It’s That Time of the Year

25 Jul

Hello readers of Orange Jammies,

As will be (painfully) obvious pretty soon, once you have detected a not-so-subtle change in writing style and conspicuously poorer use of English – this is not OJ. No siree, the honour of writing this post has been given to her worse half or, as he is known in these parts, the Boy. And this honour is not to be taken lightly, because it is indeed an onerous task to fill her shoes as the “Sutradhar” of the crazy world of neon pyjamas. I shall do my best to not let her blog down… but I do sincerely solicit your patience and tolerance just this once – because it is OJ’s birthday!!

Yes, twenty some years ago (or was it thirty some years ago…can’t be sure), this mistress of spices arrived into the world in a beguilingly simple manner. Though I was not present at that point in time, it is said that free OJ was distributed in the halls of the Parsi General Hospital in the leafy confines of South Mumbai. These are just rumours – but I would like to think this is what happened. With the free OJ, all the nurses, doctors, the infirm but lovable Bawas and the fruit vendor across the street were handed an issue of the latest edition of People magazine, a scented candle which brought about visions of Autumn in Bavaria, a bottle of industrial-strength kitchen-top cleaner, a pound of Norwegian (not Alaskan) smoked salmon, a Bottega Veneta crosshatch handbag, a gilded copy of “The Women of the Raj” and a vial of the strongest of good intentions. On receiving this puzzlingly odd collection of stuff, most were confused, because little did they know that this was just the beginning of a beautiful life filled with beautiful things.

That is my wife. A study in contradictions, but only those which make life interesting and worth living. There are many things I have learned about her, over the relatively short time I have known her – but if there is one thing I can mark with a flourescent highlighter for everyone to see it is that she relentlessly searches for beauty in this world. Whether it is through her amazingly crafted prose, or her selfless support of those in need, or her ability to change her own point of view, or her search for the perfect handbag/industrial-strength cleaner… it is all to make this world a prettier (and cleaner) place. A world her Nana would have been proud of.

And if it is her birthday, I for one, have many reasons to celebrate. After all, twenty some years ago (or was it thirty…does it matter?) on the 25th of July, the world suddenly became one heck of an interesting place to live in… that is worth celebrating, isn’t it?

Happy birthday, my love… may God bless you with health, wealth, happiness and lots of beauty.

29 Responses to “It’s That Time of the Year”

  1. sraikh July 25, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Sweet post. Happy Birthday OJ. 3 mins past midnight in CA 🙂

  2. Gymnast July 25, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Happy Birthday OJ!

    May i take this occasion to tell you that you write beautifully! I am a fan..and if you ever write a book , you have a guaranteed buyer!!

  3. nisha July 25, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    My God, you’re lucky! happy birthday!! this one’s definitely one of the most beautiful post I’ve read 🙂

  4. Dee July 25, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Awwwwwwwwwwww 🙂

    Happy birthday OJ

  5. sukanyabora July 25, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    oh Boy, oh Boy, Oh Boy!…beautiful ode to your lovely wife. she deserves every ounce of happiness…happy birthday OJ!
    you are blessed to have each other.
    i am showing this to my hubby for some much needed inspiration:-)))

  6. girlfriend-in-sweltering-manhattan July 25, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Happy birthday girlfriend!! (A, seriously sweet post:) too early to call on your coast yet, but hope you’re headed into a sunny, happy, magical day. Here’s to your good health, charm, madness and laughter, and the hope that one can indulge in them soon…love and hugs xoxox

  7. M.... July 25, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Happy Birthday OJ! Twenty something, thirty something how does it matter, OJ is always refreshing 🙂
    A lovely post Boy.
    It was nice to put a voice (in my head, I am hearing the Boy speak the post out 🙂 ) to the Boy

  8. Aunty G. July 25, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    What a lovely tribute
    By a hubby for wife’s attribute
    You’re not bad yourself, Boy
    You bring her so much joy
    May you both be happy in any latitude!

  9. Kavana July 25, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Happy Birthday OJ!
    Brilliant, Boy!

  10. Kalyan Karmakar July 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    very sweet & HB 2 OJ 🙂

  11. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? July 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m so sooooooo sooooooooooooooooooooo very glad that you let The Boy put a ring on it — he’s an absolute keeper!

  12. Rohini July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm #


    Happy birthday, OJ

  13. roxana July 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Happy birthday, OJ. What a beautiful post by the Boy. Hope you had a wonderful day.

  14. chandni July 26, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    *turns in to a puddle of mush*. You’re a good boy, for this lovely post!

  15. rajni July 26, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Happy Birthday OJ!!!
    What a lovely post by the Boy.
    Hope you had a wonderful day:)

  16. pxbalak July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Happy B’day OJ and now we just have to meet, so your husband can inspire mine (of course, it’s also because I always want more 😉 )

  17. Pallavi July 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Belated good wishes for your birthday, OJ! And, Boy, your writing is lovely too!

  18. Revathy July 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Awww! Happy birthday again!:))

  19. dipali July 29, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Happy belated very very first married birthday, OJ.
    Lovely post, Boy:)

  20. Orange Jammies August 1, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    sraikh: You got here first! (Note my remarkable knack for stating the obvious.)

    Gymnast: Thank you! I’m going to hold you to it if I ever get down to scribbling one. 😉

    nisha: Yes. I’m blessed. *taps furiously on all things wooden*

    Dee: Thanks, Dee!

    sukanyabora: What did he say? 😉

    girlfriend: I’m not accepting long-distance wishes. Make up a work trip and get self here. 😛

    M….: 🙂

    Aunty G:….and longitude. :mrgreen:

    Kavana: Thanks, Kavans!

    Kalyan: You don’t have to limit yourself to 140 characters here, you know. 😉

    M4: Sigh. Yes. I wasn’t much for the institution until he assured me it had its strengths.

    Rohini: Thanks much, Ro!

    roxana & rajni: I *did*! It was strewn with so many of my favorite things–food, history, San Francisco, a new outfit and bag, jewelry, books, love and friends! For twitter updates of our culinary walk through Chinatown and North Beach, follow the #foodtour hashtag on my Twitter timeline

    chandni: I’m sure he’s read your comment already, but I’ll let him know again.

    pxbalak: Lol….disclaimer: I don’t guarantee partner-conversion. 😛

    Pallavi: Thanks, Pallavi. We like words, him and I.

    Revathy: Thanks again, girl!

    dipali: Thanks, Dipali!

  21. Chips August 1, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Belated birthday greetings, OJ.

    An Awwww inspiring post!

  22. Orange Jammies August 1, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    Chips: Chippy! How have you been? ((hug))

  23. maidinmalaysia August 1, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    my firstborn is a july 23 child. i am so excited to know he shares OJ’s zodiac. so he’ll surely surely surely have a unique turn of phrase… and can turn into a wordsmith if he wishes someday…
    but will he love handbags too? hmm.

    OJ! happy belated birthday:-)

  24. Orange Jammies August 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    maidinmalaysia: He only needs his mamma’s superlative sense of humor. Then he’s all set. 🙂 Thanks for the wishes, hon.

  25. Nino's Mum September 26, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Happy Happies OJ 🙂 I come by after so long and this is such a wave of happiness to be swept up in, that I’m glad for you and for me, that I got to read it too.
    Much, much love.
    And beautifully written by the Boy 🙂

  26. Orange Jammies September 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    Nino’s Mum: ((hugs)) 🙂

  27. aban February 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Awwww….the boy is just so sweeeeeeeeeeeet. Just touched my heart! What observations and appreciations! …………and love!


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