Two more days to Vishu. The ascension of the Sun into Aries, or the Medam Rashi (മേടം രാശി). So goes tradition, the customs and the rites, rituals we have in place, quite apart from the vedic calculations of the constellations, the planets with respect to the positions of the Sun and the Moon. That day, two days hence, is Vishu, the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam. Visitors to this blog have been maximum, so WP stats tell me, on Vishu! Traditions beckons, still, it would seem from far and wide 😀
Tradition is important to the blog too. And April 12th, is one such day to celebrate, in our lives. Mine and others 😀 The ascension of the Sun Child, in the form of a birthday! This year was one big surprise. SURPRISE! No, not as in surprise party. Then? Aha!
The Sun Child, the verse, was born 35 years ago. The Sun Child, my Arjun, four years after the verse was born, the person for whom it had come to be, was born!(I’ve always said just one truth here – the words come to me of their own accord – probably because somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something magical, that I have no knowledge of 😛 – and I’m certain, that it was entirely accidental! That Arjun turned out exactly like that Sun Child in the verse proves the point 😀 )
A certain biography too has been attempted last year on him 😛 I exaggerate of course. But. Do I? Read that epic post to find out 😀 (LINK)
This past year has been special. (Well, which year has NOT been, you ask. Fair point, well made, I’d say!) Consider these wise words:
“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it”, Master Oogway, to Master Shifu. That’s a big turtle and a … errr… I googled to find out that it is a Red Panda or the Lesser Panda or a kind of fox, who are talking about Po, the Dragon Warrior, being one. Such wisdom. At the moment I’m writing this down, my Po is watching that Po, the Dragon Warrior, with all of us lazing in the drawing room and watching Kung Fu Panda, probably for the umpteenth time!
It is serendipitous indeed as to how that one line has been played out as far as Arjun-Po is concerned! He’s always maintained that he’s just going to do what has to be done, and not go beyond, as far as work is concerned. Words, I know, that with the depth of the presence of workaholic content of his DNA, that were quite untrue 😛 He could say all he wanted and whenever he did, but he’d do a fine job of whatever he took up!
Case in point was the amount of work he’d put in – his bit – for the success of the IFR 2016, being part of the organizing of the City Parade, in the first week of February! So the lesson here is what Master Oogway was trying to tell his student – what you avoid, you end up meeting the very same thing 😛 !!
This has also been special in the sense of how the birthday has been celebrated! I doubt he’s had one in which, as he admits, he was surprised! By his mother 😛 Who planned and executed the perfect surprise by turning up at his house, without informing him or his wife 😀 Their classic expressions – Pratibha’s overwhelmed, and Arjun’s underwhelmed – are now going into our family history. I guess I can’t up this one for a long time to come! Don’t want to either. Some things, as that Master Card ad goes, are priceless! This is one of them 😀
Happyyyyyyyyy, as Nainu says – which is enough for her, and therefore for us- to Arjun! Today, 12th of April 🙂 It’s been a quiet sort of day, for one could not improve on the surprise, close to midnight, when he finally returned home from sailing! But that is fine too! We’ve had a couple of friends over – those who were in cahoots with me, in planning and executing my surprise 😀 Which almost did not become 😛
Still, as Naina says, “‘o gya, ‘ogya”- Ho gaya, ho gaya. It has been a lovely, satisfying day 🙂
Happyyyyyy Alljun! May this year unfold and bring to fruit your blossoms of hopes and wishes 🙂 Each one of them, starting with your 100 day challenge to lose weight! I’ll watch and wait, before I do something like this 🙂 May you continue to be blessed by the love of family and friends, and have a rainbow, yours alone, with all you need from the pot at the end.
The biggest surprise of today? That this blog post was posted just in time 😀 I did not think I’d be able to do it, but I did, and just under 900 words!
Love you infinitely!
Here’s to you Mr. Awesome 🙂
12 April 2016
Post Script: Special mention must be made of Riddhi, without whom this surprise wouldn’t have been as effective! She played out her role like a pro 😛 She picked me up from the airport, having assured me kindly that she is there for me 😛 That she did not have her own car, and had to borrow Arjun’s was kind of added effect in the history and drama – needing to create a perfect excuse for Pratibha not guessing why she needed it 😛 Woh bhi work out huaaaa 😛
So Hi5 Riddhi, and many many thanks! I do hope to be able to return this favour by helping you out in a surprise too 😛
PPS : The previous years’ blogs are here 🙂 This one is the 6th! Not bad, this journey has been!