A word that evokes myriads of feelings in our heart; an emotion that “makes the world go round”, and a formula that gives us the courage to circumnavigate the widest of oceans for the object of our affection!
Ah, how much more filmy can one get?
But, isn’t it amazing what this four-letter word is capable of? It has the power to bring men down to their knees; it can turn brawn to mush with just a fluttering of eyelids, and prudence to recklessness by a mere few honey-dipped words of endearment! Love – it can spin you like a ball on its little finger and turn you into a complete moron. I mean, it’s only later that you realise what a moron you have been!
No, I am not against love. But, it’s just a thought that does the rounds in my head every once in a while. The thought that, if the love stories that ended in tragedy had ended happily, would the hero and heroine have stayed in love as much as they were when it all began? Would love still exist between the lovesome twosome after, say, 10 or 20 years of togetherness, because, hello, haven’t you heard about familiarity breeding contempt?
So, yesterday, when I was at a bookshop and chanced upon Love Stories, an anthology edited by the sweet and chubby Mr. Ruskin Bond, I felt as if someone out there was reading my mind! For, when I picked up the book and read the introduction by Mr. Bond, I was rooted to the spot!
In the introduction, Mr. Bond wonders why many a great love stories end in tragedy. Laila-Majnu, Romeo-Juliet and all the other famous couples were doomed to die in each other’s arms. Happy endings are hard to come by. And, would they have been happy if all had gone well? Romeo and Juliet might well have become bored with each other after a couple of years of marriage, and Laila might have been disenchanted with Majnu! The authors were perhaps wise to end the stories on a tragic note.
He quoted Oscar Wilde thus: “Marriage is a romance in which the hero dies in the first chapter.”
Aren’t we all so aware of this bitter fact about love and its trappings? And, yet, we all fall in love – totally, madly, deeply – with The One, and let ourselves get swept away by its strong currents into a whirlpool from which there’s no way out. Erm..just so you know, these here are my thoughts. I speak from my own experience; been there, done that, fallen in love and made a complete fool of myself! 😉
Having said that, love is an elixir of life; the one thing that can help you move mountains, turn cartwheels, and smile in spite of the sorrow that life gifts us from time to time. So, do fall in love. It’s the stupidest..er..best mistake you will ever make!
Ending my post with this poem penned by Mr. Ruskin Bond…
We must love someone
We must love someone
If we are to justify
Our presence on this earth.
We must keep loving all our days,
Someone, anyone, anywhere
Outside our selves;
For even the sarus crane
Will grieve over its lost companion,
And the seal its mate.
Somewhere in life
There must be someone
To take your hand
And share the torrid day
Without the touch of love
There is no life and we must fade away.
So, have you fallen in love…truly, madly, deeply? Do share with me your love story. I love love stories!