Decoding The Indigenous Definition Of Love

What is love globally?

Love is unconditional. Love is pure. Love is the base of existence. The term ‘I Love You’ is said in every relationship in other countries. But in India it is confined to one aspect predominantly.

What is love in India?

Somehow, due to the influence of cinema or We, Indians seem to get the basic definition of love wrong in general. As youngsters, say in teens love is considered a taboo. Not sure how many guys were said so. But when girls go for studies, extra classes parents fear. A grandmother would shout at parents, “Pombala Pulla, Padika Vecha Love pannitu poiduva”.(Girl child, if you let her read she will love someone and runaway)

How many of you have heard this dialogue? 

How many fathers said “She is my daughter she won’t commit such a mistake” ? 

See, the basic definition is wrong. And one fine day parents fix an alliance. Throughout teens guys and girls are allowed to study in co-ed but there is always an invisible barrier because they would fall in love and suddenly after colleague they want two people to get married and in a year they urge to become parents. Some are lucky to find love. For some it will be lust at the first place and slowly they find love. And in some cases it would be lust throughout! And by the way, I am not against arranged marriage. Just want respect and love to be in the first place and sex is part of this beautiful relationship. As love sets in first sex becomes sacred.

In fact, my marriage is an arranged one and I am a new mother. Also, I am pro arranged marriage but only if there is a scope to get know, streamline oneself, know what one needs and wants in life, a promise from partner that there would be respect first, then love, freedom, encouragement in positive deeds, correcting when planning is bad, being equal, giving shoulder to shoulder in pursuing dreams. 

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A marriage is where there is huge scope to get a life long friend, philosopher, guide, lover, mentor and what not? It paves a way for growth in all aspects of life. A partner helps in tremendous financial, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual growth. He or she could be a twin flame if the definition of love is understood right. 

Here, as stated earlier love is a taboo. If the girl goes for tuition (colloquially) love would spoil her. If she pursues higher education love would spoil her. If she/he is in friendship with another gender after marriage that person has an illicit affair. These stems when one tries to put love in a box and is in fear.

See, seems even I got the definition wrong. Confining Love to Marriage. 

So What Is Love?

Love is being free. As parents, love is confidence when a child pursues higher education. As parents, love is freedom when the child goes out with friends. As Children, Love is being responsible with freedom. As a partner, love is trust when a spouse goes out with their friends, be it of any gender. As a partner, love is being the pillar and supporting the spouse in dreams and uplifting each other in their not so strong aspects. As a boss, Love is not over promising your clients and putting colleagues into trouble. 

As we decode we need to change the way we see love. Let’s shed the cinematic definition of love – be it the first night scene or the duet in exotic location. And to the teens love isn’t something that seems glossy when you are in higher secondary or in early college days. Because in that stage you tend to fall in love. But in Love there is no falling. Only in love people rise. If you are failing beware and time to change gears for good.

On exploring love, Love has various forms. It cannot be just put in a box and in a single definition. And there is a list which seems endless.

Love is helping elders. Love is sharing chores with parents. Love is being there for the right cause with siblings. Love is taking care of pets. Love is watering plants. Love is a trusting partner. Love is not talking behind a friend’s back. Love is happily doing your job at the office. Love is empathizing with a teammate for the right reason. Love is thanking God everyday for his abundance. Love is picking up oneself after a fall.

So, from this valentine’s day say those 3 words aloud and often. Make sure not to confine love. Love yourself and radiate love around to all unconditionally and live the best version of yourself. 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

I Love You! Never mind, I was looking at the mirror. 🙂

Why do you wait to utter these three words? 🙂

Start with yourself! 🙂

With love,

Rukmini P Kirthivasan

Infectious Emotions

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ― Carl Gustav Jung

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A family is the root as stated earlier! We are emotional beings. Some people accept and some people deny. But we all experience love, happiness, excitement and rage, anger, jealousy etc. Don’t know by what law people hold on to negative ones and don’t mind concentrating on positive ones.

We tend to think about all the negatives that can happen and feel sad over again and again but hardly feel happy thinking about positive outcomes. We meet many people and when two people meet there is a reaction. Change is likely to happen over time! There are many things that could be infectious in this world. People are the most infectious. It is what one hears over a period of time, people tend to become so sooner or later.

We have heard ‘n’ number of stories from neighbours, colleagues, parents, relatives, friends on how people have changed after marriage or after joining college or going to a place! It is nothing but reaction after meeting people and sharing thoughts! Positive thoughts are likely to give positive traits. Some People are wise to think and take positive traits and some tend to be otherwise! 

With an example from cinema it should be better to understand the reaction that is mentioned here. Ever seen Jigirdhanda – A Karthick Subburaj Movie? A soft spoken director meets a rigid rowdy. And in the climax, Rowdy becomes soft and the director picks up the traits of Rowdy!

In family this exchange is more common! And it happens without people’s awareness. There are couples where one is bolder and pulls another to the bolder level. It is simply an elevation of energy levels and feel supported by each other. And there are couples where one is bolder but another doubts every single aspect of life and together they become indecisive. 

But to this exchange to happen let’s be affirmative, only positive traits are exchanged between two; people should be ready to get into the institution of marriage. Here in India, many youngsters are dreadful of getting married! There is so much pressure in the process in itself, on parents and on eligible bachelorettes and bachelors. 

Ever felt the pressure of getting married? Please share your experience in the comments! We shall get some insights and with these we can handle situations better and help others to handle similar situations and above all it could be a good exercise to write away the stress here. Some could be really funny/silly. Let’s crib about ‘How 4 Peru 4 Vidhama Paesinanga?’ Also let’s discuss further on from where these come from and different types of comments and how this pressure can be lifted off from shoulders in the coming posts!

Till then enjoy every moment of your life! 🙂 

With Love,

Rukmini P Kirthivasan

Happy Margazhi

The king of months have arrived!

“Maasanam Maargaseershohum.” – Bhagavad Gita, 10.35 😊

Every year it is the same set of rituals. Getting up early. Drawing Kolam in front yard. Hearing Margazhi Maha Utsavam. Attending concerts in local temples. Hearing Thiruppavai – Thiruvempavai Meaning in a channel. Trying to follow the rules of Paavai Nonbu. Some days succeeding and some days failing miserably after seeing some ‘Diary’ products ad which make one drool. And at the end of the month eagerly waiting for next Margazhi vowing to oneself to follow the rules.

Simply put, it is ‘Than Muyarchiyil Satrum Thalaradha Vikramadhithan’ kind of for loop. All festivals are in repeat mode. The thing is how we receive the festivals each year! Ultimately interests matter and nothing else. And when it’s Margazhi, it is always welcomed with heart full of joy and joy only!

Happen to read an article from old newspaper dated January 11th 2010 on the greatness and history of Margazhi. Link in references. (Do read the link.) Festivals are celebrated to bring people from all walks of together! Vendor to CEO by designation in corporate it is for all. Festivals always have a global perspective and takes care of a country’s GDP. They are for all and by all!

Why Margazhi is different from other festivals is, rituals ensure that the entire ecological pyramid is taken care. A poem from ‘Paripadal’ explains the greatness of ‘Pavai Nonbu’ – வெம்பாதாக, வியல் நில வரைப்பு!’ – as all the rituals of Paavai Nonbu is done it protects the world from heat says the poet Nalandhuvanar in Paripadal 11.

While Margazhi is cold how does it protects the Earth from getting heated? It is said that as people wake up early and proceed with the Paavai Nonbu rituals it warms the environment for all organisms right from insects to animals. Cold is nothing but the absence of heat, as we proceed with the rituals it sets the optimum tone for next year rainfall which safeguard us from global warming!

It is great to realize that our ancestors have foreseen all factors and for all in the ecological pyramid, ensuring that the Earth is in Harmony creating a Win-Win situation for all its dwellers!

Why wait? Forget the snooze button and jump out of bed! Grab the Kolam dappa! Let’s rock on this Margazhi and contribute for next year rainfall! And getting up early during ‘Depression Prone Winter’ can really help us to evade the same. And don’t forget the ‘Monkey Kulla’. 😊

Instagramers like @ Kasturi_Venkat have really inspired us on Kolam and their nuances behind. Thank you! While colour kolams might seem to have chemicals in it, as a little girl back then it has always inspired me to participate in Margazhi. It is okay to go for it and as one realizes the actual reason behind a ritual the fancy jiguna falls by itself! Maturity! 😁

Wishing you all a very Happy Margazhi! 😊

Images :

  • Colour Kolam by me at the front yard, drawn last year.
  • Vibrant colors all the way from Nandi Kovil Street, Tiruchirapalli.

With Love,

Rukmini P Kirthivasan

References:

http://www.tamilhindu.com/2010/01/paavai-nonbu-and-thai-neeraadal/

Painting – Aandal and Krishna – Krishna for today – Artist Keshav

Happy Indian Family – Home is where the heart is!

A Happy Family is but an earlier heaven

George Bernard Shaw

Happy Indian Family – Home is where the heart is; Is a Family Blog. It is Indian in the sense because I am from India and is used to practices here.

In India, family is the root. Here, it is more structured compared to other countries. There is less confusion of ‘Your Children, my children playing with our children’ unlike other countries; till a decade ago probably or at least on paper. Walking out of a relationship when things aren’t working out is altogether a different story and have to be spoken in later posts. The above mentioned is in specific for those with the mentality of evading one’s own responsibility; leaving a relationship with no closure after a child with or without getting into the institution of marriage, be it any nationality for that matter. 

So, family set up here in India or any other country is nothing but taking responsibility in one’s own hands. We need people who take responsibility right from college for his/her studies, taking control of one’s own marriage decision followed by starting family is the current need of the hour. It could be any decision in one’s life, in any case taking responsibility of one’s own action brings success in all endeavors. Putting an end to blame shifting.

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Thus, The blog is about responsibilities in a family. A family is not about getting married! It first starts with an individual, then a family and it is strongly influenced by Health, People and Money! So on this blog there are going to be posts on Health, People, not so much about money like a financial blog but just a little about it. Then some get going factors of life like entertainment, travel, cooking and spirituality!

Need to mention here that the beauty of taking responsibility in a family or taking care of a family is that it has an impact on the society because not just charity begins at home; every thought is first sown at home and it just amplifies and make a lasting impact in the society. I Wish and pray to the almighty that this blog creates an impact in various aspects of life in a positive way! 

Hope you all will have a good time reading this blog and in the name of god I pinky promise not to bore with lengthy posts. Hope god heard that. 🙂

See you in the next post. 

Till then, let love fill your heart and positive attitude be the key in every endeavor of yours. 

With Love,

Rukmini P Kirthivasan