What to do on your birthday?

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Here are some ways to celebrate that not-so-grand-but-heavily-overrated-celebrationBirthday.

Social Way:
Go and explore your surroundings, you’d find various social causes to which you can contribute in some way.

For example, old age houses, orphanage, place for disabled (I prefer calling them specially abled), etc.

Those people would love to celebrate your birthday. Just go to them with balloons, cake and stuff, if you can, or just empty handed with a big smile on your face. I tell you, you’ll remember that day for whole of your life…

If you can’t find anything, donate blood. Probably cheapest way to help the society.

Nature-Lover Way:
Rise up early and go out to some point where you can clearly see the sun rise up from the ground (literary). See the birds flying, the fresh air and the smell of wet grass.

Go visit some village, if you are not there already. In India, we are blessed with so many naturally beautiful villages which are not taken over by Concrete Monsters :O (Yes, I love cartoons 😛)

Thanksgiving Way:
Celebrate your birthday by giving chocolates/sweets to people who help you in everyday life, like, watchman, laundry guy, garbage collector, milkman, etc etc.

Emotional Way:
Go spend time with your family, especially your mum. This was the day she first saw you 🙂

Geek Way:
Go online and search the history to get what all happened on your birthday in past.

Bookworm Way:
Keep reading your books, buddy…

Lazy Way:
Keep watching that fan above your head spin round and round whole day long… 😉

Food Lover Way:
Give yourself a treat mahn! Go eat out in some amazing and unique place you have never been to… Eat… Drink… Yummmm! 😉

Cool (but outdated) Way:
Celebrate it with your friends and family… Go party hard.

Real Cool Way:
Do something new, you have never done before in your life, on each of your birthday… It can be anything, just anything, but it should be new and unique on each birthday. Cool, ain’t it!!! 😀

My way:
Wake up real late,
Don’t go to school/office or any such boring place,
Switch off your phone and dump all your responsibilities in the garbage box,
Don’t listen to anyone telling you to do anything,
My own manipulated version of ‘Real Cool Way’ stated above, (I won’t tell you what’s that :P)
Play guitar, sing all your heart out, beat those drums real hard,
Take out your Xbox and play Need for Speed like a maniac! 😀
(Yes, I’m a Music and Games lover too…)

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History repeats itself on her birthday!

Birthday… A day on which we try to make it memorable for our loved ones by doing various crazy and unexpected things 😛 And when that crazy or unexpected idea turns out to be a blooper, ah! How bad it feels!! The same day, last year, my idea to wish her had remained only an idea as I had slept at the last moment before 12 midnight. And this year, I slept (Yes! Again!!) due to which I fall short of time to execute the plan I had planned for her…
This is how it happened…
A few days before her birthday:
She reminded me of her birthday by posting sending some crazy message about her birthday month… (She’s loves her birthday so much, I tell ya! :D) So I had checked my memory calendar and came to know that yes, her birthday was near… I thought of various ideas, but just as all the beautiful girls are always taken, all the brilliant ideas were so boring now… I wanted to do something out of the line, something she will never expect, something I will never expect either! 😛
For getting such an idea from my mind, the only way I had was to put it on ‘auto-pilot’ mode 😛 (It means that if I think about it and try to make some idea, my mind just won’t help me with anything. And if I just let go and let my mind work for itself, at the last moment, but at the right time, it will pop with some brilliant plan along with the procedural instructions :D)
Hence, I put the thought of getting such an idea aside…
One day before her birthday:
I was working at office. It was 2 hours past the normal office ending time, quite the usual in this era of Office-slavery… All of a sudden my stomach reminded me to leave the office and go for search of food. So, I got up and left the office. While eating, I saw the time. It was 9:32 pm. My mind worked its magic… The plan was to go to her house, call her up on her terrace and surprise her with me wishing her birthday in the moonlight and cool breeze… I thanked my mind and was amazed at such a brilliant idea, cuz, this would certainly be both unexpected and gleesome for her!
I bought some chocolates for her and went home. Planned my voyage, for it was a quite a distance from my place to hers, took all the necessary things and put it ready (my usual habit before traveling anywhere)… I checked my watch it was 9:48. I had some time before I would leave for the 30 minutes journey to her place. Plus I had to complete my plan before 12 midnight as other people would start wishing her from that time, so I didn’t want any hindrance in my plan. I calculated the time for departure by reverse calculation and got that I should leave at 11:00 to reach their just on time…
I had an hour… So I sat on my couch and closed my eyes to think about the possible scenarios that would happen in one hour now… I opened my eyes that I should probably put an alarm or something, so that I do not get late, but then thought that I am awake so no need of alarm, I thought I would leave early to give me some dry run time there.
I would be reaching there at 11:30 probably. I would sneak up to her terrace. There I would arrange the chocolates and one candle that I had with me. I would keep the match stick ready in my hand, probably more than one. ‘Cuz I anticipated the weather to be windy that day. I would arrange it in such a way that I would hold the chocolates in ‘card-holding’ pattern in my hand and the candle would stay on top of it. Then at 12, I would call her and tell her that I have arranged by someone to place a parcel at your terrace, so go and check it out!
 
She would be so excited and she would run to terrace to check it out. But just before the last steps of terrace, she would get scared of the dark and that would be the time for me to light up the candle. I would stand right besides the entrance, hidden in the dark. As she would enter the terrace from the door, she would find me standing with my chocolates and candle and she would probably freak out in happiness! I will pull her towards me, and in her ears I’d sing – “Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday to you…” And then very softly whisper at the end of the song – “Happy birthday P!!”. I didn’t imagine her reactions to this, as I wanted it to be a surprise to me… But I knew, she would totally love it!!
 
My roommate woke me up… “Weren’t you gonna go for some birthday party or what!?”
I checked my watch and it was 11:41…
I assume my expressions were epic at that time, ‘cuz my roommate continued laughing like a maniac till the time I left my house… probably in a minute or two.
I drove like I had a million dollar bounty on my head… I continued cursing me all the way to her home for sleeping and making my mind’s brilliant plan a total fiasco!! I even said “I am totally disappointed of you…” to myself and made several weird and disgusting faces at me!!
I reached at her place and checked time – it was 12:04… I thanked the government for building good highway and went on.
I climbed up to terrace and made my arrangements. I called her… RING… DISCONNECTED. I called again… RING… DISCONNECTED! Again… RING… DISCONNECTED! (Now my patience was broken!) RING… DISCONNECTED!!! (Ah! I wanted to throw my phone to the ground as hard as I could, but I always put that intentions away as then I would have to earn to but a new one… (Office-stress scares and helps)
I called to someone else whom I knew would be there with her… She picked up. “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU NOT PICKING UP YOUR PHONE!!!” words started rushing out of my mind as I continued my desperate attempts to turn the fiasco in to success, even though I knew inside that I had failed…
After convincing her to come up to the terrace, I eagerly waited for her. I knew she would get scared at the last moment and that would be the time for me to light the candle… Everything was ready… My plan can still work, after all, I was just a few minutes late than my expected time…
Her footsteps were audible… I started lighting the candle. The wind was a little more than I anticipated. I tried several times and finally got it to work. I thought by this time she would be standing in front of me, but she was no where to be found. I went below to check and she had gone back to her house as she was too scared!! *BRB*
I didn’t know what I felt at that time… That was anger ‘cuz she didn’t come up or frustration ‘cuz my flunked attempts were not working or sadness ‘cuz my plan to make this day special for her was now a fiasco…
I went downstairs to her house, and then I behaved as I behaved on that pilot-mode… ‘Cuz those mixed feelings were hard to handle. I really felt bad…
Then the stereo-typed celebration was done with a cake and wishes and I returned back home… She was more than happy that I tried my best to make her day special, by inside somewhere, I was disappointed as I could have done amazingly better than this and she would have loved that moonlight wish…
I closed my eyes (while driving) and imagined all her expressions that earlier I had skipped… They were awesome… She had shouted on seeing me with joy and amazement! When I had pulled her and sang that song in her ears, she had given her best smile and had hold my arms in excitement! Then when I finally wished her birthday, she cried a little in happiness… That smile and tears combo was so amazing that I wanted to capture that scene into my camera, but still we don’t have that technology to capture dream pictures 😛
I reached home and thought about the episode… (Mr. Fate, I’m gonna kill you if ever I find you !!)

Happier New Year!

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New year… 2015! A time for celebration! A time to forget the past and welcome the future! But hey! Don’t they come every year…?! 😛

Yes they do! It’s a happy new year every year… (no matter what you have got the year coming). It’s the same wishes every year, the same sweets, the same chocolates, the same wine, the same vodka ;P

In my case, there was nothing from above, except wishes, boring wishes… I used to try so much to go out, club or something, or atleast hangout, but in the end, it was me against the world! This year, I asked even those unknown people – neighbours, colleagues, etc. – with whom I’ve never even had a chat! So desperate was I!

At last I was at home, my room that I call home for its sake. I wanted to go out, but couldn’t, so I diverted my attention to movies…

It was my best friend who changed everything this year. She had prepared a big surprise for me on my birthday, due in few days… My birthdays being boring for me everyday, she wanted me to crave for it this year. So she kept on pushing the topic of my birthday and the surprise… (and it worked) 😛

At exactly 12:01 am, the first second of year 2015, she texted me the link to her surprise… I checked it out. It was so good! 🙂 She had worked pretty hard and I loved it… 🙂

But she had not planned it that way… She had kept a few things which would have made it more funny! And because of my slow Internet connection, that didn’t work 😀 the look on her face would have been epic! 😛

But then at last, it worked… Another birthday reminder 😀 This time I really want my birthday to come soon! Thanks to her… 😛

Then our usual chats got my new year start with smiles and laughter. And how can we not fight on the first day of this year, we did 😀 on some petty topic 😛 but it always ends well 🙂

So this year, I wouldn’t call it ‘Happy New Year’ but a ‘Happier New Year’ with my best friend… 🙂

P.s.: What cat speaks? Meow… 😀

It’s her birthday today!

I was waiting for the clock to strike 12. The second hand was ticking at a pace of one second per second. The minute hand was moving very slowly, maybe tired of moving for all these years. And the hour hand was just stuck at ’11’. The lids of my eyes were closing upon, even after trying so hard to stop them and I was almost dizzy, when the phone rang…

It was my mum. We talked about random things from during the day. I finished the conversation; feeling relieved in my mind as talking to my mum for some time makes me forget everything else. Again, I started gazing at the clock and those hands which were moving at a pace, completely in contrast to what they move while in our exams. The minute hand moved to ‘5’ on the clock. It was still 35 minutes from now that I was gonna make that call to her. It was her 21st birthday and my first in next few minutes…

I tried to pass my time by using social media, but was bored of it in few minutes. It was still 30 minutes away… So I recalled the first time I met her. It was just one month back. But then, I knew her since one year. So I recalled the first time I heard her name. It was my best friend who told me about her – that she is the most sincere and hardworking girl in their girls’ gang. That didn’t impress me, b’cuz I hated being sincere! I liked those kinds who could achieve goals without being sincere about it. But soon she described her nature and personality which changed my perspective about her. She was good at writing and public speaking. That impressed me a lot! (All those things which I was bad at impressed me like anything!) Aah! And her wit was good too (which is the most important thing for me to befriend anyone). So we talked about her (actually she did) and she even told me about her writings. I searched the internet and found her write-ups and from that day started reading them…

The phone rang once again. It was my best friend now. There was nothing to talk about, so we started with our usual stuff (like describing the whole day to each other…). Our conversation soon transformed into laugh riot and then it ended with night-wishing… I looked at the clock again –  it was still 20 minutes far…

Reading her write-ups was very inspiring to me. It made me restart my pending write-up which I had started long back in past. I took learning from her way of describing and connecting things, and tried implementing it in my work. And I wouldn’t back away from admitting that her write-ups were totally entertaining, that I couldn’t & wouldn’t miss any of them! She had the talent to change anyone’s mood by just her words…
There was one more common friend between her and me, and was also one of my best friends. Even she once shared about her write-ups and her overall persona. I told her that I already am reading her write-ups and she was like “How did you find out!?” I replied “I have my sources…” 😉

The clock had almost stopped (I felt like that). How can it be still 15 minutes to midnight! I’m thinking all these since more than an hour! I guess…! I took my music player out and played a song on random. And to my surprise, it played just the song which suited the moment at that time 😉

My life started with music and would probably end with music. All my hobbies, all my likes and dislikes are somehow somewhere connected or related to music. And she dislikes music! That didn’t really sink inside my mind, b’cuz we generally have prejudice that ‘how can someone not like things which we love!’ I didn’t know anyone else who disliked listening to songs or humming something whenever they felt like that! But then, I thought about it… There would be several things in me that people won’t digest. But still I may be continuing with that because I want to. Similarly, people would have their own choices and preferences. Who am I to decide whether they are right or wrong! With that I accepted that there could be someone who is not interested in music. (But still some part of me thinks that I can make her interested in music if I get a chance to listen to music with her… A difficult task, for sure, and a difficult chance even!)

My first meeting with her was when our common best friend invited both of us for dinner at her place. I was scared about what would I do there at the first place. But it all went naturally, and I guess, I’ve found a new best friend… We talked about several topics, shared several stories, recalled several moments and discussed several issues! Half of my time went laughing at their stories and half of the time laughing at my stories! In short, we couldn’t stop laughing all the time! I was happy that night to have got such memorable memories in my life, which would always bring a smile on my face, when I dive into those memory-oceans…
The clock was to strike 12 in just 2 minutes. I gathered myself up from the pieces scattered over my bed. I held the phone in one hand and the watch in the other (Now I think that why was I holding watch in one hand, when my mobile shows the time!! Anyways, to err is human ;P).  I dialed her number. The pulse in the phone converted to a pause and then a ring; and there was a voice talking…

I was on the verge to shout the Birthday wish when the voice said “The number you are trying to reach is busy on another call. Please hold the line or try after some time.” And there was me, sitting with my mouth half open. You would be laughing right now and so was I after some time! My second by second gazing at the clock and what was the use! 😀

So I decided to call after some time. I put the phone down and recalled her face. I tried to visualise how would she be reacting right now to all her friends’ wishes. How would she be smiling! She would so happy today…

All of a sudden, my eyes opened. (Yes, this means that they were closed earlier) Fear crept into my mind, I turned around and picked up my phone. With all my hopes I pressed the unlock button and a lightning struck me… The bed below me seemed to have vanished and I felt like falling into a never ending well! I hit myself hard on my head! All the butterflies in my belly were dead now, b’cuz the time showed 5:10 in the morning… 😦

While welcoming the sleep, I was wandering around my garden of thoughts, thinking about the times I had in my life, good and bad, the lessons that I learned and the memories that I earned… (At least it is a better exercise than counting sheep! Duh! 😛 ) After a few ups and downs, and a few turnarounds, I finally felt dizzy again, and soon, was deep asleep…

Our life brings to us many small moments which deserve a place in our memories album. These memories not just revive us back to that state of mind, they even teach a lot to us about the way of life and people. Memories often bring smile and tears together, which is said to be the rarest combination and the cutest couple!

Cherish your memories, learn and live life to the fullest… Each moment in life offers us something to capture and store in our mind… Hope the disk in your mind is full of such moments that you never have to feel melancholy in your life or even after…

Have a nice day… 🙂

P.S.: I wished her birthday during the day time then… 🙂