Saturday, December 01, 2007

Birthday Wishlist

" Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
fa la la la la la la la la
It's the season to be jolly
fa la la la la la la la la "

I simply looooooooooooove the Christmas season :) It brings a big smile on my face. My mood is always on the upswing throughout the season. It's such a happy n jolly time, especially since my birthday falls during this period ;)

God must love me SO much for He's gifted me with the most wonderful set of parents. I write this blogpost to tell people of a promise I made to my parents a few years ago so they can help me keep that promise.

I won't go into the details of what exactly made me take this decision, but I promised Mom n Dad on my 20th birthday that I will not accept any gifts on my birthday then onwards. (For all the curious cats, it all started with a long discussion on the 'give-n-take' in life :P). I have kept my word and most of my relatives and friends know about this and just send me their love and blessings on D- day. I write this blog coz most people in Bangalore don't know about this decision of mine. And since my birthday is fast approaching (yes! I will NOT give up a single opportunity to remind u about my birthday ;)) I want to inform people well in advance not to waste money on gifts, cards, chocolates, flowers or any other thing for that matter. It's an absolute No-No!

Also, today I have taken a decision to not accept gifts on any of the other 364 days as well. So, no gifts for me at all, irrespective of the day or occasion or even 'just-like-that'. Hope all my dear friends understand and even if they don't, they at least help me in keeping the promise I made to myself. Dosti ke khatir itna to kar hi sakte hain aap sab! So, from now on, quoting an oft seen line in Indian wedding cards which also applies in my case, "Gifts in blessings and good wishes only" :)

And for those who still want to gift me something, be sure you buy something that you've always, oh-so-wanted to buy for yourself, coz I'll gift it right back to you, n that's another promise I'll keep :D

Cheerios! Have a jolly time n help me keep my promise, please :)


Blogger nissim said...

I don't know what happened before that but Santa definitely brought us a wonderful gift on 25th December of some year(helping u hide your age)!
A full-blown Pachchi version of himself!
Here's to Santa 'Singh' Claus...better known as MaMu!
I know what I am going to get for you that day...something even you cant refuse.

7:36 pm  
Blogger MM said...

@ Nissim
But U n 'Hmmm' have already given me such a wonderful gift... ani kallai naakka maakka :)
Tummi majye khatteri kalle haalle ani haanve gheni tari tumka vaait distale mhonu paylechi blog baravnu saangunu solle... Please don't make me break my promise!

9:31 am  
Blogger Bastet said...

Hey Mayam,
The principle you swear by is noble no doubt, but, it is selfish! Yes, you are depriving your friends of the joy of giving. As Sri Sri Ravishankar says, along with doing things for others, you should give them the opportunity to do things for you. For, in doing something for someone other than self, there is a unique joy. The whole scheme of planning a gift, going shopping for it, wondering what would be most loved by the receiver, thinking of how you can add your personal touch to it, the thrill of waiting and watching as the receiver guesses and takes the first look at the gift... it has a lovely charm that nothing else can substitute. To reciprocate your resolution, your friends might prevent you from giving gifts to them as well, then you, too, would be deprived of the pleasure of giving. The gift need not be of huge value.Even making a simple hand made card is fun, and, receiving it is touching. Do not put a plug on this, dear..

10:15 pm  
Blogger MM said...

@ Bastet
Sorry Gomtis, but I 'have to put a plug' on it, as u put it. I know what a joy it is to give something to a loved one, but it is equally important to respect their wishes as well. No point in doing otherwise and hurting their feelings. Besides, by respecting a person's feelings, you would be 'giving' them what they really want, so no worries :)
Gifts aren't everything, it's the feelings that matter. I know u'll send me ur love not only on my b'day, but always, n I ask for nothing more. If u wish, send me a cute lil birthday e-card, but strictly, nothing else.

8:40 am  
Blogger nissim said...

me and 'hmmm' have already decided on what to get for your bday. Wont be an e-card, wont be something that makes you break the promise you made.
My email signature says,

...But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Stop sleeping so early and thou shalt go miles very quickly.

9:14 am  
Blogger Underdog said...

MaMu, you better come to Bombay so that Nissim and 'Hmm' don't make you break your promise :) I won't, rest assured :P Rather you can go ahead and buy me something, to shoo away any doubts and misgivings :)

9:00 am  
Blogger MM said...

Baab, masta ullavnchya laagla tuun! I'll surely come to Bombay, if not to buy u something, atleast to 'tirpofy ur kaan' :P

2:39 pm  
Anonymous subbu said...

but its fun to give gifts.... just to see the receiver burst into a wide grin ("How did u know... i love this!")

12:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but u always fall for the odd choco cake or deep forest ... dont u??

7:00 am  
Blogger Can't C Me said...

Why not accept the gifts and donate it to the poor and needy? :)

12:58 am  
Blogger MM said...

@ Neeraj
I do exactly that in cases where I simply can't say "no" :)

6:40 am  

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