Are fairy tales confined to the world of Cindrellas and Snow Whites? Are princesses always damsels-in-distress waiting for a prince charming to take them away from miseries of life?
Zoya’s life is a fairy tale*. But she is no damsel-in-distress. Rather, she is fierce and strong, smiling and willful. What, however, she did want (secretly though) was a handsome prince to complete the fairy tale her life was. But she feared. Not an evil stepmother but the consequences of all that she wished for.
After all, the result of Zoya’s wishes always turned tables on her. In class eight, she wished to take up Sanskrit and ended up failing her first few tests. When she first went to college, she wished to participate in a dance fest. The result: she spent the next few weeks in a hospital ward. And when she first joined an organization after quite a long wait, it turned out to be her worst nightmare, ever. So much so that she threw her idea for a perfect life out the window.
There was a small wish, nonetheless, which she slipped neatly into a drawer long forgotten. Her secret wish for a boyfriend who would take her to the ball; someone she could talk fearlessly to; and someone who would hold her hand while they drank coffee on the terrace under bright, shiny stars.
And suddenly, it seemed as if her wish was coming true. Every obstacle in the way of a perfect love life suddenly vanished, opening new doors and windows in her life. Was this wish, ultimately, a final success in Zoya’s long list of failures?
*Zoya’s definition of fairy tale is an upside down world where nothing every seemed to be going her way. Yet, it was miraculously perfect.
What Makes This Story ‘Real’
The story is a personal collection of experiences on a special journey. It glimpses into people, places and situations of everyday life, a leaf out of memories and epiphany.
This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal andHarperCollins India.