Originally posted by CogitoErgoSum
Don't know what I would do without dear pals like you.
Am 2/3rds the way through typing chapter 1, I reckon I should be able to post this afternoon.
Have already read and re read it - will unres soon
But coming to the important part...The Spice of Life, in the most awesome Sweet Deals ever.
I just loved the quote from William Arthur Wand about the different aspects of life. Very fitting and apt here.
I loved this quote too- I had earlier picked on a different quote but was not too happy with it, this quote sort of just clicked so am glad you liked it
Yes, Lakshya has truly evolved, not difficult considering he has an excellent role model in his brother, Sanskaar, and a very good reason - to win Ragini over. A great combination, which proved quite irresistible to Ragini Ragini's stand on the joint wedding - would be what every girl would feel - except Swara who is a little lost in her world of selflessness and even if she felt it a bit, she would immediately stifle it. Lakshya - must be a bit confused, he did not think that "read my lips" would be such a literal experience when it came to Ragini aa
And that lovely nugget you put in about how "Anjan Gupta" had felt that connect, that pull towards the intriguing, lovely girl so enraptured by his music...even before Swara met "Bipul" and "Anjan" pursued Kavita...
. In fact, Swara too, had felt a pull towards "Anjan", a keen admiration for him, even before she met "Bipul".
With the soul connect they share, how could they not notice each other - irrespective of the names they take, their souls would recognise each other. So he did notice her and she did lose herself to his music - which was also an echo of his soul
Such a deft touch there, with so much nuance, subtlety and scope for philosophical interpretation...
We could discuss for pages and pages and pages I guess, about the lovely, fascinating concept you sketched: fate versus free will, the concept of soulmates...is there really one special person out there for us? Whom we are predestined to meet? Or do we find someone, feel a spark for them which we then work on, transforming the relationship into one of adoration, trust, respect and faith? Or is destiny after all, multiple paths in the road through life...our fate being set in stone by the path we trod on, and the ones we choose to avoid?
That is my favourite topic - as I mentioned in the foreword - I have an eternal fascination for the concept of "Chance, Choice and the Inevitable Consequence. There are times when we do not take a chance which could lead to what we believe, albeit in a very different way, or we act in a way which we think would lead us to what we want but end up differently. As you rightly said - fate vs free will - we would need pages to discuss but could never come to a conclusion. There are too many incidents and too many tales out in the world, people who believed and found their soulmates, people who took a chance on one tiny spark and found their lives transformed by that one person. But then again, if the different roads we take, lead to the same end, are our lived predestined? What is the use of free will?
It was so lovely to have Sanskaar and Swara's slightly differing view on soulmates...Swara be lives in the concept absolutely, while Sanskaar has some logical doubts. But they both know, without the shadow of doubt, that they are inextricably linked, there is a connect between them which defies easy explanation.
Sanskaar not believing in that concept is in keeping with his character - practical and down to earth. Swara, as most of us avid readers are, lives and breathes the soulmate connection theory. But then, when one gets down to the facts, they had a dispute over the definition only, the truth of what they mean for each other is the same - both agree that they had been and will be inextricably linked.
That was my intention from the very beginning - a slight obfuscation - whom did the gypsy mean and what exactly did she mean? Was she simply intending that the meeting would change their lives beyond their imagination, which is why she cautioned them? Or was she hinting that even if they had selected the "right" partners then, the road would not have been so smooth? There will be no answers - though it did serve to start their tale, with Swara taking a chance on those words and Ragini not even remembering them as soon as she exited the tent
Can't wait for the Epilogue dear...have you decided the title for that yet?
Title and quote in place (I cannot start a chapter peacefully until I have that in place - and when I am not sure of either, I have a little difficulty drafting - another one of my libran eccentricities)
Loads and Loads of Love