Out of the blue

out of the blue

The more I thought about it, the feeling of having made my worst mistake by agreeing to get this book published grew. I was nervous and I really didn’t know what I was going to speak. The event manager of the publishing house had briefed me about what was going to happen. An introduction about the book and about me, reading a few paragraphs from my book, a few questions from the audience and then signing a few books. Pretty standard stuff. That was what she said. But for me this was all new! I wanted to run away from there right there!
But I couldn’t do that, could I? There were people who believed in me and my work. Getting published would be the dream of many aspiring writers and I was living that dream though I had long forgotten it after that accident that killed my parents. But as a kid I wanted to be an author and it was happening. Life’s ways are so weird some times. You want something and then life gives it to you when you no longer want it. I tried to keep calm and kept telling myself that is was only a matter of a couple of hours.
I walked towards the stage while looking down at the floor. I sat down on the chair and tried not to make any eye contact. I tried to put on a smile when the anchor introduced me and the book. As the event proceeded, I sat there on the stage fidgeting with the pen in my hand. This was going better than I expected it would. I could manage this. But out of the blue, someone in the crowd stood up and asked “Is this your story?”
This was not how I wanted it to go. I didn’t want to be reminded of that fateful day again. But everything about today was taking me back to the past.
I was startled not only because it wasn’t the time for questions, but also because the face was a familiar one. It didn’t take me long to recognize him. He was one of those seniors who had tried talking to me on my only day in college, the ones who apparently had given me the name “Shrinking Violet”.
But was he doing here?
I’m participating in the Bar-A-Thon and this post is my third post for the same.
This time the theme for the Bar-A-Thon is β€œSeven”. I chose the seven colours of the rainbow. So each of my posts will be titled according to the colours of the rainbow.
Initially I had thought of writing separate stories for the Barathon. But now it looks like this is going to be a series! 😀
Read the previous posts here :

20 responses to “Out of the blue”

  1. very nice lovely post

  2. Shalzmojo says:

    Well the tale seems to be travelling well so far Reemz – my curiousity is piqued now. What happens between both of them? waiting for the next one.

  3. Obsessivemom says:

    Oh ho this is a series. Wow. I read part one now need to go back to part two. Sounds interesting. Interesting, isn’t it, on how you never know where the story takes you?

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    She is still so shy… I wonder what the book is about… Wonderful storytelling.

  5. kalpana solsi says:

    Reema, I will be reading Violet and Indigo.

    It is a dream of many writers to publish a book and she is so nervous. the ghosts of the past seem to haunt her. your writing is very neat and crisp.


  6. The way this story is unfolding everyday is keeping me hooked. I can’t wait to know more.

  7. Kala Ravi says:

    Ohhh, it’s getting exciting out here! Wonderful bit of story-telling Reema! Wonder what ‘green’ will be about!

  8. upasna says:

    A nice theme Reema…looking forward to read the series.

  9. Well done. As an individual piece, ‘Shrinking Violet’ needed something. So, its great that you made this into a series and the pieces are falling along nicely. Cheers, Varad.

  10. inquisitivegeet says:

    I haven’t read the previous ones but I did understand this one! And the line ‘we get things when we no longer want them’ holds so true… It is a Universal fact I suppose. the more you run after something, the less likely it is going to happen.

    I’m intrigued to know more about them!


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