It’s V-day, take cover
'Doctors' believe that the amorous exchanges humans engage in through this day are a veritable green signal to excited viruses.india Updated:
Love is in the air and the more quickly this virus is eliminated, the better. This is not a missive from the Shiv Sena, whose anti-Valentine Day campaigns have become a predictable part of the day’s celebrations, but warnings from the medical fraternity. More than recurring fears of bird flu, doctors believe that the amorous exchanges humans engage in through the day are a veritable green signal to excited viruses.
But better a flu than a heartbreak, which can actually kill you. This is what researchers at the John Hopkins Hospital had warned us about last year — of all days — on Valentine’s Day. Timing, indeed, is all. Dour warnings apart, Valentine’s Day has become part and parcel of the Indian psyche. St Valentine is no longer a videshi devta, and no matter how much an older, but none-the-wiser, generation laments the gimmickry around celebrating love, there are few who will not allow anything to crush the heart-shaped spirit of the day.
The most entertaining part of Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly the manner in which the we-don’t-celebrate-V-Day half of India invariably cites ancient Indian erotic culture to counter such modern aberrations. But in the excessive political correctness of our times, Valentine’s Day has also been found to be ‘discriminatory’ towards those without — ahem — paramours. The idea apparently is to rechristen the day to Singles Awareness Day. Even if such nomenclature pierces the heart sharper than Cupid’s arrow, relax. For isn’t it always said — have a heart. This, too, shall pass.
First Published: Feb 14, 2007 15:53 IST