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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.

—++++—

Questions?
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Love is all you need – a song by John Lennon

John Lennon of the Beatles sung this timeless song on June 25, 1967 – more than half a century ago. The message is clear. Love is omnipotent. It has the potential to make a difference to you life. While the lyrics appear to be somewhat twisty to me (and perhaps the mystery of its actual meaning gives the song its aura,) I believe its about love changing everything. “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” (for me it translates to “you can’t achieve the impossible”,) and then “but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy…all you need is love.” (my interpretation is “but perhaps you can learn to achieve the impossible…if only you had love.”

Here are those meaningful lyrics. Let me know what they mean to you 🙂

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

I am not adding the rest of it here. You can find the complete lyrics of “All you Need is Love” here.

May I also request you to visit our iTunes page and try our My Love My Valentine – a game of Romance and Rivalry?

The Continuity of Love…

They say,

The continuity of love,
is the blessing of some.

But this blessing was only a seed,
when it was given to them.

They nurtured it with tears,
they fed it their fears,
they mended each-other’s broken hearts,
and lived through pain that sears.

Look again…

The continuity of love,
is a blessing of everyone.

This blessing is a seed,
don’t let it rot, don’t let it die.

You can grow it into a strong tree,
It will then make you free.
You must be always there for each other,
Only then will your love forever be.

– Nifty.

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.

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.

 

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 🙂