Love is the most beautiful emotion that we can experience. Reading Love stories enriches us, makes us more empathetic and helps us understand people on a deeper level. Love is the perfect antidote for hate and the best part is that it cuts across race, religion, caste, gender and region. No wonder, ‘love and romance’ is the most widely read and most popular genre in the world.
So when Juggernaut asked me about my favourite love stories, my first response was that I don’t read too many love stories. But I do remember 3 books, which I love, that qualify as love stories. I hope you like them as well.
Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho is the story of a Brazilian girl who travels to Europe, turns into a prostitute and discovers her true self by falling in love with a painter. There are many nuggets of wisdom in the book, but the key takeaway for me is that ‘Love is about obsession and not about possession’. When you love someone, you gotta give them the freedom to pursue their own dreams and not confine their heart in the cage of love.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is the story of two youngsters who fall in love, despite being very different from each other. The girl suffers from Leukemia and the guy loves her more during rough times, trying his best to make her happy and proposing to marry her, even after knowing she would die. I liked this book because it portrays love in its most innocent form. The characters fall in love not with each other’s looks, but with each other’s souls, which is what true love actually is, I think.
2 states by Chetan Bhagat is the story of a North Indian guy falling in love with a South Indian girl and their struggle to convince their conservative parents for letting them get married. I loved this book because it depicts the situation of millions of Indian youngsters and their parents perfectly. The girl and the boy want to be together, but at the same time, they don’t want to hurt their parents. The conflict is real and is portrayed very well. The book also preaches subtly that love supersedes cultural differences and I believe that the more the people understand it, the better for humanity.
Toffee is the author of Finding Juliet which will be available exclusively on the Juggernaut App at launch.