"They do not love who do not show their love.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil.
Love is no evil angel but Love."
Our Valentine's Week Contest: Tell us your Love Story was a huge success and we received many responses. Some stories took us down memory lane to our first love while some seemed right out of a movie and some were funny and quirky. We've chosen our favorite four stories from the many entries and they won our exclusive personalized wooden cards. We're also featuring these stories here. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.
Opposites attract and likes repel. This theory may hold true for magnets, but it is not foolproof in case of romantic relationships or at least that is what this love story has shows us. In love, people begin to the same rhythm like Sanjana and Tanmay. Theirs is an office love story and we play a small part in it!
"Tanmay and I shared a cab since we worked in the same office. Tanmay, being a music lover, used to play songs for me in the cab. That got us talking and we soon realized how compatible we were. We have similar pasts and interests so much so that we both ended up surprising each other with a Woodgeek customized wooden notebook recently. It is almost like we are replicas of each other! This Valentine's Day, I ordered a beautiful customized wooden notebook from Woodgeek Store with a picture of us engraved on it. But the next day I received a call informing me that I have a parcel from Woodgeek Store. I thought that I had given my address instead of Tanmay's. I opened the package and was pleasantly surprised to see that Tanmay had also gifted me a customized wooden notebook from Woodgeek Store, only with a different picture. When Tanmay received his Wooodgeek notebook later, he was as surprised as I was.
This incident and Woodgeek Store will always be very special to us."
You know how they say if two people are meant to be, they find their way to each other? We didn't think that was true until we read Vaishnavi's serendipitous love story. Vaishnavi wouldn't have found her husband had India been a clean country. This love story goes from discussing brooms and paints to marrying each other!
"My husband was in Bangalore helping a citizen-led group, The Ugly Indian, reclaim public spaces. I was fascinated with their work and so I volunteered to do the same in Mumbai. He was the contact person for the volunteers in Bombay. Our phone conversations in the beginning were limited to how many brooms to buy or what kind of paint to use. While I was in Bangalore for work, I joined them on a massive clean up. That was the first time we met. We met regularly after that and I even extended my stay. Eight months later, I moved to Bangalore and a year later, we got married. We continue to do clean ups, waste management and other community stuff along with our work. So if India was garbage free, we probably wouldn't have met!"
Love often catches us off guard. It could be sitting right in front of you in the form of your best friend and you wouldn't see it. Goutham was that friend to Krishnapriya. He was always there for her and even heard her talk about all the boys interested in her at school. Goutham's love story is as sweet and innocent as every high school love story is meant to be. It will leave you nostalgic about your first love.
"We've known each other since school. I was given the responsibility of collecting her personal information for the school database when she joined school in 11th grade. We ended up as best friends. During one vacation, she visited Goa with her family. Since it was a sudden plan, she couldn't inform any of her friends. I was worried sick and missed her so much. I realized I was in love with my best friend. When she returned, I mustered the courage to tell her about my feelings while the teacher was going on about geometry. I told her to think about it and let me know after class. I know all this seems too much coming from a high school kid, but hey I was in love. She turned me down. But I didn't let that affect our friendship.
A year later, on the same day that I had asked her out, she sent me a text asking me if I still wanted to be with someone as crazy as her after knowing her inside out. She told me that even after a year, she hadn't seen me with another girl nor had I treated her differently for rejecting me. I didn't think she had noticed all of that. Obviously I said yes! We've been together for 3 years now. I'll be moving to Sweden next year and I'll miss her so much."
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the day when people celebrate love and love does not only mean romantic love. Shafia talks about loving yourself first and appreciating the little things in life. After all, the most important kind of love is self love and if you cannot find a way to love yourself first, no other form of love will ever be enough for you! No one can love you better than yourself.
"We are so busy waiting to be loved and held that we end up magnifying our flaws and forgetting that we could love ourselves. There is a certain joy in spending time with yourself: long walks in comfortable shoes, hands deep in pocket and a mind full of thoughts or eating an entire bar of chocolate without feeling the guilt of not sharing it with someone or taking a long warm bath and laying down on freshly laundered bed sheet. Have you ever looked into a mirror and paid yourself a compliment? When was the last time you loved yourself?
For me, I do not need a special day to love myself. I love two things: to write and drink tea. I do that every day and pat myself whenever either the tea or the writing is good. And till I find my right one, and if there is anything called the right one, I plan to sing at the top of my voice (and that is so much fun):is surprised that a narcissistic generation given to selfie-clicking does not celebrate self-love.
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life."
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