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A Break In Love

 | Book Awards 2022 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

A Break In Love

The difference between Karan’s conservative pin-striped suits and Lisa’s trendy designer fashion is as stark as the difference between their personalities, backgrounds and even their professions. To the casual observer, Lisa and Karan are a perfect example of ‘opposites attract’. The truth however, is a far cry from this seemingly perfect relationship. In a relentlessly fast-paced world where the stresses of surviving leave no room for much else, will this young couple have to accept the heart-breaking reality that all love stories aren’t forever after all? Or will an unexpected, brief separation give them a final chance to re-discover the lost magic?

Full Title: A Break In Love

Author: RRASHIMA SWAARUP VERMA
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

The difference between Karan’s conservative pin-striped suits and Lisa’s trendy designer fashion is as stark as the difference between their personalities, backgrounds and even their professions.
To the casual observer, Lisa and Karan are a perfect example of ‘opposites attract’. The truth however, is a far cry from this seemingly perfect relationship.
In a relentlessly fast-paced world where the stresses of surviving leave no room for much else, will this young couple have to accept the heart-breaking reality that all love stories aren’t forever after all? Or will an unexpected, brief separation give them a final chance to re-discover the lost magic?
• "Fun, emotional and immensely engaging" according to The Times of India, this contemporary romance is a must read.
• This is a book that effectively answers questions about the relationship challenges that modern day couples face.
• A contemporary love story with very relatable characters and fast-paced, engaging narration.
• Emotional, humorous and fun, this is a book that readers will instantly connect with.
• A romance that has all the magic of a beautiful love story set in a modern, relatable setting.


About the Author: 

Rrashima Swaarup Verma is a corporate business analyst with an MBA in Marketing. She is a member of the senior management team at a US-based business consulting firm. Rrashima is also a voracious reader and a prolific writer, columnist and poet. Her writings are regularly published in leading national and international literary publications.
A self-confessed romantic, Rrashima loves Latin and Jazz music and enjoys traveling around the world. ‘A Break in Love’ is Rrashima’s first book.


Excerpt: 

Welcome home Karan
Hello? Anybody home? Lisa? Lisa?’ Karan Chopra entered the house and flung his jacket and laptop on the couch as he strode in. At six feet, two inches, with an athletic frame and purposeful walk, the first impression about him was that he exuded authority. At this moment, however, he just looked plain exasperated. He’d been ringing the bell for more than five minutes! The least he expected was for someone to open the door for him when he came home after an exhausting trip. He’d finally used his key to let himself in but he hated doing that. He looked around for Lisa but she was nowhere to be seen. Out as usual!
Shaking his head in exasperation, Karan marched into the kitchen and opened the fridge. He needed a glass of cold water desperately. This had to be the hottest summer in the past ten years. Delhi at the end of July was certainly not pleasant. What the hell! No cold water! There wasn’t a single bottle in the fridge.
'Rama, Rama,' he called for their twenty-something, live-in maid who was invariably never at home. But where was Lisa? She knew he was returning from Mumbai that day and the least she could have done was to ensure that the house was in order. The living room was a mess, the kitchen was filthy with unwashed utensils lying in the sink, and the fridge was becoming a garbage dump loaded with rotting food! What in the world was wrong with her?
He poured himself a glass of water, dumped four cubes of ice into it (mercifully Rama had remembered to keep a tray in the freezer) and drank it thirstily as he thought about his trip. It had been exhausting but very promising. He’d managed to meet the president of that automotive company they’d been trying to meet for ages and the meeting had gone off pretty well. The guy had been impressed with the presentation that Karan had made and had even asked him to email it to him so that he could send it to his entire South Asian team. His other meetings had also gone off well and Karan was pleased with the results of the trip. And of course, he always enjoyed going to Mumbai. Despite the humid weather and crazy traffic that most Delhiites constantly complained about, Karan had always liked Mumbai. Sure, it was fast paced and chaotic, and the city in general always seemed like it was bursting at the seams, but Gurgaon was no better these days. Besides, the people in Mumbai were professional and right on the ball about work. In fact, this time he’d even managed to catch up with an old friend over dinner. All in all, he’d enjoyed the trip. So much so, that he actually hadn’t been looking forward to coming home. He was amazed that he felt that way, but it was true. Coming home just wasn’t the pleasure it had once been. He sighed as he loosened his tie and flicked on the percolator to make a cup of coffee.


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