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When I was in my early teens, I remember having a conversation with a friend who was a good 8-10 years older than me. S/he said “Don’t lose this feeling you have towards romance”. At that time I found it odd because for as long can remember, I have always been in love with the concept of, well, love!
After I turned 13, I would devour Mills & Boon books religiously. The librarian at the neighborhood library would pull out a fresh stack of M&B’s for me at the beginning of every month. DDLJ is my favorite movie, one of my favorite songs is “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” by Bryan Adams and I tear up at weddings when people say their vows.
Also I grew up on a steady diet of love stories. My parents? They met when they were 17 and dated seven years before they got married. My maternal grandparents? My grandfather suffered a stroke a year few years before I was born so I hardly ever heard him speak, but the only name he could say till the day he died was my grandmother’s – and he would often tell me: “she is the most beautiful woman”. My paternal grandparents? My Maharashtrian grandfather went abroad as a young man, met my German grandmother in London and together, they raised a family that balances both worlds.
(They’re all hard acts to follow, trust me)
Now coming back to that conversation: I often think about it because that’s the day it struck me that there could be a time when I could “grow out” of this fascination. But it hasn’t happened yet. So when people sneer at the concept of Valentine’s Day, I do get bit annoyed. Yes, I know it is a ‘Hallmark’ driven carnival of excess and yes, restaurants tend to go overboard with over-priced meals but still – the day is about celebrating love. So if someone tells you that they’re going to something special on ‘veeday’ then try not say something snarky. Even if someone chooses that one day to do something that you think is cheesy, then let them Heck, the first time I ‘celebrated’ Valentine’s Day I baked chocolate chip cookies for my significant other and he was nice enough to tell me just how umm edible they we only a few years later.
So if anyone reading this is going to tell someone that they love him or her on February 14th, go on! Do it! And tell me all about it – I do love love stories 😉