Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention Award in the Short story/Novella category
Find that majestic mango, your problem will be solved--a mystic ordered an individual who asked for help.
My ax is my guru--declared a woodcutter.
Instead of preparing a plan to kill it, why can't we offer help? --a villager questioned in the middle of the assembly.
I could not be relieved even after undertaking efforts to end my life--a scholar declared in public.
Can you be my mother?--a boy requested of a pretentious lady.
I wish I had more life to undo my past--a mischief-maker contemplated in his letter.
I would never relinquish them, even if I had to sacrifice my life--a young prince swore putting his life on the shore.
I was chained by limitations, yet I prevailed--a butcher made a victorious cry.
You climbed up the ladder. I did not. Who reached the top?--a brother questioned his sibling who cried for help.
Walks Through Life is a collection of stories in which each story reverberates the same principle of truth in its own unique ways. These are stories serving as plain reminders of the supreme learning that was handed over to us a long time ago.
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
—Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
When Santhosh encountered the above quote that came from a reputable American author, it strengthened his intentions to write. Though he utilized that as a foundation for his writings, he wasn’t confident that a truth could be easily written. Because a truth for him is such an entity that can be easily understood, but the realization seemed hard. That posed a challenge for him as he began to write. Several questions followed. Nevertheless, he continued and wanted to see where he would head. Fortunately, that questioning fueled his writing engine, instead of burning his aspirations. This resulted in his debut book—Walks Through Life: Stories.
The inspiration behind his writing comes from his interaction with Hindu mythology. He believes that mythology does not just offer historical events but, rather, a set of valuable lessons that are often interwoven within the details. He chose story writing as a medium to bring out those learnings. He intends to continue his writing in this regard.
Currently Santhosh lives in Greer, SC, USA, along with his wife and two sons.