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Valentine’s Day… So what?

mumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2011 00:32 IST
Reetika Subramanian

A bunch of fresh red roses, a life-size card, French wine, and a box of dark chocolates — You would think that all the customary celebrations for Valentine’s Day on campus would have your love interest swoon.

But the reaction in city’s campuses is quite the contrary. “I don’t understand what the fuss is all about,” said Ashmita Sengupta, 21, currently pursuing her third year engineering at Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Andheri. “You text, meet and speak with your girlfriend or boyfriend everyday; what’s so special about February 14?”

Sengupta has decided to attend lectures on Monday. Earlier, on February 14 campuses would be empty and cinema halls full.

Even Nicole D’lima, 20, a mass media student of St. Xavier’s College agrees with Sengupta’s view “It is just an excuse for people to prove their coolness to their friends,”

said D’lima. “Moreover, the whole exercise is carried out so that couples have interesting answers when they are asked ‘What did you do for the Valentine’s Day?’ Nowadays another way of flaunting

is updating Facebook status messages and photo albums.”

For a few, Valentine’s Day has turned as mundane as an otherwise ordinary lecture-packed day. “Last year, my friend and I got the same Valentine’s Day card from our respective boyfriends,” complained Anisha Iyer, 18, a management student, adding that the mass

products of Archies and Hallmark has killed personalised messages. “The falsely projected combined offers, online orders, free deliveries and readymade quotes on love are packaged perfectly, promising to cater to your needs,” said Adil Quereshi, 20, an engineering student.

But in spite of the long list of complaints, Navni Verma, 21, a third year engineering student of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, thinks that it is fun to catch the self-anointed moral police in college chase some suspected lovers on Valentine’s Day. “It is a lot of fun to see a few couples, celebrating their love in the tiny pockets of the campus and then having to stand sheepishly outside the

principal’s office for having gone overboard,” said Verma with a giggle.