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Do soulmates still exist?

I hate to admit that young ones are getting a bit too practical and uncompromising in finding life-partners. With divorce rates hitting the roof, is the term ‘life-partner’ even applicable? asks Genelia.

entertainment Updated: Apr 15, 2010 13:51 IST
Genelia d’Souza

Genelia DSouzaIs falling in love a hate-it or want-it situation for Generation Next? Are we mute spectators to the failing belief in eternal, "oh-my-heart-beats-only-for-you" love? You know, the ‘forever’ sort! Having grown up on Karan Johar’s ideals of falling in love against all odds and ending up together till death do us part, I don’t want to believe so. But I hate to admit that us young ones are getting a bit too practical and uncompromising in finding life-partners. With divorce rates hitting the roof, is the term ‘life-partner’ even applicable?

What’s the problem? Maybe we are incorporating ‘fast-food’ ideals into our relationships as well. Two things strike me hard: Let’s step back into the past when our grandparents ended up as life-partners — victims (or should we say victors) of somebody else’s informed choice. Look where it got them! Still in love and flirtatious as ever!

Our parents fell in love in college, bravely stood up to parental opposition, finally wore them down and are continuing to live happily ever after. Which brings us to our predicament. Some of us have given up on finding that one true soulmate — heartbreak is a scary emotion. Hence we have chosen, smartly, to leave our fate in the hands of our parents. If they got it right, they can do right for us as well. Arranged marriage are back in fashion.

Some of us opt for the no-frills, no traditions attached ‘living in together’. We are as good as married but not exactly and there’s always the ‘panic button’ to get out of it without the messiness of a divorce.

But there’s still a small population of people who are head-over-heels in love with the idea of love and this is where I belong. We believe that love will find a way and we will find our way along with it. We believe that we will, sooner or later, find that one person who makes our hearts beat faster; the one person to give us sleepless nights and moony stares; the one person who completes our sentences, shares our goals and doesn’t laugh at our dreams. Believe in love, guys. Granted that ‘practical thinking’ will give you more options and possibly keep your life stress-free. But being in love will keep you more alive and happier. To quote a line from one of my favourite films Love Actually, “The thing about romance is....people only get together right at the very end.” So hang in there!