|Thank you Pic for my Birthday|
Call it my natural intuition or marketing acumen, somewhere in this journey I've mastered the art of understanding people and have developed the capacity to adapt and connect with different age groups in real-time. It just comes naturally to me. Anyways I am 29 and that's perfectly fine as now I don't count my age, I just count:
- What value have I added in strengthening the bonds in our family? Could I generate moments of happiness to cherish forever?
- What value have I added by improving productivity at work? Could I think and innovate something promising in alignment with my organization's goals?
- What value have I added while guiding young students who look up to me? Could I inspire them so that they improve upon themselves?
- What value have I added in making this world a better place? Could I spread positiveness, goodness and the message of integrity?
|Bombay Times, Aug 4, 2012 | Source: TOI|
Last night I was thinking about my Ammi and visualized that 29 years ago on August 3 (a day before my birthday) she must have been under extreme stress yet excitement that someone will come in her life. It must have been a special moment for my parents and relatives who were present there on that night. And then next day on a bright August 4 afternoon, I arrived. Now, I neither had any lightening bolt scar on my forehead neither not did I have an extra thumb in my hand, I was just another normal baby who entered this world to bring joy and happiness to our family. I think mission happiness started from Zero Hour only! Haha. My Ammi and Papa have always taken good care of me and my sister and have raised us very well. I have imbibed a lot of traits and values from my parents. It's like the foundation was set through them and then I headed to develop more in this big world. I am, and shall always be grateful to my parents for shaping me up this way. Couldn't have asked for more. I talked with my Papa at 4am before Sehri where I felt his warmth and he wished me success. Later, I talked to my Ammi in the morning and felt very good when she wished me. Now we live in different cities but I always remember how much effort she took in organizing those birthday parties when we were kids. A Mother's love is priceless and I always thank Allah for giving me my wonderful parents. They've added so much to my life and now that I've grown up, I cherish every moment spent with them and always look forward to giving something back which brings joy and happiness in our family.
|Surprise gifts received from cousin M.|
Coming back, just moments before the clock struck midnight, someone knocked at our door and to my surprise there was a guy standing with a bouquet of flowers and a cake! I was stunned, like really? I asked him who sent it to which he didn't reply. So, I collected the flowers and the cake and opened the little card and found my cousin M's name on it. I went WOW! I couldn't believe that M had arranged this wonderful surprise for my birthday. This was truly unique and special. I was very delighted and touched by this surprise! I texted a 'Thank you!' The bouquet was absolutely fresh with a wonderful flower arrangement and the birthday cake was very soft and yummy. It was a good change from the regular 'chocolate' series.
As if this wasn't enough, just before midnight, my cousin connected through GTalk Video and got a cake at their place too. So as I cut the cake here, I & my sister ate here and they ate there! Now this is truly a case of Miss Budding Perfection surprising the Perfectionist himself! Haha. Indeed, a great start to my 29th birthday and I'll always cherish this 'magical' moment with my close ones.
The clock struck 12 and boom - I saw a flood of messages, calls, Facebook status updates to wish me on my birthday. I must have got a dozen messages (yea, SMS is outdated now) and calls from family and friends. On Facebook, I got 70+ status updated from my friends on my wall and some comments were remarkably touching. All were very good but I've picked the top 3 that I loved the most as they were written right from the heart which took me back in the respective time period. Some memories do stay forever.
|Top 3 Facebook birthday status updates|
|Batman T-shirt promo mail won me in no time!|
It was impulsive but I loved it at first sight and couldn't resist. Must congratulate the agency for getting me in. Wonder if they really knew my Bat-abouts?! ;)
If Facebook Friends wished me in good numbers, Twitter was not too behind. As my favorite superhero is the Batman, I donned the Batcap as my Display Picture on twitter for a day. It was funny, but a creative experience. 5 people called me Batman straight and that was cool! ^oo^
|Twitter Profile showing my Batman DP ^oo^|
Meanwhile something interesting also happened in all this! Fasso's (Follow @Faasos), a wraps brand which I order a lot when my mind doesn't work on what to eat wished me on my birthday. Now, how often does it happen that a brand wishes you? I really liked it and humorously replied "Do I get s special Batwrap today (as my birthday gift)?" And, in no time Faasos asked me my number to identify the customer information and they actually sent me a Batwrap, especially for me! This felt so amazing, I just can't express in words. See the entire conversation and the Batwrap pic below:
|Tweet conversation with Faasos, they gifted Batwraps to me!|
Sometimes small things can make a big difference in our lives and I always had praise for Faasos. Highly recommend to try if you're in Mumbai.
So that's it, I think I had a great 29th birthday with a string on never-ending events one after the other. I leave you with my my birthday tweet story below. You can also view it on Storify at storify.com/arifkhan7/birthday-august4-2012 . And, if you want to stay connected, then do subscribe to my Storify page at storify.com/arifkhan7. I would love to hear from you on this entire post which I've written straight from my heart, do leave a comment below.
Spread joy and happiness.
August 4, 2012.