Love Letters Give Way to WhatsApp Texts, But Red Rose Still Wins
On Wednesday, 14 February, the streets of Delhi’s Kamala Nagar, around the north campus of the Delhi University, were decked up for obvious reasons. Flower vendors had set up stalls not only with red roses and bouquets of all kinds, but also with gifts and soft toys.
Gangadhar Singh, a florist set up his shop early morning to cash in as many customers for Valentine’s Day as possible.
As I reached the shop, a woman was negotiating with Singh over a bouquet. “Look, I have come back after buying balloons, now you have to cut the cost to Rs 200, Rs 250 is too much,” she argued.
Singh said that the cost of flowers this year is touching the skies.
“Flowers usually get costly around this time, but Mahashivratri coinciding with the day made them costlier. Modiji is responsible for this. Business is bad,” he said
As Singh kept watering the flowers, people stopped by to have a look at the heart-shaped bouquets of red roses that he made with the help of his wife.
Gyandeep Gautam, one of the customers was on his way to meet his girlfriend for five years, had already purchased a gift for her. “I stopped by to get some flowers. We are meeting for lunch”, he said.
Another customer, Rajesh, who has been married for three years celebrates the day enthusiastically with his wife, every year. “We are just back from lunch. I have come to buy some flowers for my wife. I will buy some balloons too.”
As 14 February approaches, the social media feeds start filling up with Valentine’s Day posts. While some of them still talk about love and romance, there are also posts and memes with the “I don’t care about it” attitude.
There were some who were passing by, admiring the set-up of bouquets and gifts, but their admiration for the day was limited to that. Shreeya Arora, a public relations consultant said that the day was like any other to her.
“I don’t think you need to express it to your partner all the time. You don’t need a day to celebrate love”, said Arora.
Well, one might not necessarily need a day to celebrate love, but when you do,flowers still do add up to the romance quotient.
Love letters might have transformed into WhatsApp texts, but the one thing that hasn’t lost its charm to this day is the red rose.