Au Revoir

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 🙂


9 thoughts on “Au Revoir

  1. prefer the happily ever after stories usually.. dunno if the sadder ones prepare you emotionally for tragedies.. i sometimes feel nothing can.. hits you hard when it comes to you.. just not da same as someone else s story..
    i think the best thing about sad stories is they make u realise how blessed you are.. makes me wanna enjoy every little moment more..

  2. Suffering and joy are both present in plenty all around us… The sorrows when they come teach us the value of the joy we had. We are blessed and we realise it only when we get cursed with some terrible fate:)

  3. How will reading sad stories prepare you emotionally to face the miseries in real life ? funny :P. Just live the present 😛 have fun

  4. Dei VC… After watching Matrix 3, i felt like… “Damn You Wachowski, You sssuck” and Im sure im not the only one… : )
    Curse those disappointing sad endings… im not paying bucks for watching someone cry… : ) Let me see the Hero Kick some butts and keep me in Caffeine mood…

    I know how hard it is to write a story man… ( I tried once… ya!! Its Harry Potter 8 : ) Good Job dude…

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