Don’t be a Cynic. Don’t call it Aping the West!

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It isn’t just the Shiv Sena fervently opposing the celebrations of Mother’s, Father’s, Friendship’s and Valentines day, they aren’t only the Islamic fanatics inundating the internet with Facebook posts and videos boycotting these “west-morphed traditions”, but astonishingly a whole new class of people around me declaring their necessity void.

While I’ve outgrown tying Friendship’s bands, or making cards on Grandparents day, I still can’t warp my head around the fact that what the very essence of what we looked forward to as kids is lost. Don’t pass them of by products of Archies and Hallmark-the Retailers of Emotions, as they are often called, but take it as an opportunity to message a friend you’ve been longing to text, but didn’t know how to begin; grandparents whom you know you don’t call as often as you ought to; or just celebrate love, not hate, in what ever way – like the Pakistan Youth Alliance, who rally to show their love for Pakistan on 14th February.

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