6 Degrees of Love – A Valentine’s Day Special
This Valentine’s Day celebrate love and it myriad forms. Here are six stories that will make you fall in love again!
1. Love for your heritage – Basra
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. Her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library will be destroyed forever.
2. Love for fellow creatures – Stockings
A beautiful story about a little girl and a street dog and the love that they share.
3. Love for those who love you – Kabuliwala
Abdur Rehman Khan, a middle-aged dry fruit seller from Kabul (Afghanistan), comes to Calcutta to hawk his merchandise and befriends a small Bengali girl called Mini who reminds him of his own daughter Amina. Amina and Rehman Khan share a beautiful loving relationship till Rehman is imprisoned for a crime. Many years later, the Kabuliwala returns to meet Mini on the very same day that she is getting married. A beautiful story of love and longing.
4. Gift of love – Idgah
This is how the story of Hamid begins, a four-year old orphan who lives with his grandmother. On the day of Eid, he is all set to visit the idgah to offer special prayers. Orphaned as he is, his only centre of love is his grandmother. Oblivious to the suffering around him, his misfortune of being parent-less, Hamid is innocence personified.
5. Love for peace and harmony- Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand (1936) is the best known work written by American author Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The children’s book tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. He sits in the middle of the bull ring failing to take heed of any of the provocations of the matador and others to fight.
6. Unconditional love – Apple Tree
How much do we take from our dear nature everyday; food, water, air that we breath, our whole existence is rooted in nature. The question is do we even recognize this? The truth is that Nature loves us unconditionally. How about showing some unconditional love towards nature?