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Rain dampens Valentine’s Day fever
- Youngsters give popular hangout zones a miss, celebrate indoors

Rain played spoilsport on Valentine’s Day. Few dared to venture out. Piyush Kumar Tripathi of The Telegraph went around the popular hangout spots in the city and found most of them deserted.

Small mall crowd

The P&M Mall looked surprisingly deserted probably because of rain. “I came with my two friends in the morning and watched Hasee toh Phasee and ate at the food court. We would spend the rest of the day at one of my friend’s place and chat among ourselves,” said Sumedha Sharma, a student of chartered accountancy.

Footfall this time: 1000

Footfall last year: 10,000

Missing fun: No Valentine’s Day special event like jukebox or karaoke

Park predicament

A few turned up at the Eco-Park because of rain. “My girlfriend and I had planned to hit the Eco-Park in the morning but we managed to arrive here by 2pm after the rain stopped for a while. It is still raining intermittently. There are very few couples here. Boating and water-ball facilities are not available today (Friday) because of rain,” said Vishal Singh, a student.

Footfall this time: 200

Footfall last year: 15,000

Missing fun: Group of young boys and girls sitting in open or howling inside tunnel

Joyless zoo

The usual fun was missing at the zoo. “I don’t remember Patna zoo looking so deserted on a Valentine’s Day. Obviously, the rain since morning played spoilsport. The worst thing is the toy train is not running,” said Sugandhi Kumari, a student.

Footfall this time: 300

Footfall last year: 20,000

Missing fun: Young couples getting cosy under trees and on toy train

Good treat

Of all the hot spots, Bollywood Treats witnessed better footfall. “Initially, we had planned to celebrate the wedding anniversary of a friend on his open terrace but that could not happen because of rain. Hence, we came here and had fun,” said Gurjeet Chawla, an employee of a private firm.

Footfall this time: 150

Footfall last year: 300

Missing fun: Children at game zone and youngsters around pool table

Better scene

Some revellers turned up at Regent Fun Cinemas out of compulsion. “I had decided to go out with my friends to Sabbalpur Diara to celebrate V-Day. But we had to change the plan because of the rain and we came here at Regent to watch Gunday,” said Monu Agarwal, a businessman

Footfall this time: 2,000

Footfall last year: 3,000

Missing fun: Fewer couples looking for a lot to happen over coffee at the CCD outlet

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