5 Unconventional Love Stories
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
- Antony and Cleopatra
If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
I’ll set a born how far to be beloved.
Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new
Cleopatra always was a sensuous woman and she had a high-profile love life. The queen of Egypt was the mistress of Julius Ceaser, King of Rome. But she had passionate love for Mark Antony General of Julius Ceaser. The intensity of their love can be well described when Antony received false information that Cleopatra had committed suicide, he overcame with grief and thrust a sword in his abdomen. His men carried him where Cleopatra was hiding and he died in her arms. Soon after Cleopatra was taken prisoner. Legend has it that she smuggled a poisonous asp (Snake) into her chamber and placed it upon her chest where it delivered a fatal strike. She was buried next to her beloved Antony.
- Salim and Anarkali
The love story of Salim and Anarkali is a story that every lover knows. Prince Salim was a spoiled and rude boy. Akbar sends him off to war, to teach him courage and discipline. Fourteen years later Salim returns as a distinguished soldier to rule the empire in Lahore. Since this day was one of great celebration, the harem of Akbar decided to hold a great Mujra (dance performance) by a beautiful girl named Nadeera. Since she was an exceptional beauty, she got access to Akbar’s court and later honoured with the epithet of Anarkali by Akbar.
During her first Mujra, Prince Salim fell in love with her and their passion for each other soared. Later, Prince Salim informed his father, Akbar, of his intention to marry Anarkali and make her the Empress. The problem was that Anarkali, despite her fame in Lahore, was a dancer and a maid and not of noble blood. So Akbar forbade Salim from seeing Anarkali ever. Prince Salim and Akbar had an argument and Salim went against Akbar the Emperor. Akbar ordered the arrest of Anarkali and placed her in one of the dungeons in Lahore. When Salim came to know of this, he declared a war against his own father. But the mighty emperor’s gigantic army is too much for the young prince to handle. He gets defeated and is sentenced to death. This is when Anarkali intervenes and renounces her love to save her beloved from the jaws of death. She is entombed alive in a brick wall right in front of her lover’s eyes
- Napoleon and Josephine
Napoleon Bonaparte, a ruthless and ambitious soldier in the French military, was captivated the moment he saw Josephine, a charming and beautiful Paris socialite. Napoleon doggedly pursued the widowed, 32-year-old mother of two, but wasn’t immediately successful. Despite being a military genius, he was unkempt and rather homely looking. Josephine eventually had a change of heart, and the two were married. Shortly after their wedding, Napoleon embarked on a series of military campaigns, while Josephine embarked on her own series of adulterous affairs. When Napoleon received word of this, he became enraged and demanded a divorce. But Josephine begged for his forgiveness, and he relented.
As Napoleon continued to rise in power and wealth, being crowned emperor of France, he became focused on having a son to carry on his royal lineage. But he eventually came to the conclusion that Josephine was unable to conceive, and the couple divorced. Less than a year later he married 18-year-old Marie Louise of Austria and had a son. But without Josephine it seemed his destiny was cursed. After devastating military losses he was exiled to the island of Elba. Josephine, still heartbroken, wrote a letter to Napoleon and asked permission to join him. He wrote back that it was impossible, but Josephine died before his letter arrived., Napoleon escaped from Elba and returned to Paris. The first person he visited was the doctor who treated Josephine. When Napoleon implored the physician as to why his beloved Josephine had died, the doctor replied that he believed she had succumbed to a broken heart. He then retrieved violets from her garden and wore them in a locket until his death. But despite Josephine’s infidelity divorce and remarriage Napoleon’s last words were said to be ‘ France, the Army and Dear Josephine ‘.
4.(Prince) Edward And Wallis Simpson
Edward, the handsome Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, changed the course of his life, as well as that of British history, when he fell in love with Wallis Warfield Simpson—a woman who was not only American, but also married. Edward met Simpson at a party, hosted by Lady Thelma Furness, a viscounts with whom Edward had conducted a long relationship. Edward was not instantly smitten, but he and the upwardly mobile Mrs. Simpson traveled in the same social circles, and after many society balls and dinner parties he was slowly captivated by her charm and poise. By 1934, Wallis was separated from her husband, and British Parliament grew increasingly nervous over the relationship. Then, in 1936, Edward’s father died, and he was forced to take his position as king. But his brief stay on the throne only created a media frenzy due to his relationship with Simpson. Miserable, Edward abdicated the throne in a famous radio broadcast in which he told the world that he “found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of being king without the support of the woman he loved.” Edward’s younger brother, Albert, became King George VI, and, since the title Prince of Wales can only be held by the eldest son of the sovereign, Edward was made the Duke of Windsor. King George made sure that his brother kept the courtesy title of His Royal Highness, but he also pointedly decreed that should he marry Wallis, she (and any children they produced) would be denied royal status. After Simpson’s divorce, Edward and Wallis were married in a small ceremony and spent most of the rest of their lives in France.
- Lakshmi (Acid attack victim) and Alok Dixit
She had given up on love but love never gave up on her. Lakshmi was severely disfigured in an acid attack from a jealous ex boyfriend, she remembers the taste of fear most of all from that April day. And how cold the acid had felt when it first hit her. The pain seared her moments later, as the acid corroded her pretty face and the person she had been: Laxmi Agarwal, 16. Student at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Pandara Road. Had never expected to have love again in her life. She met Alok Dixit Journalist and Social Activist who helped her in braving adversities. Their partnership bloomed into love two years later. They are in a live in relationship defying social standards. They are blessed with a beautiful daughter ‘Pihu’.
In words of Alok Dixit “Laxmi was quite apprehensive in the beginning about how Pihu would react to her. But I tell her she’s such a brave person and has done so much to bring attention to the cause and to help other survivors that Pihu will be proud to have her as her mother. Pihu is growing up along with a brave woman. Lakshmi and Alok believe that true love need not be institutionalized in marriage.