Category Archives: Birthday

The first social event

Akank was invited to attend a 11th birthday party, two days after she met the 11 year old. She was apprehensive in the beginning about attending the party where she knew not many people but eventually she went. Unlike birthday parties in India, which typically was a rushed 3 hour affair, the party began at 12 noon and went on till the wee hours of the night. It was unusual for us and we were very uncomfortable with Akank being away at a birthday party for over 6 hours. I guess Akank was the first guest to leave that day. At 6 in the evening when I went to fetch Akank, the birthday cake had not even been cut! Later I was told that there was a session in the pool, games, talent show and loads of running around and playing till such time.

Even though Akank did stay on till late, she did seem keen to leave when she saw me arrive to pick her up. It turned out that the birthday girl had not given Akank any attention at all and she was left to fend for herself and make new acquaintances. The upside was, Akank got to meet many other children from the condo neighborhood.

Akank was not keen to share much about the day with us but she did win a XL sized Cadbury bar for having sung ‘The call” by the Backstreet Boys for the talent show.

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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Birthday


You made us proud!

It took two years to convince Akank but she finally allowed us to do what we had been counseling her to do on her birthday this year!  Akank agreed to give up her birthday presents from friends who came to her get together and instead accepted a contribution to an orphange that we support!

Imagine the surprise the parents of the invitees had when I called to make the request. Some went ‘ Wow. Are you sure Akank is ok with this?” ” How did you manage this!” and some others, ” You saved me from the trouble of deciding what to gift her. thank you!”

We did not deny her gifts from the family nor any of the frills of a birthday party. Her friends watched  Kevin James in ” Paul Blart: Mall Cop”over popcorns and fizzy drinks, indulged in pizzas and chocolate truffle and to top it all they danced to the beats of some music hits in a  home made mini disco!

Akank was happily exhausted at the end of the evening and said she couldn’t wait for the next 365 days to pass for the next party and my proud heart helped me keep beaming throughout the evening!!

Thank you Akank, you did us proud!

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Birthday