A Life Less Lived

By Saumya Misra

A Life Less Lived traces a unique relationship that develops between an old vagabond and a young girl. Once drawn to this old man, the girl soon realizes there is more to him than meets the eyes and then unfolds a saga of loyalties lived to the hilt, of betrayals and love lost… But is everything lost? Is there no hope left? What is it that is making this girl reach out and help this man despite initial opposition from her family? Is there a karmic connection or is there some other connect? Will this girl make him face up his past and rekindle an interest in his present? Will she be able to make him hope for a future? The uniqueness of the book lies in the very interesting plots and sub-plots and the way they are interwoven to culminate into an endearing ending. A love story, a social thriller, a soul-stirring experience that will take you on an emotional journey and leave you with a tear in the eyes and a smile on the lips.

Saumya Misra
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Born into a family of journalists and writers in Lucknow, the author, Saumya, took to the pen like fish takes to water even before she was formally enrolled into school. Her adolescent scribbling was identified as a future potential by her grandfather, Mr Vijay Kumar Misra, who was himself a highly reputed journalist and author of several Hindi books, and he encouraged her to play with her imagination. While studying at St. Agnes’ Loreto Day School, Saumya regularly contributed short stories, poems and articles to school magazines, various newspapers and even to the All India Radio’s Youth Programme. She completed her Intermediate from the Loreto Convent and then graduated in Economics, Political Science and English from the prestigious Awadh Girls’ Degree College. Throughout her college period, she actively participated in all extra-curricular activities, including sports, dramatics, painting, debate, but writing remained her first love and passion. She then did post-graduation in Foreign Affairs with Proficiency in French language from the Lucknow University and then Management in Travel and Tourism from the one and only IITTM, Gwalior. But, fate had already decided that she would enter a field most suited to her interests and she became a journalist, working with groups like ‘The Indian Express’ and ‘The Times Of India’. Her second novel, a psychological thriller, is also on the verge of completion.