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Hollywood and Bollywood sell us a myth about love: Yuval Noah Harari

Hollywood and Bollywood sell us a myth about love: Yuval Noah Harari

Hollywood and Bollywood sell us a myth about love: Yuval Noah HarariBy Akshay Sawai, ET Bureau|Sep 12, 2018, 08.37 AM IST
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Yuval Noah Harari’s connection with India predates his literary stardom. He has been coming here for Vipassana courses since 2001. In a recent interview, the Israeli historian and author also mentioned another aspect of Indian culture â€" Bollywood. Harari spoke about it in the context of our notion of love.
“My husband may not like me saying this, but Hollywood and Bollywood sell us a myth about love, which is as far from the truth as the ancient myths of religion,” Harari said. “When you are in love, nothing else matters. But even the most blissful romance does not last forever. Feelings change, or jealousy arises, or perhaps your loved one dies. All phenomena are impermanent, including romantic love.”
Something to debate with the straight-talking writer the next time he’s in town. Beats discussing theology.

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