My friend Arjun has written a short story as a series called Au Revoir. You can download the whole series as a pdf here. The series is very realistic and extremely well written. The depth of the emotions the characters display, and the extent to which they are believable is amazing. It is slightly on the sad side, so people who only like happy stories, this one is not for you.
The series had me wondering if a sad story is indeed more realistic than a happy one. Something from the Matrix comes to mind – Smith to captive Morpheus – “But I believe that as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. The perfect world would dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from”. I used to long hold the view that there is enough suffering in the world without our volunteering to go take in more of that through movies and books. I’m not so sure anymore. Maybe the sad movies and articles are the more realistic ones. Maybe seeing and reading such stuff prepares you emotionally for the tragedies in your own life. Maybe.
Any thoughts, anyone? Do comment, even if you think the previous paragraph is extremely stupid 🙂