Only the ship that has successfully overcome stormy nights and turbulent waters has mastered the sea. Similarly, only the relationship that has seen it all has a strong bond. To celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day, we talk to three designers, and ask them their big plans for the day. Since this day is also often synonymous with gifts, we also tell you what to get your special someone.
Greet with a card
As I call Paru Mahtani, who makes handmade greeting cards, to ask her about her plans for Valentine's Day, I find that she is brunching with her husband at Cafe Mondegar, Colaba. The thought of her kids growing up too fast lingers in her mind when she expresses that, "they are doing their own thing." The couple will be married for 24 years this coming August, ask if anything has changed after all these years, and she says, "we accept and understand each other better now." In the flurry and frenzy to the build-up to February 14, Mahtani tells me that the couple doesn't celebrate Valentine's, adding, "sometimes we get each other flowers." But Mahtani has found an alternate route to channel her love for the season: by making handmade greeting cards. From slider cards with quirky one-liners to heart embossed love cards, Paru's Perceptions is a one-stop shop for finding that special card for your loved one.
Moving on, Mrridu Jain, founder of accessory brand; Siddhaa, believes that the approach to Valentines changes after marriage. "It is different from when you were dating. You will have to consciencely set aside time for being with your partner," says Mrridu. Married for 6 years, an entreprenuer and mother, she believes that, "we don't necessarily wait for a special day to ackwoledge how special we are to each other." She plans to get her husband a gift that he wants. Ask if she has something special to don on the dinner date, she selects a pair of green and pink lotus earrings.
Single and merry
However, when Mrinalini Cariapa, maker of jewellery brand Flames of the Forest, is posed with the same question, she gives me a hearty laugh, and says, "every day is a Valentine's day." Single and full of life, Mrinalini has plans to go out with her girl gang for a day-out. Nonetheless, she also believes that as and when one grows older, taking out time and recognising the importance of that special someone is important. "The craze about Valentine's has picked up only in the initial years. One should take one time for important people in their lives irrespective of such a day." For gifting, she suggests one of the brand's silver or gold plated silver pieces.