About the Book
Storiessurroundus. Stories about people like us who make difficult and oftencomplexchoices that sometimesastoundus. You must have come across some people in your ownlifewho closely resemble the characters in these stories. Maybe you have gone through trying moments in your life too. For instance, have you ever been bugged enough with yourpartnerto want toleave? Have you ever had to choose between love and money? Have you ever had tocompetewith your partner? Have you ever felt that yourfamilyweighs you down when it comes to choosing your partner? At times like these, havent you wished that things happened differently and that you could change how they ended? Now you willcontrolhow the stories in this book end. Each story centres on the life of an urban middle classcharactercaught in asetof circumstances beyond his or her control. A Hindu girl living in with a Muslimboyis suddenly in the glare ofglobalmedia in a reality TV show, a divorced cynical man faces the prospect of committing himself to a prostitute, ahighlytalented small town girl must choose between life and death. All must resolve the conflicts within their beliefs. Read the way the stories end in the book, but if you dont agree with the ending, visit the website riturajverma.com for alternate endings. If you dont like the way the stories end there either, write your own, and if yourendingis selected, see it in print in the next printrunwith your name in the acknowledgements. Hoping to change the world, one story at a time
About the Author
Rituraj Verma started his career as a mechanical engineer having cleared the IIT JEE as a fluke. He pushed his luck further and by another fluke, managed to get into Tulane University, New Orleans, for his MBA. Naturally, he switched tracks to FMCG sales, retail, real estate and then finally, consulting. He met his wife, Smriti, at the Indian Railways Staff College in Baroda and has always claimed that she was the lucky one, which of course, is often debated in the family. His true calling, however, seems to be writing, and this book is an act of subconscious expression, amalgamating real life stories with fantasy in a liberating manner. In his adventurous moments at home, he enjoys being referee to his son and daughter. Sometimes, he manages to sound tuneful when he is playing the electric guitar, though some neighbours disagree. When he is not playing the guitar, he is usually playing with his own hair on his head.