Stupid Cupid ?


The month of February has always fascinated me and somehow it has played an important part in my life so far. It has 28 days generally and 29 days in a leap year. I tried to learn about this month and I was really surprised to note that when I searched on Google, in just 0.06 seconds, there were references of an astonishingly high number of sites:1,200,000,000. Is that 120 crores ? I hope I am correct. A very reliable and my favourite site is Wikipedia. Readers can visit the following site or click on the following link: 

Incidentally, there are sites pertaining to February 30 (?) and February 31(?)  too. Try following links and see for yourself.

Readers will be wondering about the title to this piece :”Stupid Cupid ” .I’ll just come to that in a short while. I saw my wife-to-be in February 1977! (How many years since this wonderful accident happened ? 32 years ! ) I have been a lucky guy as in my case Cupid really struck the right arrow at the right girl at the right place at the right time. However, I have come across persons who have not been perfectly matched with their mates and they have been always complaining ”Cupid is Stupid “

Why I recalled this title now is also interesting. In my 20s-25s or so, I learnt from a book from my local municipal library in Bulsar (Mahatma Gandhi Library) that we Indians believed in Kama, the God of Love as per Hinduism gospels (?) while others believed in a guy called Cupid. Why the sudden need to learn ? Well, there was an issue of “The Illustrated Weekly Of India “ (16th July 1976) (I was an avid and regular reader of this Weekly then and was one till its last days ) on the topic of “LOVE”. If I remember it correctly, there was a huge response to the issue-both positive and negative, as in those days such topics were generally a taboo and were discussed best behind closed doors. There was an avalanche of responses by way of letters to the editor-some welcoming the subject while others hitting back at the magazine for using sex (somehow sex always rightly or wrongly gets connected to love here in apna desh ) for selling its issues. Without going into the merits or demerits of such marketing gimmicks used by publishers to push their sales, I now take you a bit closer to Shriman Cupidji Maharaj. Somehow,I liked that issue and as usual I sent the following letter dated 20th July 1976 to the Editor taking a light dig on the subject matter :

Dear Sir,

CUPID (“Weekly”,July18th) may be the God of Love, but he is really often STUPID like human-beings.

( Readers will recall my recent effort at humour by writing on  words ending in ‘tine’ and rhyming with Valentine. Here too readers will note the rhyming of Stupid with Cupid ! ) 

He has his own shortcomings like us :              

(1) “Cupid may be a good shot, but he makes some awful Mrs.”

(2) “The reason Cupid makes so many bad shots is because he is aiming at the heart and  looking at the hosiery.” 

(3) ”This “Dieu De L’Amour” has no answers to an old maid’s prayer ; “Oh God, grant me an  L.S.M.F.T. husband.” ( Long, Short, Medium, Fat or Thin ! )

(4)  “When his arrows miss their target, LOVE becomes = “Lake of Sorrow, Ocean of  Tears, Valley of Death and End of Life.”  

However, one thing is certain. The world will be a lifeless place without the spark of flame of love. Yes, I agree with Ghalib’s sentiments in his oft-quoted couplet :

” The flame of love, cannot be lit, Nor can it ever die! Like havoc wrought by forest fire, It blazes always high !”   

J S BrocaBaroda

Dear readers, since Cupid is the God associated with Valentine Day ,and Valentine Day has just gone by, I thought it fit to air my views on the stupidity or otherwise of this master arrow blaster Cupid.

I’d love to know from the readers of this piece as to whether in their cases, Cupid has been stupid or wise or over-wise or un-wise ? 

I’ll wait for your responses. SAY : Jai Ho !! Cupid Maharaj Ki !! 

PS :Before I sign off  here’s a link to that guy: 



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8 Responses to Stupid Cupid ?

  1. Atreya sarma says:

    My dear Brocaji,

    How could you expect the poor Dieu De L’Amour to answer the old maid’s prayer, when she must have, in my opinion, wished for a groom with a grotesque LSMFT physiognomy – an impossible combination asunder:

    Long hair in the ears

    Short hands

    Medium chest

    Fat tummy

    Thin thingamajig

    To pack the predicament in a rhyming doggerel:

    The maid’s wish wasn’t limpid

    Though to her it was sapid

    She had better be not that rapid

    But be a little cool and torpid

    So how can we blame Cupid

    For the result that was vapid?

    [This is my labour of love for you, Brocaji; I’m garlanding you with this chain of Cupid-like rhymes.]

    You’ve made me and my month (Feb) proud by bringing to the fore a few more of its lesser known or unknown uniquenesses. Your acronymisation of LOVE is interesting. You made the write-up scintillating by interspersing it with your autobiographical vignettes. You are an adept in collecting different odd ideas and yoke them together in a uniquely ‘BROCANDY’ style. [How do you like my neologism dedicated to you? And for free!]

    By the way, it is the Hindu lore or literature or mythology (and not the Hindu ‘gospels’) where you find Lord Kaama, also called Manmatha whom Lord Shiva incinerated with his third eye.

    A much needed infotainment, on the whole. My warmest regards.

    U Atreya Sarma, Secunderabad-56
    Feb 23, 2009


  2. J S Broca says:

    Dear Atreya ji,

    Thanks for your pleasant feedback, the expansion of LSMFT specifications of the maid and the cute doggrel composed by you.. BROCAndy was also very tasty. The idea is to entertain readers with a cocktail full of interesting ingradients. If it gives you the punch and the kick and you enjoy it, the purpose is served. I await your response to my silliest senryus too

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 23, 2009

  3. Shernaz Wadia says:

    A song by Connie Francis from the 50’s and 60’s. Do listen to it

    Shernaz Wadia, Pune
    Feb 25, 2009

  4. J S Broca says:

    Dear Shernaz,

    Thanks for the link to the Song..I just heard it. Quite peppy,though the lyrics were not very clear to me. I had chosen the title of my posting to rhyme stupid with cupid. I did not know that there was a song with that title too.

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 26, 2009

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  7. nilouffer says:

    Im reminded like Shernaz of a song of yester years by Connie Francis – the opening lines say – Hey hey set me free, Stupid Cupid stop pickin on me – Yes they say when Cupid shoots, his arrow brings uncontrollabe desire in the person; so when marriages are based on desire, Cupid has mrs d reality thats marriage. Jai ho!! Cupid maharaj ki!!

  8. Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really thank you! Will read on…

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