A year older with some sunshine #MondayMusings

Yesterday, it was my birthday.


It was the quietest birthday I have had in a while.

No noise, all quiet. Being quiet is being me.

There were birthday wishes from my MIL, my parents, brother & sister-in-law in tune with what happens normally every year. There was one big happy change in the house and it was the husband asking Dhruv to make a birthday card for me. The birthday card was diligently made and handed over to me before he sat down to work on the Father’s day card for his dearest Papa.

When you have absolutely no expectations and the benchmark is set at abysmal levels, a roughly scribbled card also brings tremendous happiness. To give me the accurate understanding that the card was specifically for me, the birthday song was handwritten inside it with  ‘Happy Birthday Dear Anamika’ instead of ‘Happy Birthday Mummy’. Why generalize when you can specialize!

Remember how my birthday went off last year? If you want to know where I am coming from then you might like to read my last year’s birthday weekend post –



Do you now realize why the sun popped out here yesterday after 2-3 weeks of overcast conditions and torrential rains and you got blessed with the chance to watch the India-Pakistan cricket match happening on the grounds of Old Trafford in Manchester? It was the doing of the bespectacled mother’s household where this woman was feeling on top of the world.

This year, I gifted myself the hobby of crocheting which I intend to take up as mindfulness exercise. Crocheting will be challenging for me since I have never been good at stuff like this or knitting, stitching or embroidery. My approach will be basic, to begin with.

Speaking of sunshine, a couple of weeks ago, Sunita Rajwade of the blog Mumbai on a High kindly nominated me for the Sunshine award. I am thankful to her for keeping me in her mind while drawing out the list of nominated bloggers. She has been someone who has been with me on my blogging journey since the beginning and precisely this is the reason why I couldn’t have turned her down.

The rules for the Sunshine award are –

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display sunshine blogger award in your post/ on your blog.
  5. Notify nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

I shall be tampering with the rules of the award here with no nominations and no new questions.

Here are my answers to Sunita’s questions –

  1. Do you like watching movies? Which is your favourite one?I like watching movies. Among the Hindi movies, I love ‘English Vinglish’ and have watched it numerous times. Among the English movies, my favourite is ‘You’ve got mail’.
  2. Do you prefer dogs or cats?I think I prefer dogs because I had one as a pet. Have never known cats.
  3. What do you do to de-stress? Colouring in my mandala colouring book using the non-messy pencil colours.
  4. What is your favourite way of travelling? Train? Bus? Car? Plane? Ship?I do not like travelling long distances but for the sake of answering this question, my answer would be the plane because it cuts down the travel time.
  5. Are you a fussy eater or an adventurous eater?I am a regular eater, neither fussy nor adventurous. Also, there is no adventure involved in vegetarian food. 
  6. Can you stop at one chocolate or do you finish the whole box at one go?I avoid chocolates. The sensitivity of my teeth does not allow me to have chocolates.
  7. Do you prefer long walks or a strenuous work-out at the gym?Long walks. I have had my stint with strenuous work-outs in the gym which gave me the consolation prize of life long knee pain. Not going there again. 
  8. Do you forgive easily?Not easily but gradually with time. 
  9. Do you wear make-up and if so, what do you like? Lipstick? Eyeshadow?Mascara?Foundation?Concealer?None of these. I am not a make-up person. The most I can do is a face cream and a lip balm. 
  10. Are you a meticulous planner or free spirit who likes to do things on the fly?A planner definitely, sometimes meticulous. I can’t do things on the fly unless it is stepping outside the house for a leisure walk. 
  11. Are you scared of getting old?I was born old. I had been old at the age of 16. I am an old woman right now who will step into the worldly 40s soon. I am not at all scared. In the physical body terms, I am preparing myself for leading a healthy life from here on. 

sunshine award

Linking this post with Monday Musings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues

#Monday Musings


  1. Happy Birthday Anamika!!! I hope you enjoyed your birthday in your own way. For my first birthday after my wedding, my husband put things in perspective for me. He said that birthdays are accidents that occur because of an accident usually. From that day, my birthday has lost its charm for me. A huge fuss used to be made of the birthday girl or boy in our house – there were no birthday celebrations for parents or grandparents- no one thought of it.
    As the years go by, the older folks want or demand that their birthdays be celebrated sometimes even with a large number of invitees.
    Lots of love,


  2. Belated birthday wishes, dear! I’m so glad to know that your husband took the initiative and prompted D to make a card. Isn’t that lovely! 😀 😀
    I was also nominated by Sunita for the sunshine award. Will respond next week. Loved your honest answers, Anamika.


  3. Belated birthday wishes to you dear Anamika. I loved your answers and had a deep chuckle as I read them. You are no old soul but a wise soul. ANd how lucky you are that you hate chocolates. I wish I could say that :(. And thanks so much for being such a sport and taking up the challenge,


  4. Happy birthday again, dear Sunshine Lady! Your answers are as sunny as the award Sunita nominated you for! 😛

    I loved your mug and also the card Dhruv made for you. Also liked that it was quiet birthday…I guess with time, we don’t want any shor-sharaba, just some much-needed peace, and quiet. Life has enough chaos already!

    May Life be happy, healthy and peaceful for you always, Anu! God bless you! ❤


  5. A very happy belated Birthday anamika. Having no expectations sometimes becomes the delight when little wishes trickle in on a birthday. Its adorable indeed for your kiddo to make that birthday card. These are surely cherished moments in life.

    Thats a lovely mindful exercise you have picked up. Such skills ease the mind of its stress. The sunshine awards sound interesting and is a perfect way to know fellow bloggers whom we often interact with :))


  6. Belated birthday wishes, Anamika. I had mine a few days ago. Like you, I prefer to keep my birthday low-key and it definitely is rewarding to spend some quiet time with family. And hey, 40s are a new start to life. I am midway into mine and I don’t feel old at all. 😉


  7. Belated birthday wishes, Anamika. I remember your last birthday as well. That post stayed with me. But it made me unhappy. Sometimes I wonder why people are this way. it takes small gestures to make us happy, doesn’t it? Not lavish outings or big parties but tiny things from our loved ones to show that we are loved and cherished. And yet most people still fail to do it. At least Dhruv made a beginning. That is something really nice. Also buying that crochet thing for yourself is very nice.


  8. Many happy returns of the day Anamika. Glad to hear you had a good birthday. As I grow older I love the quite birthdays more than any other kind. I just want my family around, maybe not even them. I’d love to do a solo trip on my birthday sometime. Cherish the cards because they become few and far between as children grow up.

    Also you can’t eat chocolate?? That’s actually kind of a blessing. You’ve got mail is a favourite with me too.


  9. Wish you a very happy birthday, dear Anamika. Sometimes, a quiet birthday is all you need 🙂
    Glad to see that you picked up a hobby. Can’t wait to see your crocheting skills.
    Loved knowing more about you through the questions. And oh, I can hop onto anything – car, plane, train – as long as I get to travel 😛


  10. Belated birthday wishes, Anamika 🙂 That sounds like a lovely birthday indeed. It’s wonderful when we have no expectations and are thus pleasantly surprised. Wishing you good health, happiness and books always.


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