One year closer to death.

Hehe, I know sounds rather pessimistic when talking about a birthday, but hey! let’s be realistic! hehe

I don’t like celebrating birthdays (read fact #19), because I view them as my title suggests, but I do think it’s a good day to let others in your life know how much you appreciate them. Plus any other time of the year people won’t buy you presents (you shall laugh now)

Since 14th July marked finalisation of the Irans Nuclear agreement, the younger brother made brownie and sent me a pic, half of it was in celebration for my birthday and the rest for Iran. I accepted!


So what happened on the 15th of July 2015? Well I had to back to back classes at HAP, and an exam in the second class. Was I prepared? Umm…No! I had missed three very crucial classes cos of the Chennai trips in the past two weeks, so I was lagging behind. However the exam went pretty fine and the whole day went in that. I did like the fact that my “new” year started off in a good tone, day 1 of the 27th year of life defined my life. I identify myself as a student for life, so Wednesday was a very good day.

After class I stopped at Archie’s to pick up a birthday card for myself from my daughter and also a mug. She’s too young to pick cards and presents, so I did it. One day she shall haul in a section at a shop count her pocket money and buy me a card or present. I shall patiently wait for that day. That day would definitely be special.

Reached at me paternal aunts place at around 9:30ish, had dinner, made the daughter sign the cards (yes I picked two, cos they were just too good). My younger paternal uncle and aunt had bought a cake, which I cut and the drill happened. Yummy cake, and when I reached home, I saw a present from them too! and it was the sweetest thing ever!



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16th July I threw a dinner for me girl friends. Haiking is my favourite restaurant in Hyderabad. I can eat their noodles, every single day. So it only fit that I treat me friends for a dinner there, and guess who joined? The Batool! The idea was to introduce me friends to each other, since they’re all from different parts of me life, and since I can remember, I always went to Haiking (Himayatnagar), and wanted to host my own dinner for friends at the round table. It was a dream of mine to have 8 friends, whom I could chill with. And it happened, even though 2 of them couldn’t make it. Two chairs empty but the heart is full with love!


Got a pretty pink bag, I would not have dared to ever buy a pink bag, so it’s good to get presents that push me to try new things, and lovely bag has a long strap, I am into sling bags, plus the size is perfect (not too big not too small). A voucher from shoppers stop also awaits to be used! Thank you guys!


It was a lovely birthday, felt very loved. Thank you all for the wishes. Eid post coming up next!

Spreading Smile Collection by Sarfaraz Banatwala

This post is about spreading the love. Yes, sharing good things so that everyone can enjoy them. My Oh so talented friend Sarfaraz (who is also a Doctor BTW), has been putting his creative side IMG-20141206-WA0005to work. And wow! the custom made products he has to offer.

Spreading Smile Collection is a one stop center for customised gifts.  He described the aesthetic of his business as; “adding a personalised touch of human emotions to your gifts”.

You should note that all these items are hand made and bespoke. And they’re made based on your budget, so there’s no need to hesitate to share a special gift with anyone. These gifts are made on prior orders only, they’re made for each client separately, so ordering is a must.

There are a variety of products in his collection:

1. Handmade scrapbooks- these scrap books are available in two sizes a mini size anIMG-20141204-WA0005d an A4. You just have to work up your budget and explain what you’re envisioning as the end result and Sarfaraz will do all the magic. This is especially great if you’re trying to celebrate a relationship, or a phase in your life. I can’t wait to get one made for Batool for her upcoming 5th birthday.

2. Hanging wall signs- Fun and quirky wall hanging signs for a friend or yourself


3. Message boxes- This is great for the festive season coming up, share with your friends and loved ones for valentines day. Let them know how much you love them

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4. Photo Collage- Customised photo collage, this is the favourite amongst most of his clients. Family photos, favourite instagram pics, any theme you want, it will be decorated tastefully and customised to your liking.


5. Messages on playing cards- This is a cute way to express your feelings or have random quotes of jokes all on a deck of cards, share them with friends, or go through them for inspiration


6. Customised chocolate box- An assortment of chocolates in a one of a kind customised box is a great gift. Who doesn’t like chocolates?


7. Photo Bouquet- This is the most unique idea, we’re obsessed with pics and a photo bouquet is such a fun way to display your pics and gift them to a special someone.IMG-20141205-WA0050

If you’re interested, contact:+918297545752 and share the love…

Birthday fun!

I have been facing some courage issues with taking the daughter out. It’s very draining for me becaCAM02139use she wants to always be with me, she wants me to be beside at all times, and just wont actively participate with children. But I gathered all courage in my movement of being free from the shackles of false perception. Been feeling very positive since leaving FB. So I ordered gifts online, a book ( this is a must), and a game (you see, variety is the spice of life 😉 )

I shall leave you with pics….I kind of coordinated with the daughter on colour, but just an hour into the party a kid spilled sprite on her…Oops! Aren’t I glad I carried an extra frock! Motherhood!

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The party was great we were there till half past 11 in the night. The children enjoyed, Batool eventually started to participate, and received a gift too. There were party favours, a yummy cake, great hosts and a lot of socialising. God knows I needed it. The bday made my weekend very hectic. Friday was school day, and Sat was the PTM has]d to counsel parents/students, and then Sat was the bday, came home and made preparation for the Sunday school, and Sunday I skipped my madrasa and went for a workshop at Roshni on School mental health.

What have you been upto? Any tips of making the children mingle more?