Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine Day

Happy Valentine Day to all my friends! The traditional day where lovers express their love – as Wiki puts it.

I love this ‘love’ly day. As Usha puts it , anything that adds happiness to our joy is always a Welcome. This is also how I feel about this day! That one special day etched on the calendar, where you take off time to tell every loved one just how much you love them. I feel that it is not necessary that you should wish only that one special person in your life this day, but just anybody that you ‘love’ – your parents, friends, siblings, neighbour (???).
But to be spending the day with your ‘special person’ is indeed the biggest ‘special’ of this day!

As a kid, Val’s day did not mean anything at all. My parents were not of the romantic sort to wish each other on these ‘days’ – or probably they were even not aware of it. It all started as I stepped into my late teens – with stores like Halmark and Archies coming into prominence and putting up big posters around the city. Those were times when we would shop for small gifts – in the limited allowances given to us – for cards to be given to our dearest friends.

This was a BIG day in college. When I was in 1st of Engineering, I vaguely remember somebody telling me of it being a ‘Rose Queen’ day – the girl receiving the maximum number of roses from boys would be crowned the ‘Rose Queen’ – oh! I imagined it being celebrated in the Audi and the girl being crowned and all that – alas! Nothing of that sort happened – my romantic teen heart was disappointed (ha ha). This day was even fun in the 2nd year – when a bunch of us would sit near the entrance and tease all those girls who had ‘boy friends’ and all those girls who would get ‘calls from guys for roses’, and then would sit speculating who is the most prettiest girl , who would get most of the calls and sorts.

I still remember the Valentine day of 2000, it was just before our final exams, so the celebrations in the girls of our year was kind-a restricted. My best friend then L, the sort who gets tensed before exams, was so upset that the day had to be just before exams and grudgingly gave half an hour time out of her busy schedule to meet her boy friend S. About 5 of us crowded at the window of her room and boo-ed loudly when S came to meet her, embarrassing them! He was such a cutie –gave her a big bunch of balloons and her favorite – chicken dish. Oh! Those mushy times of college!

The Val day of 2000 was something special to me too. I innocently wished this best friend of mine a happy val’s day, while parting at the hostel gate (we had met each other ‘accidentally’ at the bank). Little did I know that 8 days later we would realize that it was not just friendship but love that we felt for each other! To this day, the Mr. pulls my leg saying that I was the one who lured him into the chakravyooh of love, by wishing him on Val’s day! Ever since that year, the importance of Valentine day has increased 100 fold in my life. Since then every year, the Mr. has surprised me with a special surprise gift on this day. This time, it was a long stemmed rose and a special edition of ‘Scrabble’ – something that I wanted to buy since a long time. It was utterly sweet of him to remember this and bring it as a surprise for me. It is not in vain that my friends say I am lucky to have such a wonderful spouse.

As the pressure of grown-up life increases and weighs upon us, we tend to forget these small pleasures of life – taking time off to celebrate one day for Love. Some people argue saying – Oh! I love my wife/husband every day, what is so special of this one day. Oh! We are way past that time of giving surprise gifts and celebrating days. For those, I would say – just for fun’s sake try taking your spouse out for a nice dinner/lunch, get him/her a rose or a their favorite drink/food item or just something small that they love in daily life and just see the surprised happiness on their faces and then you will know why this day is celebrated.

Pretty Ms M in office distributed Hershley's Kisses and cute little valentine cards to everybody in the department. It was terribly sweet of her to do so. Upstairs near the lunch room, they are selling heart shaped cakes and you can get your message iced on it. Ms Mo is rushing through her work today, so she can go home early to spend time with her Hubby dear. Ms C's husband got lucky - he got to come to visit her at office on an official work - thereby having a romantic Valentine lunch. Umm.. the day definitely seems to be "love"ly!


Anonymous said...

And Vidhya got me a brand new Palm PDA......I love Palmentine's day!


Chandrika said...

Happy Valentine's day to you and Rajesh, Vidhya! That was a very sweet post! And your apartment is so neat and cosy..!

Gomathi Sarma said...

Wow.. this is just so cute of you both. I was really carried away reading the 200 Val day special.

Till this moment, I almost didnt care about it thinking we are too old to celebrate these val days:) [We are running second year of married life..)
Let me send this blog to my Hero and hopefully I get a candle light dinner :)

Usha said...

Wow and wow ( to the first comment)
Looks like you just needed an excuse for all this huh!!

The Smiling Girl said...

Arey waah.. thats really sweet post yaar... indeed V-day should be special to u both! :)

TS said...

What a nice gift..and I love that fish- Bertie!