Sheila had spent a good part of her adolescence and early adult years speculating on the meaning and nature of love . Her curious and uninhibited mind would ask good friends and seniors about the meaning of love , its essence. Some of them replied sans words(with meaningful smiles). The smiles told Sheila that they had probably experienced love. Some explained the physical connotation of love with grins and giggles but those inadequate responses didn’t quench her curiosity. Sheila realized that it was only through personal exploration that she could find a satisfactory answer to the very important question. To that end , she read love poetries, books on love , watched romantic comedies but the puzzle remained unsolved . It felt like a long wait but somewhere deep inside , Sheila knew it was all going to be worthwhile . It had to be. After all, discovering love was her supreme quest, the one thing she was really passionate about. After over two and a half decades of her existence on earth and unflinching optimism through difficult crushes and unhappy encounters , Sheila came close to discovering the meaning of love ,another chance at testing the validity of “the one” . It all started with long emails and messages gradually progressing to phone calls . The thing that registered with Sheila in those initial days of correspondence with him was how curiously similar they were! She sensed that they were not going to follow the stereotype about partners complementing each other , since they were exact photo copies. She would wait anxiously for his emails, messages and phone calls. With time they detected an unbelievably rare and remarkable telepathic connection between them . When Sheila thought of him, he called or texted . His side of the story was selfsame. Though love might mean different things to different people, Sheila’s personal experience had revealed it as a deep connection, a passionate emotional affinity that makes absence a nonentity(as true lovers are close in thoughts even in physical absence), external appearance and mannerisms a non-issue. Sheila also realized love could only be felt and made to be felt through deeds and gestures, that it was too intense an emotion to be described or contained in words. She has safely preserved his first emails in her “ personal” folder . May be , she will read it together with her life partner someday – a reminder of their love’s inception.