The media today needs nothing but gossip. Circulations of magazines and newspapers touch the million mark just by publishing controversial affairs and the not so private lives of celebrities and politicians. Then why are they all present here at this press conference, he thought. He had read the book and she was indeed a remarkable story-teller, but does that even matter to the media. An 18-year-old’s debut book, Mangalore Blues.
As people started networking during the high tea, he heard someone whisper,
“Sshhh….listen! Who cares about the book! But never mind, we can always publish her pictures along with her mother’s story. Yes! Yes! The one who killed her husband when she caught him in bed with another woman. There’s another story doing the rounds that she killed him for another man.”
Priya answered almost all the questions and the event was about to be wrapped up. He has never published a story on his e-magazine, The Real Side, without listening to the entire story and points of views of all concerned. He finally stood up and asked,
“Could you please share the muse for this book of yours?”.
“I’m glad that at least one person bothered to ask this question instead of focusing on my mother’s infamous affair and the gossip around it. And I’m sure that only you’ve read the book, gentleman. Thank you!”
And then she started reading the last page of the book.
She hit him with the hammer. She did it again and again. Again and again. Even as she saw life seep out of him. And their five-year-old daughter lay next to him barely clothed. She was writhing in pain and was completely shocked and terrified.