It’s That Time of The Year Again!

That time when I start seeing red, literally and figuratively. That time when “love is in the air”, again literally and well figure-ivly (If u know what I mean, think curves;) ). There was a time when Valentine`s Day was relatively  unknown in the Land of the Pure, when us kids used to look forward to the “Green Days”, you know 14th August and 23rd March, when we would take out our little green flags and go around singing “jeeway, jeeway, jeeway Pakistan”. Not so anymore. But I digress. Times changed and now come February each year, us sane Pakis are literally bombarded with red balloons and balloon hearts and those hideous teddy bears, and the poor rose which I once loved and now well since its been branded as the “flower of love”, ughhhh. Oooo and I forgot those mushy letters in US and the even creepier morning shows. Seriously what went wrong people! Now before you write me off as an aging Aunt Agony who has never so much as experienced a whiff of love, let me correct you dearies. I am happily married alhumdolillah to the man I fell in love with. But I am sorry if my idea of love is not going out on a day when every Tom, Dick and Harry is out on a date with every Shumaila, Razia and Shabana and every Nasir, Jamil and Naveed are there to “catch some action” not themselves, mind, but with their cameras and then upload it on youtube, all the while going “astaghfirullah”. Because in their twisted mind what they`re doing is totally okay but the people inside the restaurant are “kafir”. Lets not even go into Islamic aspect of the unmarried couple who is on the date (or their ages for that matter), but the ones with the camera, I think they missed that ayat:

“Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes” – Surah Nuur.

But again I digress, I was talking about being married, now why would I want something “special” from my significant other on a truly “awami” festival, which by the by I know he remembers only because he`s been bombarded by the media (hard to ignore the color red, ask the Mexicans). I would rather be loved on a day that’s exclusive to me or us as a couple, with things that would have a special meaning for me alone, not meaningless teddies and chocolates which every “keWl dUdE wItH fAkE sHaDeS” (and i`m being kind)  is buying within say a million mile radius .

So this valentine I protest! I protest this mindless aping of an alien culture, the almost cultic following of a “saint” who had illicit relations with a “nun” and the inhumane gang-rape of an otherwise pure emotion, I shall wear black!


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6 Comments to "It’s That Time of The Year Again!"

  1. Shagufta says:

    obnoxiuously agreed!
    while the media is going utawwali with this ‘mohobbat ka din’, why the heck our morning shows’anchors cry over ‘moralistic values and ‘apke maa baap ko pata hai’ type issues!

    yet again, change comes from within, may Allaah protect us from all the fitnahs Allaahumma ameen!

  2. Ayesha says:

    People….. lets not make an issue of it….. let people do what they feel like…. married or not….. no one is allowed to point at anyone…… no one likes MAYA khan….. for obvious reasons….. and think about it…….. media wont be changing…. its about money…. so we can teach our kids to do something better with this day….. if we are not going to do something about it other than just shunning it…. our kids would learn what the media is trying to preach…… and once our perception towards this day changes, the media and the whole things related to it would hopefully change aswell…..
    Peace and love to all

  3. mariyam says:

    EXACTLY kulsoom!

  4. Umme Kulsoom says:

    Point to ponder.

    Here is my view, as I see it. Purely personal opinion.
    If you consider our media and morning shows and heck yes the tradition, it is evidently an unnecessary event to even talk about. However if you talk about personal relations, there is no significance of being a couple before marriage. Secondly, there are millions of ways of showing love and affection for people you care about and you don’t need a day to celebrate it. We are a culturally rich nation and we have so much to celebrate that we do not even need such events to hit our roots.


  5. Hina says:

    i just read what i think…!!

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