Hi Lailas and Majnus,
How was your Valentine’s Day this year? Yes, I know you couldn’t enjoy even in this democracy.
We all know that VDay stories these days, the people getting the most coverage in India seem to be the ones who really hate it: Such as Hindu Maha Sabha, a right-wing organisation based in Western Uttar Pradesh.
Hindu Mahasabha most recently made headlines when they threatened to marry off couples caught roaming in public or even those who post and share lovey-dovey messages on FB or WhatsApp. They’ve even got a social media team ready to stalk unsuspecting amorous couples.
Of course the anti Valentine’s day crusade by right-wing groups, and the way they go around harassing couples, very often from the middle and lower-middle class, is hardly cause for humour. Let’s face it. These groups won’t ever come barging into a Taj Hotel in the heart of Central Delhi. Given that right-wing groups now feel empowered enough to air their views on a more regular basis – and even come up with ‘social media’ teams- it’s obvious the political and cultural discourse has fallen to an all new low in the country.
But the ridiculousness of Hindu Mahasabha deserves to be stripped-down, if a couple can vote to elect a PM, they deserve to be treated well.
Just to beat them in their own game, I suggest you some quick tricks to outfox them. Let the chase begin:
1) Paschim Sabhyata (aka Western Culture):
Who says Valentine’s Day means you need to roam around with roses and a box of chocolates for your beloved. Go for a ‘Gende ka Phool’ (Marigold) and a box of Jalebis in your hands. If someone asks why, say its because your brother/sister (point to boyfriend/girlfriend) has cleared Medical/IIT. No saffron clad guy will hit you for carrying around these things. You can also ask them if there is some festival as you have seen people with Roses in back street. They will run towards the street.
Or roam around with a gladiolus flower bouquet. If you are caught, saying its a gift for the coaching sir. Seriously only old people are given gladiolus flowers.
2) No WhatsApp. It’s too damned unsafe:
You might send a love message to your crush and if he/she has crap privacy settings on their phone, a jealous friend could see it and show it to the Hindu Maha Sabha. And that’s it. Marriage.
Alternatives to WhatsApp that you can and should use are Telegram, Snapchat and Confide, etc, which ensures that your message will get.deleted in seconds. If you use Telegram, make sure you set it so that the message only appears for 5 seconds. This way there’s no proof that you sent a love message. Useful for all around the year, if you don’t want the parents to know about your significant other.
3) Facebook Settings:
Who thought that privacy settings would matter so much on Valentine’s Day? Well they do.
For starters change your location to a more distant place like Nice in France or Venice in Italy or you can go for Helmand Province in Afganistan. That way you’re off the surveillance radar. If you still want to post loving messages on Facebook, just make sure that only you and your beloved can see them.
Tinker with the privacy settings, make sure nothing is visible to the general public. Better still to chat. Also if anyone direct messages you for your address, note that this is the HMS, so just give your pesky neighbour’s address.
4) Go on a Group Date:
Make it a large group date, and ask everyone to wear saffron headbands and on their hands. If caught, say you guys are also out to stop couples from celebrating Valentine’s Day.
5) Carry a Mangalsutra, and/or Wedding Bands:
If caught say you’re married recently and live in a tiny house and your parents sent you out to procreate and have tons of babies for the benefit of the Hindu religion.
6) Fake Parents:
If you’re afraid of parents finding out about your significant other and don’t want them to hear about it from the Hindu Mahasabha, please hire/invest in fake parents. Keep fake numbers (save as Home title) ready to hand out to the Hindu Mahasabha guys so that when they call them, these fake parents can talk about how they know about you guys being a couple, are totally cool with it and are actually planning your engagement.
Happy Valentine’s Day Guys. Enjoy, but do not watch MSG.
…shabab khan blog
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