Friday, 12 May 2017

Father Daughter Duo

When a father and daughter share the birthday, how is it to be celebrated? By having a two-in-one bash! Also, by writing a two-in-one poem for them.
As our son Ankush and grand daughter Anuva celebrate their 38th and 4th birthdays respectively tomorrow, here is a small poem for both of them.
 Two-in-one Bash

Thirteenth of May
Is a very special day

When God gave us the most precious gift
In 1979 with Ankush’s birth which was swift

Followed 34 years later by Anuva’s arrival the same day
And thus this two-in-one birthday bash came our way.

As Anuva our charming princess turns four
She wants two hours at children’s park or more

Excited at going to the ‘big’ school
Her coloured drawings look quite cool

She invents new words and expressions every day
And must ‘speak’ to Kruger her Labrador, in her own way

With Appa her Dad, she shares more than her birthday
Like mangoes, which both can polish off an entire tray

Like listening to stories which only Dad can tell
And eating out whether at Domino’s or Taco-Bell

Ankush as we had said earlier is a real diamond*
Who loves outdoor life be it a forest or even a bund

We are blessed to have a grand/son like him so caring
Affectionate, responsible and ever so loving.

May God  bless Anuva and Ankush with best of everything
So that our life is full of everlasting zest and zing!


Happy birthday to both father and daughter

        - From all of us in the family@Jaipur, Chennai, Secunderabad, Mumbai and Pleasanton (USA)

* Here is an earlier poem written on Ankush's 34th birthday in 2013:


34 Carat Diamond
What is the difference between Coal and Diamond?
Constant pressure over a long period of time.
Our son Ankush has also emerged as a priceless diamond.
For he has endured work life pressure and continues to shine.
His ever ready smile, humour and helping attitude
Hideaway all the pulls and pressures that he goes through.
Of course, don’t ever disturb him while he is watching
Either an IPL match or Roger Federer’s tennis round live.
Given an option, he would forever be biking/hiking outdoors
As would Ansh who loves his Appa be it in the wild or indoors.
A caring hubby (Prabs- encore from you?),
Ankush is an equally caring son and grandson.
Today 13th May on his 34th birthday, all we say
We treasure this ‘Thirty Four’ carat diamond!

God bless and love from all of us,

@ Chennai: Mom, Prabs, Ansh and Kruger
@ Jaipur: Babaji, Chacha and Chachi
@ Milpitas USA: Ankur Jeej, Ashi and Nikhil
@ Secunderabad: Nani, Dad and Elfo



You may browse our last poem 'Anuva turns three' here. 

Once again, join us in wishing Ankush and Anuva a very happy birthday. Here is a picture of father daughter strolling after sunset in Tadoba Tiger Reserve.


God bless.
   -Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 13th May 2017 

Postscript: After browsing this story, three of our friends revealed that they also share their birthday with a family member. Who are they? All retired faujis:

  1. Kalras (Pune)- Capt Brijesh and daughter Nancy
  2. Markers (Mumbai)- Mrs Mahrukh and daughter Delna
  3. Shyams (Secunderabad)- AVM Anup and his son Cdr Abhishek Shyam
Coincidences galore! Happy two-in-one bashes to all of them!
14th May 2017

You may like to view a short video of a 2-in-1 birthday cake baked by our daughter-in-law Prabjoth in Chennai. It also shows how we remember children's birthday but tend to forget Dad's birthday on the same day!
Video credits Sameer Dogra in Chennai.