#StoryOfTheMonth August 2016 by Anindita Chatterjee

Two stories revolve on the ways and motions and matters of the heart. The heart that knows no reason has no season, that falls in love, gets bruised, gets battered, yet holds on, believes and struggles to live on. Love is the panacea, love is the pain. The Erring Heart recounts the plight of a fairy waiting in vain for her mortal lover. It belies the faith that all is well in the fairy world. A fairy falls in love with a human soul who shatters and ruptures her heart and leaves her alone in pain. She fails to understand the fickle human mind and craves in vain for her lover who never returns to reunite with her. There is pathos in the story, but there also exists a paradox. Even fairies are not immune to pain and ironically here it is a human being who inflicts the ache upon her. She found solace in confiding to her horse for it baffles her how her lover could be so heartless and callous. She held on to his heart that he had entrusted her with and longed for him in sheer desperation and futile hope. Love had bust her dreams, wrecked her faith, yet she held on

The next story Unconditional Love deals with two human beings, a woman having misgivings about love and a man allaying her fears and anxieties and assuring her with his presence. The story is set in real life, in urban human world and the characters are people we know and can relate to. The girl had gone through a break up and it had turned her into a disbeliever. Her parents were concerned about her future and hoped that marriage would alleviate her pains but the girl refused to comply. The real life story reads like a film script with the knight in shining armour arriving via social media to save the lady in distress. He not only restores her faith in love, but eventually goes on to become her husband in real life. The surprises, promises, chivalric displays of gallantry and flowery romance reads like a fairy tale and makes one believe that there indeed might be someone waiting for us somewhere. It is only until the blind Cupid’s arrow that strikes that the two souls unite, the two halves fuse to become a complete whole. The couple continues to live happily ever after and the romance recounted by the lady in retrospect makes one wish for more Ratul Majumders in real life.

The fairy tale exposes the wounds of the frail heart, and the pain is caused by the man whom the fairy loved. In the next story though the woman is initially hurt by a man but it is another of the same species who fills in the gaps and blank spaces and provides balm to the sores and bruises. Both the stories are narrated by women with candour and directness and they reveal  the multiple facets of love, the same emotion that can break a soul, can bring one closer to paradise–whereas it is a human who breaks the fairy’s heart, it is another human who gives life to a woman broken by love treating her like a princess from a fairy tale.

Love is indeed a strange passion. It has its own rules and norms that defy reason and rationality. It is the only emotion for which one can compromise the most, fight with life even face death and humiliation. The heart teaches new lessons everyday, lessons in endurance and lessons of faith and acceptance.