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11 May 2010

Mothers’ Day vis-à-vis Valentines’ Day


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There are many globally accepted celebrating days that are considered no less than any festivals. Mothers’ day and valentines day are the two most important and widely celebrated days across the world. Internet usually gets flooded with messages and various featured contents and articles relating to these festive Days are published. Flower vendors, greeting card shops, jewelry outlets, malls and gift shops do roaring business on these Days to the tune of billions across the globe.

Both of these Days are so very popular because they are directly connected to human emotions of the masses. There is a huge crowd of people who celebrate valentines’ day in spite of the fact that they just do not know the meaning of valentine. Yet, they try to find-out someone to present a red rose.  They approach to their roommates, classmates, friends, family members and also to their parents for wishing a happy valentines’ day.

Valentines’ day stands for the feeling of romance where as mothers’ day signifies compassion and care. My aim for writing this article is to compare the quantum of celebration between “Valentines’ Day” and “Mothers’ Day”. If we look around us we will find that both these Days are the most popular festive days; yet, valentines’ day scores by double the festivities over mothers’ day. There is apparently an upper hand of romance over compassion.

If fact our thinking pattern has drastically changed. Most of us think that the life is a cup of coffee. Enjoy it as long as it is hot. Our thinking process has so very narrowed down that that we just see and visualize whatever is visible right in front of our eyes. We forget that there is an entire world if you turn your eyeballs to the corners of your eyes. There is a world beyond the frontiers of our thoughts if we turn our head around.

On internet we just search out for a chat box and spot out some stranger online and go ahead with exchanging wishful thoughts, eventually landing ourselves in a dream world of passive romance. We even do not know whether the person on the other end of the line is a male or a female or is a school kid, youngster or older than our parents. It is just a sort of deceiving ourselves by creating a mirage and imagining ourselves in a comfortable situation. We feel so very happy in this solitude that we cut ourselves off from our family members, friends and other entities in the real life. We get used to live in an imaginary world.

Films, TV serials, novels and stories featured and published in the media are mainly based on some or the other romantic themes. It appears that there is nothing except romance in the world and in our lives. I have rarely seen any such media production or publication with a central theme of relations with father or mother. There might be rarest of the rare films like “The old man and the sea”.

There was a report in a section of press that a young girl of a billionaire setout on an adventurous married life with a common man who did not even earn a living for surviving alone in this corporate world. That girl happens to be the daughter of a film star who portrayed such adventurous characters glorifying romantic relations between the rich and the paupers. The climax of this romantic story was far different than those portrayed in the films by the actor father as he publicly condemned that romantic alliance and went to the extent of disowning his daughter.

We keep searching around for peace of mind in yoga classes and meditation centers. There are many ‘babas’, gurus, and god men running ashrams and conducting discourses in gatherings of thousand who participate in such events by paying donations in thousands. Yet we just forget that the peace of mind is right there at our home in the feather touch of mother, in the warm hug of father and in the environment of the greatest institution in the world the family. Be with your family. Mix-up with the family members, talk to them and share your worries and cheers with them.

My purpose of writing this article is not to discourage you from celebrating valentines' day. I have just tried to encourage the readers to celebrate mothers’ day in much more festivities than we do today.

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- Harish Jharia

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