The hullabaloo of Valentine’s Day is finally behind us. Oof, what a big spectacle it becomes year after year! All forms of media- newspapers, FM stations, TV channels and the Net were showing commercials of exquisite romantic take-aways for the day of Love. We had the evergreen favourites – greeting cards and roses, classy diamonds, custom-made chocolates, extremely innovative fitness routines and theme parties this year.
As I was witnessing the overdose of love in the air (quite literally with our cell phones beaming out ‘love you’ messages!) I couldn’t help thinking about one of Love’s oldest partners – words. Here we are with the biggest options available to choose how to woo and there is this good old friend getting quieter and quieter year after year, all buried under a pile of roses and musical cards! When was the last time you picked up a plain sheet of paper-drew a small flower in the corner and wrote a love letter or at least a love note to your beloved (be it your parent, sibling, friend or spouse)?
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In our busy lives we find it easier to fill in our names into a readymade card and give it to our Valentine. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the gifts/cards industry; I always treasure my mushy souvenirs, but it’s just that words have always been my first love. That is why I think it’s a little unfair when we leave them behind in expressing our love for someone.I still remember the letter I wrote to my dad a few years back to say sorry and still ponder about how easy it had been to make a confession to my friend when I put it down in paper and gave it to her. Things that always remain close to our hearts are the ones we can proudly say that we did on our own. So whatever your style, be it - original or spoofy, structured or clumsy, two line verses or paragraphs – just try to make an attempt to give life to it. No one’s asking you to be a great writer but at least your beloved would get to keep a part of you with him or her always. I am sure he/she deserves that too! Just remember this lovely song. It sure helps to go on with your writing…“It’s only words - and words are all I have,to take your heart away…”
SRI AMALA DEVI R., III year CSE, SSN College of Engineering
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