Life is not meant to be a brief candle, but a flaming torch; however, sometime, the flame dies.....
This sums up Victor and Anju’s story.
Shy, awkward, introverted Victor Sood is the butt of many jokes and pranks from his high school friends, especially when he falls in love with his friend’s next door neighbour, pretty Anju. Fun-loving, confident, extroverted Anju loves to be the one playing the pranks.
He is around sixteen, she is around fourteen. Both are on the threshold of adolescence, and opposite in temperament.
It is 1975. There are no mobile phones, internet or even an easy access to telephony. There are no satellite channels, and TV is one channel a few hours a day, with movie once per week. Victor gives Anju access to his collection of comic-books, through a common friend, and gradually gains access to her heart.
Time moves on.
Victor embarks upon a career at sea while Anju migrates to London after High School. Their plans for the future are coming together beautifully, when fate strikes.......
This is a heart-warming tale of young love.
Pradeep Gulati is a seafarer working with a multi-national ship management company in the position of a Chief Engineer. He spent his schooling years in New Delhi, before moving on for training in marine engineering at Calcutta and Mumbai. He has been working at sea since 1981.
The nature of his work takes him around the world, and he wishes to remain an active seafarer for as long as he is medically fit. His main interests, apart from reading and writing, are travelling and watching movies. In the nineteen eighties, his short stories have been published in magazines like Savvy, Chic, Eve’s Weekly, Youth Times, etc.