Crossing the Mirage

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road.
As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment.
And as poetic justice would have it, Sathya, who caused Prema's heart burn, himself was led down the garden path by Kala, doing a "Sathya on Sathya".
Just not that, life has in store just deserts for Vasu owing to Nithya's retribution as he tries to stalk her. Besides, after many a fictional twist and turn, the way the story ends, challenges the perception that fact is stranger than fiction.
Begin now with the book - Youth is the mirror that tends us to the reality of our looks. The reflections of our visages that insensibly get implanted in our subconscious lend shape to our psyche to define the course of our life....

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Shackles on Psyche

Submitted: March 07, 2015

If passing through youth was like crossing the mirage of life for Chandra and Nithya, it proved to be chasing the mirage of love for Sathya and Prema though for plain Vasavi, Chandra's pitiable sibling, it was the end of the road.
As life brings Chandra, who suffers from an inferiority complex for his perceived ugliness, and Nithya, who was bogged down being jilted by Vasu, together, they script their fate of fulfillment.
And as poetic justice would have it, Sathya, who caused Prema's heart burn, himself was led down the garden path by Kala, doing a "Sathya on Sathya".
Just not that, life has in store just deserts for Vasu owing to Nithya's retribution as he tries to stalk her. Besides, after many a fictional twist and turn, the way the story ends, challenges the perception that fact is stranger than fiction.
Begin now with the book - Youth is the mirror that tends us to the reality of our looks. The reflections of our visages that insensibly get implanted in our subconscious lend shape to our psyche to define the course of our life....
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End of the Tether

Submitted: March 07, 2015

End of the Tether When Chandra had graduated in commerce, Yadagiri wanted him to join him at the Princely Pearls. Though Chandra knew... Read Chapter

Burden of Freedom

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Burden of Freedom Aboard the Bombay Express, Chandra was impatient for the train to move out of Nampally Station. Sitting by the wind... Read Chapter

Onto the Turf

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Onto the Turf As if to afford Chandra time for reflection at the threshold, the train was held up at Kalyan for long. And to his irri... Read Chapter

Respite by Death

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Respite by Death That mid-summer noon, cramped up in a general bogie of that Deccan-bound train, Chandra developed a cold sweat. ... Read Chapter

Lessons of Life

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Lessons of Life Chandra’s tentative forays into the Princely Pearls soon acquired the spirit of apprenticeship. Finding his son gra... Read Chapter

Naivety of Love

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Naivety of Love That evening as Chandra ventured into the Public Garden, he found his bearings back in the moorings. When he reached ... Read Chapter

Dilemma of Disclosure

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Dilemma of Disclosure While Chandra lay there snubbed, Nithya walked away in consternation. ‘What madness!’ she thought in ve... Read Chapter

Perils of Youth

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Perils of Youth Nithya matured at nine, a little early, even for the Indian clime. More than the biological change, it was the cultur... Read Chapter

Absurd Proposal

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Absurd Proposal Though not nonplussed at having lost her virginity, Nithya, nevertheless, began pressuring Vasu for the nuptial. Yet,... Read Chapter

Crossing the Mirage

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Crossing the Mirage While Nithya bowed her head narrating her tale of woe, Chandra glued his eyes on her. When she finished, as she l... Read Chapter

Setting the Pace

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Setting the Pace When it was past noon the next day, Chandra and Nithya, not wanting to make the other wait, reached well before the ... Read Chapter

Oasis of Bliss

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Oasis of Bliss While Yadagiri envisaged honeymoon for the just married in Ooty, Chandra was averse to it. Instead he wanted to stay p... Read Chapter

Busy Bees in the Honeycomb

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Busy Bees in the Honeycomb While the Chandras were in the seventh heaven, the Yadagiris set out to arrange the mundane things for the... Read Chapter

Twist in the Tale

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Twist in the Tale That December evening, a young man made his way to the Princely Pearls to give an order for a gold ring. Watching h... Read Chapter

Love in the Bind

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Love in the Bind “Welcome to smoke and dust,” said Sathya as he led Chandra into his first floor apartment. “You smoke a lo... Read Chapter

Turn for the Worse

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Turn for the Worse When they returned after relieving themselves, Sathya resumed the saga of his intriguing relationship with Kala. ... Read Chapter

Shadows to the Fore

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Shadows to the Fore That day, as it happened, Yadagiri stayed back at home indisposed and Chandra went out with a diamond trader leav... Read Chapter

Spurring on to Err

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Spurring on to Err Nithya collapsed in her bed as if Vasu sapped her strength and unable to comprehend, her mind became numb. But rea... Read Chapter

Tempting the Fate

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Tempting the Fate That Sunday evening the Vasus called on the Chandras at the Honeycomb. What with Vasu’s presence embarrassing him... Read Chapter

Stooping to Conquer

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Stooping to Conquer When an excited Vasu left on tour, a vengeful Nithya opened the closet to seal his fate. Retrieving his letter fr... Read Chapter

Fouling the Soul

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Fouling the Soul As Prema broke down in the midst of her narrative, Chandra was compelled to caress her hand to solace her and as the... Read Chapter

Poetic Justice

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Poetic Justice Ever since the countdown for the showdown with Vasu began, Nithya was feverish with anticipation. The very thought tha... Read Chapter

Agony of Penitence

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Agony of Penitence “I was born in Konaseema,” began Sathya as they had their first sip of Old Monk for a change. “It was where ... Read Chapter

Embrace of Love

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Embrace of Love With no response for long, Sathya held on to the buzzer a little longer. When Prema opened the door in her bathrobe, ... Read Chapter

Life of a Kind

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Life of a Kind Waking up at eight, Prema sprang to her feet to ring up her friend and as Nithya was waiting for her call, she answere... Read Chapter

Just Deserts

Submitted: March 07, 2015

Just Deserts Soon they were at the Honeycomb to the hearty welcome of the Chandras. “What a reunion!” said Chandra hugging Sa... Read Chapter