The Glass Bangle

Being a Woman

Why I Dislike Valentine’s Day

Its that time of year when you can’t get out of the house without being assaulted by images of hearts and teddy bears. Here I am waddling along peacefully in my life, when along comes St Valentine and his followers who want to get a commitment from me as to what I’m doing to prove my love. I tell you, it’s enough to make me quake at the knees like a lil wobbly jelly ! Little does the love brigade know that after almost two decades of married life, the grandest gesture of love is being told that I can relax while Mr A picks up the kids from wherever they are. Teddy bears and plump hearts definitely do not figure anywhere in the grand scheme. If Mr A ever dared to give me a teddy bear, I’m sure I would use it to whack him to within an inch of his life !

Teddy Bears and hearts figure highly on my list of reasons to dislike Valentine’s day. I mean there’s only so many glassy eyed bears that you can take in a lifetime. I’m all for brown teddy bears in the hands of children, though nowadays it’s hard to find a child who will settle for a simple teddy bear. (But, slap the words Disney on it and add a few spangles and bobs and children will snatch them out of your hands.) It’s when the said bears start sporting all kinds of outlandish paraphernalia like purple hearts and bonnets that they start to creep me out. I still shudder when I think of a cupid teddy I saw once, complete with bow and heart arrows and it even had hearts for ears. Come Valentine’s day and it’s like a secret army of bears trot out to lay siege to stores !

What did you gift him ? Β There’s always a dewy eyed young thing tremulously asking me this question. Its either a friend’s daughter or a young neighbour or somebody who falls in the young-enough-to buy- a-gift-on-Valentine’s day category who asks me this dreaded question. I try to be vague in my answers since I don’t want to dash the young thing’s hopes. I committed the mistake of truthfully answering once, that I hadn’t bought anything because I don’t believe in this day. The poor thing looked aghast at me as if I was the greatest villain on earth. I could picture her thinking of poor Mr.A. That brought a smile to my face; Mr.A would definitely keel over in shock if I got all mushy and sugary on Valentine’s day. That image was so funny that I traumatised the young girl who asked me this question by breaking out into loud guffaws. She slowly inched away from me convinced that this kooky lady had finally lost it.

What did you get ? Β This one follows the above question. My tactic remains the same – fall back on long, meandering and purposely vague replies. Of course, I love gifts no matter what the occasion. Usually I force Mr.A to get books for me or rather I buy books for myself and inform him that he cannot be annoyed because that’s his gift to me. The problem is that apparently books are not an appropriate gift for Valentines day ! I’ve had somebody ask me whether that was all I was going to get. Disabusing them of this would involve long lectures on my eternal and passionate love for books which normally makes the listener glassy eyed with boredom. Now I don’t bother to set them right and just nod along with a suitable hangdog expression πŸ™‚

On Valentine’s day, television channels get transformed into love factories. There’re all kinds of people waxing eloquent on love and anything to do with it. I truly believe that romance is great and I love hunkering down in front of a good chick flick, but a surfeit of both is simply unbearable. That’s the only day I prefer watching news channels. Β I would gladly listen to Arnab Goswami shouting himself hoarse Β rather than be besieged by songs on love. In fact his show is a good balance to get over the sugary sweetness everywhere else.

I know there’re millions out there who swear by Valentine’s day and look forward to it with a lot of anticipation. I have nothing against these acolytes of love. It’s just that I can’t bring myself to follow them. In fact, the only reason why I like Valentine’s day is that it’s just one more reason to buy books. Since I have a teenager in the house, I’m sure that I won’t be able to escape from the onslaught of the teddy bears for long. That would certainly be Divine Retribution πŸ™‚

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20 comments on “Why I Dislike Valentine’s Day

  1. malvikajaswal
    February 25, 2015

    Lol! Did everyone have a horrible Valentine’s this time?! That was a fun read and, seriously, Valentine’s is just too much work after your teens. πŸ™‚

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    • malvikajaswal
      February 25, 2015

      Read about my Valentine’s Day disaster and feel happy about being the one who decided to give it a miss πŸ™‚

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      • The Glass Bangle
        February 25, 2015

        Omg ! I read it just now. Poor you ! But there’s always a next time. Plan for another date πŸ™‚

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    • The Glass Bangle
      February 25, 2015

      Valentine’s is really a lot of work and to somebody like me, all the lovey doveyness doesn’t come easily πŸ™‚

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  2. LynAn
    February 23, 2015

    And the pain they attempt to inflict on still single people. Like how unfortunate we are to not have someone to gift us a teddy! Ah! Makes me crack up these days like how you did πŸ˜‰ Great post πŸ™‚

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  3. aditebanerjie
    February 15, 2015

    Enjoyed your post. Each to his/her own and all that…but while I neither celebrate nor hate the concept of V-Day, I like to be surprised with a flower or a book or even a hug from the DH. I wouldn’t mind a teddy though, gross as that may sound to you! πŸ˜‰ haha!

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    • The Glass Bangle
      February 18, 2015

      Adite, as a hugely successful author in the romantic genre, I’m sure you’ve had your share of teddy bears and roses handed to you πŸ™‚

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  4. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    February 13, 2015

    All these buzz for V-day is actually created by the teddy bear manufacturers, I really think that 😦

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    • The Glass Bangle
      February 14, 2015

      Maniparna, that’s definitely one of the factors which has led to an overdose of material stuff on this day πŸ™‚

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  5. cleopatralovesbooks
    February 13, 2015

    I think there are more of us that fall in this category than you might think. That said I do think if those who want to celebrate their love for each other on a specific day it’s a nice event but I do get tired of those questions πŸ˜‰

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  6. Susanna J. Sturgis
    February 13, 2015

    Chocolate is the only good thing about Valentine’s Day, and it better be good chocolate! I like the idea of getting and giving books, though. I love books.

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    • The Glass Bangle
      February 13, 2015

      Susanna, you said it right. What could be better than chocolates and books ? I’m so happy to meet a fellow book lover. 3 cheers to us, may our tribe flourish πŸ™‚

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  7. dreamzandclouds
    February 13, 2015

    I too believe in celebrating love in my own ways and on days I want to & not necessarily only 1 day in a year. Also, no one can ever beat a book as the best gift for me. Since I remember till date, I always get delighted by a book as a gift. Same pinch to you for that πŸ™‚
    But then I let the star-struck lovers be, let them celebrate the β€˜all-red’ love-day if that makes them happy.  Also, sometimes it do feels nice when the air is filled with love-songs & everything romantic (even if with a healthy dose of commercialism) in today’s world of hatred and jealousy!
    [I think I have written a mini-post here πŸ˜› ]

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    • The Glass Bangle
      February 13, 2015

      Madhu, long time since anybody did ‘same pinch’ to me. Feels luvly, Thank u πŸ™‚
      Mini posts are always welcome. Like you, I’am also for love and harmony. It’s just that an over dose of hearts and sugary sweet sentimental stuff makes me cross eyed and dizzy πŸ™‚

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      • dreamzandclouds
        February 13, 2015

        hahahaha πŸ™‚
        I totally get you on the sugary sweet stuffs and that’s why me and my like-minded friends prefer not to venture out on this day to any public place πŸ˜› I would rather watch/read sappy, teary romantic movies/books. πŸ˜›

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  8. Uma Sundaram
    February 12, 2015

    I agree… I happened to hear one of the FM radio promos – Would your husband be watching the world cup cricket or would he be spending the most romantic day of the year with you. Eewwwwww…..

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