Remember, when we cut your birthday pizza instead of a birthday cake in 2012? When I wrote ‘Happy Birthday Don’ with the tomato ketchup on our plate and the restaurant manager came shouting at us? When I made you bunk your college for the first time and you became my stylist, making me a shopping list of items I must buy to stop looking like a geeky nerd? When back in 2008, you convinced my dad for the school picnic to Abu? When our parents would chit chat outside our board exam centers in 2009 and we’d nervously be doing the last minute cramming? When Miss Rashmi punished us on our first day in grade 11 in 2007? When we did the school rangoli together?
When we laughed our eyes out at the 44th Monkey in the class? When you coined me as the prodigal ‘out-standing’ student? When you would hear my sob stories over and over again? When you’d curse my slow bike all the time? When you helped to straighten my hair for the birthday party? When you loaned me your Chania Choli for Navratri and helped me to dress up? When we played Holi on my terrace? When we would meet in the parks to gossip and I’d insist on climbing on the trees?
When you’d come home to have Gujju food? When you’d ask for Kaju Katris in Diwali? When you’d sing just because I’d insist? When I’d get annoyed and J as you were always the teacher’s pet? When we would talk our hearts with one another without a worry in the world?
When we sneaked into IIMA? When you’d teach me computer programs before my exam? When we would talk endlessly over our BSNL landlines?
When life was so simple… When we just lived a few kilometers apart… When Amdavad was where we called our home?
Do you remember all this? I miss you, so much! Happy birthday darling 💖😘