an apple a day…

So I’ve always had this huge complex that I never get Suraj any fantastic birthday gift that gets him all excited and speechless.

In my defense, shirts, walnut muffins and birthday kisses aren’t exactly gifts that fall in the aforementioned category :roll: And of course, thanks to my memory, my “complex” surfaces only the eve before his birthday, every year! And that his birthday falls on the almost month-end does not help! We’re both broke by then, and everyone else I know (from whom I could borrow money) would also be broke!

So, when I got Pumbaa and the awesome Canon DSLR on my last birthday, I had my mind set on getting him something fab. Mine is on 2 Nov, and his birthday is on 29 June — ample time to brainstorm, save up and get him that spellbinding gift. Or so I thought.

Pumbaa decided to go on a marathon ‘growing up’ race, and I had to follow him all the time, capturing all those phases on cam :) Of course, I forgot to plan, save up and everything. When 27 June 2011 dawned dusked-and-went-to-sleep on me, I panicked and made my bro lose sleep on gift ideas. We were to leave to Kerala on 28th night, and I had very little time!

On 28 June, at work I noticed a colleague comparing her SE Xperia with another’s iPhone, and asking people which was the better one.

iPhone! Why not!

And just 3-4 days back, another colleague had told me he wanted to buy an iPhone 4 — that there was some fab offer from Airtel. I almost asked him what iPhone 4 is, whether it was a collection of 4 iPhones :D Yes, I’m a little tech-savvy that way. But I saved myself some humiliation and did not ask it. So I logged into the Airtel site, checked it out, understood nothing about the fab-ness, saw the iPhone, found it sexy, pictured it in Suraj’s palms and liked the picture! :)

One call to the bro sent him going to the Airtel store, asking about the plans, the rates, the costs — uh oh, the cost…gulp. Anyway, while he was apparently taking out his credit card, they told him they only have the white one! And have I already told you how much Suraj loves — just LOVES — the colour black? So, he went back home, assuring me “We’ll buy it tomorrow, from Kochi — and actually gift it to him ON his b’day”.

29 June dawned, and we were in hot, humid Kochi. I stole Suraj’s own credit card, took what was there in my account as well, gave them to my brother, and sent him in search of a black iPhone.

So apparently, it’s real tough for me to actually give him a gift on his birthday, even if I decide to, and even have the money! :roll: The people at the Airtel store had too many things to stop us from buying it — SIM issues, number migration, plan continuity, rate changes. Bleh!

So then we decided to get it for him once we reach back to Bangalore. Which would be on 2nd July. Whatever! :P

And then my bro comes up with “How about an iPad instead? It’s so much more cheaper than an iPhone too. Plus he already has a decent enough phone. Think about it.” But again, my bro would reach back only on 5th, and I couldn’t do this alone. So another few days I waited.

I check out iPad2 on the Apple website and fall in love with it! Awesome would be an understatement! Now, the brother has postponed his trip, and would reach only on 14th… No issues, I think. I’ve delayed it so much. It’ll be all the more a surprise for Suraj ;)

And on 10th, Suraj comes home and narrates the story of how a colleague of his bought an iPad2 to work and showed off. He then told me he planned to buy one through an EMI: “I’m done buying extremely costly things with one-time payments — learnt that the hard way after Pumbaa and the Canon :P “. I panicked big time, called my bro and ordered him to land in Bangalore the very next day. Like my dad sits at the Indian railway and bus stations :P He got a ticket only for the 13th. :( I was dying by then, unable to hold on to this secret myself, wanting to tell Suraj.

The home-made Appli iPad

The home-made Apple iPad :D ;)

And that’s when I check out the price: it’s as costly as the iPhone! Bah bah baaaah!

My brother reached, we realised I may not really be able to afford it, and decided to gift him this instead :D

And well, we made elaborate preparations:

  • I came up with the idea of gifting him an actual “apple” :D
  • My bro went to the fruit seller, enquired the cost for a kilo (120 bucks!) and said “please give me one” :D
  • I bit off one side, took a marker and actually tried writing “iPad2″ on it :D
  • My brother came up with this mini-iPad :D
  • Dad and mom acted all cool and innocent as Suraj walked in :D
  • I have a feeling even Pumbaa was on our side. There was none of the usual hyperactive welcome :D Chakkara Pumbaa :)

As Suraj sat down on the couch expecting a cup of tea, I put on my usual “kalla lakshanam” smile and forced him to ask me what I was up to :D I then gave him a Dark Fantasy biscuit, and wished him a “belated happy birthday”. My brother followed suit, and so did dad and mom. Pumbaa wanted to too, but we knew the biscuit would not reach Suraj :P Meanwhile, the expression on Suraj’s face while this drama unfolded was hilarious!

And then I told him I have a gift for him. His expression became even more comical.

I gave him clues.
I told him “Why do you think I withdrew all that money today?” Comic expression 3.
My brother began singing “oPod…o poduuu“. Comic expression 4.
“You liked that thing so much and wanted it.” Comic expression 5.
“You mentioned EMI”. Comic expression changes for a second to shock. And immediately back to something that said “Naa, she can’t have bought me an iPad2″.

I SO REGRET not having video taped him all that while :( DAMN ! Anyways, I slowly inched towards him, with my hands at my back — and brought out the home-made Apple iPad2.

Even though he kept saying “Naa, can’t be that. Out with it…”, and all that, I could see his face fall when he saw it was just an apple :(  Ok, so maybe that wasn’t all that funny :roll: (Funniest thing was that my dad’s face fell even more when he saw Suraj’s disappointment! Fathers-in-law are meant to be not-so-emotionally-attached to their sons-in-law. Bah!)

And then, he downed his cup of tea, ate that entire apple at my request, and went upstairs to complete some urgent work. That’s when Dad apparently called him back to discuss something about the car insurance. And when he walked in for the second time that day, I handed him this:

The "fantastic gift" that finally got him all speechless, goldfish-fish and excited

The 64GB, WiFi + 3G Apple iPad2: the "fantastic gift" that finally got him all speechless, goldfish-like and excited

I still can’t help but laugh when I remember how he reacted. He stood there stunned, not knowing what to say, who to look at, while the 5 of us (dad, mom, my bro, Pumbaa and I) looked at him expectantly. He kept opening and shutting his mouth like a cute goldfish, not knowing what and IF to say, to whom, what to do. He just stood there with the box in his hands for about 1 whole minute.

Chooyaj's iPad2 :)

Chooyaj's iPad2 :)

And THIS, dear people, is when I wanted to go jump into a deep water-less well — for NOT video taping this bit either :( Waah :( Double damn!

Of course, his first question had to be “Where did you get all the money from!?” !!! Seriously, Suraj, is that all you could ask? :D And then he opened it, showed it to everyone, forgot about going upstairs again, forgot about his “urgent work” which he ran up about 5 minutes ago to complete, and went back now and then to being the cute goldfish again :D

Of course, I questioned him later, to figure out how well he liked the whole drama and why he did the goldfish act for that long. Apparently, he was bloody shocked that I’d bought him a gift he had wanted and talked about just two days ago; he was doubly shocked when he got to know that I had this planned for almost half a month in advance — even before he even thought about the existence of something called an iPad; that no one had ever bought him a gift that he really really wanted and loved so much on sight; that he never thought I was capable of something so organized like this; that I didn’t limit it to the iPhone, for which he had no real love :D And of course, because he was the centre of attention on a very normal, mundane day, two weeks AFTER his birthday. Trust him to be sooo happy for all these small reasons. While I went and thanked my brother profusely on my birthday for the camera that Suraj actually gifted! :P

Of course, I guess it was a suicidal act on my part — he now has a TV, a laptop and an iPad2 !! And he doesn’t even want the TV anymore. So, that should tell you where I am. Sigh! I’m in his heart, you people :D I keep reminding him now and then, that I gave him an iPad2, what a wonderful wife I am, et al. Yea, I’m shameless that way :D

P.S.: Any doubts you wanna clear about the iPad2, please contact my “Chakkara Chooyaj” :)

P.S. of P.S.: Btw, the iPad2 is fantastic. Coming from someone like me, you can trust that statement totally! :D

P.S. of P.S. of P.S.: I’m officially broke and in debt for another year and half at least :roll:

57 thoughts on “an apple a day…

  1. Pumba is soooo cuteeee…. I somehow missed the earlier pic on your blog :-)

    Wow Ipad2 is a cool gift…. *Sigh* lucky Suraj…

    One a different note you should meet my wife sometime before my birthday :-D

  2. Woman you ought to be shaken till your teeth rattle!! :shock: I almost wanted to strangle you when I came the part about Suraj’s face falling when you showed him the bitten off apple! :mad: lol :D See? Everyone automatically becomes sympathetic to his side…!

    I am like him in this case. I plan for surprise gifts, execute them neatly and give them on the appointed day. My hubby on the other hand is quite like you….totally unprepared and most often forgetting to buy anything…and almost the date itself! :roll:
    I’d be disappointed as hell if I were to receive my bday gift two weeks AFTER my bday. And that too it begins with a prank as unfunny as this one. :P
    You better treat that guy right….he’s a gem. Usually guys are the ones who always forget all that stuff.

    Having said that, you did manage to gift him an iPad2! Thats still something, coming from you!
    Happy birthday Suraj! :) God bless this couple! :D

    • Bah! Stop defending. Just coz he doesn’t have a blog you all dont know how much of a darling I am *makes mental note to tell suraj to blog about me :D*

      I love dramas and PJs and I will weave that into everything I do :D You’re like “that” is why you go and support him instead of lauding my hyper creativity. Ugh! :D

      I’ll now murder you for this line “You better treat that guy right….he’s a gem.” :’( Waaah no one says nice things about me *sulks*

      And what do you mean “coming from you!” huh? Grrrr. I’m never talking to you again!

  3. Oh gosh… you have one lucky husband! :D :D Even though I loved the home-made apple i-Pad, a more technical one would be very, very welcome. And such a present on a birthday – could life get any better?
    Happy birthday to Suraj and don’t you worry, the debt is very much worth the delight. :d

  4. Ha ha…Totally hilarious at the prank and real apple! You should have pictured those million dollar face expressions :)
    You know this dialogue – late’a vandhalum, latest’a vandhurukku :)
    Belated birthday wishes to Suraj!

  5. Soooper cool :D :D :D
    Absolutely loved the idea of gifting him that half eaten apple and hand drawn i-pad before the real gift :D
    So what if you missed on gifting him on the actual day of his birthday…such fabulous gifts are welcome any day of the year :razz: :P

  6. Got directed to your blog through Ruchita/raam pyaari’s blog. Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on the blog! :)
    What a lovely story you have here! I had a huge smile on my face when Chakkara chooyaj got his gift! Great to have stumpled upon your blog!

    • Welcome to my blog! :)
      It was a lovely story, narrated beautifully! :)

      Thanks! :) Keep visiting.

      P.S.: I went by your blog — and i really don’t like you very much! You cook like a wonder!!! I can’t even do half of it. But yea, I’m super glad RP asked for your guest post — else, such goodies would be hidden away in some webpages I wouldn’t even have known existed ;)

  7. hahahha…Loved the hand made iPad…I was laughing for whole 5 mins after looking the picture :-P very innovative.. and for iPad its a sleek beauty..but let me cautioned you…u gifted your enemy to hubby :-P (self experience ;-) )

  8. :) so can identify with ur emotion when it comes to nt giving gifts that make the husband go all excited! mine plans the most exotic of surprises and two years down i m yet to learn! sigh! :( belated b’day wishes to suraj.. and hope he is lovin the ipad! :D

  9. lol!!!! reading ths now! trust you to make him believe u jst bought a normal apple!!!! lol Goldfish! was funny imagining him like that! belated happy bday and congrat to the ‘gifter’ of an ipad :D swayam kuzhi thondeennu thonnandaavum :P wen hes watchng movies n it

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