This is a story about a young girl and a comparatively not-so-young boy. The protagonist, Samara is a fifteen year-old introvert. She is the only daughter of two upper middle class parents. Caught in between the frequent fights of her parents and their unbearable ignorance, she begins sharing her innermost feelings and desires with a complete stranger. This stranger, our not-so-young protagonist, is a 26 year old struggling journalist. With time, the bond between the two grows, and she begins to find in him, the friend she never had. During one such grave argument, her parents decide to split up. She overhears their conversation and tries to contact her only friend, who, as luck may have it, is himself going through a tough time finding a job that pays him enough to survive in even the most ordinary corners of Gurgaon; and to top it all, his girlfriend breaks his heart by breaking the news of her engagement, to him. Wasted Aarav returns home to a number of offline messages from Samara.
Hey! Are you there?
We need to talk!
Where are you!??!
Why aren’t you here when I need you?! 😥
My parents are getting a divorce. 😥 I just don’t know how to react to this. I don’t know what to do..
Are you there? BUZZ!
I just wanna run away from here. 😥 I have no one. No place to go..
In his semi-consciousness, Aarav leaves her a couple of messages too. The next morning, Aarav wakes up to a constantly ringing doorbell. He sleepily walks up to the door and finds a young girl, tall and breathtakingly beautiful, dressed casually and carrying a bigger-than-normal handbag, at his door.
“Hi Aarav. I am Samara.”
What makes this story real?
It so happens, that some of the most honest conversations we ever have, happen with complete strangers. We live in a constant fear of being judged. And talking to a stranger, online, rules that out. When I was in my teens, I had many such online friends who knew some of my deepest secrets. When I faced any seemingly unbearable adversity, I felt like running away from my own world and into their seemingly flawless one. But I never did. Here, I try to explore, what if I had?
Why this story needs to be told?
Because, the fun hasn’t begun yet! Poor Aarav ends up giving away his address in those offline messages. But what will he do now? Will he send her back? Or invite her in? Will Aarav be the one to decide the course of his destiny or destiny will shut him up and turn his life upside down?