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Young at Heart : My entry for the Get Published contest

I would base my love story at that point of life where it matters the most to everyone, irrespective of society, caste or creed. That is, the topic of first love. My story is based in a high school classroom and depicts the awkwardness of first love and the selflessness of that emotion. No matter what we face in life later on, our first love remains one of the most cherished memories of our lives.

This story is inspired from experiences of my own childhood. It follows 48 memorable hours in the life of a shy, timid guy struggling to express his feelings for the classmate he loves. In the end, he has to resort to some very secretive methods to get the message across. Back in those days, 'getting the girl' wasn't our moment of triumph. Seeing her happy was. And I know that , somewhere, in all of us, that same shy guy still exists when it comes to admitting our feelings for the girl we love.

Even today, that memory of first love remains dear to many a heart. That simple fact fills me with hope. It  reminds me that generations may pass - we may get overflooded with social networks and gadgets - but, in the end, the feeling of love, still emanates from the heart.

Extract :
Vineeta sat on her bed, staring at the flowers she'd snuck up into her room after school. She stared at the note again, trying to figure out who her mystery valentine was. Dhanya and Namitha felt it had to be either Harish or Ravi. They'd gone to the boys directly but both had denied it. That joker Karthik had directly admitted to doing it but a few simple questions were enough to identify that he was bluffing as usual. She read the words again, trying to decipher a new meaning behind each word. She looked up and caught her reflection in the mirror. 

She was smiling. And yes, Namitha was right. She was blushing so much she looked like a strawberry milk shake. She couldn't stop smiling all the way back from school even after she'd gotten down from the bus. Her first Valentine's gift had made her the envy of all her friends, but more importantly, she loved how it made her feel. 


This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs fromYashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.


P.S. Click here to help my story get shortlisted for the contest.


22 comments:

  1. The extract of the story has got me all eager to read the whole thing.The fact that it is based on your true childhood memories adds to it.

    Ummm..how on the page do we navigate to get to your story? Pray tell?

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    1. Aishu, at this point of time, we're only allowed to write the extract. If we get selected/shortlisted, then we get to put up the whole story..
      so please do vote for me at the link given below ( and spread the word as well :D )

      http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/257/

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  2. Done with pleasure :)

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  3. Voted!! Its a very beautiful love story. I have read 'Old School' and absolutely loved it.

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    1. Thanks Seena.. congrats on getting it right :) And hopefully, it will get shortlisted in round 1

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  4. Look forward to reading the story...voted. Good Luck.

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  5. Very interesting...cute little things remain with us for long.... :)

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  6. Looking forward to it buddy :-)

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    1. Need to get shortlisted first.. then comes the main hurdle :D

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  7. Done! And can't wait!!!!! "Strawberry milkshake" te-he-he-he ... good one!

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    1. Thanks.. touchwood, will get shortlisted.

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  8. Teenage love! Lovely concept, will revisit school days again if the idea goes in!

    Please read mine and vote if you think it should make its way into the anthology

    http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/248/

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  9. All the Best, Roshan..!! when is it coming up..?

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    1. This is just phase one of the contest sir.. once we get selected, then comes phase two where the full story goes to the contest judges.

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  10. Wow! All the best for you and keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you.. touchwood. lets see how it goes :)

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  11. That was most enjoyable, Roshan. Just picturing the young girl unable to stop smiling because of her secret admirer gladdened my heart. A definite red heart for your story idea.

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    1. Thank you Kayem :) Fingers crossed it gets shortlisted..

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