Gone are those days where I used to cry and pester my dad to get me all those lovely assorted chocolates especially one particular brand called "Ravalgon" and carefully pack all of them (just 100 gms) inside a brown paper bag and I used to count the total number of students in my class and count those ravalgon's against each name, if there would be even one piece short, I used to run to the shop and get additional ravalgon's. That is one day where dad gets me this GEMS packet and that is all what I need. The thrill of wearing color dress to school and the pride of you being identified unique amongst the other uniformed sheep’s, teachers being so kind to you that day and not punishing you for any of your silly mistakes, you going to your class and distributing those chocolates by walking across all the benches and giving that one unique smile for your crush in your class and placing that additional Ravalgon in her hand and she giving back that vibrant smile ... and you tend to see her every now and then and check if she is noticing you and admiring your new dress ? wait wait wait ... did I blabber anything here ? ;-)
I used to go in rickshaw to my school and there would be 7 co-passengers with me in that rickshaw and I start distributing chocolates right there and I will be happy to give more pieces to my rickshaw man and tell him to give that to his kids, I still remember his face and name, he is Maari and a very good person by heart, he gets me something or the other that day and that wud be his bday gift. I remember once he got me a BIG-FUN chewing gum which was 30p that time and that was the first time I got "6" runs in that inside wrapper and that too on my fav cricketer Viv Richards, I don’t know how many times I kissed him that day for that gift, but we should understand that for his meager 30 rupees salary in a month, his heart to get me a chewing gum for 30p is big. Talking about big-fun, in those days BIG-FUN is the only chewing gum which created a revolution by bringing in the inside wrappers which will have the photos of all cricketers printed on it and if he is a batsmen they will have runs against his name and if he is a bowler they will have wickets against his name, and there was a competition where we should collect 1000 runs and 100 wickets, and the prize for that was a complete cricket kit, I was mad about it, but I ended up collecting just 450 runs and 80 wickets.
As we grow we tend to go inside a shell, the days where you wanted to trumpet on the roof about your birthday has now turned out to be a secret affair, you are afraid that someone may leak your birthday to your colleagues and your team mates and they may in turn pester you for a treat and you are not so comfortable in disclosing your age etc etc. GOD only knows when such a mindset is injected into us, well, I am not scared of disclosing my age though, for that matter I am not scared of sharing any or my personal information if a need arises for me to disclose. I am proud to say that I am kissing 33 today and bidding adieu to 32, well this year for sure is one of the most productive and happiest year I have ever had on my professional front, got a wonderful job with some un-imaginable salary, nice post and desig. On the personal front tho, nothing changed, but at the same time nothing turned worse as well, so I am happy. Looking forward for a successful year this time as well, hope GOD hears this loud and clear.
As I always say, I am a GOD blessed child and I have been given everything that I have needed and at times I used to feel that most of the things that I am enjoying in this life are beyond what I actually deserve. I wish to be like this, the way I am and would want to kiss my doom without any change in my character whatsoever. I don’t know how many more years are left for me, but I would like to thank God, my family, my friends and all my blog readers from the bottom of my heart for all the support and encouragement you have been giving me all this time and I request you folks to continue the same forever. I am starting this New Year with lots of hooks hanging over my head, but I am sure I will be turning those hooks into stars and just follow my instincts. Time to just move on and the fact of getting old is making me feel nice and I am just loving it.