What happens when the love that you are waiting for all your life, mistakes you for someone else? Can a transgender ever have an everlasting love story? How is the life of a 50- yr old woman who requires permission to pee everyday?
‘Us…Mostly’ is a collection of stories of the lives of ordinary people around us. It is the twist of fate, the choices they make, the chances they take, and the intricacies of their emotions that makes the ordinary characters around us live an extraordinary life.
“These stories are in between the realms of right and wrong, black and white. It is about those human emotions that cannot be classified into stringent compartments and judged by stereotype moral standards. It is an ode to our love, our desires, our dreams, and our difficulties that shapes each one of us into something we never thought we could become”, smiles the author, Laila Bhaidani, who has over ten years of experience in the field of education, creativity, and content development.
Her personal favourite stories in the book include ‘Mutton Biryani’, ‘MayB’ and ‘Football’, to name some, though she is quick to point out that each story is special and relatable.
And does any story relate to her? “Well, I relate to each story. I absorb all the characters I write about in some way. Because I have felt deeply the joys, thrills, anguish and dilemmas of the characters I write about. Its the only reason to write, to share with the readers these characters, their emotions and their individual journeys. With the belief that it will resonate with them”, she says.
This is her first fiction novel and she is already inspired to write more. In fact, Laila was also the winner of the‘Femina Fast Fiction’ contest in 2014 (nationally), for her story “Unsung Melody”, which was published in their magazine.
Priced at Rs.150, this 160 pages book will be available at Crossword, and Amazon, flipkart and other ecommerce websites.