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L’Amour!

Ah, love. It’s crazy, unpredictable, so important that we created a holiday over it, and forked over
a whole lot of money to various corporations in celebration of it (honestly, would you do the same
over a holiday created for…honesty?)

Valentine’s Day was started off as a really nice initiative by this really nice guy called St. Valentine,
which proves once again that the human race needs to get a little original with the naming thing.
St. Valentine was locked away for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, and
became associated with romantic love in Geoffrey Chaucer’s long and somewhat exhausting, “The
Canterbury Tales.” But Valentine’s Day can be about more than just flowers and movies and cards, it
can be about telling anyone special to you that you love them.

But please, God, no anti- Valentine Day parties. They’re terribly depressing and no one ever shows
up because they have a last minute date.

Chennai’s more in to the spirit of love than ever, with restaurants sympathetically agreeing that
this one day may mean you’re broke for a very long time, and offering various deals and discounts.
The more the merrier, they always say, and the Lobby Lounge at the Hyatt Regency, Anna Salai
agrees. Their English High Tea starts at a little over a Rs.1000 and is perfect if you plan to spend
your day with a large group of people. But if you’d like something a little more fancy, Rhapsody, the
Courtyard Marriott, also at Anna Salai, will have a candlelit dinner, Lobster, roasted duck, stuff that
would really give Paris a good run for its money, starting at Rs.5000 per couple.

Love in the 70’s and 80’s will forever be immortalised by the magic of cinema; in Grease, Sixteen
Candles, and St. Elmo’s Fire. Escape, at Vadapalani, takes you back to an age of bell bottoms and
afros and way too much glitter, with Retro Night, starting at Rs. 800.

So here’s to the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie, because, as Mr. Dean Martin would say,
truly amore.

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