Celebrate Valentines Day with love in all its forms - from a Bollywood romance, to an obsession, to a passion.
It's Valentine's Day – a day when people show their love and affection for one another. A day when I Love Yous are openly said to just about anyone... and in some cases, any thing. Let’s celebrate this day by embracing all our differences, and create a better world. Here are some inspiring stories of love from across the country.
Meet The Retired Postman Who Built A Taj Mahal For His Beloved Wife
Like most of us, Tajamulli Begum often wondered if people would remember her when she was gone. When she passed away, her husband, postmaster Faizul Qadri, dedicated his life, and his life's earnings to build her a monument of love – something the world would always remember her by. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. But love lingers on, eternal.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/meet-retired-postmaster-who-built-taj-mahal-his-beloved-wife
The Dog Lady Of Delhi
Ever since she can remember, Pratima Devi has loved all animals; dogs in particular. As a ragpicker, she doesn't have a lot, and struggles to make ends meet for herself. But somehow, she finds a way to feed her dogs. Even if it means going hungry herself. Now, that's love.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/dog-lady-delhi-101-heartland
The HIV-Positive Couple
For most people, being HIV positive is the beginning of the end. For Rekha and Ravi Shankar, it was the beginning of a beautiful romance.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/hiv-positive-couple-loveinindia
Firoz's life changed when he walked into a movie theatre and watched Amitabh Bachchan's iconic hit 'Deewar'. Stepping out of the theatre, he knew he wanted to be just like him. You are what you love, they say – and Firoz soon seemed more like his hero Amitabh Bachchan, than himself.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/becoming-bachchan-bollywood-fringes
The Man Who Would Be Rajini
Somusundaram, a Rajinikanth fan from the district of Dindigul, has done whatever he could to emulate the superstar Rajinikanth – from hairstyle to habits, to even taking a blade to his face to match his features.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/man-who-would-be-rajini-101-movietown
Should the government have any say in who you're allowed to fall in love with? It's love! It happens. And it should be no one's business but the lovers'. Ask Romeo and Juliet. Or Justine Mellocastro.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/coming-out-justines-story
This Fisherman Uses Coke And Pepsi Bottles As A Boat
Roy Thomas, a fisherman from Fort Kochi, is in love with the sea. He couldn't afford the Rs.25000 to buy himself a fishing boat. But did that stop him? He still ventures out to meet his one true love, every day. How? Well, that's the love story...
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/fisherman-uses-coke-and-pepsi-bottles-boat
From Russia With Love
If you're a tourist in a strange new land, you're sure to be cautioned against local transport: “They're out to get your wallets.” That wasn't the case for taxi driver, Raju, and his Russian fare, Roza. The only thing he was out for was her heart.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/russia-love-loveinindia
The Man Who Had His Dog Stuffed
Captain Santosh Sharma felt a huge void in his life with the passing of his faithful pet, Shery. Unable to deal with the loss of his beloved German Shepherd, he turned to taxidermy to recapture Shery's essence in his life. Is this the purest form of love or has this love gone too far?
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/man-who-had-his-dog-stuffed-pet-puja
Saving The Donkey
Bob and Jean Harrison's are the caretaker-owners of an Ass Farm in the outskirts Gurgaon, Haryana. Their dedication towards animal care, particularly donkeys is a testament to their love for animals.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/travel-food/saving-donkey-101-heartland
In Search Of A Snow Leopard
Chitta Dorjey is an animal lover who has dedicated his life to spotting and documenting the animals of the mountains. Of these animals, the snow leopard is his one true love.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/travel-food/search-snow-leopard
A Punjabi Puttar Weds A Mandarin Maiden
When their Punjabi Puttar came home with a Mandarin fiancée, some of the Aroras were shaken, the other Aroras were stirred, but they all managed to come to an agreement – there's no wedding like a Punjabi wedding. And despite the differences, this would be no different.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/punjabi-puttar-weds-mandarin-maiden
Love Story Of A Reformed Kashmiri Militant
A week after his wedding in Kashmir, Imran Ali was kidnapped and taken across the border for training. He fell in love with, and then married a girl from a village near his training camp. Together, they fled the camps, braved the forests, the cold, and the border-crossing, back to Kashmir; to the open arms of India, as well as Imran's first wife.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/love-story-reformed-kashmiri-militant-101-underground
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By Dominic S