Special Day.

For me, September 30 has always been a very special day as it is the birthday of three very special people in my life. The first, my late younger brother Arvind who would have been 74 yesterday had he just lived for two more months.

The next, my childhood friend and innovative farmer Babu about who I wrote here.
And the third, my lovely niece Vandana the actor director that I wrote about here.

So, yesterday was a day of mixed emotions till late evening when my daughter in love surprised me further with this.

And this:

A roller coaster day alright. First, in response to my birthday greetings, a longish WhatsApp message from Vandana all the way from California, next, a video Clip of Babu cutting a birthday cake, next the photograph right on top of this post coming up in our WhatsApp family group page and finally the last two photographs.

22 thoughts on “Special Day.”

  1. A lovely mix of sadness and happiness, which is what life is all about. How wonderful your daughter in love is in her care and concern for helpless animals!

    You have some dear friends and lovely memories Ramana <3


    1. “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, the river flows and the grass grows by itself.” Nothing lasts forever and we all die, so appreciate what we have while we still have it and savor the memories.

    1. There are some other dates too that celebrate more than one birthday and some where someone’s birthday coincides with someone’s death anniversary. All part of life. Thank you.

  2. your tribute here is beautiful even if bittersweet.
    and Manjiree is so beautiful in that picture accepting the great award of honor.
    must make you very proud.

  3. What a lot of things to celebrate in one day!

    I like the description of Manjiree as an “emerging personality”. I had thought she seemed to be making her mark quite strongly already 🙂

    1. It looks a little as though I forgot that Arvind is no longer with you. I didn’t forget, I hope you celebrate the times you spent together

    2. Thank you Kiley. In my opinion too she is no longer a chrysalis. She is a flying around butterfly but, I suppose the people who honoured her think that she still has some more potential in her.

  4. A bittersweet (emphasis on sweet) day, indeed.

    And “daughter in love”? What a wonderful improvement on “in law” (may I steal it for use on MY in-laws?)

    1. I confess that I stole it from my intrepid sister many years ago. I have been using it ever since and many of my readers too have started to use it. I don’t see why you can’t too.

    2. I like the idea of using the phrase “My …-in-love” rather than “My …-in-law”.
      I want to adopt this wonderful improvement to Indonesia, at least starting within my big family.

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