Tribute To The Greatest Love Stories of All Time

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In the eve of Valentine’s Day, we have brought all the best love stories whose love is still talked upon by the entire world. These true stories where the two partners had one soul, one heart, one thought. These stories are truly wonderful and will make you wonder if someone can love to this extend. Love is so pure and beautiful. Its all up to how you look into it.

These writers have brought love and life to the characters that are dead, but still alive in our hearts and minds. Hats off to all the writers.

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Romeo & Juliet: by William Shakespeare

This novel is believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595

Romeo started loving Juliet who belongs to the rival family. Still they decided to get married. Meanwhile Romeo involved into a war and killed Juliet’s cousin Tybalt . Juliet’s father ordered Juliet to get married with Paris in 2 days. Listening to this Juliet took a dose of sleeping potion to show off that she is dead. Hearing the news Romeo considered her dead and took a strong poison and killed himself. Later Juliet woke up and found Romeo is dead and she too did the same. Juliet took a dagger and killed herself to be with Romeo forever into some other world.


Layla & Majnun: by Nizami Ganjavi 1192

A leading medieval poet of Iran, Nizami of Ganje is known especially for his romantic poem Layla and Majnun Inspired by an Arab legend, Layla and Majnun is a tragic tale about unattainable love. It had been told and retold for centuries, and depicted in manuscripts and other media such as ceramics for nearly as long as the poem has been penned. Layla and Qays fall in love while at school. Their love is observed and they are soon prevented from seeing one another. In misery, Qays banishes himself to the desert to live among and be consoled by animals. He neglects to eat and becomes emaciated. Due to his eccentric behavior, he becomes known as Majnun (madman). There he befriends an elderly Bedouin who promises to win him Layla’s hand through warfare.

Layla’s tribe is defeated, but her father continues to refuse her marriage to Majnun because of his mad behavior, and she is married to another. After the death of Layla’s husband, the old Bedouin facilitates a meeting between Layla and Majnun, but they are never fully reconciled in life. Upon death, they are buried side by side. The story is often interpreted as an allegory of the soul’s yearning to be united with the divine.



Salim and Anarkali

The love story of Salim and Anarkali is a story that every lover knows. The relationship of Salim and Anarkali outraged the Mughal emperor Akbar so much that both father and son decided to go on war. According to legend, Salim, the son of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, fell in love with a beautiful courtesan named Anarkali as a young prince. Anarkali, whose title means “pomegranate blossom” (a title bestowed for her beauty) was famed for her dancing skills as well as her great beauty.

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But such an intense love can’t be concealed forever. Salim declared a war against his own father. But the mighty emperor’s gigantic army proves too much for the young prince to handle. He gets defeated and is sentenced to death.

This is when Anarkali intervenes and renounces her love to save her beloved from the jaws of death. She is entombed alive in a brick wall right in front of her lover’s eyes. It is said she escaped through that tunnel and fled the place, never to return again. The heartbroken Salim lives on to become emperor Jahangir.

Cleopatra and Mark Antony by William Shakespeare in 1607

The play tells of the scandalous affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Their blind passion which leads to their ultimate downfall and deaths. The plot encompasses the strong themes of ambition, power, love, friendship, deception and disaster.


Heer Ranjha: Waris Shah in 1766 A.D

Some historians say that, Waris Shah wrote his poetry about Heer Ranjha’s love in 1766 A.D

Heer is an extremely beautiful woman, and Ranjha (whose first name is Dheedo; Ranjha is the surname), is the youngest of four brothers and lives in the village of Takht Hazara,Pakistan by the river Chenab.

In Waris Shah’s version of the epic, it is said that Ranjha left his home because his brothers’ wives refused to give him food. Eventually he arrives in Heer’s village and falls in love with her. Heer’s father offers Ranjha a job herding his cattle. Heer becomes mesmerised by the way Ranjha plays his flute and eventually falls in love with him. They meet each other secretly for many years until they are caught by Heer’s jealous uncle, Kaido, and her parents Chuchak and Malki. Heer is forced by her family and the local priest or ‘Maulvi’ to marry another man called Saida Khera.

Ranjha is heartbroken. Later, Ranjha becomes a jogi, piercing his ears and renouncing the material world. Reciting the name of the Lord (Rabb) he wanders all over Punjab, eventually finding the village where Heer now lives.
























He returns to Heer’s village, where Heer’s parents agree to their marriage. However, on the wedding day, Kaido poisons her food so that the wedding will not take place. Hearing this news, Ranjha rushes to aid Heer, but is too late, as she has already eaten the poison and died.

Brokenhearted once again, Ranjha takes the poisoned Laddu (sweet) which Heer has eaten and dies by her side.

Heer and Ranjha are buried in Heer’s hometown, Jhang. Love-smitten couples and others often pay visits to their mausoleum.

Devdas: by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1917

Devdas is a Bengali Romance novel by Chattopadhyay, which most of us would have watched as the famous movie. Devdas, as a book was way ahead of its times.

The story is simple enough. Parvati (Paro) and Devdas are inseparable childhood friends. Deva is sent off to Kolkata to study and when he comes back he discovers that Paro has grown into a beautiful woman. Growing up in the village Paro has had nothing more to do than think of Devdas, and it is but natural she should be shy when he really shows up.

But the prevailing social norms and the distinction of society as upper class and lower class did not help them to get married and live happily ever after.















Devdas appeals to us all because we like the idea of pining away for our first loves, the idea that men and women love so deeply that they die for it. But no one ever mentions that not being able to fall in love with someone who loves you deeply (and Paro and Chandramukhi being just two types of loves) is also a deep folly and tragedy and the song Paro and Devdas sing as kids begins to mean so much more: ‘O albele panchhi tera door thikana hai, Chhodi jo daal ek bar wahan kab laut ke aana hai.’

Sohni Mahiwal & Fazal Shah, by Hashim Shah 

To the potter and his wife was born a daughter. She was such a beautiful child that they named her Sohni, meaning beautiful in Punjabi. Sohni grew up not only into a beautiful, young woman but also an accomplished artist who made floral designs on the pots and pitchers that came off her father’s wheel.

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Izzat Baig a merchandiser of the town, found it impossible to leave Sohni’s town as he has deeply fell in love with Sohni.  Sohni and Mahiwal’s clandestine meetings soon became the talk of the town. When Sohni’s father came to know about the affair he hurriedly arranged Sohni’s marriage with one of her cousins, also a potter, and, ignoring Sohni’s protests and entreaties, bundled her off to her new home in a village somewhere on the other side of the river.

Mahiwal was devastated. He left town and became a wanderer, searching for Sohni’s whereabouts. Eventually, he found her house and managed to meet her in the guise of a beggar and gave her his new address — a hut across the river. Sohni started meeting Mahiwal regularly. It was a stormy night. The river was in high flood. Sohni was soon engulfed in water. She discovered, to her horror, that the pitcher had begun to dissolve and disintegrate.















Hearing Sohni’s cries, Mahiwal, from the other side, jumped into the river to save her. He barely managed to reach her. As the story goes, their bodies were washed ashore, and were found the next day, lying next to each other. With their death, Sohni and Mahiwal entered into the world of legends and lore. And, in their death the sinners became saints.

 The English Patient: by Michael Ondaatje in 1992

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.

Orpheus and Eurydice

The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is the ultimate tragic love story. Perhaps one of the most famous Greek myths, it has inspired many important painters, such as Peter Paul Rubens and Nicolas Poussin. Moreover, many operas, songs and plays have been composed to honour these two great lovers who tragically lost the chance to enjoy their love. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been told in many versions with a few differences between them. The earliest account comes from Ibycus (circa 530 BC), a Greek lyric poet. Hereby we present you a mixture of these various versions.

Mythological love stories:

Here comes the best mythological love stories which we have heard about since our childhood. Few of the most famous mythological love stories are Krishna and Radhe, Psyche and Cupid

Psyche and Cupid 

A stunningly beautiful girl, Psyche, is born after two older sisters. People throughout the land worship her beauty so deeply that they forget about the goddess Venus. Venus becomes angry that her temples are falling to ruin, so she plots to ruin Psyche. She instructs her son, Cupid, to pierce the girl with an arrow and make her fall in love with the most vile, hideous man alive. But when Cupid sees Psyche in her radiant glory, he shoots himself with the arrow instead.


Krishna and Radhe

Last but not the least, the famous story of Radhe – Krishna.

Their story is purely about love.  They did not get married and they were not with each other at every moment of their lives.  Even though physically they were not connected, mentally they were one.  Their love story is a refreshing change from the conventional Rama-Sita, Savitri-Satyavan stories.  The typical idea is that Radha is Krishna’s biggest devotee and Radha is Krishna’s energy.  In other words, you cannot have one without the other. But, unfortunately Krishna had to marry Rukmani.


Pay tribute to all these love stories. Share with the world and let them know the greatness of their love!!! 


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