The Best way to Celebrate your Birthday!

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At the outset, let me thank you for your birthday wishes and prayers! It was the best birthday yet and though I always think that of my birthdays, this one was extra special. I usually like doing a good deed on my birthday sort of like my personal Ganga snaan ( bath in the Ganges River considered holy enough to rid you of all your sins), however this time I got stuck at work a little while longer. The rains spared me no Lee way as if testing my pledge of doing something out of my way. 

I spent my birthday evening shuffling the racks of a nearby super Mart to find a perfect thing to donate. After a long internal dialogue, I was out of all the shortlisted options when my mother gave me a noble idea. I went to the food counter and collected Dal, Atta and Chawal ( Lentils, Flour and Rice) packets. I added two packets of cream biscuits, the ones that were a prize for me while growing up. I sprinted from one column to another in my pencil heels which I wore to work to look like the birthday girl ( I know! 😂 ).

Once out with my packets ready, I drove around with my best friend, confidant and accomplice in every good and bad, Jagshaan Singh, around the town looking for those who might need it. And as always, my faith in design got reinstated as I stopped by a stall with an aunty and a kid selling roasted corn on the cob. As I nervously got off the car thinking how to approached, words spontaneously came out of my mouth and I spoke to them as if I knew them, told them about my birthday and I would like to celebrate it by giving them some rations. I can not define what the lady’s face emoted. For a moment it was devoid of any emotion at all and she looked up at the sky and smiled back at me. The kid stood by her like her personal pillar of strength and he looked up at her with a happiness that humbled me beyond imagination. They accepted my gift with open arms but not without gifting me a special ‘ chhalli’ as a birthday gift! As I ascended back into my car elated at my first attempt, I looked back at them, aunty smiling back at me with tears.

A passerby saw me doing this and asked if I had more rations to offer. I of course jumped at the invitation, he pointed me in the direction of the foot over bridge and under the stairs was a whole family who had just been kicked out. I was amazed at how God sent me to them. All the traffic and getting stuck at work made sense. They had utensils, infants, kids and elderly. I gave them the weeks food maybe but it was so much more than giving a party for 4 hours. Honestly, this wasn’t as easy as going to an orphanage or an established home. I did face mockery, some even turned us back saying they have enough and we should keep it. But giving to those who didn’t expect it felt like God’s work. I didn’t want to click pictures or publicize this as a loud pompous declaration of my novelty but send this out as a message to all those looking for a way to Celebrate life. Celebration of life is incomplete if we celebrate it dissolved in the idea of us being important. What is important is to give. Giving is a joy that gives you what nothing else can! True Happiness.

I wish you a very happy birthday and I hope it helps you just as it made a huge difference in my life!
Xoxo

Sherry

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Birthday cake looks really yummy

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    1. Sherry says:

      It definitely was!! My tiny slice cake!

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  2. Dr Bushra says:

    best wishes on your birthday. You celebrate it different way noble idea to greet the needy’s

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    1. Sherry says:

      I am the needy… I went in search of true Happiness and found it in their smiles! That is why I send this message out so people can find true Happiness too!

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  3. wow that is a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday!

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  4. God bless you darling with more than you need so you can give it it to those who are underprivileged.
    Happy birthday to you girl.

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    1. Sherry says:

      I wish one day no one is underprivileged! I wish each one takes it upon themselves to ensure they help out and give back to people! Thank you so much Sharvari!

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  5. Wow!! Truly an inspiration.

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    1. Sherry says:

      Thank you! Do write if you try a similar thing on your birthday and spread this message far and wide!!

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  6. newsontube says:

    its best that you donate on your birthday
    its actually getting true birthday greetings from the poor

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    1. Sherry says:

      Oh! I think we are the poor ones really! Devoid of human connection and selflessness… The corn seller gifted me a corn even when it would have costed her a higher proportion of her earning… Giving to someone in need really teaches you humility is all I know!

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  7. That was a commendable thing that you did!

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    1. Sherry says:

      Thank you! I hope you spread this message. If all of us start doing this or even packing blog table left overs and handing to a hungry soul, it would make a huge difference!!

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  8. Prisha Lalwani (Mummasaurus) says:

    just loved reading your blog. when u mentioned you were shuffling through racks to find something to donate, i realised it is so diffiuclt tod ecide a gift for THEM

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    1. Sherry says:

      Thank you Prisha ! Yes it is a difficult task as it is unfathomable what one would need!

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  9. tlcfnicole says:

    Birthdays are so special
    You want to be a kid again and pamper yourself with gifts and some quality time spent with family

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    1. Sherry says:

      Definitely! What better way to pamper than to pamper others!

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  10. Belated Birthday wishes. Hope you had great time relishing the delicious cake.

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  11. beautyissh says:

    It is indeed the best way :*

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    1. Sherry says:

      Thank you!! 😇😇

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  12. Spending on alcohol is what most of us do on our birthdays…not many think of donating food to poor….hats off

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    1. Sherry says:

      Thank you! My purpose of sharing was only to encourage readers and give them this idea and if even 10 people think of feeding 10 people that’s a 100 people with a month’s food!

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      1. Correct…way to go

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