| Couples on their way to Sabbalpur Diara in a boat on Thursday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Bina Ansari usually goes to Eco Park for morning walk alone because her husband Taj Ansari is a late riser. But this Valentine’s Day was different.
The homemaker, who lives in the Boring Road area, said: “Taj usually wakes up late in winter. So, I have been going alone for the morning walk for the past five months. But today (Thursday), I woke him at 6am with a bunch of red roses. Then, we went for a walk together and reminisced about the wonderful married life we have shared.”
Bina and Taj tied the knot in 1985, after a seven-year affair.
Love is priceless but roses were expensive on Valentine’s Day. At the flower markets near Mahavir Mandir, Patna Junction and Shiv Mandir on Boring Road, roses were aplenty — in myriad colours and sizes.
A bunch of 25 roses, usually available for Rs 150, was priced between Rs 200 and Rs 250 on Thursday. A single rose, which one can buy for Rs 20 on any other day, was 10 rupees more expensive.
For youths, who lacked experience (or the money) in navigating the tempestuous sea of love, innovation was the magic charm they used to make the day special.
Anandpuri resident Purushottam Thakur, 27, sent a text message to his girlfriend at 6.30 in the morning, letting her know about how precious she is for him.
As the day progressed, lovers stopped messaging and calling each other and stepped out of doors to meet their beloved.
Many of them were dressed in red and white: popular colours to flaunt on the day of love.
The sunny skies — defying the forecast of cloudy weather — allowed couples to venture out without the fear of a wet spell spoiling their plans.