Saturday, December 27, 2014

The day I turned 28 ;) (Yes I dare to say the number)...Am I really this old?

Twenty-eight years ago on Monday, 22nd December 1986 an angel descended on the earth amidst dense fog and chilling winter…she charmed one and all :P Everyone was celebrating and congratulating! 

Monday, 22nd December 2014, this time too dense fog had enveloped Delhi! Freezing breeze brushed past my face and ruffled my hair, I couldn’t help but smile…it was the same years ago, Man!! This is my real vaala birthday (considering the weather conditions and the fact that it was Monday like in ’86) 

Early morning auto ride...and I like this tree

But alas, I was reporting to work this time unlike my previous birthdays, when I was pampered silly by one and all!! Mind raced back to my grand  birthday celebrations last year…that was supposed to be my last birthday as a bachelorette…as fate would have it, here I am! very much single, hale and super happy :) Dad did pass a remark ‘this should be your last one as a bachelorette in this house’ and I was like ‘ho ho ho’. 

It has been 3 years of numerous meetings with guys and Mr. right (if any) is playing hide and seek!!! I wish I had a magic screen to peep into the future and check if I am gonna spend my life as a free bird or as someone’s Mrs. What the hell! This post was supposed to be about my Birthday, why am I writing about this shit…this reminds me of those ‘Birthday’ phone calls, many of the people had only one pressing question ‘When is your D-date?’ ‘should we start looking for you?’ ‘what exactly do you want?’ ‘No boyfriend yet, really?’ Only if they knew, how they were spoiling my special day with those incessant, clichéd queries. However, I too was having fun while replying to them with silly answers ;) I and parents are taking it well, though at times they do get worked up with hard hitting comments from society! I think I have the patience now to handle all this but I have my weak moments too! Those looks of pity and hushed whispers are ewwwww!! This very morning I read these amazing lines by my master ‘you are blessed, only the best will happen to drop your botherations and be happy’

Yes! I am blessed indeed to have you as my guru and constant companion! Your grace has protected me and prevented those ugly situations! I still remember the night I was travelling by auto from office to home, feeling stressed and very anxious about work! Your magical presence soaked in all those botherations and I felt lighter…once home, I couldn’t find my phone!! I just froze when I realized that I had forgotten it in the auto…panic gripped me and I tried calling on my number but got no response. Again, your mere thought soothed my calm nerves…the phone has not been switched off yet, I knew there would be some miracle! Suddenly, someone answered the phone from the other end, it was auto vale bhaiya asking us to collect the phone from him! In a city like Delhi, once in a while you do end up meeting instruments of divine :)
With grace and gratitude, I had my chance of meeting you :) Those magical moments, when I was totally speechless but content to the core…I felt like a gopi, fully mesmerized and watching you with wonder, tears of love streaming down from each eye! Moments like these make you feel grateful to be alive and blessed to be on your path! That smile and heart gesture especially for me that day will be etched in my memory forever. This was a fantastic year! Several of my wishes and desires were fulfilled like woosssh! I was like ‘wow’ and ‘how’! You know what’s best for me and aren’t you being too generous :P Guruji…this longing to be in your presence is divine..there’s never ever enough and ‘yeh dil…always maange more’
Best Santa ever ;)

Love you Guruji ;)

Coming back to my BIRTHDAY! This time I feel years younger, more lively and cheerful, and yes at the risk of sounding self-obsessed, more beautiful J I am getting better with each passing day! Graying hair, increasing weight, pimples and decreasing hair volume are not bothering me. I am too happy to notice and worry about these. The day started with an early morning call from my cousin brother who was traveling by train to his next posting. Tired of calling again and again on my switched off number, he finally called on the landline.  He had called last night at 12 am too, but being a stubborn and lazy ass, I always doze off and switch off the phone. Every year, I hear remarks ‘should have at least stayed awake at least on the night of your birthday!’

Calls of people from yesteryears, memories of college days, old secret crushes still remembering my day and dropping messages…ain’t I blessed and so loved by all :P The other day this chap from graduation days remarked do you remember what you had told me…I couldn’t recollect and had to pester him to reveal..I had called him sweet during a chemistry lecture and he being a ‘bhola bhala’ guy in those days had replied with a cheap comment ‘have you tasted me’ How cheesy!! And we both laughed and laughed!! There were calls and messages from buddies from whom I hadn’t expected they would remember my day, while some of the people from whom it was expected had forgotten! It is very rightly said ‘life is what happens to you when you are busy making other stupid plans’. 

Some of my lovely and caring colleagues were sweet enough (or hungry for a birthday treat :P) to join me for a small outing. My other plans for the day did not work out, so they were the saving grace (isn’t grace pouring on me? ;) My college buddy Shalini came over and started spilling beans of our good old days from Ramjas :P I had to intervene to put a brake before she could reveal those secrets..she is always full of life and bubbling with energy. Saachi, my project buddy, was way too generous with her hugs and kisses that day :P She is my solace, always there to lift spirits and keep us entertained with her mischiefs and one-liners. Had she not been there, it would have been difficult to stay put at the new work location. Then came the VIPs- Gagan aka Chicken Chawal, GG and Ambika. They made their grand entry with  my favourtie cholocates from Choko La. These folks are always pulling nighters in the office, so it was a pleasent surprise that they could make time from their packed work schedule to catch up.We chatted about some more smart cities, Gagan's love interest, Ambika's awaited wedding, GG's tours and Europe vacations. We talked silly and so pulled chicken chawal’s leg, he couldn’t stop blushing :P Everyone was giving him suggesstions on how to catch a movie with the girl of his dreams, how he should do a 'chance pe dance'. Some people's company is uplifting, and with them I was on cloud nine ;)  They say, fate eventually brings like-minded folks with similar wavelength together before they move on and part ways. I was missing my old buddies too, many of them miles away and some them married. Equations and relations do change...for change is an inevitable part of life.

The day ended with a cosy celebration back home with family, again with them wishing this is my last as a bachelorette. I slept with a big smile! The blanket of love, happiness and grace keeping me warm on the coldest and longest night of 2014. 

Some of my friends were too generous to create special pictures and write adorable words, which am gonna feature here! Love you all from the core of my heart :) People come and go, but some leave behind a deep mark in your mind!

Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest people I have met! To somebody who's sorted, selfless and simple... D rarest combination of beauty wid brains! We haven't spent too much time together but i guess d amount was gud enough to know d inside of u!! I wish u a happy year ahead! May u get all wat u deserve ‪#‎keepsmiling‬ - From Joshu ;)

“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
Even longer,' Pooh answered.” - Happy Bday Monica Bhatia Have fun n meri party due ho gayi hai- Shalini Kochar

Happy birthday Monica! 😙
May god bless you alwaya
Lots of love, hugs, kisses and wishes- Sadaf Khurshid
The night we laughed and celebrated :) thank u buddies
Gracious fellows :)
Smart City expert thinking aloud ! Maybe about next proposal
The glowing bride-to-be and my KM buddy!

Hardworking fellas!

Shalini's conversations

DietY buddies :)

Best buddies :) I like their bonding
Cake 2
Cake 1

To me...with love ;)

PJ, Neeji, Shipra..Party pending rahi;)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A happy to endearing Neeji :D

Neeji Neeji Neeji I know you are not very excited about your BirthDAY this time! I hope this short and humble post would make you smile your 1000watt vaala smile.

Your Birthday ought to be special coz if you weren't born then, we wouldn't have met!! That reminds me of our first ever meeting, the credit for which goes to PJ and AOL's silence program. We were not even friends then and you were already ensuring if I had had proper meals and was comfortable. It was so nice of you to drive us to the venue early morning, despite the heavy fog and you not being able to clearly view the road ahead :P In silence, you wanted to tell us...'I can't see clearly, please drive' and I used to wipe the windshield thinking this damn fog is the root cause of your concern...thank god we didn't end up in hospital :P My first impression of you was 'how will she do this course? she wouldn't be able to keep silence' but I was so wrong! Your determination and will power surprised all of you would put it 'Man she's a tough cookie' 

 I am at loss of words right now! There's so much about you, and words are not enough to express your charm and awesomeness quotient. For a person like me, it's difficult to make friends and keep the friendship going. But with you, everything just fell in place. We no longer see each other as frequently as we used to and am not very fond of chitchats on phone. Despite this, we share a good equation :) there's something magical between you, me and Shipra, is it the AOL effect? touch wood! I hope everything stays this way...even after we get married :P I know you will say 'I don't want to, mujhe ni karni' and enlightened Shipra would say 'Bol le beta..sab aise hi bolte hain, every girl says this' :P Then you'll go on 'am serious'.

Aren't you the most happiest person I have ever met..your effervescent smile always lifts up our spirits! Shipra's mom had aptly put it, you have that bright glint of naughtiness and innocence in your eyes, and that glow of are our modern day 'Krishna'. You are truly living the five sutras from AOL. Even if situations are not so pleasant, you always have that smile. And you never utter a word to anyone when you are upset, always wanting to deal with it alone.I still vividly remember that evening, when you were trying to drink your tears and I played dumb, pretending to overlook them because I knew you wanted to be alone. Your compassion as well as the spirit of service and sharing is inspiring for all of us.

Neeji, your creative streak always leaves me spell bound! Aren't you too humble for an awesome, out of the world, top designer! Your brand 'Maapaa' would make big waves one day, mark my words :) I hope your wish of three of us doing something big together becomes a reality :)


Thank you Neeji for giving us joyous days :) We really miss you here in MV...those evening walks for momos, ganna juice, golgappas, grocery shopping and gedis. And how can how I forget the way you convinced mum for my first ever night stay at a friend's place :P Our misadventure with baking a chocolate cake, how we were licking off the chocolate batter from vessel...your special butter vaali maggi and garlic bread toast. This reminds me, you are such a cleanliness mum loves you for that! And with your knack for photography and those cool pouts, our pictures have never looked better and more lively! The way you dress up and add that spark of innovation to mundane outfits speaks volumes about your creativity! Your attires mostly have that androgynous look with so much eye for small details..on the other hand, we also know how beautiful and graceful you look in Indian feminine outfits, specially in those saris draped by your friends ;) am sorry I had to write this here, and how I wish I had those pics too!

Gratitude and lots of love to you :) May this birthday bring in a new era of more happiness, smiles and joy in your life...may all your wishes become a reality soon, and may you keep rising and shinning! One day, we'll see your name all over and then I will say 'Look! she's my friend'. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Happy to Ms. Versatile

Dreamy Sadaf

All set to conquer hearts!

Fresh :)
Well, Sadaf aka Ms. Creative, Intellectual, Photographer, Painter, Poetess, Researcher, Debater, Dreamer and SRK Fan celebrates her birthday and I get to write another birthday special post :) Blessed I am! This super awesome lady is a warehouse of talent and she always plays this card of modesty. Ever since I have known her, she has always been that humble, caring and generous lady who always makes sure you are comfortable and taken care of. In our girl gang, she and I are known to be somewhat ‘shareef’ and ‘calm’ ;) She is such an amazing orator and debater; I really envy her for her articulate disposition! She can talk on and on for hours, and it is not just Jibber Jabber. I love listening to her :) With her, there is some strange long-distance wireless connection. I mean, she is sitting countries away and I don’t feel the distance at all! Whenever we meet, it seems as if we met yesterday! And hence, she doesn’t end up receiving any special VIP treatment :P 

All set to fly high

Inn aankho ki masti ke...mastaane hazaaro hain

Happy to click ;)

Sadaf, I love the fact that our friendship is so ‘light’. There’s no such thing as you scratch my back and I scratch yours and only then we’ll be friends. It just feels so natural, no expectations at all…even silence speaks the language of love with you. You are one person with whom I can talk my heart out and the feeling is mutual :) I had never really believed that we would maintain the connection after BSL…but with each passing day, it only grows stronger. In BSL, I still remember our early morning and washroom chitchats, and those outings to Stellar Park, Haldiram, GIP…phew! The Girl power of K-Mantra team was most famous in the premises :P Rups and I used to come over to your territory to praise our manager, and how you had a great crush on him :P Haha! On your last day you even told him ‘You are cute’ and his face turned auburn ;) 

K-Mantra Girls



All Smiles with Jugnee and Nadan Madan


BSL Beauties

Friends Forever

Yummilicous girls painting the town red

Sadaf! You have been very emotional too, trusting and relying on people, and ended up being betrayed,back-stabbed in return. Nevertheless, I’d say with each such experience you’ve grown more resilient and stronger. Plus, you found new friends like us with your trusting, caring disposition :) So be your self, keep learning from mistakes to become more evolved. And keep seeking my suggestions too (I know am being cheeky here :P)

Kiddo Sadaf

Sana (L) and Sadaf (R) Awesome sisters...ravishing since childhood days

Posing ;)

Hey There! Don't mess with me


Lovely us :)

Ms. Photographer on an excursion

Killer Looks ;)

Reflections :)

With Junior RK

Fun times...with no VIP treatment for Sadaf :P

Sadaf, you are one go-getter…doing an MBA, then quitting your job to pursue your passion for academics and research…It takes guts man! Salute to you! Your clicks, paintings and poems reflect that dreamer in you. Words are trivial to convey their depth and beauty. Plus! How can I forget you are a die-hard fan of SRK, particularly DDLJ :P I really wish may you meet the ‘man’ aka ‘Raj’ of your dreams pretty soon!

Proud Graduate

Lovely us again :)

Happy Family :)

On top of the world

Sadaf with Sana and Mom

Rashmi ki patli kammar ;)

Sadaf's Farewell at BSL

Open your mouth...Hahahaha
 Wishing you a fantabulous birthday sweetheart! May this day mark the beginning of a new era in your life! A phase full of eternal joy, happiness, health, abundance, creative power, love and blessings starts henceforth. Convey my gratitude to aunty for giving birth to you :) God bless and keep rising, shinning and smiling.

PS- Have fun in Switzerland :P As Rups says do a 'Maine hotho se lagayi toh HUNGAMA ho gya' :P or do a 'badhe badhe desh  mei chotti chotti baatein'