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When all goes wrong

When all goes wrong, and my life runs amok,
I think of you, and I get unstuck;
In the midst of chaos, you make my heart sing;
You’re my peace, my happiness, my everything.

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‘I Carry Your Heart’ By E. E. Cummings

Love and poetry go hand in hand. Love is a beautiful feeling that can make grey days sunny and bright days brighter.

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A beautiful poem that expresses true love and beautifully signifies how a lover always carries the love of his/her lover in the heart. Romantic clichés add to the beauty of this small but meaningful poem.

WORLD OF RUMI – I choose to love you!

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“I choose to love you in silence…
For in silence I find no rejection,

I choose to love you in loneliness…
For in loneliness no one owns you but me,

I choose to adore you from a distance…
For distance will shield me from pain,

I choose to kiss you in the wind…
For the wind is gentler than my lips,

I choose to hold you in my dreams…
For in my dreams, you have no end.”

 

― Jalaluddin Rumi

My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth

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My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

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Indian Romance Fiction

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze”– That’s what a renowned American author, said. This aptly explains why the romance genre of fiction that relates to “one’s deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically”, remains immensely a favorite with readers across the globe.

With the romance fiction, the readers try to identify with the characters, become involved with them and find the pleasures as an escape from the struggles in their daily lives. That is where it surpasses other genres of fiction. Besides, it has the entertainment value, which is the prime objective of fiction. In North America, romance novels are considered to be the most popular genre, with a share of over 50% of all paperback books sold. The genre is equally popular in other countries.

In the Indian context, since ancient days people have been inclined towards romance and that has led to abundance of this genre in Indian literature.  Centuries ago there were several epic romance writers notable amongst them being Kalidas and Subandhu. The following stanza of Kalidas’s Sanskrit epic Meghdoot, where the Yaksha yearns for his beloved, depicts the intensity of romance:

“O my beloved, gentle breeze from the Himalayas blows from the North, and carries along the sweet sap from the twigs of the trees of deodar. I embrace it lovingly, as it has come from distant lands having perhaps touched thy body first.”

In the later literature, Saratchandra’s Devdas, written originally in Bengali in 1917, and later translated into other languages was the tragic story of an unrequited and doomed love that had so profound impact on the masses that it had to be told repeatedly with the movie adaptations.

Later, the romance genre in the contemporary Hindi fiction was made popular by various writers, the most prominent amongst them being Dharmvir Bharti’s Gunahon Ka Devta, which with its unusualness and the sensitive portrayal of Sudha and Chander touched readers’ hearts.

As far as the English fiction is concerned, earlier we had been enjoying the novels by foreign writers, but of late there have been several prominent authors like Chetan Bhagat (Two States), Durjoy Dutta (If It’s Not Forever, It’s Not Love), Truly Madly Deeply – Faraaz Kazi and others.  Indian romance novels have a huge following and some have been picked up for movie production.

Lately some subgenres of romance like contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance and young adult romance have evolved and it is expected that the Indian authors will continue to enrich these subgenre by their writings.

Irrespective of the changing life patterns, relationships of romance and love will remain as the essence of society. So, the romance fiction, which titillates, sends an aura of pleasure, brings tears, and touches the chords of hearts will continue to be written to entertain readers and bring succour to their parched lives.

Romance fiction will dominate the fiction scene in India and continue to captivate the readers. Till eternity.

*Ratan Kaul is the author of two romance novels,”The Full Circle” and “Wings of Freedom” (amazon.in)

 

Author Interview with Ratan Kaul

Author Interview with Ratan Kaul.

“Woh Subah Kabhie To Aayegi..” by Sahir Ludhianvi

In memory of the renowned poet Sahir Ludhianvi, on his 94th birth anniversary…I’ve taken the liberty to  translate a few lines from one of his great inspirational poem into English.

I aspire for   the (glorious) morning,
I aspire for the (glorious) morning
When the veil will be lifted from  murky nights
of  the centuries of (enslaving) dark periods
When  scary clouds (of miseries) will disappear
and  oceans of truth (and justice) will  appear
When (our) skies will  gyrate with joyous dances
and the  earth  will vibrate with ecstatic melodies
I aspire for  the (glorious) morning,
I aspire for  the (glorious) morning

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Woh Subah kabhi to aayegi , Woh Subah kabhi to aayegi
In Kaali sadiyon ke sar se, jab raat ka aanchal dhalkega
Jab Dukh ke baadal  pighalenge, jab sach ka saagar chhalkega
Jab Ambar Jhoom ke naachega, jab dharti nagme gaayegi
Woh Subah kabhi to aayegi, Woh Subah kabhi to aayegi
—Sahir Ludhianvi