Pain is a very good emotion. It makes you realise how strong you are: Kushal Srivastava, director – Vodka Diaries

Here is a story that started in Kanpur and made its way all the way to Mumbai. There are more than one reasons why Kushal Srivastava's story is an inspirational one that features in the #StayInspired section of this blogzine. When I was talking to him, I realised that his journey can be a guiding light for anyone who wishes to make it big in the world of Indian cinema. Read on & #StayInspired

Short Story: Aashirya’s last wish

Her mother's eyes were brimming with tears, she was too choked to speak as she gave in to her daughter's wish. Her hands trembled as she applied blush to her daughter's dry cheeks. After 45 minutes, Aashirya slowly removed her mobile phone, took a selfie, added the hashtag, #nofilter and posted it on Instagram.  "Watch out Maa, this one is going to be the best picture with the maximum likes & comments. My account will explode with the traction!" she attempted to laugh, but wheezed and coughed instead. Will Aashirya's last wish come true?

Short Story: They will never find out…

He earned extra money so that he could drink to his heart's content & flirt with the local whore. What happens next will surprise you...

The long wait…is this your story?

...During this season she loved to go for long bike rides and enjoyed challenging the winds while they threatened to throw the bike off-balance. Her laughter would resonate in the air as she opened her arms and looked up at the sky. While the wind while played with her hair she would thank God for the overwhelming feeling of being loved...

Chapter Extract: How was Anju raped?

After that day, each time he demanded her body, she would silently give in like a scapegoat in the lion’s lair. Raped by her own uncle, betrayed by her mother, Anju had nowhere to go.

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