A befitting tribute to lovely women

‘I am who I am. I need to work. I need someone who loves only me, no matter where he is in the world, and who he is with. I want a man to hold me so tight that I will be the one to need space. Not someone who lets me have space and wait for him to hold me tight. I want a relationship that is honest, respectful, and deeply loving. You have to decide whether you want to be a part of my life or not. Because I definitely want to be a part of yours. The ball’s in your court...’

Pretty riveting, right? This extract from bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee’s fourth novel titled Advantage Love is an ode to the spirit of womanhood. A story of today’s youth in a confusing world, the novel’s protagonist, Trisha, is the embodiment of what an Asmi woman is. No wonder Gitanjali Group, which has always been associated with strong and independent women, were present at the soft launch of the book.

Trisha is down to earth, determined, intelligent, strong, vulnerable, lovable and funny. Between dealing with a young politician and a tennis player, she tries to hold on to her values and still chase her own dreams. The passages following the one mentioned earlier go like this: ‘Right at that moment she sent out a vow to the universe: she will be a loving and faithful partner for the rest of her life. She felt a bottomless peace and satisfaction in knowing that he had come back for her. And to give back that love, she needed to be truthful to him, too. Their relationship could not be based on lies and dishonesty. She needed to confess to him everything that happened in the past few days.

She surrendered to the universe. She opened herself up to endless possibilities and gave up on every doubt, and disbelief she ever had about herself and her relationships. She was ready to start over again.

Families cannot determine our destinies. Love cannot succumb to other people’s opinions. It needs to be between two people who want to be together and deserve to be.

We are all continuously changing. But as long as we know that this is the path we want to be on and this is the person we want to share today and the now with, tomorrow and the future will sort itself out. When you say “I love you” it’s meant as forever. There is no time limit that comes with love... Be with the one that feels like home... The success or failure of a relationship is not if you got married or divorced. It’s how you find yourself in the relationship and make each other happy. Love should add layers to your identity, not take it away.

You don’t let go of someone to make them happy. You hold on to them tighter because you know they won’t be happy without you.’ This Valentine's Day, believe in a deeper meaning of love, because you know you have found the perfect one when you think they are the only one in your life for you.

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