Emotions like “love” has always been my weakness and am sure so would have been true for so many people across worldwide. True love is comparable to a blessing achieved after innumerable sacrifices and profound pain. To achieve and keep one’s true love intact, people have to undergo numerous ups and downs of life together and build a bond of trust and fidelity despite all challenges. It’s always better to learn this lesson as quickly as possible before it’s too late to undo the mistakes and errors that can simply ruin a relationship. The love stories from different corners of the world have guided people in love since ages on how to not make the mistakes that can become a life-long curse. One of such folk stories that deeply impacted my mind and heart is the Rajasthani folk story of Moomal and Mahendra.
Moomal, the princess as beautiful as a fairy from heaven and as intelligent as any brave warrior, was hailed as the prettiest woman in the entire desert or probably the prettiest woman that had ever had the chance the see. The already seven times married prince Mahendra stumbled upon this beautiful creation of the almighty during one of his hunting sprees. Both Moomal and Mahendra fell head over heels in love right from their first meeting. It is said their first meeting was an unforgettable experience for them. They were simply spellbound by the innate sensation of love pulsating in their hearts. They eventually depart to meet again and again despite all odds. They were completely overwhelmed by their love for each other and would not mind crossing any limit or accepting any challenge to meet. Mahendra would every night slip away discreetly on his fastest camel to meet Moomal; this continued for a while and kept their love intact. However, on learning of Mahendra’s deep interest in Moomal, the king ordered the legs of the camel to be broken. Heart broken Mahendra and Moomal were simply unable to meet and had to endure the pain of separation. Thereafter, what happens is simply heartbreaking and eye opening as well.
A series of confusions and errors lead to a sad demise of Moomal. It is said that when Mahendra managed to meet again Moomal, he mistook Moomal’s sister dressed as a man for some some amusement as a man and left her place in anger, vowing to never meet such a self-deprecating woman again. Moomal and Mahendra due to this confusion and lack of trust were living in immense pain. Eventually Moomal decided to send a messenger to Mahendra to understand the reason for distrust; when she finally understood the confusion that arose due to her sleeping next to her sister dressed in the attire of a man, she rushed to Mahendra’s palace to clear the confusion. However, Mahendra still wanted to test Moomal’s love for him and asked his soldier to convey that he has been bitten by a snake. Such a bad piece of news was simply too painful to be endured by the already heart broken and despondent princess Moomal. She was unable to bear the pain and succumbed to it. Mahendra had never on this earth imagined that his mischief will become such a lifelong curse for him; he simply lost his sanity and wandered around in search of the lovely face of his beloved Moomal.
As I always say and many wise people have already mentioned, it’s necessary to talk and communicate our doubts and confusions with each other. Such confusions that occur due to some wrong information or misunderstanding are nothing but a play of perceptions and thoughts. Such falsely built perceptions and opinions can be corrected or remedied only by clarifying openly and trusting deeply. Though difficult in the long run, it’s the only way to experience a successful relationship.