On Thursday, Chetan Mehta (name changed), 22, will get dressed for dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day with his girlfriend. However, for his girlfriend, it will be a lunch date, since she is studying in the United Kingdom and their rendezvous will be on 'Skype'.
"We used to go out for a movie to celebrate the day, but since she is not here, we decided to celebrate it virtually," said Mehta, a Bandra resident.
Lekha Dhedhia, 26, will be celebrating the day with a group of eight 'single' friends. "We will celebrate it as a made-up couple, but with a role-reversal, where the boys will prepare the dinner, and girls will look after the games for the night. One couple who randomly came together as part of this two years ago ended up getting married recently," said the Andheri resident.
This Valentine's Day, several senior citizens will also celebrate in a novel way, thanks to an events management company. More than 50 couples will get a chance to get on a chopper and have dinner on a boat. "This is a unique way of celebrating love and we will give them a day they will remember forever," said K Ravi, director of the firm.
However, for some city Catholics, celebrations will be low-key as they will observe Lent, a 40-day period of penance, from Wednesday. "I will not be going out this time as I will not be eating meat or drinking alcohol," said Gina Mascarenhas, 25, a Juhu resident.