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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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True Love Story 1 – Patrick creates NYGirlofMyDreams and Finds Camille :)

NYGirlofMyDreams

(A True Love-Story)

You may have heard or read about Patrick’s love-story, but I hadn’t.  I chanced upon this link  on the Reader’s Digest site, and I was smitten. This story is about a young man who thought of a novel way of finding the girl of his dreams. 

Here’s this short and sweet love-story, in my words – presenting the images that formed in my mind as I went through the above link.

Patrick threw away the blanket, leaped out of the bed. He had an idea.

He rushed to his table and pulled out his sketchbook from under the huge untidy pile of papers and books. Some of the books caught the momentum and flew off the desk, as did a few papers, and his box of color-pencils. He’d pick them up later. Right now, he had to do something that was a lot more important. Sketch her. He pulled his chair, caught a pencil that was about to roll off the table, and opened the sketchbook…and then it hit him. His scanner wasn’t working. So what? He was a web-designer and he had Photoshop – the God of all image-editing applications!

So, he began drawing. It was a basic drawing, but it had all the information. The yellow flower in her partly braided hair, the light-blue shorts over the dark-blue slacks, and the notebook too. The notebook that she was scribbling something in. What was she scribbling? This wasn’t the time to ask questions – perhaps there would be a time…perhaps he’d find her.

He had lost his heart to her when he had seen her at the Union Square subway station in New York City. He and she had gotten on the same train – but then she disappeared in the crowd that got into the train at the Bowling Green station. He couldn’t follow her. That would be stalking and Patrick wouldn’t do something as crass as that. He didn’t know then that her name was Camille and that she was an Australian. But he had carried home a picture of this pretty girl with a flower in her hair, and it was this picture that will help him find her.

Up came a new website called nygirlofmydreams.com, and along came a spate of information and a flood of women infatuated with this romantic man. Luckily for him and perhaps for her too, Camille’s friend came to know about this website, and he got in touch with Patrick.

So Patrick found Camille. There first meeting happened on Good Morning America…(weird?)… and this is how they look together.

This is how we tell ourselves that true loves shows us the way…or why would Patrick think of putting up a website, why would the website go viral, and why would it be seen by Camille’s friends?

Do you think not?

I think you don’t 🙂

Important Note. This story is based on real-events (refer to the links). However, the story is the author’s visualization and narration. If you like this story, pass it around to people in love. Let them know that when love waves its magic wand, you’ll discover ways to find the prince or the princess of your dreams.

The Greatest Love-stories told with added sugar and spice…coming soon to this blog :)

Folks,

February is about to welcome March to this blog. March brings spring along. In my humble opinion, March and April are the months when love really and truly blooms. Actually, there’s no season or time for love, it’s just that when nature herself is at her prettiest best, you feel more like celebrating love.

In these months, I’ll bring you the best love-stories of the world. I won’t copy-and-paste them from anywhere, because I hate cheating whether in love or in writing. So I’ll write them for you – and if there’s time, I’ll even sketch those two loving souls for you.

If you want these stories to land in your inbox, just click the subscribe button in the right sidebar.

That’s all for now 🙂

I’ll be back with the first story in a couple of days.

Now go, give a kiss to your love. Remember, love thrives when expressed 🙂

– Nifty.

Yes,

Love Thrives when Expressed.

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.

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. )

My Love My Valentine YouTube Video :)

Dear Readers,

Here’s the link to the YouTube video of My Love My Valentine Game (MLMV-HD).

We hope that you enjoy it 🙂

PS: The game is now available for download on the App Store.

 

A Valentine’s Day Message for him or her – When two hearts fly together!

Only love can make hearts grow wings…

My Love My Valentine - A Game and an App with 54 love messages that you can send to your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Love happens. You need to be patient and persevere 🙂 And while you are at it 🙂 Check out My Love My Valentine and play a Sweet Game (if you are a girl, trust a girl – it’s sweet!), Send 54 beautiful Love Messages to your Love – The Celebration of Love is year-round 🙂