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5 Elements That Define Love

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Preeti RoyChoudhury

Is it a strange coincidence that February is the chosen month for Love- it has the least number of days, even in a leap year!

So humans race the clock and try to do everything by the book and even beyond it, to prove that Love does exist. The Internet finds its mascots of Love- from Cupid with his bow and arrow , to the ‘winking sensation’- that create this heady concoction called the media circus during Valentine’s week, or the week dedicated to all shows of Love.

But what defines Love? This is a tough question because Love exists in a myriad ways. It is powerful in its presence and absence . But here are admins Rahul Singi and Preeti Roychoudhurysharing their ideas on the 5 indisputable elements that make Love what it is.

 

#1 TIME

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Nandish Rao @kappu_kastoori

It seems that human beings have very little time for Love. But yes, we make a show of it. We have fables of lovers, we make songs, movies and art on Love, we elope in love, we rebel in love, we marry for Love, we suffer for Love, and we sacrifice for Love. We even kill in the name of Love or die for it. So much for Love, yet so little time for it. Time for it to grow and be nurtured.

Love is defined by Time. If you want to know if you are loved, Time will tell. And Time also gifts you with a love you never thought you could have.

 

#2 RESPECT

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Nandish Rao @kappu_kastoori

Respect is awareness and understanding of the space every individual has. It is the acknowledgement of that person in the most profound way. If you love someone, you will unconsciously respect that person’s wants, needs, virtues and flaws. Interestingly, if you respect yourself, you will also learn to respect others. That is a given.

 

#3 CHEMISTRY

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Nandish Rao @kappu_kastoori

Love is passion, sparks and fire. That is the most easy to spot. People in love exude this magical chemistry between themselves that is apparent to all. It seems incredible how much in sync they are. But what about the chemistry that exists between an 80 year old partially deaf grandpa and his 78 year old wife, whom we call grandma?  The decades they have spent in nurturing their family and watching each other make countless sacrifices, isn’t that passion of another kind? Is that a warm blazing fire too?

 

#4 FRIENDSHIP

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Rahul Singi @photowale.bapu

Cliched as it sounds, Love has to be based on friendship. I mean, if you do not like someone , how can you love them? But obviously, every friend is not meant to be or should be viewed as a potential lover! Friendship is nothing but acceptance of another person unconditionally. It draws its strength from mutual support , understanding and very very importantly, a sense of pure fun! If you’re not having fun being together, it’s not Love. It is a compromise.

 

#5 LIFE

5 Elements That Define Love
Credits : Rahul Singi @photowale.bapu

Yeah, Love is life. A Valentine’s day card will tell you the same with teddy bears and hearts, but the truth is, Love is Life, even when the love you knew walked out of the door. When you feel your heart is broken beyond repair, your trust betrayed , and you lose faith in love, remember- Love is around as long as there is life and even beyond. Remember the Taj Mahal?  But, we are ordinary people. We don’t build monuments for our loves that did not last, but our lives can be filled with the love we did not get at our last attempt. So Love is inescapable-it is Life.

 

Well, this is our gyaan on 5 key elements that define Love. Do you have any to add? Mail us, message us and let us know- we are waiting to hear from you.

Till then what? We won’t wish you Happy Valentine’s Day but will definitely wish you a lifetime of love. True love.



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Preeti Roy Choudhury

Preeti Roy Choudhury

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Educator, author, seeker, mind-traveller, photo-enthusiast. She finds herself in Sufi poetry and as well as behind the lens of her camera.

Author and curator of Soul City- a book on the Inside stories of Calcutta, she is also a published poet. Music is soul food to her.

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