Slice of Life


$FREE on 12/1/2023 – Pink Lines On A Dark Sky by Manik Bal

Rati, September 2001
“I do not want to go out today. I look at the pink paper that I have carefully folded and kept in the upper drawer of my study table. The paper has a poem, I think it is about me. It is about a girl whose smile is out of the world. Is that guy a weirdo? Who writes poems at the age of eleven? Who even writes poems nowadays? But he is cute, and super serious.”

Samay, January 2008
“I know she is lying. I do not mind. I know she wants to be seen as a strong person. And strong people do not cry. But we writers know. The real strong person does not mind crying. In fact, the real strong person cries often, shares the pain of the other people, making it their own. But I let her lie, because she is being honest, as she always is.”

Rati, July 2009
“That’s what everyone thinks when they are young. You need money, it is a reality. Everyone starts with a very optimistic view of the world, but then disillusionment hits fast, and it is too late by then. In my opinion, even being a plumber is better than being a writer. Besides, you will have to spend your life alone. No sane girl would marry an author.”

Samay, August 2010
“She is like that. Impulsive, dominating, endearing, talkative, beautiful – adjectives end when you start describing her. Descriptions are not meant for people like Rati. They are what they are, ethereal and otherworldly.”

He is a writer.
She is an engineer.
He writes poems to her.
She teaches maths to him at lunch.

They know each other since they are eleven.
They think they have problems. They just don’t know what’s coming.

In September 2010, their world turns upside down. Will they survive the biggest crisis of their lives?

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