Penguin Random House hosted Love is in the Stories event at Anti-Social, Social in Hauz Khas Village on 14th February with the much coveted authors of the day – Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Bhaavna Arora, and Sudeep Nagarkar.
Prior to the arrival of the guests, the audience took part in various contests and activates, and participated in talks on love and friendship, and shared their many treasured experiences. The evening began with the authors interacting with their fans, Ravinder Singh taking the lead by dancing to a Punjabi song.
Ravinder Singh talked about the eternal qualities of love, on how love endures hardships to triumph at the end. He went on to explain love based on the characters of his novel. He said that love is not limited to us humans alone; love transcends all know forms and extends to even the inanimate objects.
Durjoy Datta talked about his own experiences on love, the many strategies he employed to be closer to his loved one much to the delight of his many fans in the audience. He said that the minute is got to know girls, he learned to listen. He also went on to explain the phase of his life when he was depressed of loneliness. He confesses to not know how to court women, though the gathered had a different opinion.
Bhaavna Arora talked about the rather mischievous nature of love. When you are single, she said, variety is the spice of life. But when you are married, imagination is. Make out on the terrace, in the elevator; Waste not a naughty thought but cherish love, she said, as it is the most natural attribute that one is born with.
Sudeep Nagarkar when asked whether love is an extension of friendship insisted that every relationship begin in friendship. Trust is critical for the love to sustain, he said. He pointed out that life, as you know it, is very unlike a Yash Chopra movie. You learn just the same from breakups as you do from falling in love, that you cannot have a definition for love or friendship. It is what it is and happens when it does.
The authors then answered questions from the audience and shared their experiences before announcing the winner of Valentine’s Couple contest. Love certainly was in the air at Love is in the Stories.