Roses Are Red, So Is Blood….

Red_Red_Rose.JPGAlthough flower-sellers, bookshops and gift stores have begun to prepare for Valentine’s Day, the occasion this time may not provide all the romantic flavour that it brings along each year.

With the town being in a state of uncertainty following two suicide attacks one outside a hotel, the second at the airport, and the on-going controversy over two demolished mosques, the event on February 14 is unlikely to be celebrated with the usual zeal.. Or will it be?

While these incidents have left many residents wondering what might happen next, shopkeepers feel that such terrible acts need to be condemned but insist life must go on. In this light, they have begun to spread their ware – stuff that is mostly red – from inflatable hearts to artificial flowers, from balloons and cuddly teddy bears to cards and books on romantic poetry.

In normal circumstances, sales begin to pick up at the start of February as people, especially the salaried class, get paid early in the month.

The Valentine’s Day is celebrated with couples in love exchanging candies, flowers and other gifts. It is said to have originated in fifth Century Rome as a tribute to St Valentine, a Catholic bishop.

The town’s flower-sellers keenly await the arrival of this day all year long. All the flowers in Islamabad come mainly from Pattoki. Islamabad has three flower markets that are usually stocked with tons of flowers among them the beautiful gladiolas in stunning colours and the fragrant roses, all fresh and ready to go.

14 Comments so far

  1. Abrarism... (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    didn’t u hear.. JAB MIAN BEEVI RAAZI TO KIA KARAY GA QAAZI! those who have to celebrate will celebrate…there are so many places which even the ANTI-VALENTINE group doesn’t know unless, they themselves are involved :)

    so my’ll be celebrated.. i PERSONALLY dont feel comfortable with valentine being celebrated but as far as prediction is concerned, well SURELY yes, it will be !

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Heck, mian biwi kabhee na howay razi, valentine day sucks after shadi…rather, everything does…

  3. Nosheen (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    1967:Well apart from Valentilne .Do you think the flower buisness is a good profitable business.any insight in to that.It’s been long that i want to start a very small venture with ofcourse some real differentiation to be offered.One of the ideas that came to my mind was of this one.although the floweer business but with some USP.but i think the profit margins and volumes are not encouraging enough for a sound business idea.but i want to really research in to that.

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    @Nausheen- Flower Business … loss margins are much more for a starter … You’ll have to invest not only in establishment but also to cope with daily loss of flowers et al.

    Now it depends in what kind of interests you have u can indulge in a small business with interior decore items + the creativity … you can arrange exhibitions at first prior to a shop or something …. !

    I really see no reason in indulging foreign affairs … as these valentines, mothers and fathers day and etc etc etc …. what the heck? *Nice rose in the pic BTW*

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    @Nosheen: In my opinion any business venture can be turned into a successful one provided the owner is a shrewd businessman (or businesswoman) and has intrest in that line of work. In this case a good point to start would be by doing some market research and comming up with a business plan. A business without a thorough business plan is like a building without a blueprint. Additionally, if it could be any help, it is said that if you got the quality of the merchendise and the four Ps of marketting right, you are already at 50% in terms of business success. That’s break even. I tend to agree with that.

    @A for [pine]apple : Enemy of fun…:@

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    fun ?? where’s that … its just a bad show of overplayed emotions, IMvHO.

  7. 1967 (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    @A for [pine]apple : I would take it as a personal opinion and point of view, and not a general criteria. Millions of couples in the world, think and do otherwise. Millions more want to, but can’t. As far as foriegn affair thing is concerned, we have them everywhere, from computers, to big macs. In my opinion, it’s the time to rejuvenate our relationship fervor with our significant other, and there is no harm in it.

  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    IMvHO = in MY very humble opinion …!

  9. 1967 (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    Oooo… I thought it was Indus Music verses Hollywood Online…:P

  10. Nosheen (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    Asma and 1967 :Thanks for your input
    by the way Asma I though u wanna say IMvHO as I am very Hot.sounds so :) so r u

  11. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    awww ;/

    for both of ya !

  12. Abu Yahya (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Where and how did we come to celebrate this Christian festival in the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan”?

  13. 1967 (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    @Abu Yahya: As to where, right here, as to how, Islamic Republic of Pakistan does not mean you can’t celeberate a Christian or as a matter of fact, a Budhist festival. No one stops a citizen of Islamic republic of pakistan from doing that.

  14. Abrarism... (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    well one should himself think of what he is doing…every body is mature enuff to think…if u think that celebrating valentine is wrong, dont do it then, if u think its right, enjoy as if there is no tomorrow! but DO THINK before u act!!!

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