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.