Thursday, May 17, 2018

GUEST POST: THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS by HARSHA SHEELAM AUTHOR of GOOD EXISTS IN ALL THAT EXISTS

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Harsha Sheelam, author of Good Exists in all that Exists. Today she tells the story of Meera a six year old from India who was abandoned by her parents for being a girl.

The Girl With Golden Highlights.

I’m sure you’d agree that this story has a happy ending.
She was hardly any older than 6 years when her parents, living in a small town of rural India physically abused her, kept her devoid of education and made her do household chores. Now, when I say they belonged to ‘India’, I can hear judgments and pictures of slums thrown at me. No, India’s literacy rate is at 74.04% and also boasts of a few largest companies in the world. 

Now , let’s go back in 2012, when I came across a little girl. I still don’t know her name, but let’s call her Meera.  Meera was born in Haryana, she lived there with her parents. Today, she doesn’t live there anymore; neither does she live with her parents.

Being dissatisfied with a girl child, the father beat Meera every day, while the mother never revolted. Meera suffered at her hands of her birth-givers. She stayed chained at home doing household chores. 
The disappointment of the ‘man of the house’ didn’t last long because his wife was expecting a baby. Bringing new life into this world is a blessing to everyone, but someone else’s life away is a curse.

What Meera was going through wasn’t anything but a curse to be born to such parents who didn’t love her and left only bruises as memories. She wished that her sibling would comfort her, but hardly did she know what would happen next.

Nine months of wait for the parents to find out the gender, and nine months of cruelty faced by Meera by the alcoholic who called himself a man, and a woman who called herself a mother.
“It’s a boy!” he screamed and jumped and distributed sweets to family and friends. While Meera is still locked at her home, not allowed to participate in the happiness.

Hardly a few months from the arrival of a baby boy, than Meera’s parents decide to do away with her. They buy three tickets to the metropolitan city of Hyderabad, India. One for Meera, and two for the parents. But, they buy only two tickets back to Haryana, India.

Meera is abandoned on the railway station, parents immediately board the next train back home. 
On finding her lost, crying, and worried, the railway authorities called the cops. She is taken to the police station and was asked about her family. On asking the name of the father she is terrified, she trembles with fear and doesn’t utter a word. It seemed like she wanted to stay lost, and didn’t want to go home.

The cops had no choice but to let her stay at the city orphanage. The sisters tried their best to find out about her parents. But she never said a word. They only knew she hailed from Haryana. 

She wore a simple ghaghra and had yellow highlights on her hair when I first saw her. It was the first time I saw a 6-year-old with highlights.The Sister at the orphanage told that she applied those highlights herself when she was in Haryana, and loved to dress up.

 While she was dancing on stage she adjusts her duppatta. A little girl, fair, with rosy cheeks, curly brown hair with golden highlights, who doesn’t waste a grain of rice on her plate.
She loves to study along with her friends at the orphanage, dress up, and help others. The Sisters said she is the naughtiest of the rest.
Initially, after a month of her stay at the orphanage, the Sisters asked her if she wanted to go home. 
She said, “This is my home.”
She finally had the love she always wanted. And, wherever she is today, she’d be happy.

Based on a true story. 
-Harsha Sheelam


Read below for more information on her book.



  
‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ is a fictional novel. As the title suggests the story talks about how good is more powerful than evil.
This teenage and adult fantasy novel is based in a beautiful fantasy land. The story unfolds with the Austin family moving into the magnificent and huge Wintershore mansion. Claire Austin is the youngest member of the family after Pap, the pet Pekingese. She is a simple girl, but she does something courageous.
The story is about Claire’s journey to discovering Crystalice, an enchanted land, where the Kings and Queens of the five forces of nature reside. The story is about the obstacles, courage, magic, mystery, enchantment, and this spins out a fascinating tale. Claire is the chosen one to save Crystalice from the wrath of the one who can’t be named. Claire respects friendship. And, no matter what she never stops fighting evil. There is a fierce battle between good and evil. There are many questions that will be unfolded in the story. How did Claire find about the enchanted Crystalice? Who is the evil one? What is the story behind her wrath? How did Claire prove victorious?
There is a hidden meaning for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader. The reader will experience an ocean of emotions, happiness, sadness, amusement, trying to conquer the mind of the reader. The novel is spread over 10 chapters. It is written in simple and rich prose, it promises to take children and adults on a rich ride to Crystalice and Claire’s endeavors.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harsha Sheelam always had the passion for writing. In the year 2016, she practiced writing more extensively. This led to her recognition in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and digital content. She possesses versatility in writing stories, debatable topics, politics, social, fashion, entertainment, reviews, fashion and lifestyle. Today she is a children’ book author, she debuted in 2017 with the book ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’ which is a collection of short stories. She launched it with the aim of empowering young girls and boys. She has the dedication to her craft which makes the children believe that they are beautiful inside and out. Same year her juvenile fiction novel, ‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ released. As the title suggests, the book is based around the theme of ‘good overpowering the bad’.  There is a hidden meaning  for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader. 

Beginning of a new year, in 2018 ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’ made it to book-selling portals. Terry’s tales champion hard work, perseverance, honesty and compassion. The riches that kids gain through this book are overcoming fear, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing your true friends, and more. The book is a collection of 15 inspiring fables from the life of a fictional character.
Today, 3 books old, and anticipating more, this is Harsha Sheelam for you

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