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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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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.

The Day After Valentine’s Day – What does it spell for you?

  • Contentment?
  • Bliss?
  • Longing?
  • Disappointment?
  • Anger?
  • Loneliness?


Love doesn’t happen because of Valentine’s Day nor does it die because of it. If you are feeling happy, content, and blessed – it’s because love existed before Valentine’s Day – in your hearts and lives. Valentine’s Day just happened along the way and brought along ways and means of expression.

On the other hand, if it didn’t go well for you, there could be myriad reasons for it:

Think about it:

Expectations belied due to:

  • Absentmindedness (trust me on this.)
  • Lack of seriousness (this could be more serious.)
  • An unethical rival on the scene, or even
  • A lack of true love.

The first three should be handled – the third with some care. The last one should be acknowledged. It’s a signal for you to move on. Being single again can be a bliss as it gives you an opportunity to find true love. And remember that Valentine’s Day too will be back again, next year.

In the meantime, follow this blog; because love isn’t going anywhere and neither am I. If you’d like to connect, leave a comment 🙂

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.

Bullet for My Valentine and… Valentine’s Day. Really?

Question: So why “Bullet for My Valentine” call themselves by this mysterious name?

Answer: This Heavy Metal band, which was formed in 1998, released its first album”The Poison,” in the US on February 14th 2006.

Question: But why “Bullet for My Valentine?”

Honest Submission: I’ve no idea of the true story behind the name, but then here’s some bit of theorizing:

Possible Answers:

One of the musicians (Mathew Tuck, Michael Thomas, Michael Paget, and Jason James) had suffered from a broken heart, right before they launched their first album on Valentine’s day.

OR

They wanted their album to hit the mark and win hearts on Valentine’s day and so they decided to call themselves “Bullet for my Valentine!”

I’ve no idea whether any of their songs have anything to do with Valentine’s Day, but I’ve realized that some of the lyrics of their songs have a strong dark streak.

You can also read more about them here.

 

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

My Love My Valentine – The Game for the Romantics of the World: App Store Arrival on February 01, 2013!

I am pleased as punch to announce that My Love My Valentine – A Game of Romantic Courtship – MLMV HD is arriving on the App Store on February 01, 2013.

A quick overview of the Game:

In “My Love My Valentine”, you woo your sweetheart by writing and sending love messages to him or her, through, of course, your trusty dove, Snowy. However, as it happens in life and also in this game, you have a rival-in-love. This rival isn’t all that ethical, and believes that everything is fair in love and war. So on one hand this rival competes with you to win the affection of your loved one, and on the other, tries to stop you from sending your love-messages.

That your rival tosses burning matchsticks to destroy your writing material is just a beginning, as you move through the 54 levels of this game, a pixie zaps aways your material, a crow snatches away your notepaper, fireballs whizz past burning everything in their way including your pens, a pigeon with no sense of propriety craps on your stuff, a cowardly yet handsome mouse shreds your envelopes, and the magic ink keeps disappearing from your messages!

In the coming few days, I’ll be posting the stories of the agents on this blog. You can already read about Grouchina the Pixie and Voracio the crow 🙂

Until my next post then. In the meantime, go, fall in love!

PS: My fingers are now growing numb – for cold and for continuous typing…I’ll go, send some messages to my sweetheart. You’ll meet him soon…yes, here, on this blog 🙂