Pic.: Nishant Joshi
Presently, I am surrounded by a couple of young-ones who are head over heels in love. You know what I mean – they are madly in love!
A mother of one such Romeo – or call him by our own name, Majnu – was talking to me, last morning. “Sir, his world is only his girl-friend… He sees nothing else… eats, drinks, breathes nothing else… Whatever she says, he does.. Wherever she calls, he goes… He is all head over his heels!”
But, the mother laughed as she was describing to me her young son’s ‘illness’. It was evident, that she knew a great deal about this illness. So, she made me laugh, too, when she said, “You know sir, we all have been through it… Thus, no need to panic. As, in Sholay, Jay calms down a panicked Basanti (Her Majnu - Veeru, fully loaded, was threatening to throw himself to death from the top of village water-tank unless Basanti’s kadoos maasi gave him his Laila) – “Jab daru utregi, Veeru bhi utar ayega”, my son, too, will utar ayega.”
But, I still wonder: Why do they refer all Romeos and Juliets – our Lailas and Majnus – by that funny description – ‘head over heels in love’?
After all, the head is supposed to be over the heels, isn’t it?
Yes, funny things happen when daru and Veeru come together, you see!