just another day


Teja bought me an orange reading lamp, a big one, to suit my aging eyes. I loved the effort he went through to have it delivered home without me catching on, since his pet grouse is that nothing he does, escapes me. Particularly since his credit card is an add-on to mine, and I get a sms every time he swipes it.

Dhanno got me a rich chocolate cake, ignoring all my diet plans. She made me blow out a candle and cut the cake, while Shy and she sung ‘Happy Birthday’ much to my embarrassment.

I ordered myselfΒ  Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Three Women’ from Flipkart, and Amarjeet’s ‘Teen Deviyan’.

Random House India sent me Mohammed Hanif’s ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ and Samaresh Basu’s ‘Mahakaler Rather Ghoda’.

Pu gave me Devdutt Patnaik’s ‘Jaya – An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata’.

Pu, Shy, Dhanno and I went to see ‘Ferrari ki Sawari’. We laughed during a lot of scenes that were funny but also during the dramatic scenes watchingΒ  Dhanno as she cried and gasped and clutched her hair, unable to take the tension of bad things happening to good people. Later, we ate sandwiches and pastries at Cafe Moshe’s. We made plans for more girlie parties, and European trips alone.

Later, Teja served Dhanno and me cold, diced mango in bowls, while we watched several episodes of ‘Gossip Girl’, and exclaimed incredulously at the shenanigans of Chuck/Blair/Nate/Serena/Jenny, et al, which we ought to have been used to by now.

Several people who care about me and remember my birthday, called me, messaged me, mailed me. I care about all these people, but never remember their birthdays myself. I made a pact with my nephew Golu, that from now on, he would call me on his birthday, and remind me to wish him. The same goes for all you beloved ones out there.

It was the happiest birthday I’ve had in many years. Maybe because for the first time, I was not expecting any fireworks up in the sky, or people (read Teja) turning somersaults for my benefit.

And oh yes, we saw the posters and promo of ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ at the theatre. It’s a funny, fun, inspiring film. I reviewed it for Upperstall a while ago. Do go watch it.


  1. Wish you a belated Happy Birthday Banno. I can never understand ‘belated’ though – but just because it is the oft used term. Looks like you had a lot of funπŸ™‚ I might also start enjoying my special days better if I too stop expecting ‘fireworks up in the sky’.. seriously they never happen, and that leaves me sulking and grumpy.

    • Yes, Violet, the only way to enjoy a special day is to treat it like just any other day.πŸ™‚
      And where have you been?

      • I have moved to your philmy nagri– Mumbai, not sure if I mentioned that to you. However, it has been so much of work and effort trying to just get things going that I barely get to think about the place. And I guess you’ve been living out of the suitcase –where are you currently?

        • Violet, welcome! I am in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land these days.πŸ™‚ Since I am editing the film right now, I am fairly home-bound. Do let’s catch up some day, once you have settled in.

          • Wow.. nice to know that you are here. Let us surely catch up. I live/work in Andheri, where are you put up? This city is just too huge for me to comprehend..

              • Excellent.. I guess it is not far from our place. BTW, today is my ‘just another day’.. and with my mom around, I don’t need/care for fireworks in the skyπŸ™‚ Feeling OTT for no reason! Wanna join in?

                • Oh, a belated Happy Birthday, V. Sorry, I didn’t see your comment yesterday. I hope you had a lovely, lovely day. You must have, with your mom around. And thank you so much, for wanting to include me in your celebrations.πŸ™‚ Sorry to have missed it.

  2. Happy birthday! I used to remember, I think but then I forgot. It sounds like a brilliant, lovely birthday. Hugs all around to the three of you.πŸ™‚

  3. Very, very, very happy birthday Banno! Here’s to many more decades of your writing (and many more little thrills I get everytime I get an ‘new post’ alert from your blog) and much success for your upcoming film.πŸ™‚

  4. What a nice way to spend a birthday! It sounds like an excellent way to spend a happy day.πŸ™‚ As the birthday has already passed, let me wish you a happy year leading to your next birthday.

  5. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, dear Banno, Happy Birthday to you! I get ridiculously happy over my friends’ birthdays, and do not celebrate mine. Ever.πŸ™‚ But I definitely tinged green with envy at the description of your day. Glad you had a blast!

  6. sounds like a lovely birthday! Happy birthday from an old blogger friend…who is dusting off the keyboard after a long time as my son, who is nearly three will finally let me sit in peace for a few minutes without breaking or swallowing anything hazardous or torturing anyone..

  7. ‘Fireworks’ in the soul occasioned by folks who care, and care to remember is good enough, even better to better those in the sky. Belated wishes to you.

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