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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Crossroads

The Crossroads’ : My entry for the Get Published contest’

This is the story of the youngsters who grew up seeing strife, Second World War and India’s Freedom movement around them, as they opened their eyes. Their struggles in a world of turmoil took them to pursue their dreams in the Promised Land. Strange coincidences bring them together to Boston, USA where love blossoms. They grow and are pushed on the center stage of the world. This is the story of Pavel, a Polish Jew, Sudhir and Sudha the Indian brother and sister, Maya the dusky beauty whose brains and beauty are spellbinding, and Masood the mastermind Jehadi who has an evil mind. An unusual saga of love where the main protagonists travel the continents to meet at the crossroads where terror and intrigue await them!

A teaser of the story:

Nek Chand who was a deeply religious man had just come out of his small house near Burrabazar (the Big Market), when he saw a group of about eight youth all in their twenty’s brandishing swords and iron rods. Seeing a vermilion ‘tilak’ on his forehead, one of the youth shouted’ Kill the bastard!’

There was no time to react. Before Nek Chand could shout, a sword had pierced his heart and he lay motionless on the ground in a pool of blood. Sudhir, his son stood transfixed in horror at the sight of what he just saw as he peered from the window. He shouted ‘Amma come quickly, they have killed pa!’

Nek Chand had a small business dealing in cloth, which had been handed down to him by his father. He had been doing well and had planned to educate his son. His wife Mamta was a beautiful woman and looked stunning, with big almond eyes and a very fair skin. She would dress up in the traditional Indian sari each day, perform morning rituals, and assiduously took care of her husband and two children, Sudhir and Sudha. Sudhir was five years and had just started attending nursery class at the Hindi High school. Sudha was two years old and was a rotund child having her mother’s angelic features and beauty.

One shout of Sudhir, had brought Mamta’s world crashing around her. She rushed out to see the horrible sight which she could never have imagined even in her worst dream. Nek Chand lay motionless in a pool of blood as the crowd ran in the opposite direction. Mamta fell on the ground and tried to feel the pulse as she cried incessantly. The hand was still warm but the body was lifeless.

The ‘Great Calcutta Killing’ had just begun, leaving a trail of more than 4000 killed in a bloody phase of the ‘war of succession’between Hindus and Muslims in the days that followed. It made the governance by the British rulers even more difficult.
This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.
PS :  Image kind courtesy Google

If you like the story idea kindly promote at the Promotional link: http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/378

78 comments:

  1. have passed on the link to my friend on twitter and other social sites..
    gud luck..:)

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  2. I enjoyed the outline but is this a real story? That is one of the conditions of the contest.

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    1. Is it Amit? The line dividing the fiction from fact i a thin one.Thank you for liking!

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  3. good luck!! I hope you get published!!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    and happy New year!

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    1. A sincere thank for following my blog! Wishing you a very Happy New Year too:)

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  4. Excellent Excellent if the trailer is like this how will the picture be :) Its very gripping and loved it completely Rahul sir, Cant wait for more. Good luck this is sure shot winner entry! :) all the bestttttttttttttttttt

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    1. A hugh thanks, Ramya for those beautiful comments and am grateful for the confidence in my writing:)

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  5. Sounds very interesting. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks a lot Rama for your kind wishes:)

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  6. Looks like a real story, very well narrated! All the best!

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Rahulji!

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    1. A big thanks for your nice comment Sandhya! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year too!!

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  7. Hey Rahul, Have always enjoyed your writing. Short but yet full of impact. My best wishes for the contest and a happy new year.

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    1. A big thanks Brijesh for your ever supportive words!I too wish you a Very Happy New Year!

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  8. This sure sounds very interesting! All the very best for the contest, Mr Bhatia :) And a very happy 2013 to you and your family! :)

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    1. Coming from you it means so much, Shilpa!A big thanks annd best wishes to you and your family for the New Year too:)

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  9. The teaser has actually done it's job sir. Wonderful! You have teased your readers to wait for the story to unfold :)

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    1. Very kind of you Binu and hope the story sees the light of the day:)

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  10. All the best sir.. lovely narration ..


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  11. As one of your biggest fan, I am very optimistic that it will make it. :)

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    1. Saru I wish your words come true. I do not have enough words to thank you for the rock solid support to my writing endeavors:)

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  12. Happy new year..have a rocking year ahead..god bless U..

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    1. Wishing you a fantastic New Year too, Ruchi and stay blessed!

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  13. Fascinating, Rahul. At this rate HC could easily publish two books. Wish you all the best in 2013. A definite tick on that red heart from me.

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    1. I am indebted to you for those words, KayEm! What better way to start a New Year!!Thanks a lot!

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  15. What a great teaser! Good luck with your entry.

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  16. Good luck, Rahul!

    Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Eden! Best wishes to you and family too for the New Year!

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    1. Thanks ! Wish you a happy New Year too:)

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  18. Hi Rahul.. Wishing you a very Happy 2013! May it bring you everything you hope for...and more, a world of success, property, happiness and good luck! All the best with this, it is the makings of a great novel!

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    1. That was a lot of good things you wished for me Sam and I just reciprocate you in the double measure:)I am indeed lucky to have readers like you who are so encouraging in my writing endeavors!

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    2. Thanks for your constant support and motivation all through 2012. it was a great getting to know more about your travels and literary talents through your blog.

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    3. Thanks Sam! I too feel just the same way:)

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  19. Rahul, you are such an excellent story teller. That book is long overdue, I tell you! Please write it! :D

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    1. Vidya, I bow to thee for those words of praise and I am taking baby steps in the direction you have indicated! A big thanks!!

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  20. You are such a talented person. your pursuit can't be limited within words.
    Wish you a very happy new year.

    Take Care :)

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    1. Wow! So much praise!! You made my New Year and I too reciprocate the best wishes in equal measure:)

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  21. And it sounds so promising! All the best for the contest.

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    1. Purba, I am so happy to get this comment from the reigning blog queen! A huge thanks and I wish I can live up to the challenge!!

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  22. Nice story idea. All the best!

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    1. A sincere thanks Rachna for your kind wishes! I wish I could soon read your posts, which I am missing:(

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  23. Wish you a happy new year Rahul sir! Gripping teaser, awating the book now. All the best for the contest!

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    1. What a pleasent surprize to see you back Jenny!! Wish you and your family a lot of happiness in the New Year and a big thanks for being so supportive!!Hope to see you return on blog world soon!!

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  24. Would definitely love to read it in entirety..
    Happy New Year Sir !!

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    1. Thanks a lot Jyoti and hope this story gets told:) Best wishes to you as well for the New Year and beyond!

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  25. Suspense! Would like to read the climax :)

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    1. Unveil of suspense, hope not too far, Kusum:)

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  26. Sir, I enjoyed the teaser and would love to read the whole of it...
    Lots of characters to look out for, its not just restricted to the protagonists..

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    1. Ha,Ha, Manjulika, what is life without complexities and so also a story awating to be told! Thanks a lot:)

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  27. Would love to read more...Happy New Year Rahulji!

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    1. Good to see you back in the New Year, Ria and hope this story crosses the initial barrier:)Happy New Year to you and family!

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  28. Enjoyed the teaser, Rahul. Am glad that you are finally taking publishing and writing more seriously. Good luck with your entry.

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    1. I am following your advise seriously, Rachna now on:) Thanks for those nice encouraging words!

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  29. Teaser sounds realistic and interesting! Voted for you :)
    All the best! Happy New Year! :)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Valli:)Wishing you a very Happy New Year too!!

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  30. I wish you all the best for this entry...
    Thanks for your valuable visit there...

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  31. Thank you for your visit...have a wonderful weekend!

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  32. Happy new year to u too.
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  33. All the very best Mr. Bhatia. I'm eager to read the whole story. :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Divya:) Will try to rise to the expectation!

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  34. Thanks for your comment today :)

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  35. Good luck for the contest Sir :-), Somehow when i read that the post was for the contest, I kind of thought you would be writing on this sort of a theme. Waiting to read the book :-)

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    1. A big thanks Ashwinifor your best wishes! Hope that the story sees the light of the day:)

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  36. That sounds very intriguing. But I thought it was to be a love story? All the best. Have voted for you :)

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  37. Thank You Zephyr! A love story would need a backdrop and also a few nail biting moments, is'nt it:)

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