Will you be my valentine?

So guys all set for celebrations? I’m pretty sure,very few people will end up reading this article today & I won’t be surprised if You are super-busy today ;-) Anyways that’s good. So I will start this post on the note of wishing all of you & your respective partners a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

By the way, do you know, why do we celebrate this day? 90% of people will plainly answer it as in the memories of St. Valentine & his martyrdom but do you know what is the actual story? How many of you know that St. Valentine was believed to be secretly married to many young lovers?

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Aha,that’s interesting!!! See now I can sense some raised eyebrows… Most of the Indians will find it pretty identical to what happened in Mahabharata, when Lord Krishna married 16000 DASIs because of the edict. So in both the cases marriage was taken principally as an institution & a selfless act. And to me, that is the real message of the Valentine’s day.

Anyways that was the core concept which is the history now but lets see what is happening today. Read the script below :

There was this young guy who walked into a gift shop (Guy was single so there is no question of buying a gift :-)) but he just thought let see what all gifts are available so that he could prepare himself to gift something someday to his wife… As soon as he entered, an attendant greeted him politely with pretty clear intentions :-p, So here is what happened –

Shopkeeper – Good Evening Sir! How may I help you?
Guy - Show me some gifts so that I can choose something unique.
Shopkeeper – Sure Sir! Valentine gift, right?
Guy - (*remained silent*)
Shopkeeper – So how is your girlfriend?
Guy - She is fine! (WTF! what kind of question was that? Guy was bit furious, regretted for answering this)
Shopkeeper – *Grin!* No sir, I mean what type of person she is? Does she like gadgets, perfumes or anything specific?
    (Now, this is called as embarrassment.)
Guy - (*Embarrassed*) Show me whatever you have! I will choose myself.

I know guys, you would be more interested to know what happened later but that is out of context for this article so I won’t include it here. So, the point to note here is that, people are now more materialistic than the actual feeling behind celebrating this day. Tell me, how many of you actually take a day off to spend some quality time with your spouse? In some countries, it is an official holiday. I’m not against gifting your spouse/loved ones but more emphasis should be on spending good time with him/ her. So to conclude it in simple words –

Girls - Take some time & make him feel special, he really cares for you although you don’t realise it most of the time. He tries his best to keep you happy so certainly he deserves a nice treatment today. And when I say nice treatment, it is purely subjective & depends on his perception :-) Basically make him feel happy & lucky to have you in his life.

Guys - Its fairly simple for you, Buy her an expensive gift as much as your budget allows (Sorry but no excuses here), take her out for a dinner & make her feel special & unique. I would like to emphasize the word ‘unique’. And see how it works for you. The time you spend with her is the key. Be genuinely with her & listen to her :-) In fact I would say, you don’t need to wait for Valentine’s day to express your feelings. Just 30 seconds, are enough, I mean a genuine hug will convey your feelings to her & believe me she will understand it.

So finally once again, wish you all a very happy valentine’s day! Have a great time…

P.S. Stop visualizing me as the guy in the shop above. All the characters in the script are fictitious & any close resemblance to the real life is just a coincidence, you know that, right? ;-)

P.P.S. Scroll slightly up & read the conclusion in the last few lines again. Because I truly mean it.

Whatsapp, School & Memories… once again…

I still remember it was Tuesday late evening… After a hectic day in the office, I was just reaching my apartment parking & I was so tired that I already had made my mind to straight away go to sleep… but sometimes its good that, things don’t happen the way you plan… and the moment I entered my apartment, my phone beeped… It was a Facebook message alert…loud enough to catch my attention… and guess what…

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It was my school time friend… unbelievable… its almost more than a decade… I had no contact with anybody from my school… obviously it was nice to see her message, keeping my heavy office bag aside, I instantly replied her followed by a very common formal conversation with questions usually girls ask, no wonder she did the same…

Numbers exchanged and 15 minutes later it was one of the most pleasant surprise of my life… I was on a whatsapp group..(Do I need to tell you who added me there? I tell you guys, these girls are better in doing re-unions) I couldn’t believe it for a moment…my phone started flashing names of all my school friends n messages popping faster than I could read, register n reply… yes all of them… at the same time Rohit, Abhi, Smita, Suraj… they did not even let me settle down; even before I could understand anything, they were already pulling my legs n teasing me as if I have met them a day before… believe me it is slightly difficult to express the happiness in words when you meet your school friends after long time especially a decade later…

And I honestly felt, I should write at least a line for each one of them…and  so??? here you go…

Archana- obviously she comes the first since she made this possible… thanks for taking the initiative & keeping us all together once again… & yes its ok to skip some messages n still not getting confused…

Suraj- This guy has a amazing capability to turn any situation into humour & make you laugh till you actually roll on the floor… The best part is, nothing has changed at all even after so many years… he is still the same.

Rahul M – I must have to admit…this guy has been always very supportive, encouraging & has helped a lot keeping me grounded…sometimes even with his harsh humour. I still remember the naughtiness in the front row of our famous evening coaching batch…

Sagar- Aha! An extremely talented small package… one of the best cricketer I have seen closely in my life… this applies to Suraj too… Always adding a flavour of his immense knowledge about alcohol & intermittent journalism :-)

Rohit- I guess he used to be the first one to come in the morning for tuition but I still wonder… why he was so generous that he always used to let others go first to occupy the front row. ;-) Jokes apart…a wonderful person & genuinely interested when you are talking….

Smita- Aha!!! I really appreciate her stamina & efforts to keep this group alive 24×7… and yes one more thing I never knew she was so naughty in the school… I mean “calling a guy @ 3AM, telling him as if she is a fashion designer & asking him to come down to beach”…really? That too, when you are in school…who does that? crazy man!!! I’m sure there is a lot more to it… but they are conveniently hiding it… but take my word… I’m gonna find it out… :-)

Gauri- I wish, Google develops some app for her so that she doesn’t have to correct her typos all over again… on average every alternate message with a typo… superb consistency… but I still do acknowledge her honest efforts to correct it every single time… :-)

Sonali- I am still clueless why people call her santoor…I guess she is also demanding an answer for this, on the group…

Vibha- At least please stop studying now… it makes us feel absolutely useless… :-) On a serious note, good to learn throughout your life but leave those nights at least… ;-) But we appreciate your patience… especially replying us while studying…

Ameya- As Abhi rightly said “the brand ambassador” of fair-n-handsome (& Giraffe tonic too ;-)) but I guess now he has become a pretty quiet person with intermittent humour… “very nice cute kid…” believe me this is what my Dad used to say when he used to see Ameya during our school days.

Ajit- Although he appears very quiet in his outlook, be aware he can pull your legs even before you realise… and yes he takes really long time to pack his bags… he can even make his “would-be” wife wait for him :-)
[Ajit- Now, I’m not going to meet you for next 2 years :-P]

Sayali- I never knew you are so health conscious… I mean who works out in the gym early morning n then back to pani puri in the evening… just kidding… ;-)

Kanchan & Kamini- see here also they are sharing the same space… like most of the guys on this group, I never got a chance to interact with you in the college but its really good to see you girls out here & picking up some time out of your routine…I’m sure everyone appreciates that.

Abhi- Last but certainly not the least… who knows his creativity better than me… the famous third-last bench, strategically chosen few pages of my notebooks to draw professor’s cartoons & those flying chalks around our bench… believe me this guy is terribly humorous, crazily passionate for automobiles n huh…do I need to mention about girls…

So all in all guys I just wanted to say…”Thank you so much for making my everyday…” I know I am going to be the target on the whatsapp group for this article, in the next conversation but believe me, its 2AM right here n I still find its worth writing about you… so as I said earlier, Guys!!! this one’s for all of you…cheers!

P.S. Sorry if I’ve missed anybody here… but don’t worry if yes, then you will see them in the updated version ;-)

P.P.S. And now don’t try to trace me for the next few days… I’m absconding… ;-)