Happy Endings

‘Pain that came from hope, and hope that came from a belief of happy endings.’


Growing up, we have all listened to stories and watched movies that used to have happy endings. “And they lived happily ever after.” We have seen how the princess is in trouble, but the prince comes and saves the day, and they both fall in love, get married and promise to love each other forever.
When I was a little girl, I used to love the thought of ‘forever.’ It provided a guarantee that the happiness and the perfection of the situation never changed. I used to feel bad when the girl in the story was hurting, not knowing whether it would end happily, and scared that it might not. Especially born and raised in India, Bollywood has made sure that the viewer in not saddened by the ending and that everyone leaves with a smile.

But one day, I was watching a romantic movie and I realised that I was no longer afraid that the situation for the girl as well as the boy was not good, because I had this unknown surety in me that everything will be fine and that they would end up together; that all the problems would be resolved and they would get to be together. But why and how was I so sure? It was then, at that very moment that I realised what it would be like to not have a happy ending. Would it still be called a movie?
I wondered and wondered about it, and I was surprised at how sad it made me just to think that a thing like ‘unhappy ending’ might exist. Why? Of course because of the way I was brought up, the way we all are, believing that all in life either is or will be good.

Now, I look around myself and I see so many ‘unhappy endings.Hearts getting broken, faith shaken, trust broken and pain being carried around by everyone; pain, that came from hope, and hope that came from a belief of ‘happy endings.’ I am not trying to imply that there are no happy endings. That would be an incorrect assessment. I am only emphasising that every story does not necessarily have a happy ending, everyone isn’t as lucky to spend a lifetime with their beloved, situations aren’t that simple, and the solution isn’t always in front of you. Sometimes, you get to live the other story; a story where everything is not fine, and where you have to live with that.

All of this is also not to imply that we can’t be happy. Happiness does not depend on our situation, it depends on us, it depends on how ready we are to face the worst of situations, fail, rise and still smile. But you must note, you create your own happiness, it isn’t served to you on a plate.

So, do you have it in you to see the good in the bad?

The Bliss Of Love

Have you ever loved someone so fiercely that you fail to love someone else as much?
Have you ever lost so much of your soul loving someone else, that you forget who you are?
Does true love even exist? I belive it does. I believe it is possible for us to fall in love, and to fall so hard, that it becomes hard to get up again. I believe it is possible for us to give a part of ourself to someone, that we may or may not get back. Otherwise, what’s the point? Just being attracted to someone and marrying them for the sake of it, is that the point? Certainly not. Love, love is the point. This is where it all begins. When you look at someone, and you know, when you look at that person and forget about all that is around you, when you look at someone and feel this is the person you keep looking at, that’s the very beginning. The beginning of a new story, the beginning of a new desire, and the beginning of a new adventure. After all, love really is an adventure, isn’t it?

As described by Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in the movie ‘Casablanca’, love is a deep aching feeling for someone who may never be yours. How true. Once we are in love with someone, we are all about that person, so much so, that we fail to see how much it has changed us, how less of us it has made us.
For the one person we desire to share our soul with, for the one person we associate our happiness with, we try to become everything that they desire, we start doing things to make them happy, and we start loving life more.

Yes, it is the most beautiful feeling to love someone, to be able to want better things for someone else, and I believe all of those who have had the chance, and the opportunity to love someone are blessed, even if it resulted in heartbreak. Because it is the feeling of love that made you love yourself and others more, isn’t it? It’s the feeling of love that made you realise you had emotions within yourself that you were not even aware about. It’s love that taught you the importance of having those emotions, isn’t it?

Love, surely is a bliss. Some love stories result in heart breaks, some in happy endings.
Some people fail to be with their soul mate, and some get to grow old with them. In this indiscrimination, the feeling of love is not to be blamed, it is your situation. You can’t really hate the idea of love, because love is the beginning of everything that you see, and everything that you feel. Love is within all of you. Love is you.