I saw some videos of the Kiss of Love and my first thought was that these people needed to refine their technique somehow. The kisses looked nothing like the Hollywood kinds that make you weak in the knees. They weren't even as tasteful as an Emraan Hashmi kissing episode. Instead they made you avert your eyes till the voice of the news reader assured you that it was safe to look.
The Kiss of Love was supposed to be a protest against moral policing, sparked by a string of violent incidents perpetrated by Kerala's very own custodians of morality. I have no idea how saying 1, 2, 3 and springing into kissing action, in public, is supposed to safeguard your right to catch the late night movie with friends of the opposite sex, exchange teddy bears on Valentine's Day, wait for a bus all by yourself especially if you are a woman etc without being afraid of getting beaten up by an angry mob. And my doubts grew stronger as I watched two women kiss (each other) passionately, one eye on the camera. I realized the protest probably meant different things to different people. Like coming out of the broom cupboard (or is it closet?) for the gay couple, an exciting new experience for couples tired of doing it behind bushes, great ratings for news channels, an unexpected source of pleasure for all our countrymen witnessing it and a reason for everyone to make a lot of noise. The real issue of moral policing seems to be forgotten as the protest has become all about whether to kiss or not to kiss. On the plus side, everyone is now aware that consensual public kissing is our birthright.
To make the Schezwan sauce (Indian style), you will need
25 dried red chilies
4 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
¼ cup water
2 tsp sugar
½ to ¾ tsp salt
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
4 tablespoons sesame seed oil
Remove stalks and soak the dried red chilies in hot water for half an hour. Drain and grind well. Heat oil in a wok over high flame. Add ginger and garlic and fry over medium flame for a minute or so till fragrant. Sauté shallots till they turn translucent. Add red chili paste and water and sauté till oil separates. Add water to adjust consistency. Mix in sugar, salt, vinegar and soy sauce and balance flavors as per taste.
Note: Use Kashmiri dried chilies for vibrant color and lesser heat.
PS: If you are planning to take part in the Kiss of Love event in Bangalore, I have one word of advice. Keep away from the schezwan sauce unless you want to blow away your partner - literally. It’s got loads of garlic.
PSS: I am all for individual freedom. Hope you have fun!
PSSS: I wish the moral police would focus their abundant energy on child rapists in the country. Go get them!