As you prepare to bid Good Bye to your Teenage

Dearest Vishnu

It indeed is a very different and more special Birthday, for it is the first time we celebrate it with you about 14000 kms away. It seems like yesterday, this day 19 years back that a little bundle of joy was delivered to us, gift wrapped by the Divine – those moments when we felt life has been extremely kind to us (which still is). Just as time flew, you spread your wings and flew too – a flight for good reasons. Well! We are proud of whatever you did in life thus far, most importantly for being a wonderful Human Being. Blessed that you are right from the beginning by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I still remember He saying, let him go (though deep inside, I wished He said no) He will do well and bring great name to the himself and the country. We only wish you continue to be a great Human Being while excelling in your Education and career.

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As they say, it is a milestone year for everyone your age – on the brink of getting out of your teenage and entering the adulthood. I am proud you had a level head on that broad shoulder. Decisions taken definitely are not easy ones, giving up seats that people here die for and venture into the unknown territory to chart a new course. In the short time, and if indications of the progress you have already made is any indication, we are proud of the decision you took and on this birthday, wishing you the best that the creation has in offer.

As you walked waving a good bye to all of us in the airport terminals, is when we realised that it is not the little son (for your proud parents) or little baby brother (for your adorable sister) but a young handsome man out to conquer the world, an individual determined and a wonderful soul set to spread his wings to fly out into the world.

While there, I remember how we used to sit together for quite number of times thinking what to do next in each every move that was made. We were proud that you were very clear in a carefully thought out manner on what to do next. Hope you continue to think through clearly and take the next step, however big or small. The beauty of it all was the cool but firm thinking of Amma who made you realize that there are no free lunches in the world and everything has to be earned for – in other words, not to develop a sense of entitlement.

You have everything bestowed & going for you, thanks to the blessings of all elders in the family, Gurudev and Divine – Talent, Capability, Humaneness and Commitment. We are sure you will put it to good use and emerge with flying colors.

From all of us here Wishing you a very happy birthday young man. Have a great one! Happy Nineteen!

Have a lovely day dearest Vishnu. May the year ahead bring you loads and loads of happiness, joy and success. And this song – A perfect fit to the occasion

Significant Seventeen – Have a great one!

Dearest Vishnu

A very happy 17th Birthday to you!

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It is believed that miracles happen to one in a billion. But we have never thought that we would be among the lucky ones until we had you this day 17 years ago, the year they called it the Millenium Year. Doesn’t it look like it was just yesterday that I blogged a wish for you on the 16th Birthday (Jeeyo Hazaaron Saal – Ashrit) Shared it for the lovely pictures compiled in it.

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Hey Seventeeeeeeennnnnnn… Years! Where did the time go? I remember so vividly those moments I met you, outside the OT of Agadi Hospital. These lines sounds cliche. But when I got to carry you for the first time that morning and laid you on my chest, I swear it was swollen with pride. Nothing has changed to this day. Except that you have another constant companion… Your GUITAR! Not many can do what you did! Learn it all by yourself and though not a genius in the class of Jimi Hendrix or Duane Allmon, you are not any worse.

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What do I want to see changed in you? What!!! No way, Young man. Keep being you, follow your heart and dream big! We could not be more proud of you as you fill our hearts with pride with every moment and everything you do.

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Many a times, we learn equanimity (yeah, head to the Dictionary to find exactly what I mean here) from you. The coolest way you deal with situations is a treat to watch. I am sure there is a churn within, but you disguise it so well that clowns can do away with their funny dresses and borrow your attitude 😛

You may not be academically on top, but you are not bad there either. In any case, as we keep telling we love you and not your grades (9.1 is not bad by any yardstick for us considering your guitar, sports, drama and music). Don’t you worry, your  smile and happiness more than makes up just in case grades drops.

In a few years (not that you are not one already) you will grow up into an young little man, smarter and wiser to the vagaries of the world. But I am so confident that values that Amma and the uncles, aunts and cousins have instilled stands in good stead to take it head on. But then the only image imprinted in my mind will be that I first painted 17 years ago.

And finally as you really stand shoulder to shoulder literally, I am proud and grateful to the divine for the wonderful gift called you. What more could we parents and your sister ask for? Stay how you are, happy, smiling, caring and smart. The way things have shaped up, the wings are ready and spread for you to take flight to great heights. We pray that you have the strength and tenacity to last the course admirably. Just a piece of advise and caution – Continue to the great human being that you are!

Love you loads and Wish you a very happy birthday. Have a super duper one, Dude! Thanks for bringing the smiles on our face every day and our prayers that it brings a lot of them today and every moment of the year ahead.

Significant Seventeen:

Tarot Cards says 17 as Card of Stars – which symbolized all wishes coming true.

It takes 17 muscles to make a smile. Let the whole of 17th year keep these 17 muscles working overtime. 

Vishnu – Happy Birthday to an Amazing young Gentleman!

Dearest Vishnu,

Firstly, a very happy birthday.

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Unbelievable the way time flew and you celebrate another birthday. Suffice to say, What a blessing you are to all us, your Amma, Didi and I and all the uncles, aunts and cousins. I am sure your friends also feel the same about you.

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I vividly remember the way you gazed at me for the first time around 8:30 am on this day in Year 2000 (hey it is 15 years that flew past!!!), wrapped in woolen held in Doctor’s arms and literally presented to us, waiting anxiously as a bundle of our joy. That first cry (rather it was a loud bawl) was when I carried you and met you for the for the first time – It indeed was one the joyous moment of our lives. Ever since, you have always brought us so many moments (I won’t be wrong if I say every day).

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The nights spent changing your nappies and the urgency we were forced to change it, lest it woke up the entire neighbourhood when you screamed at unbelievable top of the voice. I still remember those baby steps, the fall along with your walker down the stairs to the first landing, waiting behind the door for your sister to arrive from the school. Those jealous jabs at her when she cosied up to us.

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And equally letting her decking you up for some photo ops.

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But what is unforgettable is that large heartedness you showed when you gave out half eaten chocolate to a poor child who stood looking at you at the gate. You proved that moment that it is not the age that makes one realize the value of generosity.

With all those challenges of growing up you have always shown love of family though not so expressive it is felt by us. There are so many such proud instances that this piece cannot do justice and hence will leave it at this.

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You have amazed us suddenly with knowledge and wealth of information that you possessed. As with everyone else even we’ve had our growing pains as you pass through the years as a teen. But you always showed great respect to people around you. Not everything is perfect, you have had your share of moments when you were not so cool too. But we know that you never meant anything else but being nice, and we all love you for that.

As you pass through yet another memorable birthday, our prayers to the divine to continue showering his choicest blessing in this journey. We sincerely hope you will stay true to who you are, never digress from the path laid out by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji and most importantly the one charted by your mother. In these days of Whatsapp, Facebook, Hike, Telegram & Malls, it feels great you still have not forgotten the roots. We adore you just for that and hope you stay that way in days to come.

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Today you stand as tall as me from that little bundle presented to me 15 years ago, We wish you a great day. Enjoy your birthday to the fullest and know you are loved very much for the little boy you were, the wonderful growing son/brother you are now. You are a blessing indeed.

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Love you loads
Di, Amma and Dad (Bro, as you Proudly call me these days 🙂

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Loving prepared by Amma: Enjoy these Midnight Goodies.

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