I am 42 years young today and it feels great. I remember two years back Kamala had organized a surprise party for my 40th birthday. She put in a great effort to keep it a secret. She hired a room at a pub called ‘On Toes’ and told all my childhood friends, train friends and office guys to be there by 9 p.m.. In the morning of my birthday, she said that there was a friend’s wedding anniversary party to be attended in the evening and we must go there for few hours. I got pissed off and told her didn’t she know it was my birthday and I wanted to spend time with her. She just smiled. In the evening she led me to this place. I was fuming all the while thinking how to escape from this anniversary party early. She opened the door of this pub called ‘On Toes’ and I saw familiar faces smiling at me. I was taken aback. Everyone shouted “SURPRISE”! I was too stunned to realize it was my birthday party and those were my dear friends. I looked at Kamala and she burst out laughing. It was one of the best and biggest surprises I have ever had. And believe me; she did this right under my nose without me getting a whiff of it. Womanly thoroughness.( Although she still suspects that I was aware of it). Niyoshi had an amused look on her face. She had known this all the while but hadn't utter a word.
It was by far the best parties I have ever had. Booze was overflowing and so was I along with some good old music of our times. Rod Stewart, Sting, Clapton, Brian Adams, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson and many of my other favourites. I am pretty sure Kamala would have chosen the music too. It was nice to see guys who are normally pretty reserved in a dance party, open up and occupy the dance floor. It was a party to remember. It is a sweet distant memory and I cherish those memories.