Unbearable Love for the Unreachable One

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Unbearable Love for the Unreachable One

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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till pining for the love of my life five years after she ran out on me…” begins the Quora thread. I’d arrived on the page after two whole minutes of researching the internet for a solution to my friend’s umm… ailment. Suffering from a broken heart, he was slouched in his bed, wearing his faded Garfield shorts and a t-shirt that looked like it hadn’t been washed in a year. He stroked his unkempt beard, with a pencil tucked behind his ear, probably contemplating a new sonnet for his ex.

This wasn’t a case of freshly minted heartbreak. It had been eight months since their split, and all I wanted to do was drag him out of his wallowing and give him a good talking-to. Yet, as a friend, I first had to look for smoother alternatives.

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