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The Love-story of Dhola-Maru – An Indian Folk-tale of Forever Love :)

Here’s another love-story for those in love.
(If you are looking for The Game of Love – Play My Love My Valentine on your iPad.)

Dhola-Maru – A Rajasthani Folk Tale of Love

(Retold with love by me.)

It was quite early in the morning. The sun hadn’t risen yet, but all of Poogal was awake, and so was King Pingal. The Queen had gone into labor about 11 in the night and after more than 6 hours, there still wasn’t any news. The king loved his queen. According to the royal custom they had got married when she was four and he was eight. It was decided then, and he had been in love with the queen since – despite her not joining him in her forever home until she turned fifteen. Now, the king stood outside the queen’s chambers, waiting to hear whether he had fathered a prince who would inherit the kingdom after he was gone, or a princess who would bring joy and good fortune to Poogal.

“Maharaj, Congratulations! Our princess has arrived,” said the two women who had emerged from the queen’s chamber.

King Pingal had become the father of a lovely daughter. He and the queen already had her name ready. She would be called Maru.

—++++—

“Dhola, stop playing with that wooden chariot. You need to get out in a real chariot and see the kingdom!”
Damyanti, Dhola’s mother was one of the most beautiful women of her times. She and Dhola’s father King Nal too had their own love-story, but just now she wasn’t thinking about Nal. Instead, she was worrying about her son’s love for his toys. He was four, and he should’ve outgrown his affection for those silly toys by now. After all he was a prince, and the future king of Narwar!

The first step towards making him more responsible was – find a bride for him. He was old enough to be married.

—++++—

So Dhola and Maru got married. But then they won’t be together until Maru attained puberty, so after the marriage Maru continued to live in her father’s palace and Dhola returned to his. Unfortunately, Nal died soon after Dhola’s marriage. As Dhola was a kid when he had gotten married, he forgot all about Maru and when he grew up, he got married a second time to a beautiful and…cunning woman called Malwani.

All this time, King Pingal and Maru kept sending messages to Dhola, but Malwani who obviously didn’t want Maru to return into Dhola’s life, intercepted those messages, and Maru remained forgotten.

—++++—

That evening was different in the Kingdom of Poogal. The folk-dancers and singers who were nomads had arrived in the kingdom and they had magical voices. Their voices were so beautiful that even the King heard about them, and decided that there must be a show for the royalty.

Maru too had heard about these dancers and how they moved from one kingdom to another, performing for the kings, the queens, the princes, and the princesses. So she called their lead-dancer aside and asked her to convey her message of love to Dhola through a song-and-dance sequence.

—++++—

“Why must you send a message to him, princess?” asked Umar Sumara. He couldn’t fathom why the princess was unable to forget her husband. She had absolutely no recollection of the wedding and had never laid eyes on Dhola. Yet she appeared to be smitten by him, while he, Umar Sumar, who had been in love with her, and who did everything to keep her safe and happy, was constantly overlooked!

“Because he is my husband, and because our match was made in heaven,” replied the princess as she turned away from him.’

—++++—

Malvani, Dhola’s wife, too heard of the folk-dancers and singers when they arrived in Narwar. Malvani was fond of music and she thought of arranging a program for her husband. The program however, was designed to remind King Dhola of his first wife, Maru. As he sat there watching the dancers replay his own wedding, Dhola was reminded of the day, and of his wife who must’ve grown into a lovely princess now.

He talked to the dancers, and to Malvani’s chagrin, he asked them to tell Maru that he’d come for her.

—++++—

Dhola and his men were on their way to Poogal, when a disheveled messenger from Narwar reached them with a message. Queen Malvani was dead, and according to the customs, King Dhola must return to cremate the queen. Dhola however knew his queen well, and decided against returning.

While Dhola was approaching Poogal, Umar Sumara was planning too stop him from reaching there. Sumara’s heart was set upon marrying Princess Maru and he thought that if Dhola didn’t reach Poogal, she’ll forget him in time…leaving the coast clear for Sumar.

—++++—

The sentry came into the King’s tent and bowed before him.
“Maharaj, a man wants to meet you. He has news from Poogal.”
“Send him in!” ordered an excited King who wondered whether Maru had sent him a love-message. He had no idea that the man who had come to meet him was a rival in love.
“Maharaj, Maru is already married to another man.”
King Dhola gave him a sharp look and asked, “who is she married to?”
Sumar, who was himself in love with Princess Maru couldn’t lie any more. And Dhola realized that he was lying.

—++++—

So Dhola reached Poogal and brought his bride back to Narwar, where they happily lived ever after.

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My Love My Valentine iPad Game – Listed by PadGadget in the Top 5 Valentine’s Day Games for 2013!

Wow!

My Love my Valentine is listed by PadGadget as one of the top Valentine Themed Games!

Read about it on their Website at “Top Five Valentine’s Themed Games to Get You in a Lovey Dovey Mood.

Padgadget lists MLMV as one of the top 5 Valentine's day Apps for 2013

The other four Love-games listed here are:

  • Where’s My Valentine
  • Angela’s Valentine
  • M.A.S.H
  • Flower Garden

We, the Gremlins, are mighty glad and appreciative of the recognition.

Obviously, we are thrilled, and we truly appreciate it. We also appreciate the hundreds of downloads that have given us hope that this game will be played by those for whom we have designed and developed it. The young girls and their heroes who will play the game, face Grouchina the pixie, Voracio the crow (my favorite love-assassin of all), Blopty the Mouse (yep, the guy who takes me out on a date and jumps when someone taps him) and Crappigeo the pigeon! I also hope that all loving souls that plays the game will leave their reviews and ratings on the game, to inspire these two loving souls and their dog to create apps and games that refreshingly different from all that is there.

So, while you are here, check out this game of love, romance, and rivalry. Love doesn’t begin or end on Valentine’s Day – it’s merely celebrated today. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

PS: I too hope to get my share of flowers today…and believe me – True love is cemented over the years. May yours be too.

54 Sweet Love Messages for your Sweetheart – Printed on a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Card!

You want to send him a message that tells him that he is the one for you?
You want to tell her how much she means to you?

You wonder how you must do it – you want to find out a way to reach out spontaneously…any time, all the time. You want to think about your sweetheart, when you are traveling in the metro, when you are standing on the bus-stand waiting for the bus, even when you are together.

You wonder how they must’ve expressed their loved and wooed their sweethearts in the days gone by. In the days when there was no email or even mailmen to deliver your cards and flowers; and you wonder how it would’ve been if you had been a prince or a princess, and fallen in love.

You wonder how it must feel to have a rival in love, and then to beat him or her. You have an iPad and you want to play a game of love that isn’t old wine in new bottle; and that is romantic to the core. You want to play a game that has been created by two gremlins in love – who have built every little detail of a game with a loving touch and a caring thought.

You must then visit the iTunes link of My Love My Valentine, and download the game, and then if you like it tell your friends about it – because love and happiness should be experienced by everyone 🙂

And yes, email 54 sweet love-messages printed on a beautiful card, to your sweetheart from within the game. 

My Love My Valentine - A Valentine's Day Game of Romance and Rivalry - Available on the App Store for iPad

May you find love, and if you’ve found it already may you keep it forever.

5 Best Love-Quotes – but nothing sums up the bliss of being in Love.

Here are Five Love-Quotes that make a lot of sense. So if you are in love, read, understand, interpret, and enjoy 🙂

”All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

Absolutely Mr. Schulz! I won’t mind a little chocolate too…along with some flowers and a promise of forever love 🙂

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Mark Twain

I have a feeling that Mark Twain must’ve said this (or written it) in a moment of amazing lucidity.

”There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy. Her heart.” – Melanie Griffith

It begins funny, and makes you wonder what Ms. Griffith could be driving at. I guess this was her motive, but then what she said makes perfect sense.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Yes, and love is best among those beautiful things.

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” – Leo Tolstoy

And when you love someone even more, you’ll help them overcome their short-comings without ever becoming critical. Now that’s the tough part 🙂

End Note:

When you are in love, you desire someone, and then you desire someone to desire you back. It’s quite simple actually, but every once in a while, a rival-in-love tries to throw a spanner in the works. (Yes, I am talking about the Valentine’s Day game “My Love My Valentine.” If you are in love and if you own an iPad, do click this link and check it out – it’s a magical game – an experience created for you by two souls who’ve been in love forever. If you like original thought and if you are truly in love, I have a feeling, you’ll enjoy this game of love, romance, and rivalry. )

5 Original Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him :)

Here are 5 mint-fresh Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him 🙂

  1. Buy a book that he’d like to read, and write short and sweet love messages on random pages. (If he is a techie, find him a book on the language that he programs in – I am in love with a programmer, and I know that this works.) Wrap it up beautifully and present it to him. It’s a good idea to tell him that he must not loan the book before he has read it 🙂
  2. Buy a beautiful bottle of cologne. Empty it into another normal bottle. Write a love-message telling him that he doesn’t need a cologne to smell good to you. Now make a really thin roll of the message and push it inside (but not completely or he’ll never get to reading it.) Gift wrap the bottle and give it to him along with the cologne (just in case, he really does need it ;-))
  3. Create a blog, pour your heart out, mark it private, and share it with him. Alternatively, keep it public and tell the whole world how much you love him.
  4. Get a caricaturist to draw your caricatures portraying both of you doing something funny. For instance, if you are just starting out, you could get a sketch that shows you both on his bike/in a car… if you want to really get one done, pay a visit to Shafali’s Caricatures.
  5. And as an add-on…
    If he has an iPad, gift him “My Love My Valentine – A Game of Romantic Courtship.” It’s an arcade game with 54 levels, which begins by asking him his sweetheart’s name. As he plays through the levels, he receives love messages that are signed with your name, and he also gets the opportunity to send you 54 different love messages, as he clears those levels.
    The good news is that through this game you’ll be with him, even when you aren’t 🙂

Valentine’s Day – 5 Sweet and Original Gift Ideas for Her.

If you are wondering how you can make an indeliable impression on the girl of your dreams, here are 5 original ideas to set her heart aflutter.

  1. Buy a romantic book. Browse through its pages. Find the most romantic statements and underline them. You can also add your own feelings on random pages. Wrap it in a Valentine’s Day wrapping paper, and write on the cover, “for your eyes only.” Gift her the book. You’ll know when she has read it.
  2. Send her a box shaped like a heart containing a tiny slip with the message, “This is my heart, and it’s empty. I want you to live in it forever.”
  3. If you are young, seriously in love, and you can’t afford to gift her jewelry; gift her a jewelry box instead. Write a sincere love-note and tell her that one day you hope to fill it for her.
  4. Write 7 love-notes to her, but not on paper. Instead, discover unconventional things to write them on. For instance, a piece of bark, a paper-napkin, chocolate-wrapper, a lace handkerchief, and so on. Surprise her; let her know that you think of her all the time. Oh, and don’t send those love-notes to her all at once, send them one day at a time. A good time to begin would be February 8.
  5. If she has an iPad, gift her “My Love My Valentine – A Game of Romantic Courtship.” As she plays those 54 levels with your name as her sweetheart’s, the bond of your friendship will strengthen and your love will bloom. If she doesn’t have an iPad, download the game on yours, and play with it in front of her, with her name as your sweetheart’s. (Read more about the game My Love My Valentine here.) It’s a good idea to add this $0.99 gift to any other gift that you may be planning to give her – for it would last longer and bring you closer 🙂

I’ll soon be back with 5 gift ideas for him too 🙂

My Love My Valentine – A Unique Game of Romance and Rivalry – A Valentine’s Day Gift for your Sweetheart.

 

 

 

My Love My Valentine - A Valentine's Day Game of Romance and Rivalry - Available on the App Store for iPad

iPad owners, check out the Free Version of MLMV at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-love-my-valentine-hd-lite/id599222686?mt=8

My Love My Valentine is a new gaming experience and a unique quest for love!

My Love My Valentine - An iPad Game of Romance and Rivalry - for Valentine's Day.

In this 54-level iPad Game My Love My Valentine, you woo your sweetheart by sending love messages to him or her through your trusty dove, Snowy. However, as it often happens in life, in this game too you have a rival-in-love. This is why you are not the only one sending messages to your sweetheart. But your rival believes that everything is fair in love and war, and so tries different underhand tactics to slow you down.

Your rival tossing those burning matchsticks to destroy your writing material, is just a beginning. As you move through the 54 levels of this game, your rival also sends love-assassins stop you from winning your love.

Your rival sends:

  • a pixie who zaps aways your writing material,
  • a crow who snatches away your notepaper,
  • fireballs that whizz past burning everything in their way including your pens,
  • a pigeon with no sense of propriety who craps on your love-letters,
  • a cowardly yet handsome mouse who shreds your envelopes, and
  • the magic ink, which keeps vanishing from your love-notes!

(Read the stories of Snowy the Dove and the Love-Assassins by clicking their pictures in the sidebar.)

The action continues to build-up with every successive level as your rival and the love-assassins become smarter, faster, and stronger.

My Love My Valentine – A Game of Romantic Courtship for iPad available on the App Store!

My Love My Valentine -An iPad Game  - A New Experience in Gaming - A Perfect Gift for your Valentine

Wooing your sweetheart isn’t easy with these love-assassins running lose. Voracio the crow doesn’t give up and the whizzing fireballs don’t discriminate! Be careful. Don’t get addicted!

My Love My Valentine - A Game of Romance for the iPad, iphone on the App Store.

Deal with the crow and the whizzing fireballs, while your rival competes with you for your sweetheart’s loving gaze.

My Love My Valentine - A game of love for the ipad, available on the App Store.

Envy gives way to enthusiasm as you battle for your love through 54 exciting levels, sending 54 different love messages to your sweetheart!

My Love My Valentine - by Grouchy Gremlins - A Game for iPad, iphone - on the App Store.

Prepare yourself for the battle of love. Experience Romance, Envy, Action, and Excitement!

“My Love My Valentine – A Game of Romantic Courtship – MLMV HD” by Grouchy Gremlins brings you:

  • 54 Levels of Increasing Excitement!
  • 6 Romantic Locations!!
  • 54 Original Love Messages to Send!!!
  • 6 Love-assassins to Face and Defeat!!!!

With your trusty dove on your side, can you win this Game of Love?

Here is the  YouTube Video of My Love My Valentine Game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuCaDy8XOHI