Today is my 33rd happy birthday

The first birthday celebration of mine that I remember is when I was in class four and we were in Kholapur, Maharashtra. Those were the days when non-Maharashtrians could also live in Maharashtra. I remember my father taking me to a small time smuggler operating out of his house to buy me a nice pair of trousers. Apparently this man visited Singapore and brought back to India small items which he would sell at a higher price because of the novelty factor.

Back then we were living off my father`s Armyman salary so new clothes could be bought only for Diwali and birthdays. And my father, like all fathers, wanted the best for his son – a nylon trouser.

My mother on her part took us to the temple in the morning, and made halwa for breakfast.

Since cakes were costly, we would sing Happy Birthday in front of a kadai full of halwa.

Just in case you didn`t know the here is the full lyrics of the Happy Birthday song:

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear ________________
Happy birthday to you

Happy long life to you, Happy long life to you
Happy long life dear _________________
Happy long life to you

May god bless you, May god bless you
May god bless dear ______________
May god bless you

Though nobody in my family knew the happy birthday song lyrics, we loved singing it together. Like this:

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Rajan
Happy birthday to you

La la la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la Rajan
La la la la la

La la la la, la la la la
La la la la Rajan
La la la la

With time the clothes my parents bought didn`t suit my taste. And they started giving me money to buy my own birthday clothes. I didn`t realize how I had snatched from them a moment of joy they loved to experience.

With time, mother lost her powers to take me to the temple. I was a grown up now and couldn`t be spotted in a temple. Mother`s halwa on the birthday morning became a mere formality and on one of the birthdays I even remember saying: “Can you just give me some toast? Halwa in the mornings somehow suffocates me.”

That day I broke her heart and stole her moment of joy. Back then, I hadn`t realized that the light in her eyes when I sat down to eat halwa on my birthday morning and she sat across me, was love and not the window`s reflection.

What goes around, comes around they say.

The last few days, I had been worried about spending my 33rd birthday all alone in Gurgaon – at least Rs 18,000 and 1800 kilometers away from people who love me.

Considering that timely calls – at 12 midnight – on one`s birthday are good enough consolation I waited for the calls last night. A call from my wife was ruled out because she was traveling by train and was reaching Madurai (where my mother stays) in the early morning.

Even as I waited for the calls, exactly at 11 p.m. last night (on the eve of my birthday) the Airtel Network conked out and there was no signal on my phone. I checked with a few of my Delhi/Gurgaon friends who were online and they confirmed the outage. At 12.40, the network came back….but my guess is that by then those that loved me had given up and gone to bed.

Since Rekha reached my home early, and my mother got busy with her grand daughter – our daughter Rhea – she also forgot to call me on my birthday.

As I said, today is my birthday and nobody who loves me is with me. Even my girl friend is in Mumbai!

Moral of the Story: Screw the moral. But do wish me.

This post was intended to leave a lump in your throat. If I didn`t succeed don`t blame me, for chances are higher that you aren`t an emotional person.

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# Celebrating my birthday in 2007
# Celebrating my birthday in 2006
# Celebrating Happy New Year 2008
# Celebrating a new house in Gurgaon
# Celebrating an Ouchmytoe reader’s birthday

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40 thoughts on “Today is my 33rd happy birthday

  1. Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Rajan Bhaiya
    Happy birthday to you

    Happy long life to you, Happy long life to you
    Happy long life dear Rajan Bhaiya
    Happy long life to you

    May god bless you, May god bless you
    May god bless dear Rajan Bhaiya
    May god bless you

    πŸ™‚

    GREETINGS & WISHES FROM MADURAI

  2. it did bring a lump in my throat; parent’s love is great even the nylon pant your dad must have bought with so much love and the halwa part …. sniff (cleaning eyes/nose) πŸ™

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  4. Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Rajan
    Happy birthday to you

    La la la la la la, la la la la la
    La la la la Rajan
    La la la la la

    La la la la, la la la la
    La la la la Rajan
    La la la la

    πŸ™‚

  5. It’s “Kolhapur,” not “Kholapur”
    And, from what I interpret, Maharashtra is closed only to non-Maharashtrian Indians…the number of Bangladeshis is blooming!
    People never forget MY birthday…I doubt it has anything to do with me calling them up at 11 PM with some lame excuse…
    So, anyway, Happy Birthday! First time comment, so it’s a gift as well! (Cheap, too! I’m broke and stingy!)

  6. hey buddie.. live long life .. n yupp.. add these lines to ur bday song too..
    many gal frenz to u..
    many gal frenz to uuuuu..
    many gal frenz to dear rajan..
    appy bday to u…
    it wont matter to ur parents n wife cuz they wil n e ways hum
    la la la la
    la la la la la to rajan
    la la la.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Jammy Dude!
    Happy B’day. You don’t look 33. But then, I don’t look 41 either!
    18 till we die, remember?
    Cheers & have a great day!
    Ravi

  8. Hey!!
    Happy B’day Rajan!

    I am a fan of your bachelor’s guide πŸ˜€
    And you blog has caused a huge drop in productivity in my organization.
    Blame it on me for forwarding the link.

    πŸ˜€
    –Nikhil

  9. Every once in a while, like the three-kids-standing-in-a-photo-post, such posts appear and make the eyes and throat ..
    IS the real JVR a persona hiding behind his assumed funny personality or is this funny business?

    Lappy B’Day to you.
    La La La La Lu Lu.

  10. Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day!! πŸ™‚

    Wishing you a kadai full of halwa and snazzy pair of nylon trousers… to bring back the good ole days!

  11. hey Jammy,

    Many many returns of the day.

    I am an avid reader of your blogs and do share some attributes with you e.g. I am working with software company, staying in Gurgaon, Having one (alas only one) wife, gaining around my waist and 7 months daughter.

    because of last two attributes mentioned above I have started going for morning walk with my daughter and wife in toe, though I tend to ignore wife. I am telling its fun being there in Gurgaon park with pretty gals in their jogging apparels :). I do make not to take pram along and holding daughter with me so that PYTs come to me with a request to play with her…..

    I advise you try this and then write your experiences on OuchMyToe. I would have done so by meself if

    (1) I had rights to write an article in OuchMyToe
    (2) If my writing skills were as good as you, don’t take it too seriously though πŸ™‚

    Keep writing Jammy ….

  12. yeah.. it sucks big time when no one wishes you on your birthday…. i had mine a couple of days back, and no one called this year…. even though my phone was functional the second half of the day.

  13. Belated Happy Birthday Rajan!

    It was a nice surprise. But I think your humor also has a stint of emotion in it. Especially the way it covers small things which we often ignore. But contrary to that, this post was something written more from heart than eyes. πŸ˜‰

    Hope you got what I mean.

    Cheers!

  14. Belated ‘appy birthday
    Hmm these things happen when old age sinks in. Dont you have a land phone btw? (Leave it to me to point out the most insignificant thing)

  15. Hi, just here to leave a comment for you, becouse I just doing research to my mid-school about this what you’re writing. Keep up good work mate! Kind Regards, Armatura.

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