as i turned 26…

…on November 2nd, I expected a little Labrador pup to jump out of a gift basket (like the ones you see in movies and ads) and come trotting up to me. Didn’t happen! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway, my aunt had come down to Bangalore all the way from Ahmedabad just to celebrate my birthday. Till 2005 (that’s when I left Trivandrum), she used to be home for every birthday of mine. So, since the custom had broken off for 5 whole years, she decided to make it for this one ๐Ÿ™‚ The presents came with her too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Two lovely kurtis ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, she’s always had THE best eye for clothes!

The husband was surprisingly “very sleepy” by 10.30p.m. (while on other days, I have to threaten him with divorce to come to bed at least before 11.30p.m.!!!)]ย  and dragged me off to bed. And suddenly, had some serious discussions to make…and kept me awake till 12 ๐Ÿ˜€ And again, suddenly, he was hungry, and wanted to have a glass of water ๐Ÿ˜› That’s when I asked “What cake is it? Chocolate?” ๐Ÿ˜€ And with a sheepish smile, he takes me downstairs. Am greeted by Amma, who (almost) blindfolds me and refuses to allow me to the main room. And then, hands clasped over my eyes, am led to the table. All I expect is a cake and candles…when there’s a blast and I open my eyes and the rooms decorated soooo well, like it’s the first birthday of a toddler ๐Ÿ™‚ Balloon and colour papers and glitters andย  what not. Whooopieeee!

And after the cake is cut and stuffed into all hungry mouths, my brother winks at me and points to the holder beneath th tabletop: the GIFT! A big box wrapped in a lovely paper! I open it…and am speechless! It’s this:


Canon EOS550 DSLR Rebel T2i - for the rebel ๐Ÿ˜‰

I look at my brother, say “Thank you…!” and look at everyone, thanking everyone for it. I am clueless as to whose gift it is. It being a Canon, I assume it’s from the brother. Until my aunt says, “Thank your patiji…it’s his gift ๐Ÿ˜‰ come all the way from U.S.” Speechless again…and sheepish too…for having thanked the brother instead!

I give him a flushed look and say “Thanks a ton, darling…”, to which he replies, “The camera’s here ; the model will come soon too ;)”

A day and half later, came this new, tiny fur ball ๐Ÿ™‚ Though he didn’t really jump out of a gift basket (like the ones you see in movies and ads) and come trotting up to me.

Our Pumbaa…The successor of Ricky, our first ever fur ball ๐Ÿ™‚


A 30-day-old male Labrador Retriever ๐Ÿ™‚

Had had a 3-day long weekend…and was oh-so-not interested in going to office on the 4th day which was also the birthday :D. Well, Amma’s chicken pox came as a blessing in disguise. [Oh, for those who didn’t know, my brother came back from UK after a year long stay — and bought us “imported chicken pox virus” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ He came with rashes all over his body…and we thought it was some kind of food poisoning or allergy — and that too, we all saw it only after the ‘warm welcome’ ceremony was over: hugs n kisses n more hugs.] Took the day off to take care of Amma. Let her rest, took over the cooking. Made prawns biriyani, beef curry, salads, and with other accompaniments like pappads and pickle, had a yummyyyyyy lunch!

I’ve never before been gifted a camera and a model! I’ve never before been the “cook” on my birthday. I’ve never before thanked the wrong person for a gift given by another ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve never before had this kind of super fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Feels blessed…for lovely parents, an awesome brother and well, for having a husband who doesn’t just SAY “anything for you darling”, but DOES something about it too ๐Ÿ˜€ *hunts for a dark corner to hide in, for she never gets him anything on his birthday ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ*

All in all, a birthday like no other!

P.S.: On November 3rd, I borrowed the chicken pox from Mom, and was out of commission for quite a while ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew this would happen, ‘coz she’s the one who blew up all the balloons, which were burst over my head. I told her she shouldn’t have blown all the virus into the balloons ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Love you, Amma. Thanks to you, I’ve been home all this month; no office ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. or P.S.: Happy Children’s Day, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

57 thoughts on “as i turned 26…

  1. Awesome!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy belated bday!! And hope u are recovering well…….

    OMG, I am soooooooooooooo in love with your fur ball ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Next time I am in Bangalore, I shud know where to head ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Happy birthday… You are lucky. I never received any gifts at this age … except people saying… “happy birthday”… Anyway it is good at least to be wished a birthday, taking into consideration the fact that I never remember dates and never wish anyone a birthday or anniversary unless I am made to remember it.

    I used to go with my friend to the college and one day I called him in the morning asking him whether we could leave a bit early as I would like to buy some books. He said OK and asked whether I have anything else to say… I said no! Later we were in the college when he said that he would wish to leave early and I agreed.
    He stopped the car at a shop popular for cakes… I asked him the reason and he said that it is his uncle’s birthday… He was too serious that day and while we reached home.. I said bye and he started bursting like anything.. saying it is his birthday and I did not wish him and he is not going to give me a piece of that cake… ha ha… We still laugh for the cake story…

    It is luck that people love you and remember your birthday… but it does not mean that the ones who do not wish you .. don’t love you… ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Thanks!
      Yes, I really am lucky ๐Ÿ™‚
      Well, I don’t remember dates too….so I never complain if someone forgets mine. But that I’ve never given any ‘surprise’ gifts to my hubby th past 5 yrs piles a huge load of complex all over me ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ouch! That’s too much. Well, whenever someone asks me “do you have anything to say…” i usually ask “oh is it your bday!?” i once asked that to my manager too. he’d actually meant if i had doubts abt th work ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hehe…okie. Shall keep that in mind ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. many many happy returns of the day , so you too are a scorpio excellent

    and what a gift.. and that too with a model hey now you can take nice pic wit hthe camera of the model and post it for us to see how the model is growing up ๐Ÿ™‚

    HAppy birthday once again and yeah Scorpio’s ruleeeeeeeeeeee ๐Ÿ™‚ welcome to the clan he heheheeh



  4. oho, njaan varaadirikkaaan vendi ippo pattiyeyum valarthaan thudangi ! sheri pattiyaallla, naaya !!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    congrats for the cabaret and that laboratory (sorry, I have got cold) ; bday I already wished you, didnt I ?

    Your bro came with imported chicken pox??? See, this is why I dont like NRIs. Show offs they all are. They think we dont get all these stuffs here in India. Endoru jaadayaaneyyy !!! Hmmmpphh!!!

    and how come the comments arent replied? chicken pox pidichaa blog cheyyandaannu unndo ??


    • Hehe…to kep you away, Baygone is more than enough. What I’m bothered about is how to keep Pumbaa safe if you come to Blore ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

      Cold polum…you’re just being mean ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› Yea, you already wished: only reason you’re alive still to talk rubbish on my blog ๐Ÿ˜›

      Hehe…but i must say, UK virus is more disciplined…thr was minimal itching, and NO marks! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Got busy at work when in office (considering i came to office after 16 days!) and at home, laptops and laps belong to Pumbaa… Enthaa cheyya!


  5. Considering that I have been asking my mum for the permission to get a dog and she hasn’t given it to me I’m quite jealous. And I’ve been dying to get a cam too so totally jealous. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ But let me throw my jealousy aside and wish you a belated B’day. Hope you’re fine now…. Take pics of the lovely pup and share.


  6. Hi priya…

    Today only i was back to office after a 3 day holiday for Bakrid..

    Thats y late to read u blog…as always wellwritten…love ur Canon Cam n Model…

    Today only came to know..u was attacked bu Chicken Pox….

    Hope u are recovering…

    After all u can proudly say..Its not the Local Indian Chicken Pox…It is all the way imported from UK:)

    Any way get well soon dear….:)


  7. Thats one great camera…come on, keep on clicking and post pics !!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ And thats one embarrassing moment, when u thanked ur bro, for the gift from hubby…make it up to him…now come on, just do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pumba is a darling cutie pie….he is one more reason, which is pulling me to Blore, now. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad to know abt all the fun…hope u are well and healthy now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care dear. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Prawn briyani – yummmmmmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


  8. i’m super late but as the saying goes better late than never, right? so a very happy belated birthday to you!

    that is one darling little puppy! i’m not much of an animal person but your little ricky looks something special. ๐Ÿ™‚


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