We all have a life-affirming tale to tell… Sudha Murty’s novels create an unforgettable mark on us with their inspiring genuine stories of fascinating individuals. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven: 20 Inspiring Real-Life Stories is a compilation of twenty such unforgettable factual stories. They were selected by Sudha Murty from a Penguin contest, and they represent the optimism, faith, generosity, and joy that life has to offer, as we go about our daily lives.
Bhaswar Mukherjee’s Acceptance is a sad and beautiful narrative of a eunuch maid that depicts the plight of eunuchs in society. Dhrishti Dasgupta’s “Dhaka Girl” is a poignant story of a girl during India’s partition from Bangladesh in 1947, proving that humanity still exists and transcends all borders. It will show you how while facing difficult circumstances, a tiny girl’s deed of giving a guy food brought her kindness even in her darkest times.
Aagneya by Rajesh Pooppotte is the story of a little girl, a daughter, and how she is faced with a humiliating circumstance at school. The small girl told us a vital lesson about ‘Self-Respect’ via her anecdote. So many incidences of girl abuse or rape are being reported or seen these days. Women were molested in various ways, regardless of their age, from the moment they were conceived in their mothers’ wombs until they died. However, with time, Women evolved more powerful. We, women, are aware of what is nice and bad for us, and to combat them.
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The story of a young girl is told in Swaha Bhattacharya’s “A New Beginning”. Who desires to adopt a child before marriage. Her family forbids her; therefore, she goes against their wishes. However, fate had other plans for her, and she died. ‘Acid Attack’ is an astonishing, terrible, and horrifying experience for anyone, and for a female, it is almost her life’s end, is it? That is why this narrative is unique and has a powerful social message. It is the narrative of a girl who is the victim of an acid assault; in the end, she receives justice from the court, and she has resolved to live her life with dignity and respect, showing how we individually can control our lives.
Shantanu Bhowmick’s “It Fell In a Storm” revolves around three small toddlers. They want to offer their mother a birthday gift, so they collect and sell the fruits that have fallen during the storm. In Supriya Unni Nair’s ‘Agni Pareeksha,’ we meet Maneesha Ramakrishnan, who survived the Bangalore Carlton fire (I recall the incident when many people in the building died because there was no fire evacuation mechanism, some jumping to their deaths) and how Maneesha slowly recovered, lost her voice but not her zest for life, and three years later performed a flash mob at the same building to put the story to rest.
When a young woman visits her old incontinent grandfather and grandma in Satyarth Nayak’s story “Elixir,” she discovers what genuine love is. We meet love in different forms in Jimmy Mathew’s novel “The Right to Refuse,” where we meet a man who wanted his wife to have a surgical correction to experience her virginity and another who wanted a surgical correction to hide his identity, and how both stories end well for those with the capacity to love. A daughter and a father bond over his continually misplaced reading glasses in Vibha Lohani’s ‘Father’s Reading Glasses,’ a soothing subject.
In Rishi Vohra’s story “The Enigmatic Couple,” a young guy forms a new friendship with his mysterious old neighbors in their apartment, who he discovers has suffered a huge sorrow, and tries to make harmony for them in their solitude.
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In ‘How Jhannu Mankdia Made It Possible,’ we meet the first post-graduate from her village and learn how she escaped a child trafficking ring by educating herself. We meet the maid in Subhobrata’s ‘Savita’s Story,’ who worked twice as hard to educate her only daughter only to lose her, and how she finds new purpose in schooling another small kid from her neighborhood.
In ‘The Udayan Effect,’ Praveen P. Gopinath shows how our prejudices and fears cloud our judgment, and how his buddy Udayan gave him an important lesson in trust. In ‘Time to Pack Up or Not,’ Neha Garg is given a second chance after being dragged from a local railway cabin and left to die, but she discovers that the world isn’t that bad after all.
In Ila Gautam’s ‘Train to Goonda Vile,’ we run across our old friends – prejudice, insecurity, and labels – only to discover that the people they believed to be Gangsters were defending their daughter. A little kid encounters the affection of a mother langur in Tapan Mukherjee’s story “An Encounter of a Special Kind,” and learns how love and thankfulness surpass the human form. The themes have a recurring pattern – our desire to label, establish biases, lack of trust, unconditional love, bravery, and getting back what we give – to the point that we question when we will ever learn to be secure.