Mrs. SIR, I remember you from the Kasamh Se forum! I changed my screenname so the chances of you knowing who I am is slim to 0 but either way, good to see you active on IF again. Hopefully your love for S I R still remains!
I love Ekta's love stories, at least in the very beginning of the show up until one extramarital affair or a crazy sister or a devious step mother steps over the line and completely ruins it. All of Ekta's stories are exactly the same but its the tadka that makes it different and entertaining.
The problem with BALH is not that the idea is not good, in fact the idea is perfect but the presentation of it so far has been slightly disappointing. I expected Ekta (yes, my mistake) but I expected her to make the age difference and the taboo behind late marriage slightly more subtle. Here I feel like, every single episode is becoming preachy and in your face with "You are old. Get married. Or else you feel lonely. And will die alone." ... That't not the point I wanted this message to give, I wanted it to be more or less "Yes, sometimes circumstances make it harder for a person to find someone meant for them but give it time and patience and you will find someone meant for you. The loneliness is there but wait for only a while and maybe you will find someone."
Having said all that, I know that once they meet, the story will be fantastic so just gotta pull through all the background stuff and let the story settle down before the real love story begins! :)