THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Today is Valentine’s Day, the day when people across the globe celebrate love. But one wonders if the D-day is becoming unfashionable here, at least judging from the responses we got from various personalities.
Most said that they had never paid much attention to it. The reason being the obvious one, that love is eternal and one does not need a special day to celebrate it. Their view is that love is a private affair and emotions attain dignity only when they are kept between the people involved.
Film editor Beena Paul was most reluctant to speak on the topic, and implied that the question was not even worth asking.
“I don’t have anything to say. I belong to a different generation,” was her short reply.
M Beena, who is the Managing Director of Vyttila Mobility Hub and CMD, Supplyco, says that she and her husband never celebrate V-day. “We met and got married after a year and we have two children. That is the end of the story,” she says with a smile.
Shiny Wilson, the ace athlete is all smiles, but also replies that she has never celebrated Valentine’s day. “We belong to the old generation and such things were not known at that time. We did not even celebrate birthdays then. Now we do as our children demand it,” she says.
Talking about her romantic life, the athlete says that she and her husband never encountered any stiff opposition for marriage. “It was not a complicated affair. Everything went on smoothly as it was not that difficult to get a green light from our parents,” says Shiny, adding that the task became easier as Wilson’s (her husband) mother liked her very much.
“She really adored me and had an album containing pictures of mine which she had cut from the newspapers. We were very lucky,” she says.
Hibi Eden, Ernakulam MLA, who recently got married to the love of his life, Anna Linda, says that he is totally against Valentine’s day.”It is well and good if the message is conveyed properly. Unfortunately, it is not so,” he says. “Love has multiple dimensions. But people fail to realise its real significance,” he says. He also laments that commercialisation has crept badly into such D-days, robbing love of its true meaning.