New-age city couples celebrate birthday differently


Youngsters with high disposable incomes no longer wait for a birthday or anniversary to get what they want or head out on a trip. What do they do on those special days?

There is no dearth of employment for the average urban youngster, who, saddled with a hefty disposable income and little to no responsibilities, lives the good life on an every day basis. No longer do young people wait for a particular day to splurge and feel special -the minute he/she feels the need for something, it is procured. And it is not just with material items -youngsters these days are truly living it up with parties, eating, drinking out and other luxury lifestyle experiences regularly.

The casualty in doing so, though, is that they are left with pretty much nothing to do to give them a special moment or feeling. “Most of us go out for drinks and dinner at the best eateries in town, and head out clubbing every weekend, which were earlier reserved for special occasions.It doesn’t make sense doing any of this on a birthday or anniversary, so I prefer to spend my special days completely cut off from the outside world, by switching off my gadgets and spending time with my husband, because time is the only thing that is scarce in these times,” says designer Puja Singh Nadhani. Puja adds that gifting has also suffered, as people have very strong preferences these days, and do not wait for a special day to get what they want.

Narayan Menon, an entrepreneur specializing in experiential travel, says, “There is only so much that money can buy . Moments don’t come by again, so you have to make the effort to make it special. People should try to identify their partners’ interests and decide on experiences such as dinner under the stars in a quaint place, a midnight trek or watching the sunrise -none of which cost much, but can bring a lot of joy.”

Siddharth Mukherjee, who organizes weekend events for couples, agrees. “There is little left to do on special occasions. So I suggest creating stuff, as there is nothing better than doing something new together and discovering more about each other. The experiences can range from cooking together; attending a potteryclay workshop, going cycling or taking a day’s lesson from a private dance tutor. Workshops are therapeutic and make up for memories that you don’t get with a movie or dinner outing.”
 Party organizer Tamanna Pasha is herself at a loss about what to do on her special days. ” As bizarre as it sounds, since we party almost every day , we make it a point to not party on special days. It is a day only for the two of us to celebrate. So we do things that make us happy . It can be as simple as sitting on the couch watching TV all day or heading out for a trip, which we don’t get time for otherwise,” she says, adding that the idea is to do what makes you happy , and not succumb to social media pressure to be a `happening couple’.
 Event organizer Dia Bhandary says, ” As boring as it sounds, my husband and I take off for a quiet spa holiday . The special days are for us to unwind and reflect on our memories. However, I have heard of other enthusiastic couples going all out and organizing destination parties for friends and family .”

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