Happy Birthday to the one who is Abhi Tak Haseen :-)

It is that time of the year, where an otherwise verbose me is stuck for words to describe the “other” half of me, that I am extremely proud and privileged to be a part of, the one who makes me feel like a hero, every single day for the past 25 years and more.

As someone said, “To my better half, the one that makes me better, and the one that makes me want to do better.. Happy Birthday” dearest Aparna

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She can be quoted as an example of every positive adjective that anyone can think of. Her priorities so clear in her life – one who makes every moment of our lives very special (not just for the biological family) but the huge extended family that we proudly possess.

With her around, we don’t find many instances of this, but everyone who crosses her path would vouch that she is there when we are passing through a bad phase and when we need her the most. As I mentioned earlier, if we were to come back to this world second time, I would pray that she chooses me all over again.

On this special day, 25th Birthday of yours that we are celebrating as a couple, I keep reminding myself of how lucky I am to have you

Thank you for being with me and for just being you. Let every moment of days ahead be filled with unending joy and happiness. May the best that the creation has on offer be bestowed on you . Have a super Birthday!

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My gratitude blog for her has to include a customary and mandatory song. Here is my song dedicated to you – this time a heartfelt Popular Hindi Number

You Complete Me

Today is yet another of many many birthdays that I wish and pray that she will celebrate. Everyone who knows her would agree with me that she is an amazingly “Loving” kind of person and someone who simply revels in seeing others in sheer joy.

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She completes her **th birthday & She loves her folks – I better don’t say how old since I don’t want to risk change that. It is another day to celebrate Aparna’s presence in my life.

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When I say 24 summers of being married together that she is the best that happened to me, it is not to impress her (A different matter that I was unsuccessful trying to impress that for so many years). I recently watched the popular movie “Jerry Maguire” (click on this link for full movie). A segment particularly interested me since I saw so much of how we are here.

Like Jerry Maguire famously proclaims to Dorothy “You complete me” I have to confess Aparna completes me 🙂

We are like chalk and cheese – While I am so expressive & talkative, she letsme be just that. While I am outgoing, she is reserved. While I love the limelight, she encourages me even more and remains content being in the shadows, a behind the scenes person. She is not the types who chats up with people, not the one who complains about anything or even the person who ever gets angry (unless someone messes with her loved ones) – Exactly the reverse of what I am.

As we (all those in the pics below who made it very special) celebrate her birthday, for bearing with me for so many years, taking a moment to show how grateful I am having this prettier by the year lady in my life. Thanks in no measure to Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji who has been the guiding light of our lives, whose blessings have helped us grow and enjoy every moment of togetherness.

Yes! Aparna – You complete me!!!

For someone very very special, May your Birthday be blessed with everything God wants to give you! Not everyone is lucky enough to have someone as special as you in one’s life… I’m one of the lucky few! May beauty and happiness surround you today and beyond. I hope your Birthday is awesome, wonderful, full of love and laughter… just like you!

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With the Gang at midnight to usher 28th July 2015

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And Signed Amazing day off with a super dinner

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Walking and Leading my Path

On my wife Aparna’s  _th birthday (I dare not fill that up) my thoughts on what makes her very special. Let me start with a few words about her. A great thing about her is her over-riding desire to just give , give and give. Amazing lady who simply loves doing for others giving her 100% Ask any of our friends and relatives for endorsement – I am sure she would get overwhelming votes to beat Pranabda if it were for Presidential Elections.

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I always know she is my greatest supporter yet not afraid to challenge me and help me grow into a better person. Her faith in our chosen path I feel far exceeds mine, many a times and in the path some giant leaps that we have taken together successfully as a couple would have never happened without her support, willingness and strength.

To our children, she is the best mom one can hope or even imagine to get. She has created a wonderful home out of this house, that we all look forward to come back and chill.

Today, on her _th birthday (no, I still don’t dare to fill that blank despite the good words written earlier), I want to honor Aparna for being my wife. She is my best friend and mate that I could ever get. The Divine as always knew that my destiny is with her and led me to Aparna. And most importantly boy! I am extremely elated that I listened to Him!

Here is how her birthday began – blessed by whom we adore, respect and follow. His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji or the Art of Living Foundation

With HH Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji

Happy Birthday, Dearest Aparna and thanks for everything (and the delicious food that you always cook, I have to say this in anything that I write). We love you just the way you are! Wishing you a wonderful day which we surely would try to make. May this day which started on a great note, get better and better through the day and the year ahead.

Raising the toast on your Birthday – here we are… with Love

Me with the Birthday Girl

PS: The occasion sweetened due to the presence of Ashwin, Aparna (Addanki), Deepika, Bhanu akka and many senior Swamis and Teachers of AOL