Four Twirls Around the Sun + A Giveaway

1 Jul

Little Blogette sat up in bed and yawned.  Raising her chubby arms above her head, she stretched, then flopped back onto a pile of pillows, dizzy with excitement.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, July had begun and it was her birthday!

Jumping out of bed, she stuffed her feet into her piggy slippers (Parsi mammas were militant about these things) and padded out of the room. Mamma OJ hadn’t stirred yet, but there was a growing stack of presents and messages outside her door. Little Blogette peered into a gift bag and squealed at a sparkling bauble nestled in tissue. A large box housed a tower of cupcakes, and yet another package, an orange polka-dotted dress. Storybooks, crayons and puzzles tumbled forth as she ripped open the dragonfly-embossed wrapping paper. Then there were messages, wishing her a happy 4th birthday and telling her how much she was loved. Friends from around the world, girls and boys she had never met, had sent virtual bear hugs, and she wished Mamma OJ would rise and shine and share in her delight.

She decided to look through her baby yearbook as she waited. And read posts about The Beginning, Year One, Year Two, and Year Three. This new home had been fun so far. Decked in pretty pastel pink and smack in the middle of friendly aunties and uncles, she felt free to skip on the wet grass, build sandcastles and stories, and marvel at gleaming spider houses. Throwing open a white-shuttered window, she peered at the World Wide Web. Were more wishes coming her way? Any hugmeisters in sight? Maybe they’d march up to her in a line, wearing clown hats, juggling blog comments and delurking for this one special day.

She sat herself down on her favorite wicker chair and delighted in the feeling of being 4. She could read and write now! She always remembered to flush and wash her hands after. She could touch her tongue to her nose! She ate neatly with a fork and knife, and loved singing when her mouth wasn’t full. Even Daddy was so proud of her when she showed him how she had finished four twirls around the Sun and ended with a curtsy. She knew there was something special planned and settled down to wait. After all, she had been told patience is the Mamma of someone.

And there she sits in her pyjamas the color of sunrise, unbrushed and dimple-elbowed, broadcasting her toothy grin to a world that has been so good to her. Wish her well, won’t you? And not just for the return presents her Mamma’s going to give away. Four, after all, is more.


Dear readers and friends,

Six and a half years after my first blog post (and four on this blog), it is time to stop a moment and thank you. For visiting Wisdom Wears Neon Pyjamas, for being so generous with your kind words, even for just saying ‘hi’ and leaving a little smile behind. I know there are plenty of you who stop by but won’t say hello. Whatever your reasons may be, thank you too, and welcome to my little cubby hole.  To the lovely folks I have had the chance to meet through my blog—chatter away to, hug, laugh, swap life stories, and establish friendships with— it’s been a pleasure and a privilege.

As my way of saying I love you too, I am giving away copies of Kiran Manral’s The Reluctant Detective to 5 of my readers in the U.S., with a special handwritten note from me. Fast-paced and funny, Kay Mehra’s story is the perfect summer read. Sit by the pool—or in it, if you fancy—sip something chilled and heady, and dive into this murder mystery that keeps you guessing and rooting for its lovably ditzy protagonist.

To win your copy, answer this question and The Reluctant Detective could be on its way to your mailbox:

Which is your favorite post on Wisdom Wears Neon Pyjamas and why?

Feel free to browse through the archives and unearth one that rocks your world. Leave your answers in the comments section and they will be published after the giveaway ends at 11 pm (PST) on July 5th. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified on the blog. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, but everyone is free to share their favorite(s)!

Love and warm fuzzies all around, and onward to year 5,


Updated to add: In response to some queries, let me clarify that all comments will be approved once the giveaway ends on July 5th. 🙂 Keep ’em coming, people!



Updated to add:

*Trumpet blast*

Hear ye, hear ye! The 5 lucky winners of the WWNP birthday giveaway are…… *drumroll*

# 1: Vidya

#2: Nidhi

#3: Sraikh

#4: Pam

#5: Mystic Margarita


Congratulations, ladies!!! (Where have all the menfolk gone? Long time passing. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Sorry for the wee song break. We’re back to regular programming.)

Please email with your full name and mailing address and The Reluctant Detective, bearing a special note from me, will shuffle into your mailbox, collar up high and magnifying glass held to eye.

Special thanks to the Boy for being The Hand That Picked The Winners’ Names.

And to all you lovely folks who wrote in, thank you for your kind comments, emails, and birthday wishes. Little Blogette wants me to tell you that she’s blowing kisses in gratitude.


24 Responses to “Four Twirls Around the Sun + A Giveaway”

  1. maidinmalaysia July 1, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    lil blogette is very special to us too…

    and my four warm hugs go out to
    because i’ve loved romance… and loved it coming true in real life

    and what a cloudburst of joy it was to put a voice to the wordsmith…

    and i never tried this recipe out, but loved the OJ talkin cookin

    and a lovely part of the blogette’s sense of fun is Aunty G and the OJ repartee

    Never mind, if i don’t qualify for the giveaway because i live in KL … but may I pretty be considered for the personal handwritten note?

  2. alice July 1, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    I have to say I love this post. ‘Twirls around the sun’, and the last para starting ‘And there she sits in her pyjamas the color of sunrise, unbrushed and dimple-elbowed, broadcasting her toothy grin to a world that has been so good to her. …’ are an absolute delight!
    Happy Birthday blogette. My we see more and more of you…

  3. Mom Gone Mad July 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I will always love reading you, OJ:-) Thank you for your wonderfully crafted sentences; your thoughts. And a very happy bloggy budday to you.

  4. Vidya July 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Hey OJ! LOVE the new look for Miss Blogette!
    My favorite post is from the travel series – the best one was the one that described your escapades in Spain!
    P.S Had I known you had K’s books in your house, I would have bugged and begged you for it a long time ago!

  5. Dee July 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Happy birthday!

    I remember reading this amazing birthday post for your father and I commented something along the lines of him being like mine 😀

  6. Revathy July 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 Hugs!

  7. chandni July 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Congratulations OJ, for having kept up with the awesome journey or maintaining and updating the blog. It has been a joy to read, and I hope to read it for years to come! Also, would love to meet you in person some day 🙂

  8. Hemisha D'Silva July 2, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Happy Birthday!! may u enlighten us and make our vocabulary enriched with wise and thoughtful words! Cheers!

  9. nidhi14jan July 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Happy birthday little OJ!!!! I love your mama’s writing style – the words never fail to tickle and entertain me! My fav blog post so far is this –
    Though not a Parsi, I’m a stickler for the neat and proper an dthis post so resonated in me.
    I have wanted to read Kiran’s book ever since it has been out but unfortunately its not available in stores here. Hope I score one here!!!
    And you will save on postage too since I live in Sunnyvale, CA 😉

    PS- Am I the first to comment? Wooho!!!

  10. lajja shah July 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Happy six and half yrs OrangeJammies. My favourite blog is “Meet Mt Diablo”. I love everything about that post especially the beautiful pictures and the cameraman. I’ve personally visited the park myself but I would never be able to capture the surroundings with the amazing writeup like the blog has.

    Thank you for showing the place in such a different light.

  11. sraikh July 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    My favourite is the one you did on when you got engaged and you left us hanging when someone opened the blue door. Thats my favourite post.

    My 2nd favourite post was the crow and hopscotch wala. I have told that story to my kids.

    Wishing you many more years of blogging ahead.

    PS:I finally figured out the stupid wordpress pswd. Arggh. I better win this thing, I tried 3 times to leave a comment

  12. pam July 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    me me me- I have been a stalker/reader of your blog for a long time-
    You really have a way with words- a true wordsmith.

    I cannot pick a favorite because that will be like asking me to pick my last meal..There are so many I love, but I would narrow them to Your Life in Shorts(all of them), the one when your dad was in the hospital, and the one after 11/26.

  13. Stalker July 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I like “How To Love A Boy With Autism”. I have seen friends with Autistic kids and I could relate to it.

  14. mysticmargarita July 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Happy Birthday, WWNP! Here’s to many more years of neon-colored fun, frolic, and wisdom.

    One of my favorite posts on WWNP is — it’s warm, full of heart and reminds us why children, each on of them, are special.

  15. Dewdrop July 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Congrats Orangejammies 🙂 Happy Birthday to the blog !

    My favorite post on Orangejammies is because I loved how you decided to take a break and follow your dreams. I wish you nothing but the best in your journeys.

    Btw, Reluctant Detective is a book I was looking forward to read and was going to pick it up in my next India trip 🙂

  16. Aunty G. July 7, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Well, now that the comments are done
    And the five awards have been won
    ‘Tis time for this old lady
    To put in her hapenny
    Happy Birthday, Blogette, i love every single one!

  17. Aunty G. July 7, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Let me amend that a wee bit
    I may proclaim every blog a hit
    But i dis*like* all her gore
    Nonetheless love her more
    And, Maidinmalaysia, you made me upright sit!

  18. dipali July 7, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Aww darling blog, it’s been wonderful knowing you in both your avatars. Many many happy more twirls around the sun, and may you keep us happy with many many more posts that make us smile, make us cray, and make us think. God bless you, OJ.

  19. ittakestime July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    uaaannnn I missed it!! Not fair 😦
    anyhow hum phir bhi batayega humara favorite post

    and I like this one as well

    just because it shows a depth in your friendship 🙂

    Now common make me a consolation prize winner .. remember we are neighbors 😛

  20. ittakestime July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    uaaannnn I missed it!! Not fair 😦
    anyhow hum phir bhi batayega humara favorite post

    and I like this one as well

    just because it shows a depth in your friendship 🙂

    Now common make me a consolation prize winner .. remember we are neighbors 😛

  21. Orange Jammies July 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    maidinmalaysia: Check your inbox. 🙂

    alice: I delight in so many things myself that I am very glad to offer the sentiment to other folks.

    Mom Gone Mad: And I am so grateful this blog brought me you. *hugs*

    Vidya: Precisely why I didn’t tell you. 😛 Now see, you’ve won it fair and square.

    Dee: I remember. 🙂

    Revathy: 😀 Thank you.

    chandni: Sure! I’d like that too.

    Hemisha: I don’t know about vocabulary, but I could give you a really rich recipe for eggs! Want?

    nidhi: Oi, neighbor!

    lajja: Thank you, girl. I happen to love that camera-wielding fella too.

    sraikh: I’m so glad the kids liked Jeremy. 🙂

    pam: Thanks for delurking. Stay delurked now!

    Stalker: 🙂 Glad.

    mysticmargarita: They are, aren’t they?

    Dewdrop: Thank you for your sweet wishes, hon!

    Aunty G: Blogette, Aunty G, is a slice of life
    Along with the sweet comes the strife
    There’s beauty in the dark
    Of the kind that is stark
    Like the precise gleam of a perfect knife

    dipali: Thanks so much, Dipali, for always wishing me well and taking the time to visit and comment. I do hope to meet someday.

    ittakestime: Leaving a comment twice after the deadline is done doesn’t ensure a consolation prize. 😛 Coffee?

  22. ittakestime July 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    HaHaHa aree connection was slow , to do baar post ho gaya !! sowwwy
    ohhh Coffee is my weakness 🙂

  23. Orange Jammies July 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    ittakestime: Whenever you want to get some…


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