Valentine's day ... My First one !!!
- by Sumana Bhattacharya
I still remember vividly that day .... the first Valentine's day celebration I really had with my valentine(now my husband, Bhaskar) way back in 1999 .... Luckily, it was a Sunday and so needed to have a very valid reason to get out of the house for the entire morning as my parents had no idea about any of these at that time. I wore his favorite dress, a Royal Blue Salwar, that I got during the last Puja. Don't really remember what "story" I gave to my mom but it must have been really solid as my mom aka "Miss Marple" gave me permission to go out. I met Bhaskar at Gariahat in Kolkata, a very convenient meeting point for couples at that time. It was 11 AM. As usual, Bhaskar was late and again, as usual, he had the most disgusting dreess ....... long uncombed hair, a faded jeans, a half sleeve shirt and of-course a chappal(An Indian Slipper). But it was Valentine's day, so no point being angry. We took a public bus (Route S-19) to go to a place called "Nicco Park", A Kolkata version of Disney Land.
The bus was crowded and as luck(or bad-luck) would have it, in the bus, I met one of my relatives. I had to be very careful as to what I said as anything that I said would obviously be communicated to my parents(she had spies all over). We got down 3 stops before the actual location and walked to rest of the way just to make sure our albeit holds.
It was a very pleasant Kolkata winter morning and for the fast time we were walking holding our hands ...... Bhaskar bought a gift for me as well ... a casette of "Priyo Bondhu" by Anjan Dutta and Nima Rehman. I really loved it. I also had a present for him ... an aftershave.
The day at Nicco Park was fun ..... We did not take any rides, as each ride had additional costs as we had no money. But we talked a lot and got to know each other so much better. We had lots of junk food as well. Bhaskar also tried to sing a song "Bhalobasa mane Archie's gallery ...."..... Love means Archie's Gallery(Archie's Gallery was a gift shop in Kolkata that specialized in Gifts and Greetings Card & all lovebirds would folk around that store during any special ocasion)
It was 3 PM and it was time to say "Good-Bye" .... Yes, it was very difficult but as "All good things come to an end", we had to part. I took a public bus to my destination and Bhaskar took his.
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Sumana is one of the fashion-buff who has cherished her fashion goal ever since a long time. Her passion took her to open an exclusive boutique called IndyVogue that introduces every woman to traditional Indian attires mainly sarees, skirts and salwar. She is no hardcore businesswomen, but a homemaker who keeps on giving fashion goals that will never fade.