- Login | Register
- Current Issue
- Most Read
- Back Issues
A Pakistani high court today banned Valentine's Day celebrations across the country and its promotion on social media afte
Indonesian officials and Muslim clerics have banned young Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the obser
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has asked his countrymen to avoid observing Valentine's Day, saying the western traditi
Valentine's Day celebration was today banned in northwest Pakistan with authorities in the restive region saying that the
Ramlila Maidan today had a distinct whiff of love for a large number of Delhi's young couples who chose to spend the Valen
To counter 'love jihad', NGOs working towards women's issues today felicitated forty couples who had inter-caste, interfai
Delhi Police today detained more than 200 college students who had gathered to protest outside the office of a right-wing
Several activists of Hindu outfits in UP were either arrested or detained today as they took to the streets targeting youn
Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy
To begin with, any romantic partnership is essentially an alliance, and alliances are a core concept on international relations. Alliances bring many benefits to the members (or else why would we form them?) but as we also know, they sometimes reflect irrational passions and inevitably limit each member's autonomy. Many IR theorists believe that institutionalizing an alliance makes it more effective and enduring, but that’s also why making a relationship more formal is a significant step that needs to be carefully considered.
Of course, IR theorists have also warned that allies face the twin dangers of abandonment and entrapment: the more we fear that our partners might leave us in the lurch (abandonment), the more likely we are to let them drag us into obligations that we didn't originally foresee (entrapment). When you find yourself gamely attending your partner’s high school reunion or traveling to your in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner every single year, you’ll know what I mean.
Blake Morrison in The Guardian argues that "all great literature is by definition anti-Valentine's day literature, because it offers truths that lie too deep for greetings cards".:
To the jaded eye, Valentine's cards look tackier than ever this year. Where Valentine's day was once associated with mating birds (Chaucer: "When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate"; Shakespeare: "Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?"), it has become a menagerie of cuteness, with puppies, mice, kittens ("You're purrfect!") and, overwhelmingly, teddy bears the dominant motifs. In tune with the infantilisation, pairs of children feature widely (boy and girl toddlers in nappies exchanging kisses, and so on), with many a compliment to one's babe, invariably characterised as gorgeous or hot. Snogging has taken over from kissing
"I could snog you for hours
without ever stopping
You're sweeter than chocolate
And more fun than shopping"
and at the smuttier end of the market the word "shag" has crept in, along with risqué body parts
You're scrumptious and you're sexy
You're fabulous and fun
And I'd like to tell you something else
You've got a gorgeous bum"
If greetings cards are a hallmark of the culture, then we're a nation of schmaltzy lunkheads...
And The Telegraph has some SMSs on the lines of: Known u a while. Is it 2 L8/ 2 tell u that I think you’re gr8?/ You’re sucha special friend of mine,/ I want 2 b yr valentine. More Here
It was a mistake, a gaffe, an error, plummeting in on Merriam that day. When she looked at me with those big brown organs of vision, I felt myself omit a cardio pulsation.
"Well, well, if it isn't Mr. Thesaurus, Peter Roget," she said. "Look what the Felis silvestris catus just imported."Merriam had a way with units of language.
"I've come to talk, speak, communicate, converse, correspond," I said.
"Peter," she interrupted, "I don't have time to masticate the obesity. Excrete, or remove yourself from the cookery."