A Chance At Happiness: A Book Of Short Stories

Aseem Vadehra

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Melancholic and humorous, the stories in this collection tell tales of love, loss, loathing, cynicism and a range of other emotions set in contemporary Delhi. From a self-assured young man coming face-to-face with his dreams from years gone past in 'Mr Alexander' to the trysts of adolescent love in 'Tara'; from a hedonistic night out on the town in 'Nitin and I' to the sheer helplessness of losing a best friend in 'Karan and Maneck'; we find hints and reflections of people we know and situations we meet in our life s journey towards a chance at happiness. Lyrical and tranquil, the stories in this collection revisit the life we live in the fast-paced world but forget to appreciate, and remember the joys of our everyday existence and shelved dreams.

Aseem Vadehra was born in New Delhi in 1979. He started writing at the young age of 12, choosing to pen his fervent thoughts as poetry and prose on many a surface, including the walls of his bedroom. 21 years hence, this collection of stories is his first book. Aseem continued to write as he collected various degrees at several institutions (NIFT, Bhagat Singh College and Central St. Martins) but his most memorable time, although short, was a semester at the College of William and Mary in Spring 1997. After a brief stint as a costume designer (freelancing with Pradeep Sarkar and Roshan Abbas) followed by a year of study in London, he joined his family business of construction and interior contracting at the age of 22. Aseem regards the curiosity to learn as fundamental to all things human and furiously defends the right to mediocrity as the cornerstone of a beautiful life. He believes that if, whether by the hand of statistics and/or a bevy of Gods, one is fortunate to live a free life, then hard work and intense love (requited or not) are gifts to share. Writing, learning, running, and these days playing the cello, are his passions.

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07 / 03 / 2012

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