February 14, 2020
I surprised my future wife with a romantic(?) Valentine’s dinner the year we were dating; and then for the next few years after our marriage.
…and just as suddenly those romantic dinners stopped J, not for want of trying … I just “forgot”!
There is no religious significance of Valentines Day to the general public in Pakistan. However, we all like to celebrate it as a means of entertainment.
Valentine’s occasion brings activity to Pakistan’s society in general. It’s a means of entertainment- besides eating and drinking, there’s not much more one can do in a large city like Karachi.
I’ve found that occasions like Valentine’s increases market activity; there’s a positive vibe in the City; employment and commerce is generated by eating places. Besides this, roadside sellers of flowers have a boon. Patisserie orders increase (…so does your waist line!).
Pakistanis are not celebrating any religious angle with Valentines. It’s purely an emotional outlet … a release for us.
Hotels go full; restaurants go full; the City buzzes; and people enjoy “just another evening” in the guise of “Valentine’s Day”.
So, get out, take your spouse out tonight … enjoy the lights of Karachi and whatever palate suits you’ll.
… I’m surprising my wife with a romantic dinner for two at a Bhatiar Khana (roadside diner) J … either I’ll see you’ll tomorrow or, like the title picture, I’ll be in the hospital.
HAPPY VALENTINES !
(Picture credit- author unknown)