Pune, 13th February 2024: As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air, and so are the prices of roses! Despite the skyrocketing cost of this classic symbol of affection, there’s a silver lining to be found amid budgetary concerns.
Just two weeks ago, a single rose could be purchased for a modest Rs.10-15, but now, as the romantic holiday draws near, the price has surged to between Rs.50-60. While this might seem like a burden for budget-conscious youth eager to surprise their valentines, it’s also an indication of bustling economic activity.
Speaking with local flower vendors, Jagdish Shetty shared his perspective, stating, “This is our time to thrive. Festive seasons like Valentine’s Day allow us to command higher prices due to the surge in demand, even with the same supply.” It’s a testament to the resilience and adaptability of small businesses in meeting consumer needs during peak periods.
The surge in demand isn’t limited to just roses; popular flowers like sunflowers and dandelions are also flying off the shelves, with scarcity becoming more pronounced in the evening hours. Despite the challenges of meeting demand, vendors are working tirelessly to ensure that every romantic gesture is accompanied by the perfect bloom.
In talking with a couple from Symbiosis College, they expressed their views on Valentine’s Day, stating that while it’s a cherished occasion for couples to celebrate their relationships, it can also bring about feelings of pressure among the youth. They emphasized that the expectation to have a date on this particular day can be burdensome for some individuals. Additionally, they noted the challenges associated with purchasing extravagant gifts, emphasizing that the true value of a present lies in its sentiment rather than its monetary worth. Furthermore, the couple highlighted the less-than-welcoming attitude of the local society in Pune towards couples. They described encountering judgmental looks and intrusive comments, which often result in unsupportive behaviour from elderly residents of the city, creating difficulties for couples seeking to enjoy their relationships openly.
Krishn and Shravani from Nigdi, Pradhikaran, highlight the struggle faced by couples in finding suitable places to spend time together, but their determination to nurture their relationship amidst challenges is truly inspiring.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, let us remember that love knows no bounds, and the spirit of romance can bring about economic vitality and resilience in the face of adversity.