Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel
GenreLiterary Fiction / Tragedy
Age Rating:G
Submitted:Thursday, 28 January 2016
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Glaring Shadow in a stream of consciousness mode is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life -
He had the soul of our times, and is the namesake of many. He tamed success by the scruff of its neck, only to fuel envy in our neighborhood. When it seemed there was no stopping him, fate dealt him a deadly blow in his early sixties. Besides losing his wife, son and daughter-in-law with their children in that fatal road mishap, he found his leg mangled in the debris of their Ferrari. The intensity of the pity all felt for him seemed to match the magnitude of his loss, but as he became a recluse, his thought eluded all, and in due course, his tragedy became a thing of the past. But, in time, his intriguing behavior brought him back to the top of the page three in the local media - why he had disposed off his lucrative real estate for a song that left the realtors in the lurch. And as if to create a newsflash in the business world, he had off-loaded his considerable stockholding, which sent the bulls running for cover in the country's bourses. Soon, even as the scrip was crunching in the bear hug, the closure of his umpteen bank accounts earned him the national headlines, as it heralded a first rate liquidity crisis in the country's banking system. But even in that gloomy setting, it cost me a fortune to acquire palatial bungalow the outhouse of which he had retained.
When I called on him for chitchat that morning, I was shocked to see him shredding mounds of money lying beside him.....


List of chapters

Ch. 1 Glaring Shadow
Ch. 2 Pains of Regret
Ch. 3 Cradle of Life
Ch. 4 Outlook for Re-look
Ch. 5 Humbling Reality
Ch. 6 Orgies of Love
Ch. 7 Pangs of Remorse
Ch. 8 Villainy of Innocence
Ch. 9 Couple of a Kind
Ch. 10 A Character of Sorts
Ch. 11 Moments of Poignance
Ch. 12 Enigma of Being
Ch. 13 Vignettes of a Village
Ch. 14 A Teacher of Note
Ch. 15 Brink of Incest
Ch. 16 Love-less Love
Ch. 17 Flights of Heart
Ch. 18 Gaffes of Youth
Ch. 19 Pats and Slights
Ch. 20 An Emotional Affair
Ch. 21 The Harlot Zone
Ch. 21 The Harlot Zone
Ch. 22 A Lingering Longing
Ch. 23 Smallness of Bigness
Ch. 23 Smallness of Bigness
Ch. 24 Disown to Own
Ch. 25 Sentiment of Ruin
Ch. 26 Enigma of Attraction
Ch. 27 Veneer of the Vile
Ch. 28 Swap for Nope
Ch. 29 Goring Syndrome
Ch. 30 Back to the Basics