First SMS I got was from my brother, about 9/10 hours before the actual 4th December here in US. He was quick enough to wish me according to Pakistan time. And, he was the first one. Thank you Umar
10 minutes before 0000, I was chatting to my family and getting birthday wishes and prayers. This was a very good start of the day. Thank you Ammi, Apa, Asmara and Armaghan Love u all.
All night, I was almost awake. Talking to family on phone or net in intervals. Morning was, as usual, cold but still was feeling good. I got order of the day from family to use all their gifts today. So, I unpacked my new dress, shoes, cologne and wallet. When I was ready for Office, And was chatting with my family for the last time before leaving for office, that’s when I missed them the most. Not only them but I missed being in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, my birthdays used to be a lot of fun. Not only family but celebration with friends and treats and small surprises and lot of fun, that was the all that I was missing. I was thinking about how this day will be in US.
Entering the office, I shook all that off my head and decided to make the maximum out of the day using whatever is available. So, first thing I did was testing the timer function of my new Nikon P50 and taking my own pictures.
At that moment I did not know that there is more to this day waiting for me. Every one at office knew about my birthday, from office record maybe, and wished me. This wishing and thanks stuff was going for the initial part of day. Also, got a lot of wishes from friends all around the world on Orkut, Facebook and email. Thanks to all:)
Rest was a normal working day at office. Till 1600 at least
At 1600 in evening, Nitin asked to have a look on the bug. I was going to his room but he kept going further. I thought, maybe I have to look at some other dev machine. But when he passed the last dev room, I could smell that something else was cooking.
And there they were. Everybody from office with smiling faces, waiting for me, with a cake and candles on it. So this was surprise of the day and this was really a good one. Nothing that I was expecting at all. So then there was this formal candle blow, cake cutting and all that cheering and wishing. Not to forget the birthday card signed by every one.
Cake was really good. Normally I don’t eat cake but this was an exception. I tried a small piece and it was too good. Everybody enjoyed it. Time for some more photos
And finally, thanks to Christina’s tripod, there was this group photo.
Thank you all for making this day a memory