Let Me Tell You About Love

Nobody probably expects me to write about a topic as quizzical as love. Somehow, this side of life has still been unexplored by me. Do not get me wrong, I have tried making the sail. I have wet my feet in shallow waters and felt the warm sand below but never had the strength to sail away. Somehow, the depth was too overwhelming, and I always stepped back thinking maybe one day, I will have the strength to go farther.

Nothing usual can invoke me to write about a subject as convoluted as love. No movie, no mushy quotes, not even people themselves.

But the only things on this wondrous planet that can shake my iron heart and loosen the chains a little, are words. And tonight one of my closest friends (you know who you are) introduced me to a writer whose words had such a heavy impact on me, that I was forced to write about it.

Gazillions of wordsmiths, poets and philosophers tried to define love. They tried to capture it, encapsulate it in words, take it in their palm and examine it under the sun, spent nights brooding over it. But they couldn’t succeed.
And there I am, merely a young solemn writer, what can I possibly tell about love? But for my mind’s sake, I shall try.

But first, I present to you Jonathan Safran Foer, the man whose words have made me their captive tonight. I spent hours sifting through his quotations, gasped and shrieked, welled up and shook, got overwhelmed and read it all over again.

Foer says,

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The more you love someone,” he came to think, the harder it is to tell them.”
-― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

 

and my favorite,

“Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

Do you feel it too? The sheer magnificence of these words? Woven so wisely they make you feel so much altogether, isn’t it? How can I possibly surpass this brilliance?

But love I reckon, is more than just two people sharing their time with each other. It’s much more than young love making you bubble with excitement. It is definitely much more than keeping your lover’s picture with you.
If all these things could qualify as love, then we probably wouldn’t have so many broken hearts today.

It is about finding peace. It is about finding placidity. It is about having someone to come home to. It is about growing and spoiling each other at the same time. It is about opening yourself up. And the scariest part, it is about being vulnerable.

It is about courage, definitely courage. Courage to dive deep within someone’s mind. The part they usually keep locked. To scroll through their darkness and still find light and making sure they see it too.

To tread the deep waters yet always hold on. To face the waves, together. To tame the storm, together. To fight the winds, together. And lastly, to watch the sun set, together.

But how many brave-hearts has this world ever produced?

Happy Valentine’s Day love-birds.

Love always,
Your Blogger.

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51 thoughts on “Let Me Tell You About Love

  1. Thank you for introducing me to something new! I must admit that I had never heard of Jonathan Safran Foer but now I have someone new to discover. When I think of love, I think of this poem by the amazing Pablo Neruda which makes me sigh every time I read it.

    .. XVII (I do not love you…)

    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

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    • You’re very welcome Tom. I recently discovered his work and fell in love with it completely!

      And thank you so much for sharing this beautiful piece of poem. I’ve read this once somewhere but I can’t remember where.
      I’m so glad I found it again.

      Beautiful.

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  2. Love is all about understanding each other,giving space to each other,
    accepting each other,
    happiness in each others
    company,
    dancing to the music of symphony:D

    Just wrote a one line on valentine’s day ” On Valentine’s day, couples celebrate where as singles deliberate” :P.

    Thanks for introducing us to Jonathan Safran foer:)

    Cheers!!

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  3. Wow!!!, and I was just planning to check in and humbly ask your permission, to use your lovely name for one of the characters in the piece that I’m presently working on. My hat (if I were wearing one) would most certainly be off to Mr.Jonathan Safran Foer, for both his wonderful writing, and for his inspiration of one of my favorite people. But now, lest we forget, may I please borrow your wonderful name? You have my utmost assurances the character in question shall portray, despite the initial facing of tremendous hardships, and breath-catching dangers, only the finest of young lady-like virtues, and bear unfailing evidence of only the most courageous of hearts, as she and those she loves, band together to render aid to my always noble, and implacable hero. : )

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      • Thank-you very much. A few more days and I should have a very rough draft of Part 1 (Chapters 1-6 or 7) done. If you have someplace I can send you a copy where it won’t get loose on the Net, I can add you to my list of 2 other Readers, and send you a copy. I warn you though, it’s already 80+ pages, and always subject to change. : )

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          • I just checked and it turns out I do, so as soon as I get Part 1 into rough draft form, I’ll send you off a copy. If I wait until then, any changes I make later with be of a lessor nature meaning you won’t have to keep re-reading the first parts if you like it enough that you want to read some more later on. Right now, each new thing I add affects multiple places throughout the entire section, and that can get very confusing for anyone trying to keep the story straight in their head.

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    • You know what Mr. Brian? I closed WordPress with the uncontrollable giddy and blessed feeling; an aftermath of the seemingly exultant news that you gave me. Wanting to use my name for one of your prestigious books’ characters.
      And then I quiet down for a while and thought to myself, “Oh My God Aakansha. Do you realize what has happened? He is writing about you. He is taking your name. It has happened, it has finally happened.”

      I will try and explain you the context of the aforementioned brief dialogue I had with my subconscious.

      If I could possibly put it in words of the immense joy that you’ve bestowed on my little heart, I would still fail for I cannot possibly comprehend that this would ever happen- someone writing about me! Or at least having a thought about me while creating a character.
      You see sir, I as a writer believe that one of the greatest honor you can possibly do to someone to acknowledge their presence or show them your affection is by writing about them, thus making them immortal.

      And boy have I, even in the deepest corners of my heart secretly wished and craved for someone to write about me. Be it a page, a paragraph or even a small line-it would most certainly make all the difference in my world. For the mere knowledge, that while writing a sentence, I was on someone’s mind is enough to make me the happiest girl on this planet.

      And what amuses me more and makes me shake my head at life, is that these are the kind of things you expect people who love you or rather who are in an emotional propinquity to you- to do for you.

      But then there’s you. Sitting in one corner of the world, deciding to borrow the name of an inherently confused and curious 19 year old for one of your beloved characters.
      Like I said Mr. David, I could try and never be able to write a sentence justifying the gift you have given me. For you, unknowingly have fulfilled 1 out of my life’s top 5 wishes.

      Bless your soul sir. Thank you from the purest corner of my heart.

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      • I certainly hope that I shall not disappoint you with my attempt at completing one of my top five life’s wishes which is the completion of a full-length novel. But since you genuinely seem eager to see some of this, and if you understand the difference between a First Draft and a completed work, maybe you won’t be too disappointed. As for the character’s part that bears your lovely moniker, please remember the piece in what I am sending you is merely her introduction into the story, and her part, like any seed, has yet to blossom and grow. I have decided to send you (check your e-mail) what I have prior to completing Part 1, because it may take somewhat longer than I thought at first to finish Part 1, and you seemed anxious. If you still feel like reading it (again) when I finish the section (as a true Rough Draft), I can always send another copy.If you hate it, I’ll understand. If not, remember, it’ll just be getting better as it gets polished. I’ll let you decide. I guess I should have found out if you even like ScienceFiction/Fantasy? If you run into any of the parts that just break off, those are the places where I’m currently working. AND DON’T FORGET TO USE THE GLOSSARY AT THE BACK. IT WILL HELP. I shall be mailing it momentarily. I hope you enjoy at least some of it, and please don’t put it out on-line. Thank-you.

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      • I’m thinking that this might be the most lovely comment anyone has ever made to me regarding anything ever in my entire life. If this is the result of borrowing your name for a character in a book that may or may not ever be published, I am definitely going to be the guy who writes your autobiography some day after you discover the cure for cancer, or solve world hunger, or something. I really don’t have enough words of the right kind to thank you enough. You are a very special individual.

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  4. Sorry to bother you again, but I just realized I sent you 87 pages of manuscript with no page numbers. I’m re-sending the manuscript with page numbers attached. Sorry about that (I was wondering why it was four pages short–no footers). Oops.

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