Another Me
Mishal

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Synopsis

Shalin Asher is a twenty seven year old stock-market analyst facing a quarter life crisis. Apart from having an impoverished family life (he is the only surviving member of his immediate family), he also has a very difficult boss and colleague to deal with at work, and the girl of his dreams is with someone else. Nothing seems to be going right for him.

Just when Shalin feels he has hit rock bottom, he is paid a surprise visit by an uninvited guest - himself from a parallel universe - living a simultaneous existence as Shalin himself.

This doppelgänger of his is a physicist ‘back home’, who has worked out how to travel across parallel realities via a machine that was built by Shalin’s late elder brother - Saurabh - a few years ago, in their unused garage.

Saurabh disappeared from Shalin’s life three years ago and is believed to have passed away while trying to teleporting himself from one universe to the other. Hoping to be informed about Saurabh’s whereabouts by this visitor, Shalin is devastated to hear confirmation about his elder brother’s unfortunate passing.

Realising that he has no one to live for anymore, Shalin also decides to travel across to parallel universes out of part curiosity and part boredom; taking on any supposed risk of doing so. And in his visits, he comes across many other Shalins - all living their individual lives - blissfully ignorant of the fact that there are other versions of them out there; until now.

Shalin is surprised by the vastly differing circumstances and professions of his, in these different universes. While he is living his dreams in one reality, in another he is married to the girl of his dreams; and while one of him has climbed the ladder of corporate success much quicker than he had ever imagined, another has renounced it all to pursue his passion for music.

In the conversations Shalin has with himself, he slowly realises his own capabilities, and what he could’ve achieved had he gone down a particular route. Choices take on a whole new meaning for Shalin as he travels across to meet several of his doppelgängers in the span of a week; only to return home a changed man after every visit.

The story ends with Shalin garnering the courage to quit his mundane job in the hope of starting his own travel agency in the near future.

Set in a modern Indian metropolis, Another Me is a story about self-discovery and overcoming the pressures of society.

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pandustar

While the story line seems OK, in it's current form the manuscript cannot be published. To start with, there are typos, places where two words have been unintentionally joined to each other, unwanted hyphens and lack of commas. But these are things that can be changed.
What my issue is that the story line is strictly OK. Not awesome. Just OK.
There is slight character buildup, a little intrigue, but somewhere the story just doesn't seem to be heading in a way it should. It is heading at a decent pace, but not the way a sci-fi story should go.
Maybe all you need are small tweaks - or hopefully the pace picks up in the latter chapters?

Mar 02 '16
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Mishal

thank you for taking the time out to review my book. Means a lot

Mar 13 '16
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pritam bhutada

Jan 09 '16
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Arjun Somasundaran

Good, simple and uncomplicated writing. I would like to read on and find out in which direction the story moves. One more thing I would like to see would be a lot more description of the people and places especially how they look and not just the description of their attires.

Dec 23 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

The plot is progressing well, the language has a flow to them, but the break between the second and third chapters seem rather forced. But this is a book that seems to have a lot of potential

Dec 04 '15
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Mishal

Thank you for your kind comments ma'am.

Dec 05 '15
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Kalyani

Great story line … definitely want to read further. Good pace and writing too.

Few comments, though-

Break between chapter 2 and 3 seemed a little random.

A little rework on the language needed – for example - I don’t think you’ve even liked a girl before (ever?), kept haunting me consistently (constantly?) , I would have pulled his leg on (about?) it.

Lastly, don’t want to come across as a prude, but if the manuscript contains more on what Shalin or Shekhar think of Priya, maybe you could tone down the nastiness a bit? Generally, Shalin comes across as someone who wants to get to know girls, but doesn’t actually like them as people? If that is how you want the character to be, that’s fine, but if not, it might help to know that some of your female readers (like me) may feel somewhat uncomfortable with that aspect of the story

Nov 18 '15
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Mishal

Thank you so much for your honest feedback. Glad to know that you liked the book; you made my day.

Nov 23 '15
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sheetal sharma

Dear Mishal, Your whole story revolves on your nightmare that you had on the first page! but it has looked mundane which is very important for your story. But you are a good writer, I suggest you to rewrite the story to make it more gripping

Oct 27 '15
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Mishal

Thanks for your honest feedback Sheetal.

Oct 27 '15
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reema tripathy

The language and flow is good...but the chapters tend to be too long...I missed the connection....please have this reworked... make it more gripping

Oct 27 '15
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Mishal

Thanks Reema. Will see what I can do.

Oct 27 '15
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Deepak Kaul

Good narrative, good writing. The author has put in effort on construction of sentences and para to keep the flow steady and in sync with the storyline. If this type of writing comes naturally to the author, then there is enormous potential. I enjoyed the free flow prose and wanted to read on. All the best.

Oct 26 '15
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Mishal

Many thanks for your encouraging words : )

Oct 27 '15
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Anish Patilkar

Oct 24 '15
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nikhil solapurkar

Three stars for the superb editing. To be honest could not surpass chapter 1 as it is too long. Felt like I was reading an essay. In today's publishing industry the story should be gripping from the page 1. All the best, keep writing.

Oct 24 '15
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Mishal

Thanks for your feedback Nikhil. Yes, I do agree that chapter 1 is a bit too long; but if you find the time to read on, you will understand why. Thanks again.

Oct 27 '15
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About the author

Mishal Follow

After several years of soul-searching and trying my hand at various fields including music, acting, teaching and stock analysis; I have found my calling in writing. An enthusiast of science fiction and metaphysics, I have authored my first novel.