Friday, 13 February, 2009

To tie the knot or rakhi?

I’ve been doing it for the past eight years. It’s become a habit for me - to hold Unny’s hands when we walk together. Sometimes, people stare at us. I don’t care. For me, it’s a comfort.

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. I don’t celebrate it. Does anyone need a day to celebrate love? Can’t we celebrate it every day? Every moment? Neither do I celebrate other such days as Women’s Day, Friendship Day, Mothers’ Day,... It’s obvious that these days are promoted by those with vested interests. But, I am not against anyone celebrating these Days. It’s their prerogative.

Some people think otherwise. The so-called protectors of Indian culture do not want anyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They are planning different things. Apart from violence, which they plan anyways, one group (which one? I forgot) has threatened that anyone publicly displaying their
affection will be either made to marry each other or tie a rakhi.

Is holding hands a public display of affection? When we go out tomorrow, will we be asked to tie the knot or tie the rakhi?

5 comments:

mixedblessings89 13 February 2009 at 11:09 PM  

Personally, I don't really believe in St. Valentine's Day either, though, believe me, it can get very tough as a teenager, when every one around you is canoodling, and even your parents are wondering about your supposed love life with a slightly bemused expression. Very, very tough.

The thing is, I completely agree with you about love- if you need a commercialised day to celebrate it, you're not in love. Love should be when you wake up every morning, deliriously happy, but you cannot quite pin point the reason for this euphoria. I think. But I've never been in love romantically, and no one else has been in love with me in that way either, so I cannot say.

About women's day and such like... sometimes, I feel, such days are very important to create awareness- they're a great marketing tool.

The Layman 14 February 2009 at 12:25 AM  

Though it is not necessary to have a dya to celebrate your love.. it is not a bad idea for others to wish you with lots and lots of happiness and love.

So wishing you many many years of love and happiness ....
God bless!

(including cupid and all his associates) ;)

freedom2be 16 February 2009 at 10:29 AM  

Hey, I couldn't help but nod at your thoughts. We can celebrate love whenever we want! And if you really need validation from others for your love then you are not in love at all! PDA can be beautiful. I remember seeing this very old beggar couple. The guy had only one arm. In their non-business hours, these two were feeding rice to each other playfully, and tugging at each other's hair and face. Now, they have only pavement to live so their love is always going to be PDA! What is the moral police going to do with this couple?

Bindhu Unny 16 February 2009 at 7:53 PM  

mixedblessings89: When I was your age, I didn't know about Valentine's Day. And became a fool among friends. :-)
Yes, all these days are good marketing tools. Awareness - not sure about it.
Hope you get to know romantic love soon. :-)

Deepu: Thanks for the wishes, Cupid. I guess you had played cupid to others. Did someone play that for you? :-)

freedom2be: Even I've noticed such PDAs. It brings a smile to my lips, but also tugs at my heart srings.
:-)

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