One of the simplest objects that connect the rich, poor, ambitious, lazy, blessed, unfortunate or most individuals for that matter not just physically but even emotionally in our lives is beads. No matter who we are, where we come from or what we believe in, we are all connected by them.
“Beads” by Edlyn D’souza shows how individuals who seem to be radically different in their life or habits are in reality more alike than they think. It also shows how today’s reality could be tomorrow’s fantasy for any individual in this ever-changing world.
During the medieval era in India, an architect named Haider and a commoner named Noor fall in love. Even when their religion, era and circumstances obstruct them to be husband and wife, they never give in to those constructs and passionately care for each other until their Emperor commissions Haider to build him a monument of an original design that the world would be impressed with forever.
Read Santhosh Annabattula’s short story “Noor” to know how passionately loving someone could dictate one’s thoughts, pain and profession so much so that they are empowered unlike anyone else.
A few years into their relationship, Karan finished his Master’s before asking Supriya if she was willing to lead her life with him. Even though they were emotionally invested since they met, this was the first time they approached the topic of marriage. Before each of them could truly answer the question of leading a life together, both of them had to address their insecurities and muster their strength to respectfully disagree with the very people who created, raised and helped them shape their lives.
“His Past & Her Future” by Rajiv R Nair is the story of a couple coming from different cultures and religions with strict orthodox families and the stages they had to go through to lead a life together. Dealing with the idea that defiance isn’t always necessarily an act of disrespect, this novelette talks about how standing up for a few decisions in life is worth it, even if it comes at a cost.