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Prisoners of Secrets

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Prisoners of Secrets

A most unusual story of love. Do relationships built upon the one foundation that relationships must never be built on – secrets – really crumble? Set in South India in the 1950s, this is the story of Meera, Manuel, and Shankar – three conflicted souls each with secrets that can destroy the other. A story told in a way where you, the reader, are privy to the secrets, and made part of the conflict as you watch the story unfurl into consequences that arise when one becomes a prisoner of their secret.

Full Title: Prisoners of Secrets

Author: Lata Gwalani
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications

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

A most unusual story of love.
Do relationships built upon the one foundation that relationships must never be built on – secrets – really crumble?
Set in South India in the 1950s, this is the story of Meera, Manuel, and Shankar – three conflicted souls each with secrets that can destroy the other.
A story told in a way where you, the reader, are privy to the secrets, and made part of the conflict as you watch the story unfurl into consequences that arise when one becomes a prisoner of their secret.


About the Author: 

Lata loves to play the narrator of human experiences, transporting readers to a place where the lives of strong people with endearing flaws entwine in equally intriguing plots and landscapes.
During a career spanning over three decades as a journalist, a columnist, a corporate trainer, Lata squeezed out time for her debut novel (Incognito, 2013).
Now, she’s a full-time writer, and her writings have appeared in The Hindu, The Indian Express, and the ME Magazine. She is a commissioned author with Arre, a digital content portal.


Excerpt: 

And so it happens that on every other evening, as the sun goes down under an ochre Pollachi sky, Meera and Manuel meet under the jackfruit tree in the middle of a dense thicket, not far from the river. This is the same jackfruit tree under which Subbu and she had spent many afternoons together. The spot is so deep in the thicket that hardly anyone goes there, because one has to pick their way through thick foliage to reach it. Meera and Manuel know the way like the back of their hands. They don’t mind that thorny bushes often leave scratch marks on their skin. They know that once they are under the jackfruit tree, they will be the most secure.


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