Excerpts from my upcoming novel ‘Entwined Lives’: Thoughts on Love and a Love for Thoughts.

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Thoughts on Love & A Love for Thoughts: Excerpts from my upcoming novel Entwined Lives…

“Nascent love requires a lot of nurturing, just as a sapling that has been sown into the warm brown earth of your heart. If it is ignored by the one you love – the gardener, not weeded off scepticism, ego and fear, it will be plucked out by the errant bird – self-pride, transplanted on to the fertile soil of another planter who considers himself blessed by the gift of love.”

“Love is like a fizzy cola drink. Only the bottle perceives the pressure inside till you open it, though the world sees its perky colour. Then once you uncork, it keeps fizzing for a while and is unsettling, gushing out and over, till it slowly settles down to allow you to enjoy it, cooling you in the process, till it drains out completely and then leaves you with an aftertaste sweet or sour. If you’ve enjoyed the drink, which you’ll truly indemnify only once the bitter-sweet flavour leaves your senses, you’ll crave for another one, perhaps similar, if not you’ll avoid it altogether for a long time to come.”

“Thoughts are like nectar that words both spoken and written carry as Bees do, into the beehive of your mind. Then once sealed in with the honeycomb of your attitudes and values, they produce honey that feeds your soul for a lifetime.”

 

I just read this article in the link below now, but I’m pleased I’ve intutively followed each of these guidelines by plenty of reading – much more consciously, since I decided to be a writer of literary fiction: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/13/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-colum-mccanns-tips-for-young-novelists

 

Dedication on my new novel ‘Entwined Lives’ reads: ‘For the city of Chennai’
Set in Chennai, with the story going back and forth to Mumbai, ‘Entwined Lives’ is my sincere and humble attempt to give back to the city I made my home since May 2006. This is after I married a Chennai based journalist who went on to author four books, all of which I have been closely associated with, but more so Tamarind City – in that it did not require him to travel out of the home city.
As suggested in this article in the link below that I just read, I too got my manuscript read by a Chennai born and raised, reputed and popular, veteran woman journalist, who has been a solid source of inspiration and moral support since I moved to Chennai and shared with her my interest to ‘write.’
It is only after she read and cleared ‘Entwined Lives’, saying, ‘You have nothing to worry about’ – did I move to the copy editing stage with the manuscript.
So please take into account my sincerity in taking on this challenge in writing this novel, even after learning there is little fiction writing set in Chennai, for it apparently doesn’t sell, and excuse my lapses in depiction in the way you might have preferred it.

Warmly,
Shuvashree.

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