The Confession – Chapter 3 – Books

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This is the third part of a novella “The Confession”.

Read the rest of the novella here –

[Chapter 1 – Memories]               

[Chapter 2 – Food]


After having had a good breakfast at MTR comprising of David’s favorite rava idlies and vegetable sagoo, Ram took him home to their shared apartment at Pebble Bay apartments in Dollars Colony, Sanjaynagar. Despite the fact that it was only the two of them who stayed together, they had rented out a three bedroom flat in the apartment complex. Given that both of them were quite well off financially and were also earning quite well in their journalist jobs, they liked to live the good life and as a result their flat was quite well furnished with contemporary furniture and top-of-line electronic gadgets.

David, while being more tech savvy and gadget friendly still continued his longtime love affair with the written word, and more specifically in the form of physical books. In fact, he had converted one wall of his bedroom into a lovely contemporary book shelf which stored all his favorite tomes. These books were going to be Ram’s next choice of therapy in his efforts to bring back David’s memories.

As soon as he went into the room and sat on his bed looking at the bookshelf, David started smiling nostalgically. His father had been an avid reader and had inculcated the habit of reading books in his only son at a very young age itself. Further, the fact that he never minded buying as many books as David wanted him to meant that the book collection ended up being quite impeccable with more than a few masterpieces thrown in. In fact, David believed that he first got interested in a career in journalism primarily because of his love for books and the written word from a very young age.

And it was not just the written word or the books that David was in love with, he also had this peculiar habit of doing something unique with each and every book he owned. While it was something as simple as keeping a neem leaf, a mango leaf, the wrapping paper of a toilet soap, an outer wrapping of a Diary Milk cover in between the pages of some books, some other books were reserved for his doodles on the margins of the first page and last page of the book.

Ram was aware of this peculiar habit of his friends by virtue of having borrowed a few books from him and having noticed something uniquely personal about each book that David owned. He therefore strongly believed that the more time David spent with his books, the chances of him regaining all his memories were that much more stronger.


This post has been written for the Write Tribe Festival of Words 2 where today’s prompt had to be about books.

vecchio libro con stilograficaThis is the third post in a novella “The Confession” that I am writing trying to correlate the same to the Write Tribe Festival of Words 2.

Read the rest of the novella here –

[Chapter 1 – Memories]               

[Chapter 2 – Food]

80 thoughts on “The Confession – Chapter 3 – Books

  1. It has to be books that can help revive his memory! maybe take him on a trip to Bookworms and Blossoms next?? 😀 Btw if they live in Pebble Bay, they sure are stinking rich 😉

    • @Rachna, yes, it is quite tricky, hopefully I have done each prompt enough justice while keeping the story sane and interesting enough, this is an experiment in progress 🙂

  2. I am liking the series although I want to know if you plan to finish the novella when the Festival of Words ends. Also wondering id you have the ending already planned out ? 🙂

    • @chaipakoraandgupshup, well, I have finished the novella and have scheduled all the posts themselves. It won’t get over just with the seven prompts, and will have 2 more chapters and an epilogue: 10 chapters in all. However, am not too happy with the ending itself, but am not going to change it now, am going to stick with what I have written, let’s see 🙂 I also intend to put up a single PDF file on the blog with the entire novella after it has been completed 🙂

  3. Like the protagonist David , I too was interested in books from a young age and wanted to take up journalism but the moment I pronounced the word , my father, being a traditional southie, turned his face away and said nothing doing .Jairam , your story is proceeding very smoothly on the Expressway of write tribe festival.

    • @Kalpana, well, yes, when we were younger journalism was not considered as a lucrative career option, unless there was somebody in the family who was already a journalist 🙂 glad you liked the story so far, enjoy the rest of it as well 🙂

  4. The smell of the books and now the next therapy has to be his favourite or not-so-favourite music. 😀 Looking forward to see how Ram succeeds in his efforts to bring David’s memory back. 🙂

    • @Rekha, given the prompts, you can guess the next few steps that Ram takes to help David regain his memories, however, the ending is something that you don’t usually see me as a writer dabbling in. Am hoping this experiment works off 🙂 Fingers and toes crossed 🙂

      • Having known you through your writing for over three months now, I’m sure that the story is not going to be predictable at all. 🙂 The experiment is already working. More power to you. 🙂

  5. Love the way you are integrating the prompt yet continuing with the story so naturally. Looking forward to tomorrow now.

    • @Sugandha, you must be the types who likes to keep their books in ‘mint condition’ for as long as they can 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the series as well 🙂

    • @Mrs Menon, just seven more chapters to go, and I will also upload a PDF file with the full story as well, after I complete it 🙂

  6. Ah! Let the therapy continue! 🙂 I too use anything I find as a bookmark! Sometimes, even if there’s a bookmark already in the book 😉 LOL!

  7. what a blessing to have a friend like that! someone who knows you inside out..your every trait, ur every habit…! love the way this is progressing!

  8. Nice inclusion of the prompt here as well 🙂 for someone who loves the written word so much, David should be able to remember something after seeing his book collection…

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