“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you….”
- Pablo Neruda
Perhaps one of the most soulful poets known to man, Pablo Neruda, just got it right. Love is without the how and why. It is without futile questions. Love is a whole feeling in itself. What has it got to do with the color of your skin? With your geography? Love has nothing to do with bank accounts and diamonds. It is perfection in itself. It doesn’t need perfect figures and pretty faces.
Every bit of the one you love is beautiful. Their voice is the one you crave every morning. Their eyes sparkle more than the brightest of stars. Those days you spend together, nothing becomes everything.
Love is beyond nationalities and genders.
“Creating a family in this turbulent world is an act of faith, a wager that against all odds there will be a future, that love can last, that the heart can triumph against all adversities and even against the grinding wheel of time.”
- Dean Koontz
How apt is this quote? For we are in a world where love is only for the truly courageous. And if you do not have the heart, the fire to fight against all odds and stay with the one you love, what right have you, to say that you have loved? An Inter caste love marriage is a true example of this strength.
Love can give you immense strength, and we have seen several examples of it. Love, for many, comes with innumerable conditions.
Against all odds, our world has learnt to understand and accept LGBTQ relationships. The struggle still exists. Certain countries are openly welcoming, some are still adapting and changing. The gay marriage law in India was passed a few years ago. In the Middle-East, it is still a crime.
But there are so many stories of lesbian and gay people who have faced societal pressures, fought stigma, and triumphed. It isn’t remotely easy to make people understand a reality that differs so vastly from their own, and yet they have succeeded.
Your God is mine, for love is our way of worshipping.
Religion, culture and caste have always been a major factor in the political and societal landscape. Why is it that our communities still feel the need to stop two people from getting together because their castes differ? Why does an inter-caste love marriage face such opposition?
If anything, an inter-caste love marriage is an example of how coming from different backgrounds and cultures have only served to add to their growth and their perspectives. “its the best of both worlds,” said an anonymous couple, one of who is a Christian and the other a Hindu. There are countless other examples of families coming closer together despite an initial objection.
Love has a way of adopting and accepting diversity. Love is capable of flourishing anywhere, all we need to do it brace it with open arms and smiling hearts!
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