Last week was Valentine’s day week .Commercialization has brought this day more into our awareness.There are various versions in the history of this day but the most popular version being that Saint Valentine was a martyr, who was beheaded by the then Roman Emperor in around 4th century BC,for getting Christian couples married .
Love, as an emotion , has multitude of definitions .As per science , there are definitely some chemical interactions going on in the brain that brings about this constant state of elation, when one is in love.
Parental love is unconditional as parents accept their offspring holistically .This is the highest and purest form of love which can be compared to divine love .
But true and equal love between two adult people sometimes become all consuming .
In the same context , I would like to recommend a book , ” An Equal Music ” by author Vikram Seth .Though the first edition was published almost twenty years ago , it is an evergreen read .I read it for the second time and I would not mind reading it again .Author Vikram Seth has many best sellers to his credit and this is surely one .
In the novel , author weaves his story around two music students in Vienna , where they t are training themselves in Western Classical music .They find true love in each other but on account of some rash and unwise decision , he decides to leave Vienna and her .
For the next ten years , he tries to find her but always reaches a wall .Eventually , he traces her in London ,but some life changing events had happened to her by then .They reignite their love but she cannot handle the guilt that accompanies with the changed circumstances.
Author Vikram Seth is beautiful in his art , as always .In the novel , we not only appreciate beautiful vistas of Europe but also the intricate realms of Western classical music world.Like all artists , musicians have a sensitive and fragile world of their own .Our real world is incongruous and unfathomable to them .However , hard they try to ens con themselves from it , it subsequently over powers them .
Similarly , in love , people have their own beautiful world away from every thing else .Love is one of the strongest emotion and it can make or break a person .Not every body in this world is lucky enough to experience it and one is doubly lucky if it is reciprocated .
Love also faces the most restrictions , some self inflicted and some societal .For love to be ongoing , it needs to happen at the right time and a right place and preferably with a right person .
In Love , joy of togetherness is immense and mundanity of life can be overcome .If right chords are struck then wisdom says try to continue the music for as long as it lasts .