Birthday bash

18th February, 2008, my birthday, turned out to be a memorable day, not only for me but for all my friends too. It was the day when some things went wrong and some were just perfect. That is precisely what made it exciting and memorable.

At 0.00 hours, I was watching Ash and Hrithik’s interview on T.V. when Amma and Appa got up from their half sleep and presented me with a HUGE Fruit&Nut bar. T.V., chocolate, calls from close friends – quite a good combo!!!! (Er, I began the year eating chocolate, so does that mean I’ll see no dearth of chocolate the whole year? πŸ˜€ )

In the morning, I had just finished calling office that I wouldn’t be coming in when Manmeet and Pinky dropped in home as a surprise with a bouquet and gift. The initial conversation went something like this:

M&P: Happy birthday, Priya.

Me: Thanks.

M: Here’s your bouquet. Where are the others?

Me: **Blink blink** How am I supposed to know?

It so happened that Manmeet, Pinky, Ganesh, Sonia and Shilpi had planned to meet outside my house at 8.00 hours sharp. Well, plans badly misfired and what resulted was chaos. Certain facts had not been taken into consideration – like Ganesh having gotten a new cell phone, their forgetting to exchange numbers, the possibility that Shilpi’s vehicle might go phut on the way, the possibility that there might be a delay in the preparation of the bouquet, as well as complete unawareness of the fact that a 48-hour auto strike had started in Ahmedabad at 0.00 hours on the same day. (I had nothing to do with it, ok?)

The result – A very confused me! Ganesh waiting for an hour outside my place, not able to contact anyone, thinking there might have been a change in plans and going back. Sonia waiting at a certain place for Shilpi to meet her and take her to my place. Shilpi being stranded on the way and not able to find an auto. Pinky and Manmeet getting delayed due to the bouquet and arriving at my house later than planned, not finding anyone there except me. πŸ™‚ The chaos was sorted out in some time and everyone reached where they were supposed to be.

In the late evening, we met at a restaurant, as I was told by Shilpi over the phone, only to be told by her that there was a problem. They were waiting for me so that we could go somewhere else. I came to know that a surprise cake cutting had been planned, but the restaurant would not allow it. So we headed off to another restaurant nearby.

Half an hour later, we were finally settled at one place. We borrowed a knife from the restaurant, which happened to be something extremely long and thin. I cut the cake Jodhaa-style and there was the customary candle blowing, wish-making, cake-thadavifying-on-the-moonji and photography sessions. πŸ™‚ We asked the waiter to pack the rest of the cake and placed our order.

We were done and ready to leave in some time. I paid the bill and asked for the cake parcel.

The waiter: Madam, I threw it in the trash.

A collective gasp from all of us. It turned out that the waiter had heard us wrong and he had thought it was to be thrown away. If looks could kill, that guy would have died on the spot. How could someone even think of throwing away sinfully tasty chocolate cake in the trash? Chocolate cake, for God’s sake! 😦 It’s criminal!

Our very own Jhansi ki Rani Manmeet demanded compensation. Finally, a fair-enough compensation was worked out. Soft drinks for all of us – on the restaurant. πŸ™‚

We headed home, refreshed after a slurpalicious meal and some hearty laughs.

My day ended with some phone calls and messages with warm wishes. Some unexpected wishes, the wishes I had expected, going to the temple and giving ladoos to poor people, the chaos, the dreamy evening, me catching up on some reading and music, me gifting myself Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Pilgrimage’ and Helen Fielding’s ‘Bridget Jones’ diary’, as well as the lovely surprise gifts I received – all this made my day for sure!!! All in all, a wonderful day. With lots of moments worth remembering! πŸ™‚

Song on my mind: “Ae kaash ke ab hosh mein hum aane na paayein

Pinky, Manmeet, Ganesh, Sonia and Shilpi – Guys, I thought I was a one-of-a-kind specimen that God once made and then stopped making any more. I met you people and realised that I was wrong. There are even bigger sample pieces than me! We rock together!!! πŸ™‚ A special thanks to all of you guys for making the day so lovely. πŸ™‚

Thanks as well to all those from family, other friends and blog buddies who took the time out to send cards and wishes. It meant a lot to me. πŸ™‚



Filed under Friendship, Kaamedi Kimedi, Music, Musings, Occasions, Reading Ramana

22 responses to “Birthday bash

  1. Sweety
    well we will never forget that day when you try to do certain things and they turn out to be in a different way. Well if the end is well all is well , it turned out to be that way after a chaotic day we all went home laughing and with a story to narrate for a long long time……………….

  2. D.K.Suriya

    The waiter shud ve been such an innocent poor chap…he wud nt ve done it intentionally..pls forgive him for Good sake.

  3. Sonia

    our Jhansi ki rani shilpi argued in upper crust, u know?

    I suppose for me it was lovely evening ever been spent by me with my friends.
    Even after so many hurdles in our way, we succeeded in our planning.
    So yeah yeah yeah for that lovely evening with our lovely friends.


  4. hey happy birthday!! You never told me 😦

  5. Nice way to celebrate Priya….
    Best wishes,

  6. hey looks like you had a great birthday, and the books you mention are really good ones.
    Have fun πŸ™‚

  7. Celebrating with friends is always fun πŸ™‚
    Can’t believe he threw away the chocolate cake!

  8. Shilpi Sharma

    Hey belated happy birthday!!!!!
    um kiddin πŸ™‚

    Thanks to you that you were born on that day ….we can not forget the day for lifetime….we really had a great time with you sweetheart
    hope you too enjoyed with us…….

    All we wish for you and your family is happiness for a lifetime.
    Keep smiling.

    n Sonia: Thanks for mentioning about that arguments thing dat happnd in upper crust…Iyer U missed it 😦 mera jhagda waste ho jata ….aaj agar sonia na hoti to………


    Shilpi Sharma
    Sweetu Community

  9. Monisha

    Hi Priya,

    Wishing you a very very Happy Birthday, though belated the wish truly come from the bottom of my heart and i hope you have a rocking year ahead with loads and loads of surprises.

    So hows work and baby hows ur health now?

    Take care

  10. ganesh

    we’ll never forget your b’day celebrations. all enjoyed a ton. in between some comedies (galaattaa) like auto strike, plan collapsing, difficulty in getting the ordered cake, the waiter and the balance cake scene, war between jhansi ki rani and waiter, finally jhansi ki rani winning with free soft drinks – finally successfully completed your b’day celebrations. it was an unforgetable experience.

  11. priyaiyer


    “if the end is well, all is well”… very true. πŸ™‚ the day ended well for sure! πŸ™‚


    yep, we know he didn’t do it intentionally. and we forgave him the minute we got our cold drinks! πŸ™‚


    thanks for reminding me about that incident in upper crust, madam! i forgot! 😦 and it was a lovely evening for me too! πŸ™‚


    πŸ™‚ no probs. thanks!

  12. priyaiyer


    thanks. it was fun! πŸ™‚


    yep, the budday celeb was good. the books seem to be very interesting at the first glancing through. can’t wait to read them! πŸ™‚


    yep, thats true! with good frnds, any time is a celebration! πŸ™‚
    we couldn’t believe he threw the cake away too! 😦


    madam, thanks for the wishes. i had a beautiful evening too. πŸ™‚
    sorry i forgot to mention that incident. will officially announce it now:

    suno suno suno…………


    madam shilpi ne upper crust mein hi cake katenge aisa keh kar argue kiya. manager ke taiyar na hone par madam ne gusse se kaha, “jis restaurant mein mere frnd ke budday pe cake na katne dein us restaurant mein hum nahi baithenge”. πŸ˜‰

  13. priyaiyer


    hey! how r u doing?

    thanks for the lovely wishes. work is hectic, as usual. 😦 am doing fine now. πŸ™‚


    whatta galatta it was! me will never forget the day too! πŸ™‚

  14. Hi priya, wishing you a belated happy birthday…have a wonderful time!

  15. priyaiyer


    hi! thanks for the wishes! πŸ™‚

  16. Hi
    wow…u had a good time then…..
    chocolate cake……
    Although I dont like chocolate..but chocolate cake…i love it….

  17. priyaiyer


    yep, i had a great time! me loves chocolate cake and chocolate as well! πŸ™‚

  18. a very belated happy birthday day !!!

  19. priyaiyer

    @iyer education

    danks!!! πŸ™‚

  20. They threw away a chocolate cake?!
    I’m too young to be exposed to tragedies of this magnitude.
    The trauma is going to stay with me till the end of my days. Or until lunchtime at any rate.

    (Theatrics aside, Happy Birthday. Belated. > πŸ™‚ <)

  21. priyaiyer


    ya, they threw away a chocolate cake!!!! 😦

    thanks for the wishes!!! πŸ™‚

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