So my sister is very dedicated to her work and that really baffles us (her family members... especially me). If you know my sister, you'll understand why we find this strange... she is and has always been a carefree person, the one who likes to laze around and do nothing in particular. She is more of a people person, she likes hanging out with her ever increasing circle of friends and having a good time. So when I heard that she was working late these days and working during the weekends too, I started to panic. I rang her up yesterday to find out what happened to the sister I used to know...
Me : So, what's up?
Nam : Nothin much... I have a three day weekend.
Me : Great! Do you wannna come here, shall I book the tickets? (note how loving and kind I am)
Nam : No, don't go booking anything. I will have to go to office tomorrow.
Me : But I thought you said you had a long weekend...?
Nam : Yeah, it is a holiday but I volunteered to go and help.
Me : I am deeply touched by your dedication. If there was a Nobel Prize for hard work... you would definitely get it, Nam.
Nam : And if there was a Nobel prize for sarcasm, you would win it.
There are some people who are birthday maniacs (like Shilpa and Nameeta) and then there are the others who just want a nice quiet peaceful day (meaning me)... I don't know why but I was never keen on celebrating my birthday. I like celebrating others birthday like Elvis, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) & Michael Ballack ... okay I'm kidding, I celebrated Elvis's birthday only once and I happen to remember Ronaldo's and Ballack's birthday because they fall close to mine. A long time back during one of those crazy world cup days (I used to cut out pictures of footballers from the newspapers and maintain a scrap book on them... the craze returns every four years but I don't do the scrap book thing anymore) a cousin Sunoj asked me when my birthday was and here's the ensuing conversation...
Sunoj: When is your birthday?
Me: Two days after Ronaldo's and two days before Michael Ballack's.
Me: When is your birthday?
Sunoj: 9 days before Jesus Christ's...
Yeah, after that conversation when people ask me when my birthday is I just tell them the date. Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand... I told Antonio I wanted a quiet birthday this year, and the guy orders a cake with the words "Wishing you a quiet birthday" on it. That guy is so funny, makes me laugh all the time & I then call up Nameeta, tell her the joke and we both start laughing and Tonio says "What, you girls think I am a joker or something?" and that cracks us up even more.
The first call I got for my birthday really surprised me, it was Mother Magdalene (the Mother Superior) from the special school I used to work in earlier. She called and I was like 'Motherrrrrr you remembered!' She said ' How can I forget your birthday child...' ain't she really sweet. My sister kept calling throughout the day singing the birthday song (birthday freak... kidding nam) and there was a small gathering at home for lunch... I like the way food plays a major role in binding families together. Any event in the family and everybody gets together to cook up a great spread, and after a splendid lunch the elders all sit around and discuss other elders while the kids get together and create enough havoc to break up the discussion and then its bye bye till the next birthday comes along. Today too there was a birthday lunch party and we got together to cook up a great feast... so cool.