Trying to recollect the way in which we have celebrated Anirud’s past birthdays.

First Birthday: The star birthday was celebrated with an ayushomam at Sri Mahalakshmi Narayanar Temple in London. Sweet ceremony at the temple and a dinner with friends at Chennai Dosa in East Ham. His DOB was on a week day on the same week and we had a simple chocolate cake cut at home.

Second Birthday: His maternal grand parents visited him at UK for his birthday. Invited about 35 guests and celebrated by cutting an awesome fresh cream cake decorated with his favourite fruits, followed by lunch.

Third Birthday: Did not celebrate in a grand way like the year before, as his mom was severely unwell. Spent the day by taking him to a play area at Beaconsfield.

Fourth Birthday: Awesome Foot Ball cake prepared by Saranya and we celebrated his day with immediate circle of friends at our Lords Mill Court residence.

Fifth Birthday: Celebrated at a play area with quite a lot of friends from school, pre-school etc. Pirate ship cake procured from Marks and Spencer was really wonderful and was the cynosure of all eyes that day. We wanted to ensure that he thoroughly enjoyed his day, as it was less than a month after he recovered from pneumonia and chicken pox.

Sixth Birthday: A day before his birthday, we took him to Amsterdam. On his day, we didn’t have any specific celebration as such.

Seventh Birthday: Anirud was in Trichy on his seventh birthday and celebrated it with his grand parents and great grand parents.

Eighth Birthday: Cake cutting happened few weeks before as he didn’t want to miss any friends who might be away on his birthday due to school holidays. Got a Tin Tin cake from Chef Bakers and celebrated with about a dozen kids from the apartment community. On his birthday, as a surprise gift – he was taken to M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore to watch the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.