With­out a doubt, Amitabh Bachchan is the big­gest star in Bol­ly­wood, un­der­scored by the re­sponses we re­ceived for our cover story. And in our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view for our Valen­tine’s spe­cial he was kind enough to share his thoughts on love and mar­riage. Kar

Friday - - Letters -

The ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Amitabh Bachchan (‘The Big B on Love’, Fe­bru­ary 6), the in­dis­putable su­perdu­per-star of In­dian cinema, made for a won­der­ful read. The warm re­la­tion­ship he shares with his wife Jaya was ev­i­dent through­out the beau­ti­fully writ­ten ar­ti­cle.

Read­ing about the strong bond be­tween In­dia’s most high-pro­file cou­ple – which re­mains in­tact even af­ter more than 40 years of mar­riage – is very re­as­sur­ing in th­ese times. It is an en­dear­ing ex­am­ple for an in­dus­try in which re­la­tion­ships are fickle and shaky and news of an im­pend­ing mar­riage is usu­ally met with cyn­i­cal spec­u­la­tion.

For Valen­tine’s Day, here’s wish­ing them both good health and eter­nal hap­pi­ness for many years to come.

You guys made my week­end! You not only put my all-time favourite ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan on the cover, but did a great in­ter­view with him as well. He, as usual, was ex­tremely elo­quent and made a lot of sense, es­pe­cially when he said that ‘mar­riage is a con­tin­u­ous process... it is some­thing that you have to keep work­ing at’.

So here’s hop­ing that what In­dia’s big­gest su­per­star says about love and re­la­tion­ships serves as a wake-up call to all those cou­ples who al­low their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to­wards their kids, ex­tended fam­ily and re­spec­tive ca­reers to take prece­dence over their mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ship.

Itotally en­joyed your Valen­tine’s is­sue, even though I’m not much of a ro­man­tic, not in the clichéd way at least. My favourite ar­ti­cle was ‘What kind of ro­man­tic are you?’ (Fe­bru­ary 6), mainly be­cause

know a lot of peo­ple who be­long to the cat­e­gories men­tioned and the analy­ses helped me em­pathise with their ‘strange’ ways. I hope that af­ter read­ing this ar­ti­cle all those who are in love do some in­tro­spec­tion and re­alise that re­la­tion­ships are not about be­ing in con­trol but about be­ing com­pas­sion­ate.

Af­ter read­ing the fea­ture on the rel­e­vance of var­i­ous phrases on love (‘Your proverb-ial guide to love’, Fe­bru­ary 6), I was in stitches. What I en­joyed the most about the ar­ti­cle was the tongue-in-cheek way the love ex­perts an­a­lysed some of the most popular id­ioms.

Also, read­ing the piece took me back in time to when I was a hor­mone-driven teenager who would fall in love at the drop of a hat and ev­ery time would con­vince my­self that it was real and for­ever.

Then, when the re­la­tion­ship did not last, I would mope around for days be­fore I would fall in what I thought was love all over again.

While read­ing the fea­ture, I sud­denly re­mem­bered all the silly things that I did and said.

Oh, em­bar­rass­ing mem­o­ries but lovely ar­ti­cle. Great job!

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