Thank You, Next: I’ll Pick the Beauty of Everyday Affections Over Grand Romantic Gestures

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Thank You, Next: I’ll Pick the Beauty of Everyday Affections Over Grand Romantic Gestures

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ntil about 10 years ago, our idea of romance rested on the theatricality of grand gestures. It was similar to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’s London-bred Raj flying down to spread his arms in the mustard fields of Punjab for Simran. Jai frantically rushing to the airport to stop Aditi from leaving, by announcing his love in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Jack helping Rose on to a wooden platform to save her life in the middle of an icy ocean in Titanic. Or Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You tearfully reading out a poem chronicling her feelings for Patrick in front of the whole class.

Back then, when life never got in the way, expressing the feeling assumed greater importance than shielding the privacy of the emotion. Love had to be declared to be felt.

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