Monday, December 10, 2012

Write A Holiday Short Story Contest - Tiina's Smile by Laxmi Hariharan!

Happy Monday!

I am happy to share the next story of Write A Holiday Short Story Contest with you! It is written by author Laxmi Hariharan. Laxmi is the author of The Destiny of Shaitan which is a fascinating read where science fiction is combined with Indian mythology.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Laxmi Hariharan!


Tiina's smile
By Laxmi Hariharan


One day Tiina decided she was going to do something different. So, she put down her Ipad, picked up her favorite sword, jumped on her spaceship, and flew up from the hot dusty Juhu beach, in Bombay. On and on she went, all the way around the world, till she reached the icy plains of the North Pole, to have a few words with Santa.

She found him sitting by the fire. He looked morose, clad in a red nightgown featuring his favorite red-nosed-reindeer motive, and shoes made of a reddish brown leather.

“Why Santa?” She cried, her heart feeling as if it were as cold as Rudolph’s nose used to be. Frozen it felt about to shatter into a million pieces, and she with it. “Why?”

“It was written in the cards, my dear, nothing I could have done about it.” he replied.

“Surely you had a choice?”

“You had a choice too—“

“But—“ she protested, not liking the turn this conversation was taking.

“—yet , what did you do?”

She hung her head, “nothing,” she said through the tears which trickled down her cheeks, reflecting in the shards of her heart which lay all around her now.

“Whatever you decide to do has to be in the open now, do you understand?”

“It’s not fair,” she said. The softness of her tone belied the thinly veiled anger that curled, wisp-like from the bottom of her toes, up through her spine, filling her face until she exhaled to try to quiten it down. “Rudoplh—“

“—is dead, and that was my decision,” agreed Santa. "I made my choice, but what about you?”

“They—“ she hesitated, not sure what she actually wanted to say.

“Some will understand” he went on, not paying her any attention, as if she was but a little particle of dust which had just floated down on his nose, and which he was about to bat it away “you have to use your one life for something which really matters—to you.”

Tiina nodded. “Poor Rudolph, did he have to go that way.”

“We always knew it would come to this—the humans who destroyed the Earth’s resources, were selfish. They did not really think about what it meant for the reindeers, now, did they? 

Tiina hung her head. She was guilty too, she knew. No better than them.

“I don’t recommend meat from a centuries old reindeer though.”  

Tiina went pale at that. Not bearing to be in the same space as him, she left.  Could she change anything by following her heart this time? 

When she reached Juhu beach, the sun was hot, high above in the sky. It was midday. Disembarking from her spaceship, she put down her sword on the sand. Then turning, without a second glance she walked away from everything she ever knew. Settling under the shade of a palm tree by the edge of the sand, she drew a smile on her Ipad. She never spoke again, only smiled at everyone, and the world smiled back.

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Thank you, Laxmi, for sharing your story with us! It is highly appreciated!


 

About Laxmi Hariharan:

Though born in India, wanderlust drove me out of my home country, and I lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before being based in London where I now live. I am inspired by Indian mythology. It was in embracing my roots that I found my voice. My debut novel The Destiny of Shaitan is available on Amazon http://tiny.cc/szqsew.



 




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Praise for The Destiny of Shaitan:

"A delicious blend of gods and humans, sacred and profane; an enlightening spiritual journey entertainingly disguised as Sci-Fi. It will take you on a gripping ride, catapulting you into a world that gives you more than a glimpse of your own power and potential. Let this author show you where we can all be headed when we get out of our heads and limitations and into a richer and deeper place, the expansive world of imagination." - Pippa Merivale, Author of Rescued by Angels & Harps of Gold, pioneer Colour Therapy, Founder Metatronic Healing System.

"Rarely is the Indian view of the world set in the far future, the land of science fiction, which almost exclusively seems to be the domain of the Western World. How refreshing it therefore is to read Laxmi Hariharan's coming of age drama partially set in a post-apocalyptic Bombay. A must read!!" - Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Creative & Executive Director, London Indian Film Festival.

 “…The writing is almost poetic which makes the battle scenes all the more gripping which made me think of the baptism scene in the Godfather. So much murder, so much violence and blood and yet there was such purity about those few clips…A definite must-read for anyone who is in the mood for something different.” Ravina Andrea Kurian, Mommy Adventures with Ravina

Winner of The Summer 2012 Readers' Pick Awards.

"A delicious blend of gods and humans, sacred and profane...It will take you on a gripping ride, catapulting you into a world that gives you more than a glimpse of your own power and potential. Let this author show you where we can all be headed when we get out of our heads and limitations and the expansive world of imagination." - Pippa Merivale, Author of Rescued by Angels & Harps of Gold, pioneer  Colour Therapy, Founder Metatronic Healing System.

"Rarely is the Indian view of the world set in the far future, the land of science fiction, which almost exclusively seems to be the domain of the Western World. How refreshing it therefore is to read Laxmi Hariharan's coming of age drama partially set in a post-apocalyptic Bombay. A must read!!" - Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Creative & Executive Director, London Indian Film Festival.

 "...The writing is almost poetic which makes the battle scenes all the more gripping which made me think of the baptism scene in the Godfather. So much murder, so much violence and blood and yet there was such purity about those few clips...A definite must-read for anyone who is in the mood for something different." Ravina Andrea Kurian, Mommy Adventures with Ravina.

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Thanks again, Laxmi!


Now, there is a giveaway connected to the Write A Holiday Short Story Contest. We will randomly choose 1 comment amongst all the comments posted under the published stories and this winner will receive amazon GC of 20$!

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6 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  2. Sorry...I think I mistakenly entered this giveaway. I didn't write a story!

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  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this story thanks.

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  4. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    This was very unique! Awesome twist to traditional Christmas stories:)

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