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Valentine vertigo, veracious me and random panorama!

Posted by Yashika Totlani Khanna on 2:11 AM in , , ,
A fresh new post… a clean new slate to put forth my views (yet again!).

Note of caution: To the die-hard Valentine’s Day supporters/fans/fanatics--- this piece is not for you. I advice you to bid adieu asap and not turn back even once.

All said… if you’re still hanging around… I fathom you have the patience and willingness to hear me out. The last thing I want to do is to sound sermonizing, so I’ll break this post into tiny interesting fragments… and spruce it up with real pictures (all taken first-hand by yours truly!).

Ridiculous tactics: Picture #1



Ridiculous tactics: Picture #2



PART I
I’m-no-agony-aunt
7th Feb:
I’m working out in a gym and the radio is on to keep us entertained. Running on a treadmill… huff puff… beads of sweat rolling down my forehead. What am I listening to? The RJ goes like “Call 64646… say ‘I love radio mirchi’ and win a candle-lit dinner in orient express with your loved one on valentine’s day!” Hmmm… tempting. For the uninitiated, Orient Express in one of the 50 finest restaurants in the world.
Standard reaction 1--- I’m flabbergasted… has it already begun??

8th Feb:
The v-day fever is catching up thick and fast with the other radio stations as well… offers and prizes are getting dearer (and better!) each passing minute. Switch on the tv and all channels are busy show-casing commercials related to the obvious. Not even the news channels are spared. My good old CNN-IBN also shows a ‘deliver flowers to your valentine’s doorstep (with no extra shipping charges)… call xxx-xxxx-xxx… toll free!’ commercial while I let out a loud groan.
Standard reaction 2--- The denial mode is over… time to start sighing! It’s that time of the year again.

9th Feb:
Things are getting worse. Hoardings in the campus have been changed to the ones that scream out and educate the naïve junta about the attractive v-day offers up for grabs (see picture #1… it’s a classic!). RJs are still going berserk with the prizes and proposals.
Standard reaction 3--- Aaarghh… for how much longer am I supposed to take this?

10th Feb:
A little birdie comes and coos into my ear that SaReGaMa has launched a new album… something by the name of ‘love rocks’ Even amazon.com has suddenly gone crimson!
Standard reaction 4--- I am trying to masquerade my disgust in the garb of a wry smile and slight smirk.

11th Feb:
D-day is drawing closer and I am happy. Why?? Cause I see an end to the gibberish just close by. Although the constant ranting of RJs and the print media advertising still irks me no end.
Standard reaction 5--- Waiting with bated breath for the 14th to come… and go!

12th Feb:
Things are uncontrollable… the dam has broken to make way for what may be called a sea of red hearts and pink kisses!
Standard reaction 6: I try and turn a deaf ear n blind eye to everything but fail miserably at it :(

13th Feb:
D/V-Day eve! I’m out in kamla nagar for some mobile related work and what I see leaves me all the more cantankerous and even disgusted to some extent (refer to picture #2 for explanation). Even the once faithful comrades have dumped me this time… ahem…. I mean even the shiv-sainiks have softened their stand on the ‘issue’. It was only this morning that I saw a news report telling that the sena run Kirti College in dadra is not averse to the idea of joining in the celebrations anymore. Depressing stuff. Heard a sena adyaksh say something you’d be surprised to hear… something about lesser dharnas n processions this year. RJs continue to be on a roll, still doling out prizes with undying fervor… gym time has suddenly lost all charm.
Standard reaction 7: (Un)comfortably numb…

14th Feb:
Need I tell how it’s like?!?!?

PART II
Trying-very-hard-not-to-sound-sermonizing
When I was a kid, the scale of celebrations was much smaller. People felt no need to hire limousines or buy diamond rings to woo their dates/spouses. Ways of expressing love were more personal, less flashy and way cheaper! No… I’m not 60 or over-conservative or a wet blanket, for that matter. I’m young, ultra-modern and extremely liberal. I have nothing against Valentine’s Day in particular… nothing so long as the celebrations are confined to one day and one day only. Agreed that true love needs expression and allocating a particular day to do so is not a sin. So far so good. What irks me is the lack of consideration on part of the moneymaking scoundrels who know nothing better than throwing offers and reaping benefits out of the whole situation. Why load people with v-day talks everywhere, every second of the day, for one whole week before the big day?? It gets a little over-whelming and seems kind of ridiculous at times. And if it’s all about love… what about mother and father’s days that often go unnoticed? In all respect… not fair. I don’t mean to demean the whole concept of celebrating Valentine’s Day… infact far from that… all I want to state is that the whole hype and hoopla makes little sense to me. Hold hands, kiss and get cozy, rock each others worlds… alright… but pleaseeee tone down on the celebrations front a little! The amount of moolah spent is not always proportional to how much you love your companion. Things that really mean a lot don’t always come in boxes…

All my arguments aside… I do believe that the expression of love is the headiest feeling on the whole planet. Go ahead, enjoy the day… but go easy with the festivities before/after the day is over. We have a whole assortment of other festivals to look forward to!

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A few good things:
YES, a few things have been keeping my mood really light of late… take a look:

1) The government IS making a serious effort towards polio eradication… a polio drops table at the entrance of the patel chowk metro station. Strategically placed… very impressive!




2) An airtel scheme especially for d.u. students… the tariff plan is really economical!


3) The rains! Potholes (hallmark of the place where I live!), wet roads, dark clouds, biting cold, thunderstorms, heavy showers… all the makings of a place called ‘heaven’. A welcome respite for the rain starved Delhi.



4) This amazing t-shirt that I saw at out university centers ‘peoples tree’ outlet.



Ad nauseam! Long post… but still got a lot more to write about. If time permits… the mill will churn out another post very soon.
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After-thought: If you’ve read this far… I deduce you don’t have the attention span of a three year old and are capable of putting up with stuff that you might not necessarily agree with or that which can be loosely categorized as ‘purely random, arbit and unorganized’. All I want to say to you guys is… keep visiting :)








17 Comments


"""If you’ve read this far… I deduce you don’t have the attention span of a three year old and are capable of putting up with stuff that you might not necessarily agree with or that which can be loosely categorized as ‘purely random, arbit and unorganized’"""- this killed ne scope for arguments.And highly toned down piece.. so i wud better make peace.

ps: your mobile cam is ossom :)

Anonymous says:

You know who i am... I am ur friendly neighbourhood cupid saying... u dont need one day to celebrate love... and like what someone said to me once... what abt mother's and father's day arent they abt love too? anyhow...nice post...


hmm looks like cupid left u a note before i did... really nice post there, and very very toned down....


hmm ... even i share similar thoughts ... lets go and join shiv sainiks ;) ..... the concept of putting up pics is cool one can actually get a glimpse of everything u are saying .... and if that kind of resolution is of a mobile phone i am simply amazed ..... i tend to hate mobile cams for i really don't think they serve the purpose they ideally should ...

nice post !!


Amazing post!!

This hyped concept of 'valentines day' spoils the magic of "Love"..Love is supposed to be intimate and mellow..Why express it in such a boisterous manner?

Ps: I just knew you would write a post on valentine's day ;)!!


@arunabh: its just a 1.3 mp camera... im using it optimally! so guess you decided against sparking off that debate we were talking about... good :)

@rakshit a.k.a. cupid: thanks a ton! yeah i remember 'someone' saying that too :p
anyway, your turn to update your blog!

@sai: yeah lets go join them!! and you've REALLY gotta revise your views about phone cams... they can be great if used the right way. mine is just a 1.3 mp cam... but does it show :p ?!? not at all! you gotta master a few basic tricks... and voila!! they can be amazing! btw... 'm thinking of starting a picture blog myself. will keep you posted on that! have a lotta pics from my crazy picture taking spree!

@aneesha: why thank you, lady! i agree (obviously!) with what you're saying. also... seems like female intuition was at its prime best in your case today!


well anyways ... i am not used to things below 4mp :P ... and recently i am using a 10.1 mp :D...
well, i must appreciate ur "few basic tricks" the pics really look much better than all phone cams i have seen !!! ... i would suggest you to try some editing tricks like playing with brightness and contrast and cropping the image .... ur skills would work great ...


potholes and dark clouds are HEAVEN???
when did YOU join a gym????????
something sumwhere is seriously wrong ...


hey... great post...a complete ACP.. which in IIMA lingo means "i agree to what u say"... nice pics... and a pretty accurate description of what a monster Vday has become!

dont get me wrong, im all for supporting St, Valentine and love etc.. and even though one day in the year doesnt seem right (we shd express love everyday), lets get practical... after all we, in our busy lives, do not get time to acknowledge our loved ones... atleast once in a year we can take time out to smell teh roses and tell our loved ones how much they mean to us..
u knwo, in USA etc, a valentine need not be just ur gf/bf/spouse.. it cd well be ur sibling, parent/friend....
i hate what people have made of Vday... a way to earn loadsa money...
gone are teh days when people used to express love in their own personal way...
aaj kal to...pyar jatana hai to mercedes gift karo!
the spirit is lost somewhere in all this materialism.
but at teh same time i do not agree with the shiv sainiks and teh VHP and teh RSS and sundry... that Vday should be banned...and all people celebrating it shd be beaten up and all shops destroyed... after all its a celebration of love, and the oncept of love is not foreign... its universal...isnt it?


@sai: you've got a 10.1mp camera?? lucky pig... 'm all jealous! and are we talking about picasa here?!?

@exclusively_me: seventh heaven... especially in a place like delhi where it rarely rains! and yeah... thats you... forever suspicious :p

@aditi: yeah... extremists are, were and will always be wrong... ACP! love surely IS universal. thanks for all the compliments... and well said! valentine need not necessarily be your lover/spouse... it can be anyone. thats the way things should be here as well. infact thats what dad was also saying when i was talking to him over the phone last night... makes a lotta sense. so how did you spend your day?? also, keep visiting :)


nice read..
for the first time i spent my weekend pre vday shopping (for a friends fiancee/valentine) .. never been in the thick of the vday fever.. and have to say that tho the traffic and parking becomes hasslesome, i quite enjoyed myself.. dunno if i'll ever get cheesy enough to be doing the same for myself, but i can appreciate the excitement some bit more now!!


@pooja: good for you! way to go girl... it would be a shame to spend v day locked up in your room!


"It was only this morning that I saw a news report telling that the sena run Kirti College in dadra is not averse to the idea of joining in the celebrations anymore. Depressing stuff."

HAHA... laugh out loud funny.

But yes, you do have a point. Valentines day as a day sucks. If i were a world leader and had to declare nuclear war - it would have to be 14th Feb.
All executions to be Cupid garb.
Frankly, i hope cupid gets syphilis and dies.

and dont believe aditi... she is a softie, mush bubble :)


@cynical consultant: "and dont believe aditi... she is a softie, mush bubble"

--- now THAT was laugh out loud funny :P

and man, are you crude!! you hope cupid dies (and that too by contracting syphilis!)?!? i beg to differ! anyway... keep visiting dude... your comments are always fun :)


late...very late..my internet turned into my enemy here!!

the colour RED used during Vday celebration literally makes me see RED!!!
agree with most of the things u say...
loved the t-shirt!!


@samhita: not late... just in time for a fresh new post! keep visiting dudette :)


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