Livinghigh: The return of Romance
Friday, March 04, 2005
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The return of Romance

Warning: Obsessing about love can be injurious to your health. Perhaps that should be rule #1 in every relationship. But what about that other rule - taking it for granted can be equally disastrous. Managing a relationship is not the easiest thing to do in the world, and I'm not the Einstein who came up with this equation.

So, it was left to the Romantic in me to resurface in yet another storytelling session, and the subject seems to be a bit inspired by Shakespeare (though it ISN'T!). My pick from the new kid on the block, Frailty, thy name is..., is:

She sips her mocha and watches him. He's distracted, she can tell. But he's not ready to tell her yet, and she can wait for him. She's waited for him for so long already. To give himself to her completely, the way she's surrendered herself. At times, she feels a twinge of ache, whether he will really ever summon up the courage to tell her - and what then?

Courage can go both ways, her father used to tell her, when she was young, on the shooting range. It can make a man, or it can destroy a man. And the man doesn't know till the very last instant what it is he has signed himself up for. She would listen to her father's voice, gentle and strong, undulating yet firm, holding her hands steady on the gun, as she fired. Courage was a dangerous thing, she had learnt in her own life, so she smiled at this man across the table from her, who seemed distracted, and flashed silly smiles her way, and asked her what dessert she would like to have.

Mirror Mirror #15: I have a life-size poster of Aishwarya Rai, looking ravishing in a blue dress, pinned up on the wall next to my bed, here in Calcutta, but I still prefer Sushmita's style. Ash is for the Romantic in me, methinks. We're a sucker for a damsel in distress, and she's the damsel-est of them all!


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