One-sided love waiting for the other.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all one-sided lovers, to you who is waiting—

while the one you wait for is too independent and busy to care. Too busy and too afraid. They want someone equally busy and equally or more afraid. Terrified of love, they want logic and compromises, with an emphasis on stability and comfort, they want someone without passion, someone who has never done anything crazy, someone normal, someone they can change to their liking, someone inferior and ugly in their eyes who they can endure for life—

You are weak and delusional if you desire love knowing that it may destroy you, knowing that it’s gone from the world. You are stupid if you ever think of love.

So, here’s a song for our violent loneliness in this new century of tech and nothing else. It’s from the brilliant Hindi classic Pyaasa (1957), in which Sahir Ludhianvi and Guru Dutt are the one-sided, pyaasa lovers like you and me: Jaane woh kaise log (youtube).

And here’s a song for the love in our hearts, love that has gone missing everywhere else. It’s from the Hindi film Prem Pujari (1970): Shokhiyon mein ghola jaye (youtube).

February 14, 2022