Sunday, May 11, 2008
Perpetuates the habit of the father buying expensive gifts for the mother, like a gold pendant etc, and creating a make-believe scenario that it was really the 8 month old baby or 2 year old kid who bought the gift. While the kid can't freaking talk or say 'potty' when it really should have - the parents keep telling anybody they see that it was the baby who went to the shop, selected and bought the gift. They exclaim"this is what baby xyz bought for her mother". This elicits "wow! that's so cute" from other people who have babies, who really don't care but want someone to listen to them when they tell their stories of what their kid bought for its mother. Of course during Father's Day, the women buys some inane crap for the man and passes it off as a gift from the diaper kid.
Criticism against such "days" play the stupid tune of condemning Hallmark and other genuine companies for a job well done. The 'akshaya thrithi' perpetuating corporates are doing a good service of taking money from people who never deserved to have it in the first place. It is hard to comprehend what joy desis see in this circus. Going through life and faking ourselves into believing that we are actually experiencing things which confirm to the society's opinion on what people should experience in a lifetime is a tiring enough process. Adding more weight to the set of things "one needs to do" to be considered normal is highly unnecessary. If only the first desi man who was given a father's day gift had the gumption to say "please don't waste time and money on this - next year" to his baby-faced 6 year old daughter - we wouldn't have to deal with such a large scale torture.