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Shvoong Home>Books>LOVE IS A WONDROUS THING Review

LOVE IS A WONDROUS THING

Book Review   by:gurtey     Original Author: gurtey
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In the course of my long life, I have read countless stories on the theme of love and also seen any number of films about it. There are so many manifestations of love. One for instance is the deep bond between ideal parents and their model children and vice versa. It may in the early stages seek and find an outlet in caresses by the former and a reciprocal feeling of wholesome warmth by the latter. When the children grow up, marry and start independent lives on their own, the parents are content to watch with keen interest from afar. The thought never crosses their mind to be possessive and they restrict their interference, if at all and in case they can be of help, to play a supportive role in case of need. There are many other forms in which this sentiment finds an outlet. Of them, I wish to talk today of the attraction which draws a man and woman close to each other and they feel that marriage is the only proper consummation to that bond.
I am afraid that, in most of the stories that I have read and the films that I have seen, the end is tragic and the parents are blamed for being a stumbling block because of the importance they give to extraneous considerations like status, caste etc. In my humble view this is not the right way to look at the thing. I can see why it is said that ‘one falls in love’ and ‘love is blind’. Love is also deaf, going on how it is represented popularly. Otherwise, how can you account for so-called affinities, in spite of basic incompatibility by any standards, of persons far different from one another? In cricket, one means of dismissal of a batsman is ‘leg before wicket’. This business of ‘love before wedding’ is in my view an aberration from the right path by youngsters influenced more by infatuation than by enlightened and prudent pragmatism. As portrayed in stories and films, love is an unhealthy fixation stoked by opportunities for stolen kisses in secret trysts. Intense neurasthenia may in camouflage look very much like aesthetic composure. Our writers and film makers, I am afraid, do not have the imagination for capturing the essence of love in its true form and make a parody of it. True love, as I have reason to believe I have understood, is a rare phenomenon like cactus flower. At the moment it lights up two hearts, miscibility is the simultaneous result illustrative of the phrase ‘eerudal ore uyir pole’. Two zeros one on top of another form the numeral 8 but they can change into one bigger zero.

Published: April 09, 2007   
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