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Cactus Blooms A Campus Love Story for the Ages

Author Name: Terence Alvares | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

“You haven’t forgiven me?” he looked at her.

“Nothing to forgive,” she said. “You were being yourself. So was I. No point in having any regrets. We were young.”

“We are still young,” he said. They looked at each other and smiled. He squeezed her palm gently.

It had started as a simple date. A first date for both of them. An evening meetup on the college campus. A walk, conversations, unplanned incidents, a couple of memories made.

Four years on the same campus. A journey through break-ups and reunions, navigating social life and crushes, the push and pull of academics, activities, events, personalities and ambitions, and the innate quest of their age—a quest for a special relationship.

At the centre of this journey was the sustenance of that first spark of love. Through time and moments, closeness and drifting apart, and then circumstances and events conspiring to renew that flame.

Each reunion bringing strength, purpose and maturity into planning futures together.

All these against the backdrop kaleidoscope of the sights, sounds, colour and sensory adventures of a vibrant, youthful college campus.

A story that will transport the reader back to their university days as though it were some kind of nostalgia-powered time machine.

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Terence Alvares

Terence Alvares grew up in Ajmer in the north of India in a Goan family. After his schooling, he did his higher studies at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He worked in India for a few years.  

At the turn of the century, he migrated to Australia.

Terence has always loved reading and has a passion for fiction and short stories. At home, he has amassed a collection of English fiction and short story books. 

In October 2020, he published his first book, Itsy BITS’y Tales: Pilani in the 80s, which is a fictional collection of snippets and stories from the ’80s on the social life on the BITS Pilani campus. In December 2021, Terence published his second book—Terry's Tales: Stories of Love, Peace, Joy and Hope. It is a collection of short stories. Both books are available on Amazon worldwide and have had excellent reviews.

Terence loves connecting with and writing about common people from all walks of life and searches for that innate goodness that manifests itself above all the challenges that life throws at people.

His hobbies include fitness, reading and exploring the wide-open spaces in Australia where he now lives. However, he is deeply connected to his roots in India, especially Goa and Rajasthan.

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