The Other End of the Corridor
When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor.
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.
Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.
In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.
Where does this journey take her?
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"The corridor, I was walking down didn't have a trace of illumination. I couldn't see the other end. But I kept moving and now, I realize that more than the light, you need the determination to keep moving, keep struggling for your dreams, for your existence, for your survival."
I had lived in a dream world all my life, always blaming the circumstances for my own weaknesses. I could never gather courage to stand up to circumstances. For how long would I keep blaming others for my own shortcomings. And for how long would I keep dreaming- my dreams never aligned with the real world; my dreams and real life never converged at any point. ‘I definitely had experience but only in building castles in the air.’
About the Author
Author’s profile :Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communication & PR professional turned a full-time author. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics and has studied Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She also writes articles and short stories for publications and journals. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys being a Toastmaster. She currently lives in Mysore.
The Other End of the Corridor is her first novel.
RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE
Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?
Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.
Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both.
My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 294
SERIES / STANDALONE: Crimes in Arabia #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Novel Publicity tours!
Human rights violation is the Middle East is probably something that I not uncommon. There have been many reports of the same on the newspapers, but that had been it all. Not many people have ventured out to fictionalize them. Having worked for Middle East companies, this book kindled my curiosity.
The book follows the story of three different classes of people who end up tied together in a way by fate. Ali, the policeman, whose dreams of joining the elite forces is quashed when his secret his revealed. Maryam, an aspiring journalist has her wings clipped thanks to practices against women. Set against the backdrop of an oil abundant country whose migrant laborers are being mistreated by the employment agency, the story traces the unorthodox combination of Ali and Maryam in solving human rights violation crimes against the wage laborers who simply seem to drop dead.
The story seemed so realistic that I was in awe with the writer at one point of time. Moreover, to pick up such a sensitive issue and pulling out a fiction from it, the writer needs to lauded for her courage. The story hasn’t certainly been written for the faint hearted. The writing sort of stabs your heart with a sharp knife and then continues to twist it and turns it. Of course, it really isn’t as violent and emotional as certain other books, yet the writing and the story together managed to pack a punch. The characterization was pretty minimal and basic enough for the story. However, all the characters emoted perfectly well considering the premises that they had been featured in.
MY SAY: Quite an emotional read.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT : 1 /10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads
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