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Matri, Pitra aur Woh

india Updated: Feb 15, 2012 23:24 IST

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So did you go out with your parents on Valentine's Day?

Er, why would I have done that?

Because the BJP came up with the excellent idea of celebrating February 14 as 'Matri-Pitra Pujan Diwas'.

Hah! They've been reading too much western literature!

What do you mean?

I can understand people mixing up romantic and filial love only if they've been reading too much Freud. So did you buy flowers for your matra and pitra?

No, I went out for a quiet dinner with a donkey.

I'm sorry. I didn't know you were into, um, bestiality.

Some Hindu groups publicly married off animals. In Chennai a wedding was co-nducted between a donkey and a dog.

That's pretty radical of these Hindu groups!

Well, the idea was to underline that only animals display love in public. But the truth is that I kind of got turned out at the thought of a dog-donkey union.

All the best. I've got to go now to lecture some youngsters about standing up to their parents.

Which college are you going to give this gyan in?

Not college. At my home. To my own kids who haven't developed a brain - or heart - of their own.

Do Say: Krishna loves Yashodhara.

Don't Say: Krishna loves the gopis.