So at 12:00 PM Mid Night on Feb 13th, My wife surprised me with a present that jolted me out of my wits. She bought a jar, wrote 365 quotes from the internet, put it in a word doc, printed it out, cut them into 365 separate fortune cookie kind of separate papers, folded them and put them in a jar, attached a balloon to the jar and gave it to me. For a moment - I thought my wedding day had come and I forgot & goofed up. Then the whole Valentine's day extravaganza was brought to my attention. I have to admit the gift was sweet and it is really a work of genuine love. But I couldn't help looking at the irony of it all. Here was I being a recepient of Valentine day gift. This made me think of a possible future where I might be given "fathers day" kind of gifts. This scared me like crazy. I have already been abused with 'friendship day' cards. I was kind enough not to tell those friends "what the hell is this crap for", which btw was exactly the question my dear friend logic ramani asked my brother, when my bro sent him a 'friendship day' mail.
But I forsee a future where even cynisism specialists like 'logic ramani' will be stuck down by a Valentine's Day present. And he'll not know what to say. Genuine love and affection is so infectious. Watching a person pour so much time and effort for a dork like me would break any cynical person. Maybe thats why these 'days' are so popular in India nowadays. It makes me guilty while thinking back of all those years, I spent making fun of the hopeless romantics. Time is a great leveller. I think this is God's way of cutting me down to size. Maybe I am being told not to make fun of others. Of course in those days, I did not respect their feelings, it was very hard to. I remember the friend I mentioned above (lets call him JB) trying to talk to a girl on this day. So JB starts talking to her in complicated English (peter englipish). There is a big 'bodhi tree' in our college under which this guy caught this girl (who was 1 year our junior) and was talking to her. A bunch of friends and I were some distance away and 1 guy called Krishna shouted "dei JB! hurry up da! Its time for our English tuition". JB was so embarassed that he must've wished for earth to open up and eat him. JB does not know that today, Krishna is also a romantic Valentine dude accepting and giving zillion V.Day gifts. So all the smart ass, cynical sarcastic people out there - watch out!
Note: A couple of people told me that in the recent past, I was 'losing it'. This shamelessly sentimental blog could be a reflection of that.