Curfew dampened the spirit of Valentine’s Day in the City on Wednesday with youngsters confining celebrations to theatres, restaurants and picnics on the outskirts of the City. This left little for the saffron brigade to disapprove of.
Unlike in the past, where Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists would raise ruckus over youngsters exchanging love notes on the day, their activists had little to do except to attend marriages of their kith and kin.
Hotels and restaurants arranged quiet celebrations to avoid any problems. The graffiti with which eating joints would attract couples every Valentine’s Day was missing.
“We did not publicise this time to avoid problems. The celebration was open only for permanent guests of the hotel on the basis of advanced booking,” President Planet vice-president D N Kaul told Hindustan Times. It had organised a candle light dinner programme for middle age couples.
Joints like Cafe Coffee Day that had grand plans for the day cancelled them due to security reasons. “But we served three new coffee flavours to couples today,” Café Coffee Day manager Nitesh Gupta said. The hotels and restaurants that organised a special programme failed to attract the crowd.
PVR Cinema general manager Neha Verma said the theatre had to cancel its night shows for the past two days due to communal unrest in the City.
Nevertheless, Velocity Multiplex premiered special shows of two romantic flicks — Kal Ho Na Ho and Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya. Flower and gift shops did not do brisk business. Policemen were deployed all over the City to avert any untoward incident. Most shops were closed by 8.30 pm.