• There is a thin line between being practical and being insensible.
• Arijit, a young boy struggling to overcome his sentimental approach towards life, finds himself walking this fine line.
• A grammar nerd Priya, with her bold Punekar attitude, hails from a conservative family. She becomes a victim of a life-changing misfortune.
• Kabir is a free minded and easy going guy with few expectations from life. He tries to hit on every girl he meets but fails miserably.
• The Pragmatic revolves around these guys. It is a story of their friendship, affection and the choices they have to make.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-above
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Writing inspires me to write. The pleasure of putting your imagination into word or in the words of Ernst Hemingway: to bleed, motivates me to write.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I make up the characters mostly by observing people around me. Sometimes I add some character as per the demand of the story or sometimes just to add a flavor of a certain emotion. I dedicate at least one character to add humor to my writing. My emphasis lies on the fact that the characters should be relatable to the reader.
After dinner, we all sat in the hall. It was 11 pm and Mrs Deewan and her sister had slept already. We were having a men’s talk. One of the wisest discussions in this world. After having few glasses of liquor, apparently, every man becomes wise enough to reveal the way the world is and how life works. Today, this man was Mr Deewan and we were his disciples listening to him and nodding in agreement to whatever he said.
‘So how is life my dear boys,’ Mr Deewan took the first sip from his third glass of alcohol.
‘Great,’ I said trying to push away his gaze from me.
‘Abba, do you think I can take care of Ammi?’ Karan, Kabir’s brother, asked.
‘Yes,’ Mr Deewan said.
‘So can you let her stay with me?’
‘Come to the point.’
‘Abba, sell your shop and go wherever you wish. I am her son. Isn’t she equally my responsibility?’
‘You think you can take care of her better than me?’ Mr Deewan asked in a monotonous voice.
‘I am not saying that,’ Karan said.
‘I am sure you are not,’ Mr Deewan said.
‘What was that girl’s name? Tania?’
‘No Abba. It’s Tara,’ Karan said.
‘Yeah! Tara,’ he nodded twice. ‘How many times have you said her that you love her?’ he asked as he made another glass for himself.
Karan nervously shifted his weight on the couch, ‘why are you asking this?’
‘Just answer me.’
‘How many times have you seen me telling your mother that I Love her?’
‘Never,’ Kabir said.
‘Not even once,’ Karan added.
‘Son, when we married I was eighteen and she was sixteen. We spent four decades together sharing our dream of travelling this holy country together. In these four decades, I won’t claim I was a good husband. Sometimes I was violent, sometimes drunk evil man and sometimes a moody man driven by lust. She was, on the other hand, a lady living in the boundaries of restrictions bestowed upon on her, first by society and then by her husband. She spent her life living for you and for me. This is the only time when she needs some rest and support. And if I leave her alone, this time, I will not be able to face almighty. He will never forgive me. If she can leave behind her family and life when she entered my life shouldn’t I reciprocate her sacrifice?
‘I never said her that I loved her. But now I have a chance to make her realize that she is far more lovable and important to me than a stupid dream.’
I can see the expression of pride on the faces sitting next to me.
‘The only piece of advice I will like to pass to my children is this,’ he paused and composed himself, ‘never say a woman that you love her unless you mean it. Unless you are ready to reciprocate the sacrifices a woman makes when she changes her last name. Else, just don’t say it.
‘And if you had already told someone so,’ he looked at Karan, ‘remember one thing, she is just like your mother. Treat her the way you expect your mother should be treated. No matter what.’
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