A little girl, wearing specs a bit large for her eyes, walks with her mother through the dusty roads of Kolkata back from her school. She enjoys chatting non-stop with her about how she saved her friend from being bullied. There are bouts of enjoyment in her life whenever her dad, who works abroad, visits her and her mother once a while; and the adventurous trips and times she shares with him. Years pass by and she slowly blossoms into a talkative, utterly confident and extrovert woman, though a bit whimsical while it comes to deciding things for herself. Being an avid karate expert and a discerning lawyer, her fighting spirit helps wriggle out of difficult situations – for instance, a rendezvous with a group of antisocials and a mysterious encounter with witches, as apparently perceived, in the deep hilly forests of north east India. She is Ankita.
Far away in Bangalore grows up a cute little girl who always loves to cozying up in her mother’s lap. She has struggled to understand, at such a tender age, why her father left her mother for some unknown woman. The love of her grandparents completes her circle which she calls family. Her adventures have been pretty confined to the alleys and streets of the city, more so confined to the company of her mom, grandparents and friends. She grows up to be a doctor – a confident practical woman, somewhat of a grave demeanour – a bit introvert at times and a consistently responsible caring person. Her life gets into utterly difficult situations including trysts with dacoits in a forest at the rural edges of the country. She is Sharmi.
Fate extends her long hands in getting them together where Ankita’s extrovert though whimsical nature perfectly complements the confident yet introvert demeanour of Sharmi. A story of two friends.
So, are you the one like Ankita? Or Sharmi? And do you have a friend who completes your life, your journey into unknown realms, by complementing you so well? It may even be one or both of your parents, your husband (or wife), your sibling, or your child.
My novel “Life Takes A You-Turn” is where Ankita and Sharmi come to life and take you through a series of drama, adventures and a climax that changes both their lives through their unfathomable courage. Read, and explore.
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