1. Introduction Francesca Orsini; Part I. Love and Courtliness: 2. The household and the pleasure garden: love and dynastic marriage in the post-Gupta period Daud Ali; 3. If music be the food of love: music, masculinity and eroticism in the Mughal mehfil Katherine B. Brown; Part II. Worldly Love and Mystical Love: 4. The shifting sands of love Christopher Shackle; 5. Love, passion and reason in Faizi's Nal-Daman Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam; 6. To die at the hands of love Jeevan S. Deol; Part III. Love and (Colonial) Modernity: 7. Tagore and transformations in the ideal of love Sudipta Kaviraj; 8. The spaces of love and the passing of the seasons Vasudha Dalmia; Part IV. Shifting Paradigms: 9. Love in the time of Parsi theatre Anuradha Kapur; 10. Love letters Francesca Orsini; 11. Love's repertoire: Qurratulain Hyder's Ag ka darya Kumkum Sangari; Part V. Contemporary Lovescapes: 12. Kiss or tell? Declaring love in Hindi films Rachel Dwyer; 13. Love's cup, love's thorn, love's end: the language of prem in Ghatiyali Ann Grodzins Gold; 14. Kidnapping, elopement and abduction: an ethnography of love-marriage in Delhi Perveez Mody.