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The Conflict of Desires follows an executive trying to convince aboriginals to give up their land for his companies interests. What was the inspiration for the setup to this story?
In my years as a business journalist, I have stumbled upon many cases where big corporations with key interests in mining face resistance from the native residents. All those episodes of tussle and murky face-offs between a company and the original tribes form the bulwark of inspiration for my story. When companies foist their agendas on unsuspecting people and trample on their resources and brazenly try to usurp their livelihoods, the backlash is inevitable. My story should serve as a humble call to those transnational corporations to abjure coercion and embrace compassion for the people at whose expense they are expanding their frontiers of growth. Having said that mine is a work of fiction and any resonance with the ‘real’ should be treated as happenstance.
Ramesh is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his development?
As a character, Ramesh arouses intrigue and empathy in equal measure. He’s no different from legions of his real life counterparts who are lumbered with tasks not so pleasant and choices tempting yet fraught with risks. So often it happens that characters in the mould of Ramesh run into a knotty life matrix- they have to solve the Rubik’s cube. For me, fleshing out Ramesh as the lead character who carries the plot narrative draws from people who are perturbed by upsetting dilemmas. Most do cave in to the pressures of the job and dictates of the boss, playing it safe. That’s where Ramesh soars above the clutter- he wins with his conscience.
What is the next story that you are writing and when will it be available?
My next work on fiction dissects the woes of workplace. I believe it will be an enjoyable read. Hoping to release it next calendar.
An executive of a top notch company sets foot in a remote hinterland in a poor, eastern state of Odisha in India. Ramesh Sahay, the protagonist of the story is tasked with a mission- to woo the aboriginal tribals for pushing his employer’s interests. But the natives who have guarded the wealth of their hills for over a millennium are no pushovers. And, Ramesh is pitted against forces antagonistic to his mission. Ramesh realises the odds stacked against him. Nonetheless, his visceral urges and the mandate of a big corporation in which he has invested over a decade of his prime impels him to an unequal confrontation. How does he go on to win this tussle? Or a change of emotions tugs at his heartstrings? The story dissects the dilemma of his choices and the conflicts that shroud him. Read on to relate and connect.
Posted by Literary Titan
Before Ramesh Sahay stepped foot in the furthest corner of Odisha, he never would have considered a different kind of life. Then he met Peter whose demeanor and very existence nagged at him. They do not like each other. However, count on fate to bring these two together in the most unpredictable of ways as Ramesh turns over a new leaf.
The Conflict of Desires: A New Rhythm in the Tangle presents a crisis of conscience everyone has every once in a while. The writer has done a great job of letting the weight of that crisis shine through. I found this book to be very enlightening with regards to difficult life choices and well needed changes in life direction. The writer has a good command of vocabulary and effectively utilizes simple but powerful prose. The dialogue between different characters is sufficiently entertaining, and occasionally engrossing, throughout this short story.
I thought that the book could have flowed better form scene to scene. And I would have appreciated more clarity during the abduction scene.
Otherwise, this is an enjoyable short story that dissects the choices one makes in life and shows the effects it has on life. Very entertaining!
Pages: 30 | ASIN: B07TZW2396