I have never much cared for Valentine’s Day, I thought it was too silly, too much of hype, puppy love, teenagers and newly weds thing.
And all my experiments with drinking ended when I read that beer was better applied on hair than consumed.
BUT this Valentine Day is about FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, LIBERTY, GENDER EQUALITY … about upholding a Constitution I revere.
It’s also about snatching my religion back from some standard five-drop outs who think Hinduism can be worn on their foreheads like a tilak.
So all you those who need precedence from Mythology instead of plain common sense, here goes.
Indian culture was never against expression of love.
Arjuna and Subhadra loved each other and Krishna, Subhadra’s brother knew their families will not approve of this union, so he planned for Subhadra to go to the temple where Arjuna was waiting in a chariot.
In order to make sure that the Moral Police (always been there in some form, telling people how to live their lives) of those days does not harm the love birds he advised his dear sister Subhadra to drive the chariot, instead of Arjuna. So nobody could say Arjuna abducted Subhadra.
So in fact it was Subhadra who kidnapped Arjuna to Indraprastha 🙂
I find Krishna amazingly ahead of his times, although Shiva is an Indian favorite as a husband. Unmarried Hindu girls fast on Mondays so that Shiva will give them a loving, faithful husband like himself.
[But anyway all Indians are not Hindus … we forget that?]
Writing this in a great hurry, will link later, I just have to go – we are taking the kids Valentine Day shopping 🙂
Edited to add: This is funny 🙂