Which is forbidden love? Is it Romeo and Juliet’s star-crossed attraction or Khilji’s obsession for Rani Padmavati or the love of those women who explore love outside their own culture? What does forbidden love actually mean? Is it the love that Oscar Wilde experienced?  Can love be forbidden at all? 


Paramita Satpathy, who authored seven short-story collections and won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2016 for her work titled ‘Prapti’ in Odia briefed about her book ‘A Boundless Moment’. Sticking to the context, the speaker stated that love is more than what is really said. She also said love may be in any form but if it works one should go ahead.


The next speaker Ekarat whose novel focuses on depression and love had many enchanting stories of love to tell. He expressed his views on the belief of love.


Author Nandita Bose got the audience intrigued with her answer to the question of forbidden love. She divided the question into three entities – society, literature, and moral, and questioned who on earth was the flag-bearer of morality. She quoted the examples of Lord Krishna and Radha.


Princess Meera being an allrounder, loved Lord Krishna out of Bhakti and loved him beyond all force. Anukrti Upadhyay ended the discussion well by reading out her work ‘Bhaunri’ which was shortlisted for Atta Galatta Best Fiction. The session ended on the note that love is not about the body, possession or attraction. All love needs is honesty and we should let it live eternally and for real.


About the Author: Bhuvanashree Manjunath is an Engineering student, also an avid reader, poet, and a blogger. She also works as a book reviewer. She currently writes for TheSeer.