Friday, January 11, 2013

The British Are Back! – my entry to the GetPublished contest

Basic Premise:
Karan, like many other engineering graduates fresh out of college, chose to join a software firm. When the opportunity presented itself, he was thrilled at the idea of visiting a foreign country. Days turned into months, months into years as his stay in Birmingham kept getting extended. Back home, his family became hi-tech, learning to use email, chat and then Skype. His mother had kickstarted marriage proposals for Karan. Photographs and horoscopes were traded, phone numbers and email addresses were exchanged. And then one fine day, Karan called saying he liked a girl. As Karan talked about her, his mother drooled at the other end of the phone line. She seemed to be everything Karan’s mother had wanted for him. And then he dropped the bomb. The girl was British. 

Narrated through the eyes of a sister, this is a tale of her brother’s fight for his love. Riddled by doubts about the girl’s upbringing and whether or not she would be able to fit into a traditional Indian family’s outlook, this story is about standing up and for fighting for the one person who really makes your life complete. 

What makes it Real
India is made up of two parts. One part that is moving along with the times, embracing the gush of cultural changes and adapting itself, albeit hesitantly. And the other part, that is made up of rigid beliefs and traditions that have been passed down through the years. As India makes its mark globally, every day, thousands of men and women travel to places new and far in their quest to realize their dreams. As interactions with other cultures, beliefs and people grow, so do the chances of finding a soulmate in a foreign land. This story is real because even today, in most of India, when East meets West, sparks do fly!

Excerpt
Dear Diary,
When I came home from Math tuition today, I was surprised to find Papa home. You know that Papa has never spent a single minute of the day away from his school. If Amma let him, he would love to conduct classes on Sunday too. He was pacing the living room, his eyes bloodshot and his bulging face a beetroot red. 

Amma was sitting at the corner of the room, dabbing her eyes with the ends of her sari. I decided the best thing to do was to sneak off into my room. No sooner had I closed the door to my room behind me, I heard Raghu Uncle’s voice ask my father what was so urgent that he had to be summoned from the shop. And then I heard Papa roar.

“It’s Karan. The boy has decided to marry a gori!” Amma is trying to calm him. Uncle is playing twenty questions. I’m going to hide behind the curtains and listen. Be back soon.
Love,
Kavya

Closing the diary, I chuckled. So, Bhai had really done something major this time!
If you like the trailer and would like to read the rest of it, click on the image below to vote for me ! 
Once redirected, to cast your vote, click on the heart below the number of likes. Show me some love and spread the word!
The British are back - my entry to the Harper Collins-Indiblogger Get Published Contest

Note: This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.
I would love to hear your views!

25 comments:

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    1. Thank you Indrani! Hope to write the rest of it!

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  2. I liked it. Although I do not understand the idea of voting to get a story published. Isn't someone supposed to read through all the entries and choose the best ones?

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    1. Thanks Amit! The voting system sucks! I remember being part of one such contest in WriteupCafe and then got the hell out. I hate having to ask people to vote. That takes the fun out of it. But in this case, the carrot at the end of the stick is a chance to get the story published! :) Voting is not the only thing being looked at here, content plays a huge role too. Voting helps only to make the cut. 300 stories are going to selected based on votes and content. Beyond which, out of those 300 stories some 20 or so would be selected based on content. That's when the best ones would get picked.

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  3. Good premise and a promising excerpt (Looks like you are head-on with me on humor and putting me to shade to boot!) Voted there as well, though I do agree that the whole thing sucks as I said in my post introducing my own entry!

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    1. Thanks Suresh! About the humor thing, if at all you're seeing shades of humor here, it's probably me doing that unknowingly! The only thing I found cheeky in my post was Twenty Questions :) I honestly don't know how to do humor intentionally! You're the guru in that!

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  4. wow , that is a good start for sure , heading over to read full and I already like it , so a like like like ..

    Bikram's

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    1. Thank you so much for the like! :) Reading full would only be dependent on whether I make the cut or not! Or wait, regardless, I'll wait for the results and maybe write the story anyway! :)

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  5. Hi Deepa,

    Quite an interesting take, Angrezi mem desi babu :)
    I sure do hope you make it, wish you luck for the contest. :)
    Voted for you :)

    Regards

    Jay
    My Blog | My FB Page

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    1. Thanks Jay, I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the vote too! :)

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    2. P.S. Do check out & vote for my entry for Get Published.

      Regards

      Jay
      My Blog | My Entry to Indiblogger Get Published

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  6. sounds interesting! all the best for the contest!

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    1. Thank you Princess!!! :) Best wishes to you too!

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  7. Really enjoyed that, Deepa. You've got my vote.

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    1. Thanks KayEm! I am glad you did! Thank you for your vote! :)

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  8. Hi

    Just chanced upon ur blog & discovered that the intro lines of our blogs are so similar!

    http://shaivikafunda.blogspot.in/

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    1. So true! :) Life is indeed a kaleidoscope! :) Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you often!

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    1. Thanks Seema :) I'm planning to go ahead and write the story regardless of whether the premise gets selected or not! Hopefully soon enough!

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  10. Loved the idea.
    Quite unique it is. Cross cultural marriages though are not new its always a struggle to persuade parents.
    Would love to read the rest. U hav my vote
    All the best :)

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    1. My apologies for responding so late! Thank you for your vote and comment :) True. We've so many couples struggling to convince their families for inter-sub-caste marriages even with the same caste (yuck!)/religion/mother-tongue that international jodis are a sure bet for all hell to break loose!

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  11. The diary writing part is nice... m all set to read the whole of it..
    It looks damn promising.
    Voted!!

    Mine is here. Spare a minute
    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/353/

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    1. My apologies for responding so late! Thank you for your vote and comment :)

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  12. This is really awesome and i love that.. This is very unique thing you put on that post.. Thanks for sharing... http://dishdrama.com/

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