What it Feels to spend Valentine's Day in India?
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What it Feels to spend Valentine's Day in India?

Feb 14, 2019

Positive things first – If you are married and happily married at that, then Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate your love. Almost every restaurant, pub, mall, etc will be equipped to provide the perfect setting for your celebration and you can merge into the crowd of many other people celebrating their love. Love will truly be in the air. Of course, money will be in the air for owners of gift shops, florists and chocolate companies who have successfully managed to commercialise this day and make the most out of your love for your better half. Our suggestion – Don’t fall into the trap of such commercial marketing. Get flowers from local vendors, make sweets at home and buy gifts that are meaningful rather than some factory produced teddy bear. This will make your celebrations more personalised as well as spread a good vibe.

You have to zero down on a place that is not targeted by right-wing activists who will bash you up if they see you with your partner or get you married on the spot.
You have to zero down on a place that is not targeted by right-wing activists who will bash you up if they see you with your partner or get you married on the spot.

On the other hand, if you are not yet married and still have someone in your life to whom you have “romantic feelings” (horror of horrors!), then it is better that you book a ticket to some other country if your bank account permits or else go for a free ride in your dreams and celebrate there. If you still dare to stay in the country and celebrate Valentine’s day then it requires no DNA testing to prove that you are a descendant of Alexander the Great and have inherited his courage and valour. For such people, here is a checklist of what to do before you begin celebrations.

Step 1:

Finding a place to meet

You have to zero down on a place that is not targeted by right-wing activists who will bash you up if they see you with your partner or get you married on the spot. So, if you are not looking for a free wedding or a bruise on your face then you have to stay away from 80% of the parks and beaches in your city.

Step 2:

Deflecting questions from parents

Indian parents have in-built lie-detectors within them and they are too smart to believe that you have a “special class” on Valnetine’s day. 

You have to battle the tightly-shut gates of your throat and bring your voice out.
You have to battle the tightly-shut gates of your throat and bring your voice out.

 So, it is best to surrender and ask their permission to meet up with the person who has been giving you sleepless nights. After all, your parents always want the best for you and will definitely oblige if you talk to them in a matured manner.

Step 3:

Actually saying the words out loud

If you are already in a full-blown relationship then this step doesn’t apply to you. But, if you are planning to confess your feelings on this day then this is probably the most difficult step for you. You have to battle the tightly-shut gates of your throat and bring your voice out. After that you have to forcefully open your mouth that has suddenly gotten sealed. You might look like a fish in the aquarium while you try to do all of this and finally open your mouth fully. But, don’t worry, once you say it out loud, it will be worth the effort. Well, most probably it will be worth the effort unless you get a totally negative reaction. In case of a negative reaction, just smile and look around. The tantrums, the expenses of gifts, the drama, the fear – the one who rejected you has just saved you from all that! So, just say thank you and enjoy single life!