God Smiled on the Second Take
Year of Publication: 2010
Price: HB Rs 600, FB Rs 400
HB 978-81-8157-857-0 (9788181578570)
FB 978-81-8157-858-7 (9788181578587)
About the Author:
Born in 1955, Afshan grew up in Shakarnagar, Andhra Pradesh. She moved to Hyderabad in the early 1970s where she completed her graduation and post-graduation. She holds a Master’s degree in Commerce.
Afshan has been a freelance writer since 1980; she has written for national newspapers as well as magazines. She is also a documentary filmmaker and has produced over 70 films through her company, Target Consultants. In 2005, she received the Jury Award from UNICEF and Prasar Bharati for her 30-second short on the girl child. She produced and directed a Telugu feature film, Chinnari Panthulamma (“The Little Teacher”), which was selected under the Children’s World section in The Golden Elephant-15 — The International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad in 2007. The film was critically well-received in several international film festivals.
Afshan is actively involved in social welfare projects. She lives with her parents in Hyderabad.
“Sad thoughts swirling in her head, Gauri slowly closed the door to Sheila’s room. ‘Why had Sheila to face such a situation…for someone who had been brave even as a child…who had stood by me many a time…even in her own marriage she was so courageous to marry Vikram whom she liked, defying her own family. In fact, Vikram was an ideal mate to her. He had also gone against his father’s objection to marry Sheila. They were such a loving and ideal couple, more of friends than the routine ‘husband and wife’. How bravely they had together faced life. But Vikram got snatched away in a bizarre accident and her entire world collapsed, just as they were on the brink of tasting success of their strenuous struggle having set up their own independent business. At thirty-seven, Sheila was a young widow. Life had cruelly snuffed off at the starting stage, their dream of a long happy life filled with the satisfaction of running smoothly an independent business as they both desired and finally the bliss of aging together into glorious sunset. In just a blink of an eye, the accident shattered it all and the bundle of love and goodness that Vikram was, lay in dust and ashes. And Sheila’s love had become desolate, void. What solace could one give to one whose world had become one long winter of agony and sorrow, except lend her a few days of shelter and a shoulder to lean on when grief broke her down…'”
[From Chapter 1]
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