This is the husband’s birthday gift to me.
My birthday fell on a weekday AGAIN this year and naturally there wasn’t much scope for celebration. The husband’s brother-in-law wanted to know why we hadn’t skipped office and run off somewhere for the day? ‘Oh, we did that the year we were married, we can’t possibly do it every year!’, we protested and he gave us a wicked ‘Welcome to the happily married club!’ grin.
We had already shopped for my birthday gift the previous weekend – the husband doesn’t believe in surprise gifts much. ‘What if I get you a gift and you don’t like it or something?’, he asks. So we usually go out together to buy all my gifts. Works for me too, which little girl doesn’t like to shop, eh?
At office my friends organized a sweet little get-together in the afternoon. They wanted to go out for lunch or ice cream, but that didn’t work out for some reason.
In the evening the husband and I took off at 5 PM on the dot and went… okay, you are not going to believe this… grocery shopping! We had run out of milk, you see! Now before you guys write us off altogether, let me tell you the grocery shopping was a lot of fun too. We didn’t argue over a single item for a change, it being my birthday and all!
The day ended with a lovely candlelight dinner at an Indian restaurant run by a young believe-it-or-not Italian couple. We got chatting with them after dinner and they told us their story – they fell in love with the food during a visit to India, decided to open their own restaurant back home and went back to India for six months to learn to cook. Incredible, huh? While we in India rave over American joints and Italian cuisine, this Italian couple chooses to open an Indian restaurant in America!
Our day ended with some delicious cake and five candles. I insisted on five and only five! Talk about acting your age!
The most wonderful part of the day were the beautiful birthday wishes that came pouring in, in person, over the phone, on email, in lovely little e-cards, on orkut and of course the lovely comments on my blog. I am now going to list everyone that I can remember. Please feel free to skip this part – it is meant to refresh my own failing memory only.
In person: The husband and the office gang. An obviously short list unfortunately!
Over the phone: Aai-Baba, my in-laws, Mama-mami, Attya, Swati, Vallari, the brother-in-law and sis-in-law, Prasad, Pandukaka, Jyotsana and Aparna.
Emails: Jyoti, Dr. Watson and Payal.
E-cards: Aai-Baba, Jyoti, M and Sharda.
On orkut: Sorry, too numerous too list!
On the blog: Please to see the comments section on the previous post!
Thanks a lot, all of you! Each and every wish meant a lot to me. Thanks for making my special day even more special!