The Tribune - Spectrum

, August 4, 2002

Handy tips for those sailing in love ships
Chetna Banerjee

Love Signs
by P. Khurrana, Crest Publishing House, pages 450; Rs 195

Love SignsLINDA Goodman’s books have long been the Bible for those keen on reading about sun signs or love signs. Now, fashioned on the lines of Goodman, comes the desi Love Signs, authored by P. Khurrana. In fact, the author credits Goodman for inspiring this book. But he claims to have gone beyond sun signs and their influence on a person’s love life. He has also taken into account the role of Venus and Mars on the man-woman relationship.

Under each zodiac sign, there are sub-chapters on: outlook; profession and finance; love life; sex life; a glance at relationships with other sun signs; zodiac zone; and mystery of the rising sign.

Interestingly, each section begins with poems or "love messages" for the sun sign concerned and contains practical tips to achieve a harmonious relationship with members of the opposite sex born under different sun signs. At the very outset, the author makes it clear that astrology cannot tell you whom to fall in love with, but that the book can provide insights into the personality traits of the person you’re in love with.


And while tackling the subject of love signs, the author has certainly made the book comprehensive in its sweep, duly punctuating the theory with do-it-yourself tips. Apart from discussing the role of the sun sign on a person’s love life, he has also detailed the influence of the rising sun on matters of the heart. As he says, "Though your sun-sign influences your life but mind that your rising sun can also help you create a magical attraction in your love life which of course is very significant in many ways". He gives a chart to enable each person to identify his/her rising sun on the basis of time of birth.

As for giving practical advice is concerned, there is a sub-section under each sun sign—called "Zodiac Zone"—which actually details the gifts, foods, locales and even the perfume that a lover or spouse belonging to that zodiac sign would cherish. The only flaw with these tips is that they are not India-specific and are full of firang ideas and suggestions. For example, the author says that for a Taurean lover the ideal getaway would be the unspoilt scenery of rural Ireland. How remote and far-fetched! Holidaying in the exotic locales of Ireland is a luxury few Taureans in our country can afford. And surely, India too can boast of unspoilt and romantic destinations where a Taurean lover can be wooed. But, perhaps, the author wanted to give a universal appeal to his book.

The firang element also finds its way into the description of physical attributes of each sun sign. For example, a Leo woman is supposed to have "eyes pale gray, but sometimes a green". This description certainly does not fit a majority of Leo women in India, where light-coloured eyes are an exception rather than the rule.

As far as physical traits go, there is a major faux pas in the book (or could it be sheer coincidence?). The physical description of a typical Taurus man and woman matches, word for word, the features mentioned for the Gemini male and female. A Taurus man has " well proportioned built, short stature, sensual lips, thick set body, inclined to stoutness, rugged features and squat appearance." Ditto goes for the Gemini male.

Besides, these descriptions are dotted with spelling mistakes. A Taurus woman is characterised as having "conic fingers". The author obviously meant "conical" fingers. The book abounds in malapropisms too. On page 71, the author writes, " Your moods are deep, mysteries and some time governed by the feeling and not by the fact." The word "mysteries" has been wrongly used here in place of "mysterious." A Libra woman is described as having "dimple or beauty sport on cheeks". Here again, "sport’ has been muddled up with "spot." Either the book has not been edited at all or the proof-reader has been too star-struck to strike out the errors.

Punctuation marks too have been given a go-by at most places. Sample this (page 377): The author writes that an aquarius man has "Slim fine stature, ruddy complexion, clear cut features (no hyphen used ), drooping head, brown eyes, an attractive noble profile (comma missing) a distinctly feminine disposition, gentle voice."

This is not to say that the book—with the slip-shod editing and misspelt words— does not make for interesting reading. In fact, such is the interest that the subject of sun signs generates that even the sworn "non-believers" are tempted to at least leaf through pages pertaining to their zodiac sign. And not to forget, a book like this always has the potential of sparking off the most animated of discussions, as happened when I was reviewing the book. A whole lot of exclamations, nods of approval and retorts of disagreement were let loose as the book passed hands and passages were read out from it, at home as well as in office.

The experience was akin to tasting a desi pizza, which, despite some firang toppings like oregano ‘n’ olives or a not-too-well-garnished look, is definitely worth biting into.