Let me be straight here: I never liked the concept of birthdays from the time I could actually understand what birthdays were all about. The way I see it, birthdays are just a reminder that you are 1 year closer to the inevitable fate that all humans, even Methuselah, were doomed to face. But that was never really my choice now, wasn’t it? I was always made to “like” birthdays when I was a kid because each birthday had its significance. My first few birthdays were family affairs, and used to get everyone excited about it! My next few birthdays went by smoothly, till I issued a verbal moratorium on birthdays, asking my parents not to waste time and money on celebrating my birthday.
|Celebrations @ D-39, STC Colony :)|
My earlier birthdays were quite typical – have a birthday party, call your friends, distribute chocolates to classmates at school etc. Birthdays were always looked at as an occasion for fun and laughter and happiness by everyone involved.
There was a time when I used to get a fair number of calls on my birthday. Right from my engineering days, I recall how getting calls from friends saved me from getting some nasty birthday bumps (which were given to my roommate Ujjal as he did not get calls on my birthday and hence was an easy prey for the hunters!). I recall last year I was struggling to juggle calls on my phone at midnight! In the space of 40 minutes I received more than 10-12 calls J
2012 promised to be a more sombre affair than 2011. Most of the friends who called me last year were either in the US, or not my friends anymore, or were considerate enough not to call me at night J Thankfully, I could actually spend some quality time talking to the two friends who called J I was fortunate most friends remembered to call in the day – giving me a perfect excuse to stop working and talk to them J
My room-mates and friends from work gave me an expected surprise in my flat – a birthday cake (chocolate truffle) from a nearby bakery – but it was the gift that I received from a senior from work that surprised me. Honestly, I am not sure if I do deserve such a lovely gift, and if will be able to make use of it ever in the future!
So, I managed to complete 27 years of life on this planet. They were fruitful, and had their own ups and downs… I am optimistically hoping for 40 more fruitful years to come before I finally catch up with fate…