Seeing these birds, their sign of affection high up there in their tree perch, oblivious to the other birds and tourists gawking at them, made me stop and think about love.
It’s the most basic human emotion there is. Love makes the world go round, after all!
And yet, it’s the most controversial one too.
We live in the 21st century, and people are still regularly persecuted for being in love.
Honor killings are all too common, as are khap panchayat rulings against lovers from the same village. If you’re a man in love with another man or a woman in love with another woman, you are looked upon as a human aberration and someone who needs to be cured of this “disease”. If you belong to different castes or different states or heavens, different countries, “well meaning” relatives and sometimes even parents warn you that you will be unable to adjust to their culture. And if you belong to different religions, especially if one of you is Hindu and the other Muslim, may the Gods bless you because no one else will.
But why so much pressure around something that is just so simple, and so personal? Why have hearts become the landscape for political battles and moral compasses? Why does who you love matter, shouldn’t the fact that you do love matter more?
Those are some questions that I’ve never been able to answer. Have you?
I shot this photo on my visit to Bharatpur a few years ago.
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