Moral policing casts shadow on Valentine’s Day fete in Mangaluru

While many restaurants refrain from displaying a thematic ambience, some have gone ahead anyway with buffets and special offers for visitors on the day of love.

Published: 14th February 2018 05:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 05:41 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

MANGALURU: Over the years, incidents of vigilantism have left a mark on the city’s ability to openly celebrate Valentine’s Day.“People here are a little more conservative as opposed to those in other cities like Mumbai. Restaurants refrain from decorating their premises for the event,” said Antony from Trattoria.

While many restaurants refrain from displaying a thematic ambience, some have gone ahead anyway with buffets and special offers for visitors on the day of love. “However, to be on the safer side, no place has mentioned ‘couple’,” said food blogger Laxmi Shenoy. There is an unwritten rule, and fear that no one wants to talk about, she added.

While some couples claimed to be wary about the vigilantes, others claimed to be afraid of the cops.
There has been a severe dent in V-Day celebrations after the recent incident in Pilikula where girls were beaten up in the presence of the cops, said Sequeira, a florist in the city. After four years, the Sequeiras have decided to revive Valentine’s Day decorations in their shop.

“People earlier bought larger bouquets worth Rs 1,500  to Rs 2,000. Now we have reduced the production of bouquets to 25%. People take individual roses now. Things must be different with online sales,” she said.

The sales that were down in general for florist Sequeira’s store over the last year saw no relief during this Valentine’s season.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL2018