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Home > News > Columnists > Archana Masih

Yes, we luv to party, so what?

February 13, 2004

Love is made for gossip.

Who's seeing who?

Who dumped who?

Who's two timing who?

Who's on a man hunt?

Bitching about creepy girl/boyfriends is fun. Romance is the juiciest part of all conversations, and try as hard as we do to be as 'intellectual' as possible, we always seem to know the latest about the love lives of J-Lo, David Beckham or Aishwarya Rai.

If you are a loser in love, chill, you don't have to be in love to enjoy love. There are enough soppy friends with hot dates, plenty of celebrities and shelves and shelves of romance novels to keep one abreast.

Salman & Salman with Padma & Katrina.

Liz Hurley with Arun Nayar

Mills & Boon, picture romance books and classic love stories -- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind.

You know the feeling so well that you could write a whole paper on it.

All of us have been in love.Sometimes we are lucky, other times, not quite. But it's not as if we haven't tried. We have the freedom to go out, meet girls/boys and be in love.

Not once but several times over.

We are liberated enough. Like the MTV slogan in the early 90s -- free your minds -- our minds are 'free'. We can speak our minds -- to parents, to lovers -- and tell them both that they suck when we want to.

It was something our mothers could never dream of. Theylived in a time when they listened to Binaca Geet Mala on the radio once a week on the sly. They were made to cook every day so that they could make delicious meals for the men they married. They were taught that virginity was a gift for their husbands.

Nobody told us all this. Not our mothers. Not our teachers. If someone did take a chance, we sure had an army of self manicured nails to scratch their eyes out.

To the horror of many mothers, our generation is into blind dates. It is getting 'flirty at 7.30' on FMand falling in and out of love on MSN.

We work hard, party hard and boldly talk about boyfriends or girlfriends of the past with the boyfriends/girlfriends of the present.

We can tell our men to shut up. We can get drunk and see that they don't so that they can drive us home after a blast late night.

We can go for overnight trips and dance the whole night away.

There are many who think we area reckless tribe. That life for us is only fun and games. That we are, horror of horrors, too Westernised. That we are a V-Day celebrating bunch who care a **** about this country, are clueless about its past and have no stake in its future.

That we are 'too fast' and too far removed from the real India.

That India which supposedly is shining brighter then ever before.

In many ways what we are is because India is shining in certain ways. We have grown up with this India. Just as India has grown with us.

We benefited from the very education system that weoften decry, and owe every one of our successes to the schools and colleges in villages, towns and cities that tutored us. We sat for competitive exams, appeared for group discussions, gave job interviews, found jobs and worked very hard to live the 'reckless' lives that we do.

I believe the reason India isdoing well is partly because of us. We celebrate V-Day, buy branded stuff, go to the pub on Friday nights but we also have ideas, creativity and the hard-nosed drive to get ahead.

We are a pool of resources and contributetochanging India.

Reckless? Not quite. Those who frown on us should in fact be proud of us.

Because if India is really shining, it is also because of us.

Sojust chill and have a rocking Valentine's Day!

Archana Masih

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Sub: Irresponsible

Journalism must carry some responsibility towards the people.Rediff has done a great disersvive publishing this crap article. On the one hand we have poorest of ...

Posted by ravi

Sub: Its your choice.

India is more shining rather because ofpeople who work on Valentine day. Yes you can party and who's stopping you from that? But you start ...

Posted by shirish

Sub: Stupid article

People like Archana have proved that independence can drive a person crazy, those who cannot handle it. Yes we are the generation who have benefitted ...

Posted by Abhilashaa

Sub: Don\'t think so

Well Archana, got two things to say to you. Self-praise is donkey praise. Second definitely India is not shining because of you.

Posted by Rajesh

Sub: India shining because of who? Readers please vote

Now readers please vote for one of the following choices: India is shining because of A. People like Sanjay Kumar, Dhobiji, Kedar and Abdul -- ...

Posted by Ravilyn



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