Your arrival into this world exactly 10 yrs ago, was quite dramatic.. It was hard to imagine my sis, (your mom now) was soon going to be a mother! She sat swaying and writhing in pain in the hospital, the contractions getting more intense by the hour. Your appa chose exactly one of those moments to cheer her up and attempted a poor joke(for he himself appeared a little nervous, but would never admit!). My sis, responded in her style with, ‘Poda!’, still swaying from right to left. You emerged half-an-hour later, and the 30 minutes she was away, your silly periamma was weeping buckets not knowing how to react..
You know the first thing your mom did after she popped? She had a glass of chilled Pepsi! In case you didn’t know, she is cool like that! You were the first beautiful baby that I cradled in my arms within an hour of birth. You had a head full of jet-black hair, that looked almost trimmed to perfection, and ripe black grapes for eyes, and looked like you were straight out of a mens beauty parlor !! I’m very proud of the fact that I was with you the first 3 days and spent most time holding you in my arms:) Your mom was back to her old chic-self by evening, and it was and still is hard to believe that she is a mother of two!
At 11 months, you crawled and supported yourself up onto a potty.. By then your hair was falling all over your face and ears and your amma used to tie it up into a sardarji knot and you looked doubly cute..
You are a tall, handsome boy of 10 now, as calm and composed as you were even as a baby.. I have always thought you by-passed age 2 and 3 and jumped into 4 for I don’t remember a single terrible-2, or a tantrum-3 day. I don’t believe that is possible and your brothers Vyas and Varun, and sis Aashi are awesome proofs of this phase! You are special for another reason too – you are the only grandchild that our dad lived to see and you accomplished a rite/ritual a grandson is supposed to, when you were just one! And see, there is a picture below with you sporting a bokkai smile and the granddad in the background, busy at something..
The proof of your turning 10 is not in height or manners, for you have always been that tall, quiet, and pleasant guy, and still that baby that loves to sleep across his amma’s legs..yes, even now! Its your shying and running away when I want to plant a kiss and squeeze you in a tight hug.. Like always, the one thing that you dread in your perimma is her desire to tickle you (for that matter, all you kids) till your sides ache with laughter that induce tears!! I still don’t seem to get enough of it all!!
This birthday is very special da Duddu kanna, because this is the first time you have ever asked me what I was going to buy for your Birthday, and that happens to be the first time you ever asked anyone what they were going to buy for you, specially for your birthday!!! I’d give you this world if it were in my might (this is your senti-‘mental’ perimma speaking, and you have all the right to ignore this part of her!).. On this special day, I want to make one confession – that you are a big part of my life and you make my almost perfect world complete!! I love you! Have a great, rocking birthday my baby!