Small Talk and Simple Things: Real Life Stories that will inspire you to take a chill pill towards “Arranged Marriage” by Meryl Mathew is a curation of twelve short and sweet real-life stories with the central theme of arranged marriage. One of the short stories, The Unaware Mistress revolves around Rahul and Maya. After just a couple of dates, they clicked. While Maya dreamed of a beautiful future together, Rahul kept disappearing every now and then. Since he was not on any of the social media platforms, the normal convenience of locating anyone with a couple of clicks was not available to her. Finally, when she got a hold of him, she insisted that he talk to his parents about her and that they get married. Her parents had already begun their search for a suitable partner for their daughter by creating her profile on a matrimonial website.
Throughout high school and college, Kat had eyes only for Bax. He, on the other hand, did not wish to ruin their friendship that he treasured more than anything else. So, instead of acting on his intense feelings for Kat, he continued jumping from one relationship to the other. Every time she saw him with another girl, her heart shattered into a thousand pieces. A few heartbreaks later, she disappeared from his life.
As soon as the British announce the partition of India, blood flowed on the streets like water. It seemed as if the devil had unleashed his minions who were hellbent on enveloping the entire nation in its brutal grip. People, consumed in insatiable rage, murdered one another like beasts. The incessant banging on their door felt like nonstop punches to Akriti’s head.
“How long would you be gone for?” Akriti’s voice was shaking. The last thing she wanted was to break down in front of Parth. She had heard her father rebuking her mother numerous times for weakening his resolve by crying in front of him. It was the same story almost every other day. Subsequently, she had vowed never to let her man see her tears. Even though they hadn’t said the words, it was an unspoken agreement that they belonged together. But now, he was leaving India with his family, for God knew how long. To avoid meeting his gaze, she focused on removing invisible lint off her dupatta.
Witch? I did not Fall for a Witch is part 2 of Witches and True Love Bleed my Heart series.
A tap at the shoulder brought Megan back to the present. Without glancing back, she said, “You’re late.”
“Hello to you, too, Megan!” the warlock smirked showing his pearly white teeth.
“Enough with your games. Did you bring what I need, Geoffrey? Or, do you intend to waste more of my time?” Megan’s voice was laced with sarcasm. She kept her gaze on the ocean refusing to meet the warlock’s eyes.
Soulmate! There is a nice ring to the word. Right? Words have more power than we give them credit for. With just one right string of words, we can change the course of events — important events. Once upon a time, around seventeen years ago from now, a person introduced me to the word soulmate. I didn’t know at the time, but my life changed dramatically after that. For one, the idea of somebody, whom my soul knew even before I was born, lit up my whole world. No longer did I feel alone. With a soulmate by your side, you could be invincible. If you already have found your soulmate, you are nodding with me. Nonetheless, if you haven’t, you’re laughing at my naivety. Regardless of your reaction, I found my soulmate, and I love my life for it.
Have you ever been to a funeral? Excuse my frank, albeit at times rather insensitive, remarks about the occasion. In my recent experience, I had come to the conclusion that more than 90% of those tear-stricken faces are portraying a facade. Undoubtedly, the close family mourns the loss deeply. However, a major portion of relatives, who come to “show respect” to the departed, do everything but mourn. Or perhaps, my family falls under this category. If you haven’t hated me with my forward comments, you would soon begin to hate me. Whatever! I never bothered about your opinion, why should I start doing it now? Particularly on the day, when I received two mind-blowing superpowers from God.
Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. The Annealing of Aliza Bennett is the most accurate title for this romantic tale of the author, Emma Hartley. Aliza Bennett had a troubled childhood and a horrible experience with her abusive ex-boyfriend. To say that both these factor scarred her would not be an exaggeration. Her heart suffered…
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Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite. Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest – Enter Today! The Consigliere – A Mafia Lawyer’s Quest To Choose Love Over Revenge by Donna Masotto is the story that would enforce its readers to sit down and really put their lives under the microscope. The protagonist, Declan, witnessed a violent death…