also have a big bathroom. And a sports ground.”
28THAPRIL, 2000: Flight No. 9×4876 bound to Srinagar has crash landed into the Everest Base camp. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flight mysteriously went off the radar for few minutes and missed its landing. All passengers are feared dead… except for three bodies that are yet to be recovered. 8THDECEMBER, 2050:This, without doubt is the most gruesome murder in recent times. Early this morning, an unidentified woman was found mutilated at the western gates of the abandoned Victoria Terminus Station in Mumbai. Authorities report her head was … well … semi-decapitated and she was drained of all her blood. The shocking part – the crime scene was devoid of any signs of blood spatter… ROHAN: He was shorter than the shortest girl in school; he had to be ahead in the game! RUDRA:A man without a past, coaxed into a murder investigation; will he ever grasp the true nature of the crime? A thrilling tale about two men bound by an untraceable yet undeniable fate – One running away from his past, another unaware of his own.
I’ve always been a fan of first person narration. Now combine that with humor, realistic approach and a simple language and I think you have a good read for the weekend. The crossover year proved to be just that for me. No matter how much we advocate the love marriages and things like that, arranged marriages are a majority in our country and seeing the protagonist’s beautiful take on it plus the way she carries herself, I was impressed.
Bollywood is something that intrigues us all. No matter fictious or real, somehow we all seem to like stories related to the showbiz. While I always wondered if the movie Dirty Picture was really based on a real life story, given that some incidents were just too real for me, I got to read the book “Mohini: of bollywood dreams and obsessions” thanks to Sarika and Janhvi from Readaddicts. I was already a fan of Ramendra Kumar’s writing after his article on Writing: An obsessive compulsive disorder! Time to read more about the book.
Everyone wants a fairy tale, but not everybody gets one. But no matter where your life takes you, you can definitely make one hell of a story out of it. This is how I summed up Shraddha’s amazing book “I am life”. Spoiler alert, you are going to love it if you feel like reading a short and precise story currently.