“He lifted the sword high up in the air and …” I read, turning the page. It is blank. As the rest of the notebook is. I look up at my 13-year-old.
“Where is the rest of it?” I ask, perplexed.
“That’s all of it,” he says.
“What do you mean? He lifts the sword, and? Does he kill Rocky or not?”
“Ru, you cannot leave a book mid-way like this!”
“That’s how books sell Mom! You know nothing.”
“No one sells half written books!”
“Huh, if Priyanka can write Unfinished and leave it mid-way, why can’t I?”
Having been an avid reader of thriller fiction, I must confess I have read only a few memoirs/autobiographies over the years. International cycling champion Lance Armstrong, seven times winner of the Tour de France, a stark heavy story of grit and strength, his fight against cancer and the doping scandal was the first I read. Michelle Obama’s Becoming was another strong memoir. At times relatable, at times awe-inducing. This time I ventured closer to home. Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
I am not a fan of any entertainment celebrities, but I am curious. Love her, hate her, it doesn’t matter – she’s simply someone who is comfortable in her own skin and doing her own thing. Taking the book at face value, I appreciate how she’s acknowledged those who were a part of her journey in depth. And just like any of us, she deals with her self-doubts, insecurities, and vulnerabilities in whichever way she deems fit, mostly taking them head-on and going full throttle.
There are episodes over the years that I see shades of hypocrisy in. They have been followed up with apologies – call it cycling back at being caught or genuine lessons learnt, shrug. It could also be simply be part of growing up, since our beliefs do evolve as we go. What does get stressed upon is hard work, taking chances, going for it, no two ways and oodles of confidence in whatever you do – which I do resonate with. Do I recommend a read? Honestly, I don’t know.
I have written this 100-word flash fiction for the 2022 Edition of the Blogging A-Z Challenge, a blogging event held every April. Click here to read more on the challenge! My chosen theme for this year is flash fiction driven book recommendations. Whether or not you are a book reader, you would enjoy the flash fiction. And if you’re participating as well, do leave your blog site in the comments!