True Love: Legendary Stories In Retrospect

Md. Joynul Abedin

14 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

True Love: 
Legendary Stories 
In Retrospect

Do you believe in true love? Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in love lasting forever? If your answer is negative, there are some immortal love couples and stories that will renew or reinforce your faith in love. They showed us that true love is stronger than anything else in the world. History is full of extraordinary couples – some are remembered for their long-lasting romances, while others are defined by their tragic downfalls. The stories of lovers who believed in each other and their love even if the whole world was against them still inspire and often, make us sad. No matter whether those are fact or fiction, love stories inspire us. On the occasion of the Valentine’s Day we have compiled some of the greatest love stories for our readers:


Laila and Majnu

The love story of Laila and Majnu is a very famous one and is no less than a legend. It is based on the real story of a young man called Qays ibn al-Mullawah from the northern Arabian Peninsula, in the Umayyad era during the 7th century. Laila was a beautiful girl born in a rich family. Being no less than a princess Laila fell in love with Qays and he too loved her dearly. Qays was a poor poet and composed splendid love poems and dedicated them to his lady-love. One day, when he asked for Laila's hand in marriage, her father promptly refused him and soon after, married her off to a wealthy man. When Qays heard the news he fled the tribe camp and wandered in the surrounding desert and stopped taking food. On the other hand, separated from Qays, Laila was shattered in mind, body and spirit. Not long afterwards, in 688 AD, she moved to Iraq with her husband, where she fell ill and died eventually. Later, Qays was found dead in the wilderness near Laila's grave. Qays went mad for his love; for this reason he came to be known as ‘Majnun Laila’, which means ‘driven mad by Laila’.


Shirin and Farhad

Khosrow, the prince of Persia and Shirin, an Armenian princess, fell in love with each other after seeing their portraits without meeting face to face because of a chain of strange coincidences. When they finally met and Khosrow proposed her, Shirin did not agree to marry the prince because he lost his throne. Meanwhile, a stone carver named Farhad fell in love with the princess at first sight and did his best to make her happy by cutting a canal through the hard stone and making a pond of milk by her castle. When Shirin saw his work, she was greatly impressed. Khosrow, however, could not accept the fact. Therefore, Khosrow promised Farhad that if he could cut a passage through the Bistoon Mountains, Khosrow would let him marry Shirin. When Farhad was about to finish, he is tricked by Khusrow into believing that Shirin died. Upon hearing the news of her death Farhad also killed himself.


Salim and Anarkali

The love story of Salim and Anarkali is a story that every lover knows. The son of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, Salim, fell in love with an ordinary but beautiful courtesan Anarkali. He was mesmerized by her beauty and fell in love as soon as he saw her. But the emperor could not accept the fact that his son was in love with an ordinary courtesan. He started pressurizing Anarkali and devised all sorts of tactics to make her fall in the eyes of the young, love smitten prince. When Salim came to know of this, he declared a war against his own father. But the mighty emperor's gigantic army was too much for the young prince to handle. He was defeated and was sentenced to death. This was when Anarkali intervened and renounced her love to save her beloved from the jaws of death. She was then entombed alive in a brick wall right in front of her lover's eyes.

Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

The monument of Taj Mahal symbolizes the love story of Mughal royal couple “Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal”, who shared a loving marriage until Mumtaz died. Though Shah Jahan had other wives, Mumtaz Mahal was his favourite and accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. In the year 1631, when Mumtaz Mahal was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to some complications. Shah Jahan was devastated by his wife’s death and plunged into deep grief that affected him both emotionally and physically. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and build the richest mausoleum over her grave. Shortly after completing Taj Mahal, Shah got ill and was overthrown by his eldest son Jahangir. He spent the rest of his life in-house arrest and was buried next to his wife.

Romeo and Juliet

Despite the fact that they belong to two different arch-rival families, Romeo and Juliet fall in love. So they decide to keep their love secret and get married. Despite all cautions, one day Romeo gets involved in a fight with Juliet’s cousin and kills him. Romeo is eventually banished from Verona and flees to Mantua. When her parents urge Juliet to marry, she asks Friar Laurence again for help, who gives her a sleeping potion that should fake her death. He explains his plan to Romeo in a letter, which never reaches him. Distraught over the alleged death of his beloved Juliet, Romeo returns to Verona and takes his own life. Shortly after, Juliet wakes up from her sleep, sees what has happened and eventually she also takes her life.

Queen Victoria and Albert

Love for husband was prioritized over other things by Queen Victoria. She mourned her husband’s death for long 40 years. Victoria loved her husband deeply. When Albert, her husband, died in 1861, Victoria was so devastated that she did not appear in public for three years. Though the courtiers tried hard to make the queen happy, she was not moved rather she warned the courtiers not to attempt such things. Once the royal jester made a joke in front of all other courtiers to entertain Queen Victoria, in response to that the Queen reacted sternly by saying, “We are not amused.” The Queen did not feel thrilled as she was filled with grief for her deceased husband.

Well, there are many such stories that make us fall in love again. And to be frank, humans cannot but talk about love because this feeling is irresistible.