10 things I hate about Valentine’s day

Published: February 14, 2011

God help you if you’re single on the love-fest that is V-day. Souls sated with love, trying to impress unattached people with their wonderful relationships should be incinerated and their remains flushed down the toilet!

1.    So now there’s a license to be horrible to your ‘significant other’ 364 days a year? This is now the only ‘official’ day to appreciate your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.

2.   The colour red is everywhere, and I mean everywhere! On billboards, TV screens and every single shopfront: red roses, red wrapping paper, red sheets. It’s enough to make a raging bull out of you.

3.   God help you if you’re single on the love-fest that is V-day. Souls sated with love, trying to impress unattached people with their wonderful relationships should be incinerated and their remains flushed down the toilet!

4.   So what did you get on V-day? Random inquiries about what you got from your significant other are infuriating — especially when said significant other does not exist, or worse, forgets all about the big day.

5.    How it’s all a money-making scam. Valentine’s Day is the largest commercial day of the year. The advertising industry has got a tight leash on lovers. It compels people to show their affection by purchasing things… things they really don’t need or want, like the 10-feet-high teddy bear you gave your girlfriend last year.

6.    Emotionally manipulative street vendors. Try refusing to buy overpriced roses from a tiny child wearing a fluffy pink Valentine’s Day themed headband on February 14. It’s a nightmare.

7.    The counter-productiveness of it all. Indulging in expensive confectionery only results in guilt. Feeding your girlfriend heart shaped candies will only add to her girth and love-handles. And the more you do, the more your lover will expect in the years to come.

8.    ‘Pity presents’ handed out to single friends. You might as well give them a can of kerosene wrapped in red heart-print paper addressed ‘Dear Loser’.

9.    How it never gets old. You’d think anyone over 16 wouldn’t be affected by the torture of this celebration… but my friend’s mom has been married for 25 years and still gets annoyed when she doesn’t get a present on V-day.

10.   The havoc this day wreaks on your eating habits. Want to eat out on February 14, or a day before or after that? You’ll have to pay through the nose for a reservation, and you may have to wrestle that guy for a table – but it’s ok, it’s all in love’s name.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, February 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Dr Omar
    Feb 14, 2011 - 3:44PM

    So true , especially point No 5Recommend

  • Saira Nizam
    Feb 14, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Hi Tehreem,
    It is surprising that when I was in UK I didn’t see the frenzy and foolishness attached to Valentine’s Day to this extent as our Gora turned Paki friends display in Pakistan. Whether they can afford it or not is besides the point, not joining the band wagon can be a real torture for them.

    Loved your article!Recommend

  • Peace lover
    Feb 14, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Ladies seem wise this year as lowering their demanding pressure from men on this valentine. Recommend

  • karachiite
    Feb 14, 2011 - 6:09PM

    @Saira: exactly I have been living in UK for past 7 years yet to witness the hype and hysteria of the kind created in Pakistan, the civilisation which gave us this day is sane enough to keep it in limitsRecommend

  • Rajeel
    Feb 14, 2011 - 6:32PM

    FACTS pointed out fabulously!!! =D Recommend

  • Jordan
    Feb 14, 2011 - 9:09PM

    Why polarise it? It’s not about being horrible for the rest of the year, just a day to make a little extra effort, so that maybe six months from now, you can look back and smile about this day. Don’t always look for the negatives…. Recommend

  • sarah
    Feb 15, 2011 - 1:37AM

    yay the first of the “10 things i hate about..” series that i really like and concur with! funny it is that even though some of us don’t involve ourselves with the whole v day affair, but theres a little hint of excitement in the air about what our significant other or brothers, friends may end up doing for us, it may boil down to nothing eventually but still, a part of our minds is still pondering in that direction…Recommend

  • yaarku
    Feb 15, 2011 - 12:03PM

    geo is the most enthusiast lover to celebrate this day plus make us celebrate it too…
    valentine manaa ker jiyo..
    hype day ker jiyo…Recommend

  • Sadaf
    Feb 15, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Its just media hype to soak their revenues…without thinking for a second what they are doing to our culture. And we, like blinds just do what they want us to do! Recommend

  • AAQ
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:07PM

    ‘Valentine’s Day is the largest commercial day of the year.’
    i have never found the source of this claimRecommend

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