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Witerati: All’s flair in love and spar

Valentine season 2018 saw Cupid working half-heartedly in certain cases, be it Salman, Sunny bhaaji, Rahul & Co

columns Updated: Feb 18, 2018 12:25 IST
Chetna Keer
Chetna Keer
Hindustan Times
(Representative Image)

In this season when love is in the air, Twitter also did its bit by trending with many a Cupid’s pair. Season 2018 saw Cupid in overdrive working hard, as Twitter exploded with its ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ action. But there were cases where Cupid was working hard-ly to get knot-ty. The result: zero match, half(hearted) match or mismatch. And how!

My Mom’s New Boyfriend

While Mrs Funnybones Twinkle Khanna did go gush about being twice blessed on V-Day – double because hubby Akshay Kumar got a double bouquet for her and daughter, Twinkle’s mommy dearest just got a “handful” of mush. Handful, because the mushy tweet meant indirectly for mommy Dimple emanated from the owner of the fabled “dhai kilo ka haath” – Sunny Deol.

Having survived all afflictions viral – when footage of their hand-in-hand rendezvous recently got trolled --- Dimple and Sunny played it safe to not let things slip out of “hand” again. The famous fist given more to boxing, shadow boxing and all that, was engaged more in shadow foxing, as Sunny bhaaji tweeted shadow selfies without naming his lady love to fox Tweeple.

This sounded a romcom script with a difference: ‘My Mom’s Mellow Boyfriend’.

When Harry Met Sally

Cupid’s call sometimes translates into a case of strange bedfellows. As was the case when the Congress decided to go “soft” on arch rival BJP on Valentine’s Day.

In the season of kisses and hugs galore, the Congress took the “soft” approach to poking potshots at PM Narendra Modi’s hug-lomacy by calling upon him to “hug less and work more”.

It sounded all Right for the Congress to get pally with the BJP on V-day, but its tweet “Break Up With Hatred” smacked of political palliness in a hurry.

This sounded a politically correct script, but with undertones of: ‘When Hurry Met Pally’!

There’s Something About Mary

While Opposition Party No 1 was busy engaging with the party in power, Bachelor No 1 of Indian politics Rahul Gandhi displayed a decided disposition towards being wedded more to Rajneeti this Valentine season, too. When Bachelor No 1 of Politico-hood courted singlehood, could Canine No 1 be far behind! Following in the footsteps of his master, Rahul’s terrier Pidi, too, looked single but perhaps ready to mingle.

This script of reluctant bachelors, congressional and canine, read more like: ‘There’s Something About Marry’.

Runaway Bride

As far as Bachelor No 1 of Bollywood is concerned, many an ex-flame has bagged the blame for nuptially Being Inhuman to ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan. This season, caught between ex-flame Katrina and current flame Iulia Vantur, Salman, now shooting in Bangkok, thought it best to go for a different “date”. Khajoor!

This curious case of vanishing dates – unpalatable or palatable, makes his V-Day resemble the script of ‘Runaway Bride’.

Sleepless in Seattle

For a change, there was silence on the Trump front, as the US President and First Lady didn’t take to Twitter on V-day to tweet mushy messages. But Melania Trump did flaunt signs of love – her love for big brands and bigger price tags. Uncanny silence may have prevailed on the part of the presidential gab given to putting the foot in the mouth otherwise, but the First Lady’s $ 2995 Calvin Klein red coat did plenty of talking, sartorially speaking.

This presidential V-day smacked more of:

‘Speechless in Seattle’ !

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First Published: Feb 18, 2018 12:23 IST

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