Can you imagine people past 60 and 70 dancing to vibrant music with glee and enthusiasm? Well the occasion for their joie de verve was the celebration of birthdays of Junians by Dignity Foundation, an NGO in Chennai. About half a dozen of Junians who were present were invited to cut the cake by turns and asked to speak about their most unforgettable birthday.
One of them said he felt that his birthday which is being celebrated by the Dignity Foundation is the most memorable because his son living abroad would call him up to wish him regularly on his “birthday”—–but he would call invariably on the wrong day, most often after the event has passed!
Another Junian, began her speech by saying she was 68 (immediately someone in the audience said she didn’t look her age) and her most memorable birthday was while she was in the U.K. with her son’s family. Her six year old grand daughter lead her to the dining table and uncovered a huge cake placed in the centre and asked her to cut it and everyone sang “ Happy Birthday to you” which was followed by a festive lunch.
Yet another said it was the first time his birthday was being celebrated in the presence of so many people.
After some light refreshments, a game of musical chairs followed and prizes were awarded to the winner and the two runners up.
Tail piece: Don’t you think birthdays of parents, grand parents and siblings should be celebrated in true spirit in keeping with our Indian traditions?
n.meera raghavendra rao