Harappa’s Lost Seal -The Seal

Story So Far…
A battle has begun between the Sumerans and Harappas. Chahel thinks it to be an insider who helped the Sumerans inside the Eastern and Western gates. Swahayne can see through the corner of her eyes , a warrior full fledgedly launched an attack on Chahel. Can he survive that?

Chapter 5
” Never use your emotions during a fight “, Bhadrak swung his sword and attacked her from right. “But how can I fight with you papa? ”
“Common girl I have been away for so long “, he pushed her with his left knee and pinned her on the floor, the sword inched from tearing.into  her flesh ” Papa this is cheating “, he chuckled at her innocent accusation. “Remember during a battle don’t hesitate from doing the right thing,  kill your dear ones if you have to, be with the truth “.

A flashback from the past came flooding into her mind. The warrior fighting Chahel was not unknown to her,  but she wasn’t sure if her husband was yet ready to face the truth.

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Why do I feel she ‘s close to me? Chahel tripped his sword. He dived in to pick it up while his enemy didn’t waste a moment and stroke him on the right side. The strong armour worn by him, saved his head. Why does she have to be the evil?  His mind kept on playing the words his father told him “She’s your step mother “, Swahayne told him “Its been her all along “. Though he refused to believe them yet now there was no way left,  he would rather fight her than let his family die.
He jumped and with one blow of his sword threw her on the ground.  She spat the soil that gained its way when she fell facing the ground. He then pinned her there pressing his knee to her side. “Remove your helmet “, he bellowed.
His prisoner removed her helmet and sneered at him,  the shock on his face was visible ” How could you Parama Shree “.
“I could never betray my country Sumer,  your father was just a pawn for me “, she laughed . Her breathing rate increased suddenly,  she could no longer laugh her way through. Swahayne had been watching them from a distance. The war would already be over if Dishra cooperated,  the woman will fight till her last breath. In that instant she knew what her mother -in-law had done. She ran smashing bodies with her legs , it seemed to be getting late.  “Parama Chahel,  she has taken poison “, she shouted at the top of her lungs ,Chahel glanced towards her face and back to where Dishra was lying. She ran as fast as she could,  when she reached there,  blood was slowly seeping out of Dishra’s nose and mouth. Lord why couldn’t I do it earlier. Chahel sat there on his knees,  time had stopped,  it seemed.
Chahel couldn’t bring himself to do it,  so she called upon a soldier and asked him to summon Parama Nikunj Adrij immediately.

The battle was over going on for years had been without Dishra,  the Sumerans were no longer powerful against the Harappans. Seconds ticked away before Adrij could reach there,  his face a bloody mess. She couldn’t make out how much was his and which ones belonged to the enemy. “Parama Shree Swahayne,  Parama Chahel “, he bowed down infront of both of them. Chahel had come to his senses now,  he walked upto where Adrij still had his head bowed and placed hisl hand on his brother’s arm “Nikunj Adrij,  Parama Shree is no more “, Adrij had a masked expression. Like any other soldier he wouldn’t cry,  she took the side of his enemy. “I asked her to stay away from the Sumers,  but she didn’t listen “, Adrij’s voice had turned harsh. Then turning towards Swahayne “How did you escape? ” he asked her. “Parama Shree had told me retire in our chamber that nigh. From one of my informants I had already heard of the fire”, then she looked up at him and noticed he had no emotions left for his mother and was more interested in hearing her speak “Parama mustn’t have told you yet but there’s a secret passage connecting our chamber to the river bank, ” “and you followed that he asked her? ” she shrugged. Chahel had been listening to her for quite a while,  but first things first “Parama Shree Dishra’s body must be cremated now and then we can make a rune of her next to Parama Pitrini ‘s rune”.

After cremating her body Adrij asked him if he knew of this earlier “Nikunj, When they suddenly wanted Swahayne here I knew she would be killed soon, So I oredered her to stay in our chambers and after she escaped,  she spent a year near Sumeran borders. There more than once she spotted Parama Shree along with the headpriest. ” Adrij sighed, Why didn’t she listen? “The headpriest must be taken in “, “I have already sent orders for that. ”
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“The new metal, Parama Shree told us about seems to be working properly “, the newly elected board members informed him. The head priest’s arrest had stirred chaos among the board members,  so they were removed and a board of only trusted members and younger generation had been elected. “I told she’s the best you can get “, Adrij smiled.

They were celebrating the harvesting festival. The implementation of iron slabs had helped in filling up the leakage. Swahayne had suggested this new metal,  which they dug using her technique. 
Chahel turned around to see the woman of his life walk towards him. In a red Sarong and golden flowing  Skirt , wrapped around her slender waist,  she looked like a Parama Shree instead of a Warrior Woman. On a closer look he saw that her long brown hair was tied to a braid and his mother’s tiara was placed on it. The crowd made way for her.  Just as she reached the raised platform,  where he and other members of the board sat,  she bowed and touched his feet.  There she placed a seal.

Chahel picked it up,  carefully studying it. Laughter around the hall died,  as they watched their leader intently “Isn’t this the Kritrim seal? ” he asked her. She stood up and nodded curtly. “Why are you giving this to me? ”
“You lost your family due to my mistake “, before she could complete, he chuckled “That was never your mistake,  we retreived it back from the headpriest’s chamber, come ” , he motioned her to sit beside him ” From today the sword of Parama Shree Swahayne shall be the new family seal”, he announced his people.  There was laughter and clatter of hands everywhere.
He then took her hand in his “I promise to stand by you for good and for worse “, he then repeated the oath he took during their marriage ” Respect you as my other half.  Love and nurture you till you grow tired and promise not to leave me.” She smiled and completed her part of the oath “I promise never to leave you and I shall always love you the way you are. ”

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Terminology
Pitrini –Father
Kritrim -The warrior family seal

                                                           
.                    The End.      

©Paramita

Harappa’s lost seal -Truth Reavealed

STORY SO FAR..
Swahayne had been summoned to meet Chahel. When she reached the villa Adrij her brother -in-law,  met her first and then she met her husband after a long time,  but before they could have a descent conversation she left for a meeting with the board.

On the other side Dishra planned to burn the villa and finally the villa got  burnt into ashes , not a single person could survive . In this chapter we will see how Chahel coped with his wife’s death.

Chapter 4
A year had passed since the fire burnt down their Villa. A new one was being built in its place.
Today would be the completion of a year since he last saw anything of her.  He had finished a meeting with the civilians and was heading towards his chamber to task some rest. For a flicker of second he felt someone watching him,  but when he turned around he stared at the blank wall.  I must be distracted,  he moved towards Dishra ‘s quarters,  he had some important discussion with her regarding her recent expenditures in weapons.  What need does she have for weapons? he thought. He had been busy with the construction work,  had no time to see which relatives of her she had been visiting on the city outskirts.

He didn’t find her there and went instead to his chamber. The moon light entering his chambers almost lit the room.While walking towards his bed , he  found someone lying there . “Being playful,  aren’t we?  A smile tucked on his lips. “I was testing your bravery “, a hint of laughter in her voice.
“So I could see “, he went closer to where she was sitting ” I’ve missed you a lot “.
“Good to hear,  because Dishra was the person who burnt your villa “, she stopped him before he said anything ” I have enough proof against her “. She snuggled against him “You’re not going to believe me this time  “. ” I believed you even that day when you deserted our chamber and left me alone, ” he sighed. “But you couldn’t voice your thoughts strongly nor did you stop me,” she whispered.
Annoyed by the direction their conversation was moving,  she changed the topic “I assure you Parama there will be an attack on us tonight ” , her playful voice turned  stern. “I am sure you are ready for that Swahayne “, he tucked a stray hair behind her ears. 

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It was a full moon night and they could clearly see each other. He could see the love she felt for him in her eyes. She blushed when he took her hands in his,  hers were much tinier compared to his huge ones. He looked almost 7-8 inches taller than her. “Let us get ready to slain their heads, ” he bellowed. “You sure you can take up a sword?”
“Woman only a cow could forget your father’s hefty training and you married no cow, ” he whispered the last few words,  while trying to hug her.
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Just as she had informed an attack had been launched,  but how they entered the city gates Swahayne was still confused. “Their army isn’t a large one and our gates can endure much stronger attack, ” she rode her horse between Adrij and Chahel. As next Parama shree she had to be protected.
Until a few hours they could see a harmless army but just as they lost focus,  a cavalry attacked them from the eastern gates as well. Definitely work of an insider, she rode hard while her sword claimed bodies of their enemy. She was now closer to Chahel to see that a lady with her mask on, had fully charged at him.

©Paramita

A rising star -Prachy

I know its been long since I published any interviews,actually I had been a little busy with my field trip studying the Karbi tribes. I’ll tell you people about them some other day .
Today we have Prachi Percy Sharma along with us. She gave me her interview two weeks ago but due to critical circumstances I couldn’t make it up to you.

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Here are the few questions that I asked her..

1. When did you first start writing and were your parents co-operative with it?

I first started scribbling in a notebook when I was in the eighth grade. My parents didn’t understand at first. They came on board much later. 

2.How long does it take for you to write a book?

It depends on my situation and priorities. It takes me a minimum of a month and a maximum of four months to finish a first draft. 

3.What was your debut novel?

My debut novel is a crime thriller titled A Predator in Paradise. It’s a serialized e-novel published by Cosyreading. 

4.Do you have any suggestions for newbie authors to become a better author?

I’m a debut author myself so I hardly think I’m qualified to advice others. But I would say this: Do not jump into publication without honing your writing and storytelling skills. 

5.How do you publish your books -self or traditional?

Traditional publishing.

6.How long did it take for your books to be published?

One was accepted within a week. Another took eight months. One took just three weeks to be accepted. 

7.Books of which genre hold your interest?

I read across genres, but since I’m a crime writer mainly, I would say crime novels by Sir Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, Michael Conelly, John Grisham, Erle Stanley Gardner, Thomas Harris and Steig Larsson have influenced my writing. Literary fiction by authors like Naipaul, Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer and Gabriel Marquez has helped me with prose and style.

8.Name any 6 books which are your favorite.

The Hannibal trilogy by Thomas Harris, Millenium Series by Steig Larsson, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 

9.What are your plannings this year?

This year, apart from releasing two books, I’m planning to finish an erotic suspense trilogy, one crime novel set in Mumbai and another set in Boston. 

10.What genre are your books?.

I mostly write in the crime/mystery genre

11.How do you develop your plots and characters?

I have no fixed process. I just write a rough outline of the idea in my brain and then I go with it. The characters develop with the plot. 

12.Give us an insight into one of your favorite character from any one of your novel.

My favorite character is Mia Santos, from one of my upcoming novels. She’s a feminist, an author and editor of a feminist magazine. She’s tough, independent, smart, intelligent and determined. She doesn’t back down from a challenge and when challenged, gives it as good as she gets. 

Thanks for having me here.

We thank you too Miss Prachi for sparing some of your moments for us. Wishing you luck. May God bless you.

©Paramita