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Valentine’s Day Craze Without Lasting Love Is A Farce!

Rightly, a lover can’t be a beggar

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The charm of love gets more intense when it is rightly supported by the backups of sacrifice, mutual understanding, and tolerance. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

Love, especially between man and woman, has never failed to be less intriguing since time immemorial. This much-hyped culture of celebrating Valentine’s Day has added a new dimension to it. Perhaps a stream of romantic imageries and fantasies made an ordinary shepherd a poet, an ironsmith a philosopher. The charm of love gets more intense when it is rightly supported by the backups of sacrifice, mutual understanding, and tolerance. A wisdom that ‘don’t expect what you want from your beloved but readily accept what she/he has’ is definitely very important in love. A true lover is a generous and kind soul that just showers the warmth of love without any expectation in any aspect.  Rightly, a lover can’t be a beggar.

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One finds the time-honored drama ‘Romeo and Juliet’ more fascinating for these values. Pixabay

But however, one is full of doubts if the love phenomenon these days is really carrying any proper sense. Looking at the filth of sexuality abnormally permeating the whole environment I don’t think that the blossom of love will ever be perpetually blooming. Just think why a solemn and exaggerated love-marriages of celebrity couples — Britney Spears and Kevin Federline did not last even for a couple of years. There are endless celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt,  Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris.., whose marital castles just fell like playing cardsWere they not sharing the “Valentine gifts” and singing love songs in a chorus? Why such celebrated lovebirds have been separating so easily, so early. Yesterday’s sweethearts just become bitter-hearts today. I believe perhaps something nastily vulgar phenomenon and environment overcharged with blatant sexualization and objectification are invariably preventing the flower of love to remain in eternal bloom. Needless to say, “sex” has been so heavily demonstrated and abused, the solemn marital relationship is now in the throes of chaos and acrimony.

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Well, nevertheless, in this time of festivity, I fervently wish this much cherished day of Valentine be solely intended for strengthening the bond of love with a complete sense of discipline and purity. Let this day serve to inspire each loving sweetheart to be more truthful to her/his beloved and help shed all the trappings of titillating modernity which perhaps only serving to defile the purity of love.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali. 

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2016 in Retrospect: Bidding Final Goodbye by some Legendary Musicians who left undying Music behind

The festive mood got switched off when the news of the legendary singer-songwriter George Michael's death broke on

Tributes are seen outside the house of singer George Michael, in Goring, southern England, Britain December 26, 2016. VOA

Dec 31, 2016: “Britney Spears is dead by accident!” Fortunately, it was just a hoax and the “Toxic” star is still alive. But not all musicians were as “Lucky” as the star. If it was “Last Christmas” for George Michael, Prince made the rain gods pour “Purple rain” when they breathed their last this year.

It was time for merry making, believing in Santa Claus and hanging lights and gifts on Christmas trees. But the festive mood got switched off when the news of the legendary singer-songwriter George Michael’s death broke on Christmas Day. The Grammy winner was 53.

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The British pop icon, who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the Wham! duo and on his own, was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire, England, by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. Police described the death as “unexplained but not suspicious”.

While the tributes are still pouring in for the “Father figure” hitmaker, the year gone by has been widely tagged as “a curse” as many musicians bid their final adieu.

2016 began with rock legend David Bowie’s death on January 10. Aged 69, Bowie, who enjoyed a string of worldwide hits from the late 1960s onwards, died peacefully surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Bowie’s last released album “Blackstar” became his first record to top the charts in the US. The record was released two days before Bowie died.

A week after his death, Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin died at the age of 67. He was a founding member of the group, best known for songs including “All the young dudes”, which was penned by Bowie. Griffin died peacefully in his sleep.

January 18 was another day to mourn as Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, died at 67. He succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, read a post on the official website of the band, which had churned out hits like “Hotel California” and “Take it easy”.

The time of grief continued in February too. Maurice White, the Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on February 4. He was 74. The singer had reportedly been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992.

Singer Gogi Grant, whose hit track “The wayward wind” pushed music icon Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak hotel” off from the top spot on the Billboard charts, died on March 10. She was 91.

The same day, legendary keyboardist Keith Emerson of English progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and The Nice band died at age 71. Emerson’s death was ruled a suicide.

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On March 16, Frank Sinatra Jr, the son of the legendary singer Frank Sinatra, passed away aged 72. He died of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona, Florida.

Flamboyant pop musician Prince, who became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums like “1999” and “Purple Rain”, died at his home in Minnesota on April 21. He was 57. Based on toxicology reports, he died of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl – the same painkiller found at the Los Angeles house where King of Pop Michael Jackson died in 2009.

Congo music star Papa Wemba, 66, died on April 24 after the stage collapsed during a concert in Ivory Coast.

“Me and Mrs. Jones” hitmaker Billy Paul also breathed his last on April 24 “after a serious medical condition”. The soul singer was 81.

Nick Menza, drummer of the former heavy metal band Megadeth, passed away after he collapsed on stage during a show in California on May 21. He was 51.

Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead in Karachi on June 22, after unknown gunmen fired at his car.

Scotty Moore, “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Elvis Presley’s guitarist, died at 84 on June 28.

Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose “Hallelujah” was one of the most covered songs, passed away at 82. He died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7.

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Rock icon Leon Russell also died in his sleep on November 13. He was 74.

Noted Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna, 86, passed away in Chennai on November 22. He had been ailing for some time.

Renowned Pakistani singer and preacher Junaid Jamshed died in a plane crash in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on December 7. (IANS)