Stories about valentine’s day

Red is the colour of love, so are these divine strawberry recipes for Valentine’s Day

If you were like me, you would have noticed the hues of red being painted around town in order to commemorate Valentine’s Day. From flowers to painted boards to stuffed teddy bears to inflated hearts – this day, a celebration of love, has become quite an occasion in our part of the world. Preparing meals, candle light dinners and the entire hoo blah shah surrounding this date are beyond me. Starry eyes, loudly thumping hearts, love-struck teens, long-stemmed roses, music in the air, helium-packed balloons, gift hampers, baskets of chocolates and teddy bears – all this is definitely a scene out of a romantic movie. ...

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10 movies that will make you love, laugh and cry this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you happen to be the kind who does not believe in the dinner date or a romantic night out clichés on this day, how about planning something different. You can plan a pampered day with your loved one with his or her favourite food – especially chocolate and everything related to it – and spend the whole day watching movies that reinforce your faith in your love. Here’s a list of 10 movies you should watch this Valentine’s Day and have a great time watching them: 1. Like Crazy Photo: IMDb A beautiful depiction ...

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For singles: How to survive Valentine’s Day

You there! That’s right, you with premature wrinkles around your mouth! You’ve been cringing at couples, haven’t you? So does the colour pink make you vomit? Does the shape of a heart send you into throes of an epileptic fit? Do you just hate teddy bears? It’s okay. Just breathe, we have you covered. You are single, my dear and there is nothing wrong with that. You’ve managed perfectly well all on your own all through cuddle December and shaadi season January but now comes the ultimate test. Valentine’s day is just around the corner and everywhere you turn you see ...

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6 reasons you should live in a hostel at least once in your life!

Can’t find clean clothes? Forced to wear two different socks? Your bed hasn’t been made in a month and your room looks like a laundromat? There are orange peels all over your study table with the seeds scattered everywhere in the room. There’s no one to scold you about how untidy your room is and you live a happy-go-lucky life with no worries about the next day, hour or moment. When all these things happen to you simultaneously, you know you live in a hostel. I mean, honestly speaking, what else can you expect from a bunch of young adults living together in ...

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Lessons from Abbas Town: Stick together, whether you are Shia or Sunni

In a town where Shias and Sunnis had lived together peacefully for years, worshipped just down the street from one another, played cricket and often sat together in the evenings to chat, a sign survived amongst the rubble which read in Urdu, “A Muslim is a brother to another Muslim.” It symbolised the brotherhood of the town’s Shias and Sunnis. It was such a town in Karachi, home to outspoken women and communal harmony that was struck by terror one year ago today. “It looks like Israel bombarded Palestine,” exclaimed one man from Abbas Town as residents had approached Hamid Mir with one heart-wrenching account ...

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Valentine’s Day is about family, love and chocolate truffles!

It is natural that things that seem important to us in our teens do not really appeal to us as much two decades later. That’s the case with me and Valentine’s Day. Back in the day, hormones were raging, but now you find yourself raging at your own teen kids. Our parents seemed to do everything wrong and now you try your level best, just as your parents once did, to convince your child that you are right. In those days, going out alone with friends was an absolute must and now it’s an absolute security risk. Back then, Valentine’s Day ...

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Mix&Match: 8 celebrity couples I would love to see together this Valentine’s Day

Remember that time you were sitting at a restaurant, having a conversation with a friend and you felt your mind drifting away? You start taking things around you in; the environment, the people. You start wondering what the woman next to you was thinking when she decided to wear that particular outfit or how the couple on your left must think they look great together, when they just don’t. There now, there is no need to pretend to be ‘holier than thou’, we’ve all done it. After years of careful observation, I decided to come up with a list of my own; ...

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What is love?

Love is want. Love is need. Love is impossibly imperfect. Love always pays the bills on time but forgets your anniversary. It gets you frozen yogurt on the way home but leaves it in the car. It refuses to change the baby’s diaper but spends hours rocking the baby to sleep. It doesn’t write you poems or give romantic speeches but when you’re sad, it suddenly says that one right thing. It rarely thinks to buy you flowers but always thinks to plug your phone into the charger at night. Love tries. Love is forgiving. Love lets you get away with a lot. It ...

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The chubby drone

A favourite lyric of mine is by octogenarian soul man  BB King in a ditty called Better Not Look Down.  He describes a beautiful woman walking by “If the arrows from cupid’s bow, that had  passed through her heart, had been sticking out of her body  she would have looked like a porcupine.”  It may not be Gulzar but I love it. Most straight thinking people wouldn’t trust a low flying chubby child firing random shots down to earth with a bow and arrow but there’s nothing like tradition to fly in the face of logic. Cupid (for it is he) is ...

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In the land of the pure

As we see the colour red infest the country, we all know that February 14 is a date which has gained massive popularity amongst the masses of Pakistan. But the question remains how and why has Valentine’s Day become so important for our awaam? While some define it as a ‘day for lovers’, others say ‘it’s a day to ‘hate’ those celebrating it’. The trend of girls and guys throwing leaflets in colleges and in car parking against valentines with messages such as ‘this day is for non-Muslims, you will commit a sin if you celebrate this day, if you believe in ...

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