Suggested By: Milan Vohra
Five of the best romantic books for Valentine’s Day today!
Milan Vohra is India’s first Mills & Boon author of the bestselling The Love Asana. Who better than her to list 5 of the most romantic books of all time according to her. Bookaholicanonymous is grateful to her for taking out the time for us.
Milan Vohra is an ad professional, blogger, short story and screenplay writer, she has also written Tick Tock, we’re 30
Love Story by Erich Segal
Every line in this book reads like poetry to me, still makes me choke up.
The opening lines are forever etched in my mind. ‘What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me.’
And yet theres that one line in the book I have a quarrel with. ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ I think that sets all kinds of wrong expectations; most of all taking the person you love for granted. I’d say saying sorry never makes you small. Love must never allow egos to get in the way. Apart from this one sentence/ philosophy, this book is my all-time romance story.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I loved the characters, their strength, their acceptance of the short lived- ness of their lives and yet how positive they stay, how generous their love for each other. Does this kind of love even exist? At least in books it does. For me the book was so beautiful, that I wasn’t interested in seeing the film adaptation lest the book be ruined (which I heard it was.)
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
This is my go-to book from the age of 13 when I first read his love sonnets. Immortal lines like ‘Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example, “The night is starry and the blue stars shiver in the distance. The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.’ These lines suggest to me a love so vast, so like the universe and a loss of that love - so great that even the universe feels less in the light of it.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This book was simultaneously so clever, witty and poignant. What is so wonderful about this novel about a man dumped just before his 50th birthday? I enjoyed it for many reasons. As a writer, it is so relatable and his observations and skill with words are a treat. As a love story it is unusual because for a long time you think it’s more a story that’s about escape from love. But in the end this book tells you happiness is not a fiction and does it through a journey of self-discovery - with innocence, with courage and with self-hatred. This book is a keeper for the vulnerability it is written with, that comes only from loving deeply. The rocky path in this story happens to be that of two gay men in love. It’s important to the story only in a small way. It is first and foremost a contemporary and brilliantly written love story with an unexpected happy ending. What more can one ask for?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
It’s a funny, sparkling book that’s a romance and is not in the least bit fluff. The characters are well etched, it felt authentic and just had me smiling a lot. I find the book reassuring and hope-giving in many ways. It reminds me that love is never about finding a perfect person and that you could be a complete nut job but there may still be a person out there who makes your heart sing.
Thank you Milan Vohra for taking out time to give us this Valentine's Day gift!