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Soul Mate – A Passionate Gospel of True Love

Uday Patel
 


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Far removed from the title this is story of unrequited love. Unlike a love story the novel A passionate Gospel of True Love begins with the description of the central character Moh Lal Rai’s childhood. The story winds around her new found love not in isolation but it is full of relationships and events around her. This potpourri is a prerequisite part of the novel since it explains relationship as it augurs between two people from a conservative background.

In Indian society a person’s character is shaped by the religious beliefs, traditional upbringing and relationships around him or her. People of fiercely independent nature are rare. Hence whence Moh Lal Rai marries Soorya it destiny that plays a part in their coming together. The conjugal tie up is purely a relationship of convenience which seems to be everlasting.

But as often happens things turn out sour in relationships too. Much to her chagrin Moh Lal Rai discovers that match is not made in heaven but the die is cast. In conservative Indian society at the time divorce was a strict no since the female was tied emotionally with her children, financial need was one prevailing factor and as the story goes her filial affiliations would have come in the way. To broaden the term her brothers and sisters would have come in the way as it usually happens in this country.

All is not lost for Moh Lal Rai being bold and beautiful she is willing to change things. A stern believer in Maa Durga the Hindu Goddess she is blessed by her. Frequent premonitions or heavenly voice guiding her is a frequent happening this she attributes to Maa Durga. Hence whence she hears the prophecy during a fashion show in Las Vegas she is filled with hope. “You will meet your soul mate at Indian City of Chennai in 1997. ”

Eventually she meets her eternal lover or soul mate as prophesied at Chennai. But it is not long that they realize their betrothed status. How the relationship transpires is interestingly narrated by the Author Poonam Uppal. In this true love story the Indian author has poured her heart out. The narration is well structured and simple and provides a window into the life of traditional Indian families.

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