Just this Sunday, my sister and I were sitting in a cab. I was looking out the window, as we whizzed past the flashing lights.
“I have a meeting till 5PM on Thursday,” she suddenly announce. “I don’t think I will be able to make lunch.”
“Huh? Okay,” was all I could elicit, at the moment, not sure what to do with this little piece of information.
It is not like her to make small talk, after all, nor is she known to volunteer information for no good reason.
Also, considering her schedule, it was almost always impossible for her to have lunch at home on a weekday, and I could not see why she would feel the need to specify it, that too days in advance.
I stared at her for another few seconds, before either of us could spoke again, and I was so wrapped in my thoughts that I do not remember even a word of what followed.
What I do remember is the sensation when, after an entire minute of befuddlement, realisation finally dawned on me: Thursday also happens to be my birthday.
It may seem odd to some, but to me birthdays do not seem like a big deal… Especially when we are talking about my own. If it is someone else’s, I would still love to make a big fuss for their sake. That is still fun.
But, you see, I have already seen enough birthdays. Their novelty has already faded. Now, it is no longer a day I look forward to for the weeks, or even days, that precede it. Moreover, I have not even been able to spend it with the entirety of my family, for the past two years. That rather dampens the effect.
Now, I do not say that I will not celebrate. It has been a good year, and all good things deserve a celebration, right?
But, more than Thursday, I am looking forward to Wednesday night. On 15th of November, 2017, we commemorate the third anniversary of the completion of the first draft of Arrkaya: Origins, after a marathon writing session that lasted 46 hours and ended only because the manuscript was complete. It is the time to remember one of the finest day in my short lifetime, and I could not be more proud.
So, the party does not start at midnight. No, it shall start at 10PM. Just as it did, three years ago…
This week should be fun.