Resemblance - The Journey of a Doppelganger

Publisher: Arti Honrao
Second Edition
Year of Publishing: 2016
Size: 5" x 7"
No. of Pages: 242
Color Scheme: B and W interior (colored cover)
Interior paper type: Plain paper (70-80 GSM)
Binding Type: Soft Cover (Perfect Binding)






Synopsis:

When you perform on stage in school or college days, you try your best to become one with the character you portray in the play. The applause from audience is the prize you get for your performance and dedication.
However, it is totally different if you have to play the role in your real life. Portraying someone else, being one with someone, giving your best shot to be that person is not as easy as acting on stage. And, the applause does not come. Silent gratitude from the person to whom it makes the difference and hostility from those who are offended, without you wanting to offend them, is all you get in real life for role-playing.

When Sneha sees Ajay for the first time, she is not aware her life is going to turn upside – down. She does not know she is about to lose her individuality and step into someone else’s shoes willingly. What seems like love at first sight for her also means facing responsibilities which she is not sure, initially, whether she is ready to accept. The intensity of her feelings for Ajay, however, finally makes her take up the challenge of role playing of a wife and a mother.

Resemblance begins with Sneha being exposed to the shocking fact that she resembles a woman she has never met before in her life, a woman who is the wife of the man she falls in love with. The story completes a full circle when in the end Sneha finally reaches where she is meant to be, being who she is really meant to be. She faces the hostility of few people, swims through the sea of emotions, accepts the challenge of life and battles the desires which take a toll on her peace of mind to finally fulfil her true purpose in life.

On one hand, Resemblance takes us on a journey of Sneha’s life and on other hand it also tells us about the depth of mother’s love for her child, which overcomes even the barrier set by death.

Prologue:

As if on the same wavelength of Sneha’s thoughts Ajay continued the conversation telling her he would explain everything if she promised to meet him in the hospital the next day. Sneha agreed. To avoid the awkward silence which might follow, Sneha decided to leave. Ajay and Sneha walked out of the park together.
Unlike she expected the silence between them seemed not awkward but peaceful. Both shared an understanding, which surprised her since both of them were strangers to one another. After Ajay returned to the I.C.U. he sat on the chair and closed his eyes. Ajay’s chance meeting with the girl filled his heart with hope and his prompt decision of talking to her went well, in fact a lot better than he expected. Despite the disturbing facts of his life, everything seemed so smooth and calm around the girl.
The girl, Ajay realized he did not know her name. Neither she told him her name nor had he bothered to ask. The short conversation with the girl convinced him, the similarity between Smriti and the girl did not end with the physical appearance. It went much beyond. By simply being with him, the girl helped him to calm down, made him forget momentarily about the mess in his life. The girl filled his heart with optimism and hope for future. Ajay got up from the chair and walked towards Smriti.
Eyes closed, amidst the tubes and the machinery, her face seemed peaceful. Ajay’s vision blurred and before he could press his fingers to the bridge of his nose to stop the emotions from flowing, tears escaped from his eyes and he slid into the bed next to Smriti. Despite the warnings from the doctor to not disturb the patient and the setup, he snuggled close to Smriti. Placing his head on her chest, trying his best not to disturb the tubes and the wires, he continued crying.



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