Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A Stranger In The Mirror

My theme for this year's A to Z Challenge is A Reader's Take, where everyday I will be picking out a novel title corresponding to that day's letter and write my post based on it. To make it more challenging, I have decided to write a serial story. The novel I have selected for today is 'A Stranger In The Mirror'

Chapter 1

Ayaan looked at Kayra who was sitting on the bench, staring at the children playing on the other side of the lake. Her gaze was on them but he knew that her mind was elsewhere. Where it was, that he didn't know! The girl whom he had known so well, whose every movement and every thought process he could predict, his best friend, was now a stranger to him. Something had happened, which had made her withdraw into her shell. How he missed their easy banter! She had even stopped hanging out with him, which was unacceptable. How could she do that to him? Didn't she know he missed her?

Lost in her own thoughts, Kayra sighed. She knew Ayaan was worried seeing her like this but she couldn't give in. If she had to stick by her decision, then she had to do this. It was just the beginning. She dared not to imagine what would happen when Ayaan would finally get to know her decision. But no, she wouldn't say it just yet. She had to prepare herself for the storm that she knew would come in the following days. She walked to the edge of the lake and stood there watching her reflection. The girl in the reflection looked stronger; her face determined. Her expression was totally different to the emotions that were swirling inside her. Still, Kayra longed to be like that stranger in the reflection - A person who was strong and confident! Because she knew she would badly need that strength and confidence in the coming days.


What was Kayra preparing for? Find out more in the coming chapters.

About today's novel: A Stranger In The Mirror is a novel by the popular author Sidney Sheldon. Toby Temple is a superstar, the world's funniest man. He gets any woman that he wants but under the superstar image is a lonely man. Jill Castle is a sensuous starlet. She has a dark and mysterious past and has an ambition even greater than Toby's. Together they rule Hollywood.

PS: Linking this post to A to Z Challenge 2015. If you are participating too, please leave a link to your blog in the comments, so that I can visit you :)


Until the next post,
Keep Smiling :)

Love,
Swathi :)

81 comments:

  1. Aha! That's a fab start!! Wonder what's the reason for Kayra's this state of mind. Will wait as the story progresses! I have read A stranger in The Mirror thrice and loved it! The climax is simply amazing!!

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    1. I am glad you like it Shilpa :) Thanks for being the first one to read my a to z post ;)

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  2. You have started with a bang! A very fitting title and I loved how you gave us a peek into both of their minds. Staying tuned for more.
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Thanks Shantala :) Do come back for more ;)

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  3. That's a very creative and challenging theme. I'm not a fiction writer... but I sure am a reader. This month is going to be a lot of fun... I can see hours disappearing as I visit blogs all over the world. Enjoy!
    Wendy at Wendy of The Rock

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    1. So true that is Wendy. I donno where the hours are disappearing! But yes, it is fun :) Keep visiting :)

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  4. You Got Me Hooked. I Wonder What Kayr Is Up To. Beautiful Narration Too :)

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  5. Wonderful start dear. I love your theme selection,it's unique. Eagerly waiting for your series...

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    1. Come to my world, http://shinningappy.blogspot.in/

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    2. Thank you Arpita :) Sure, will visit your world :)

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  6. Wonderful start Swathi. And A stranger in the mirror was one of my favorite novel of Sidney Sheldon. Good book to start the challenge :)

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    1. Thanks Prasanna :) To be honest, I havent read the book yet!

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  7. I love this novel by Sidney Sheldon! And you have done justice to the title. Can't wait to know what was going on in her mind! I shall be back tomorrow to read the rest :)

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    1. Glad you think I have done justice to it :) Thanks Aathira :) Keep visiting ;)

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  8. Lovely start. Theme is very unique. I'm looking forward to read the A - Z series :)
    A Rat's Nibble

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  9. Interesting story, like your idea of Reader's Take on a well known story. Will be here tomorrow to read some more :)
    My link http://sulekharawat.com/2015/04/01/a-long-time-ago-in-kochi/

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  10. I think I've read this novel before, but not quite sure :) Will have to check the library when I visit next.

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  11. Great post Swathi! Looking forward to the rest of your posts.

    My link is here: http://www.livingmyimperfectlife.com/ablutophobia-a-to-z-challenge/

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  12. Sounds very interesting. Looking forward to the next part. A great start to the AtoZChalllenge

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  13. Ah I cannot wait to read the next part!

    A stranger in the mirror is one of my favorite books and I'm glad you chose that for a start. Initially I thought you would be re-writing it though :)

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    1. Thanks Soumya :) Stay tuned for more :)
      and re-writing Sidney Sheldon's novel!! I am not ready for that big challenge yet! :D

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  14. I Want to know what she's preparing for!! Great way to grab our attention.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Hennessy :) Do come back for more :)

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  15. What a way to start! Loved it, Definitely coming back tomorrow to read more! Happy A to Z, Swathi! :)
    *Shalini @TaleofTwoTomatoes*

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  16. You drew me right in, Swathi. I'm curious to read tomorrow's post. :)

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  17. Wow, what a start, Swathi. I can't wait for the following chapters.

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  18. Yay- Swathi - great start - I look forward to more:-) best of luck with A to Z

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    1. Thanks Eli :) Keep visiting :) And allthe best to you too :)

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  19. This is a great start and you definitely have me hooked!

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  20. Ah! suspense. What's next? Eagerly waiting for the next part :)

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  21. Great start to the challenge ! Can't wait to know what the suspense is about... :)

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  22. Good one Swathi....and a great start :) All the best for the rest of the challenege. Waiting for the next parts....

    Mine at.... http://drsushreedash.blogspot.in/2015/04/away.html

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  23. Hey Swathi, your concept is unique. And I enjoyed reading your first post. Looking forward to the next one :D

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it ma'am :) Keep visiting for more ;)

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  24. Got to be here again for the sake of curiosity! Wonderful start Swathi.

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  25. Enticed to come back tomorrow :) another a to z blogger

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  26. A fab start with an incredible theme :) Silence before the storm. waiting for the further posts Swathi!

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  27. Nice take on the novel, I am a big Sidney fan. I Have read all the books. All the best.

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    1. Wow!! I have still so many book pending to read :) Keep visiting Indy ;)

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  28. Toby Temple is one my faaav characters. That story had such a chilling end .. and so does your story. Looking forward to know more about Kayra's decision.

    My link :http://inatales.blogspot.com/2015/04/letter-atum-gets-his-canvas.html

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    1. Glad you liked the story Ina :) Keep coming back for more :)

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  29. I haven't read the Stranger in the Mirror novel, so this will all be fresh to me. Looking forward to subsequent chapters (and thank you for visiting my blog. Alana at ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you liked it :) Do keep visiting for more :)

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  30. Good beginning...in the Sheldon way gripping.my new post #atozchallenge second day for B http://poojasharmarao.blogspot.in/2015/04/blessing-of-being-bibliophile-in-memory.html

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    1. In sheldon way gripping! Wow thanks for that compliment :) Keep visiting for more pooja :)

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  31. I remember reading Sidney Sheldon's book many years ago. Your story is also intriguing! Unique idea for a theme. ☺

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    1. So glad you found it intriguing :) Keep visiting Debbie :)

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  32. What a wonderful idea and great kick-off!

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  33. An intriguing start to something. Waiting for the plot to develop. Nice post :)

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    1. Thanks Shrikant :) The next part is live on the blog already :) Hope you like it :)

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  34. I love your theme for the A to Z challenge. Your plot definitely had the perfect start. Eager to read more :-)

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  35. That is quite a start. I haven't read too many novels though but it is going to be interestin to know the common ones :)

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    1. Thank you :) Hope you will enjoy the whole novella Shesha :)

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  36. Good start Swathi :) Would love to know the story.

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    1. Thanks Jyotsna :) Do drop in to read the rest :)

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  37. Interesting theme Swathi! I enjoy reading novels so I will be coming back here for more :)

    My blog : http://totallyinternalreflections.blogspot.sg/

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    1. Thank you Prathima :) Welcome to my blog :) Keep visiting :)

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  38. Wow, looks like you have quite the fan following for the story, Swathi :) Lovely to see the comments. Just started reading. Will catch up and leave a comment at the end of my reading. Hope that's fine :)

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  39. I missed a number of your earlier posts...catching up...didn't know this was based on other novels! An interesting concept! ;) And a great story too boot so far for chapter 1! :) <3

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