'Wish you the same'

You must have heard this a gazillion times:

'Happy Dassera/Diwali/New Year/whatever'

'Wish you the same'

Why 'wish you the same'? It sounds so drab, dull and unemotional. Why can't the person addressed to respond with a return 'Happy Dassera/Diwali/New Year/whatever'?

Sometimes fads like these catch on and it actually becomes fashionable to do such stupid things. When the person has wished us let's say with a 'Happy Dassera', we can easily say, 'Happy Dassera to you too!'. Now, what's wrong with that? Sounds so much better than a 'Wish you the same'. Or even worse, a 'Same to you' which throws out even the 'wish' part of it!

A greeting is a nice way of wishing someone. Add a smile and you have contributed to building a lifelong bond with the person. It should be genuine, heartfelt, warm. And 'Wish you the same' kills all that.

It is used to avoid being repetitive, did I hear you say? Rubbish! When someone says 'Hi', do we respond with a 'Wish you the same'? No. We return the 'Hi'. Then why not respond with a greeting when someone greets us?

And yes, Happy Dassera to you! (Don't you dare say you-know-what!)


Anonymous said…
You 2 Kamal, You 2

Cud not resist this !!

Anonymous said…
Wish you the same dude!
ahahahahahaha xD
Anonymous said…
That's your opinion dude,get over it.
Prasantha Fernando said…
Hi Kamal, I searched for this issue on google today and found only your blog in whole google search. It is very practical issue we face with the emerge of 2011. about 20% of my respondeds went the same way. What you raise is very true because I felt it. We wish someone whole-heartedly and when that person just reflect same words back to you by saying "wish you the same" or "Same to you" I feel so irritant and let down about that person. It just means that the person doesnt even care to compose 2-5 seconds of his/her thoughts to honostly wish back to the well wisher. I think such people should not be wished next time at all. Its a bad practice and this need to be discussed more..
Kamal D Shah said…
Agree entirely Prasantha!
loon said…
Nice thinking Kamal. I'm so tired of hearin...u know wat