As I write this, my own love child is squawking and squealing away whilst trying to bite her toy elephant. Now, happily married with two children, it's often difficult to recall the pain and desperation my husband and I were subjected to when we decided to marry, very much against both family's wishes. It was an ordeal that lasted nearly a decade and sapped most of our 20s.
Yet, as soon as I heard about India's Love Commandos, who rescue love birds and help them begin new lives together... I suddenly remembered that deep ache in my heart... lovesick, in the face of threats, emotional blackmail and sheer malice.
You can hear my piece on India's Love Commandos for BBC Radio 4 here (02 JUN 12: Love Commandos).