Virtual Pune picks the best of love stories for
you to indulge in.
LOVE STORIES FROM PUNJAB
Dhillino Full-blooded tales of passion between legendary Eastern lovers like
Sohni-Mahiwal, Heer Ranjha, Sassi-Punnu, and Mirza-Sahibaan, comes alive in this English
translation. Set in medieval Afghanistan and India, the protagonists are often at
social-cultural odds with the world around them, but intensely committed to the experience
of love- for all its exhilaration and potential destructiveness. Their passion is
subjected to heavy odds, replete with long separations, so that even the intensity
fluctuates with time.
GONE WITH THE WIND
Mitchell Set against the historical backdrop of the American Civil War, this one story
that endures forever for its depiction of girt, and the Darwinian attitudes of its lead
protagonists- Scarlett O' Hara and Rhett Butler. Scarlett is at first a product of a
tightly laced (literally and figuratively) society, and shows a strong feminist
sensibility. As the war breaks, both Scarlett and Rhett's latent opportunism blossoms.
They are kindred spirits, recognising their propensity to exploit circumstances - she for
survival, he for survival and profit. Their passion blossoms unevenly, however, and she
discovers her true love, alas, much after its logical fruition.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
James Waller Set in the 60's, this tale of love in the winter of one's life takes you into
the heart of the 'meant-to-meet-and-fall-in-love' experience. Robert Kincaid is both the
sensitive poet and the hard hunter, his camera, the instrument that meets illusions and
reality. Francesca Johnson is in her own way a stoic figure, (a farm wife). Theirs is an
archetypal love, twisting time and proportion, culminating in lifelong insights, defeating
all that is mawkish and mortal.