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Viva Valentine!

What's up this Valentine's Day. Metro Plus takes a look...

YOU MAY like it or hate it. But you just cannot ignore the day that celebrates love. Who doesn't want to be pampered with gifts, have romantic candle light dinners and receive cards that say it all on Valentine's Day?

Cashing in on the mood, every industry — food, music, garment, greeting card — goes out of its way to prove that it's a heart-shaped world. So, catch the infectious Valentine spirit in the now `happening' Chennai and choose your own way of saying, `I care'.

If your beloved has a sweet tooth, Indu's Home Made Foods' (8, Desika Road, Alwarpet, Ph: 4992891) irresistible variety of chocolates, sweets, kulfis and desserts can be both an attractive and affordable Valentine treat.

You can even try the delicious variety at Cookie Man (Ph:6287708), specially the chocolate dipped heart shaped cookie for a crispy and crunchy Valentine gift.

Genesis and Basics stores have kicked off their weeklong celebration by launching two new outlets in Anna Nagar and Adyar. Besides, special gifts await shoppers — purchase for more than Rs 1,500 before February 14 at any of their stores and get a dinner for two at Pizza Hut, a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates from the Taj free (Ph: 3741437/3741438). Get dressed and have a day out.

Match your outfit with the right accessories for that complete look. Checkout the trendy leather bags at Hidesign (Ph: 8213111) that carry a special discount till February 14. If you are keen to spread the light of love in style, pick up some designer candles made of world class wax/gel, in catchy colours, overpowering perfumes and apparently, heart-shaped at an exhibition cum sale till the Valentine's Day (10.30 am to 8.30 pm) at The Balcony, 44, C.P. Ramasamy Road. You can also buy these melting beauties at Seventh Sense (4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Ph: 4412476) at a special sale for the valentines.

Want to say it flowers? Mehak, the flower boutique on C.P.Ramasamy Road, and Landmark (Spencer Plaza and Apex Plaza Ph: 4988089) can help you with their specially designed bouquets and flower arrangements. Or go for a flower arrangement as tall as your beloved and win exciting offers from some of the best restaurants and stores in the city. Not a tall order for those bitten by the love bug!

Meadow Fresh (Ph: 8117070) promises that extra romantic touch with its heart shaped bouquets, hand bunch with cowbells, basket arrangement with teddy bear and fruits and nuts basket. Buy a bouquet and enjoy Australian chocolate dipped Valentine cookies.

It is also a day you will like to look different, at least to your loved one. MAASS Fashion has designed special `Love is... ' T-shirts in white. Besides, there is also the `astro series' in black, blue and green with all the 12 zodiac signs printed on them. Feel soft and look cool in these T-shirts made from super combed cotton and processed with azo free dyes and silicon.

When the season of fashion and gifting is around, Westside, the lifestyle store is sure to make its presence felt with stylish coffee mugs, fur table lamps, scented candles and funky T-shirts. The Indian kurtas in bold prints and rich hues of red too match the mood.

"Buy the moon for your beloved and get the stars," sounds quite tempting. Visit Accents, the lifestyle retail chain and get gift vouchers, discount coupons from Laurels Florists, dinner offers from Geoffery's, the Taj and Pizza Hut. There are also exciting prizes to win in the lucky draws, games and contests. What's more? Gifts purchased at the store will be packed and delivered with flowers to the destination. And if you are looking for a glittering gift, go for Accents' Blue Fire, 18k diamond studded jewellery and get a bag free.

When you are glowing in love, Carbon's 18k lifestyle accessories can lend more shine to your life. Its set of 12 pendants, based on the zodiac signs come with a classy finish and each is being offered at Rs.1,750 this Valentine season. While Ebony's (ph: 8211869/8212128) `Sparkles love affair with diamond' offer is all set woo the love bugs. Buy something worth Rs. 1,500 and more and win loads of prizes. Swarovski and Oyzterbay too have unleashed a new range for the occasion.

What's Valentine's Day without some sentimental music? So you have compilations... in English, Hindi and even Tamil! There's the current rage "You Are My Sonia" (Sony Music, Rs 60) vying for attention with "Pyar Kar" (HMV, Rs 50). Both the albums are collection of latest romantic hits from "Dil To Pagal hai", "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun", "Maine Pyar Kiya", "Kaho Na ... Pyaar Hai", "Asoka", "Laagan" and "Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham".

For Tamil music buffs, there's "Kadhal@y2k2" and "" (both SaReGaMa, Rs 90) featuring numbers from "Alai Payuthey", "Kandukondain Kandukondain", "Taj Mahal", "Singara Velan", "Poovellam Keetupaar" and many more.

And of the imports from the West, "Simply The Best: Love Songs" (Sony, Rs 150) stands out. Cliff Richards, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Tina Turner, Ricky Martin, Spice Girls... name them and the artistes are featured in the 17 tracks.

Choose your pick and sway to the spirit of Valentine's Day!

... The food of love

Love is in the air. And what better way to celebrate it than with candle-lit dinners? Restaurants and event managers across the city have come up with unique schemes for the celebrations. Here is a checklist...

La Valentine Soiree... VIBA explores the French connection with a Valentine ball on February 14, at Mayajaal. Other highlights of the celebrations include dinner with celebrities, fashion show and ballet. For details contact VIBA 4353007 or Mayajaal 8234555/8234554.

The Residency, T.Nagar will organise special lunch and dinner at Chin Chin.

Lively decor (by art director Senthil) and music is sure to set off the romantic mood. Incidentally, Chin Chin will also have a special spread for Chinese New Year (February12). Call 8253434 for details.

Surprise awaits lovebirds at Oriental Pearl and High Time at GRT Grand Days, T.Nagar. Though who walk into High Time between 11.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m. will receive surprise gifts. Candles, flowers, gifts, music... could you ask for more?

Stop At Sam's on TTK Road is all set to give you a dream-like experience. The restaurant will transport you to fairy land, where Cinderella met Prince Charming. The special offer is available on February 13 and 14. Dial 4671039/4991067 for details.

Just Around The Corner, the popular hangout for youth (Greams Road, phone 8294994/5444) has special packages for couples. Priced Rs. 300 per head, the menu covers a wide range of delicacies.

That's not all. Live music, fun and games abound. The restaurant is also co-sponsoring a Valentine's eve Dusk-to-Dawn party at EC41 "Heart Attack". The programme which starts at 8.00 p.m. includes a fashion show and discotheque.

The Valentine's special at Radisson GRT includes a fabulous 11-to-11 offer at Garden Café (a meal package for Rs. 89). This includes a selection of soups and a host of snacks with fries and a soft drink too (the offer is on till February 17.

On February 14, it's surprises galore. Candle-lit dinner, wine, live music and gifts... at the poolside for Rs. 850. In-house photographers will freeze those memories for you! Call 2310101 (extn. 313) for details.

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