Valentines Day

Hi, there! Valentine’s Day has just gone by and I am sure you all had a great Valentine’s Day. Today, let me tell you the story behind the Valentine’s Day.

Long back, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and for abusing his people. In fact, he got into so many wars during the third century that he found it difficult to recruit enough soldiers.

Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.

A simple Christian priest named Valentine came forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly get the soldiers married before they went off to war. Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He threw Valentine into the prison and ordered for his death.

While Valentine was waiting for his death, he fell in love with a blind girl who was the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, Valentine wrote a poem for her, it is said that when the blind girl heard the poem, her blindness went away.

St. Valentine gave away his life so that the young couples could marry and their love could flourish. He was granted sainthood and the Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds) began to mate on that very day.

I hope you liked the story.

Now, I have an interesting query today; Hemant, a college student, wants to know how to tell his lady love that she’s pretty in English. Well! Hemant, since beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, only you can decide how beautiful she is. But here are a number of adjectives that you could use to describe her beauty, decide which category she falls in:

Attractive, pretty, very pretty, beautiful, very beautiful, gorgeous, drop- dead- gorgeous, stunning, ravishing…

Go, woo (flatter) your gal, Hemant. All the best!

Do you know that the dictionary meaning of handsome is beautiful and good- looking? Yet, it is universally accepted that ‘men are handsome and women are beautiful’. Reverse the order and witness the unhappy results—for a man wouldn’t be overjoyed to hear that he looks beautiful, just as a woman may take an offense to being described as handsome. However, grammatically, there is nothing wrong in calling ‘a man beautiful and a woman handsome’. In the olden days, this usage was widely accepted. There are many examples in literature, where women were addressed as ‘handsome’.

“Nope, she’s just a really handsome woman.
Oh man, no kidding.”  “- The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

“… she had ripened into a handsome and fruitful looking woman.” – Ellen Glasgow

Oh, by the way, I am sharing with you names of some English movies, yes of course, love movies. So, take down the names, get hold of the CD of the movie you want to watch, curl up in bed and enjoy. Here you are:

  1. Holiday
  2. Pretty Woman
  3. Love Actually
  4. Dresses
  5. The Notebook
  6. S. I Love You
  7. She’s The Man
  8. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
  9. The Ugly Truth
  10. No Strings Attached

This is it for today, you people have fun.

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Keep smiling…

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