A new haircut.
Agastya was a very paradoxical writer – although not hypocritical. The first thing that you would notice about him was how empty his eyes were but how full of life his smile was. He was a big believer in love but had never really been in love himself. There was the one time, of course, when a girl swept him off his feet but that never played out well. In ‘500 Days of Summer’, Summer tells Tom he was right about true love existing; he was just wrong about it being with her. That line pretty much summed up his half-love story. The broken heart made him empty but the belief made him smile. He never went out looking for love but always had eyes open for love stories.
He was fourteen when he broke a heart for the first time. As a writer, you’d expect him to be able to read the ‘handle with care’ labeled on the heart but he wasn’t very good at foreign languages. He wrote rhyming poems for the girl he loved and changed it to free-verse when they broke up, similar to when a girl would get a fancy haircut as a sign of a new beginning.
Agastya couldn’t care less about being judged but constantly sought validation. He wrote fiction about being happy and in love when he barely knew what either tasted like. He always assumed happiness tasted exactly the same as the hot chocolate he’d had on a long drive with his family when he was ten and love would taste like the cookies the girl he loved had promised to make but never did. He wasn’t sure about either, though.
He had lived in many cities and was constantly missing home – with no idea what home was – till the age of seventeen. When he turned seventeen, he believed he had found a home in blurry memories and flashbacks. He was all set for becoming a nomad in a world filled with people who wanted to settle but his paradoxical-self made things a little complicated. At eighteen, he changed houses again and spent a long time wondering if it was the right thing to do. He missed his people and the way they smelled like different kinds of trees. It was happening all over again. He changed his favorite writing style to short stories as a sign of a new beginning.
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