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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rock On, Rockstar!!!

Yup, I did it again!

Every year on the night of October 1st, I set a reminder message on my phone for the next day morning at 7 AM. And sure enough, I wake up every October 2nd morning by reading this message,

The message says, “Rock On, Rockstar!!!”

And yup, October 2nd is my b’day.


Corny? Yup, I know..very!!

But nothing beats waking up to this message in the morning on my bday.

Ya baby ya!! It’s my bday and the real party is me. Along with friends, family and facebook, here’s me wishing myself the best returns for the day and the superb year ahead!!!

Maybe it’s that time of the year but bdays put me into retrospective-introspective mode. I seriously can’t remember my first few bdays but I do remember seeing the pics. Dad had sideburns that he doesn’t let me grow; bell bottoms and big sunglasses were the order of the day then and mom had a mop hair cut that was so sooo disco! And in the faded photos, behind that big creamy bday cake, under the colorful balloons and next to the girls in pretty pink frocks was a much younger, a much cherubic and a much tamer version of what people say is me. It obviously can’t be!! I looked so damn innocent!! Then I remember those bdays of mine a lil later in life when I used to proudly show off my new dress gear in school and went about giving chocolates happily to everyone in class. And yes, I did give a few extra ones to that girl I still regret not telling her how cute she looked. J

After that, there were the bdays where I was at home and the day’s specialty was mom’s specially made payasam and dad’s specially reserved wishes. This went on for a few years and then came the years where bdays were booze parties with stone broke buddies whose definition of a bday party involved nudity, electricity and chocolate sauce (go ahead, use ur imagination! ;)). Then there were the years when certain special people would take all the trouble to get a cake and some of my closest buddies together for a ‘surprise’ party at midnite. The last few bdays saw me wake up to the above message once in the heady waltz of Vegas, another time in a shack in Goa and then thrice in the beach houses by Bangkok. And as for this year? Well I already did a Dubai just a few weeks back and that should do for the travel for this year(ya, I'm broke!), but this year, more than the surroundings around me, it’s what is inside me that’s making it special…

This year, I feel a glowing optimism within me and a hopeful feeling that I finally have an idea of what to do with my life. Sure, I’ll keep it to myself for the time being and see for a while if it really is the real deal, and if it is, then I wanna put all of myself into this new chosen path and that is really what’s keepin up the buzz within me of late. J

And yes, the common denominator all these years has been the staunch stupidity that I bring along with me and am so proud of; while many people think they get wiser ever bday, I think it’s the foolishness of the yesteryears that really make life memorable and celebratory. And for me, it’s my second nature to be stupid (maybe even first! J). And two big learnings I’ve picked up over the years are one, it really is all about your friends and family (thank you Karan Johar! J) and two, that there really are things more important than money but you kinda get to them only after taking care of the money aspect. And things I need to work on – well, I do have these rare instances of short temperedness, which I seriously need to work on. But then again, like the big dude sez, “Waise bhi perfection ko improve karna mushkil hai” J

So here’s relishing, rejoicing and reveling another big day in the life and times of Ranjith Raj…. Rock On, Rockstar!!!

Happy B’day, Me !!

And do wait up for the fireworks guys…

I have begun.


  1. Dont call me dumb but it is still September 29th going on.! Heheh
    Raj welcome back. Your Blogwati and us poor bloggers missed you.
    Happy Birthday in Advance!

  2. :) Oh yes Rock on rockstar.. Enjoy and many happy returns of the day in advance ...
    wishing you a very happy Birthday ...


  3. I wish you many many many Happy Returns of the Day..and stay Blessed hamesha and do your posts more often.yes we did miss you:-)

  4. Hey Red, thnx fr droppin by.. ya, looks like I kinda started the party earlier this year :)

    Totally, am so glad 2 b back... ws havin a mad, mad month in Sept.. really feels gr8 to connect with u after like ages :)

    Thnx so much fr the wishes, Red :)

  5. Thanx Bikram fr droppin back.. glad u found out how man.. I ws askin sum ppls here as to hw to do so... but guess u figured it out.. Bravo!

    Thnx so much man fr the wishes!! :)

  6. Thanks Mishi fr ur very kind wishes n ur very kind words.. really missed u guys too.. Sept ws one crazy month fr me :)

    Glad 2 b back n glad to see u back too, Mishi..

    Thnx so much Mishi :)

  7. I'm sure Gandhiji also woke up to that message on his phone every year. :P

    Happy b'day in advance. What an irony that your b'day is a dry day! :D

  8. Happy Birthday in advance rockstar..And I think it is absolutely possible to get more wise and more foolish at the same time... :)

    May you have the best of both worlds..then :P

  9. One, a rockstar, and another, a star with rock-like determination.. (Advanced) Happy Bday to both!

    Brother - whats with the mug-shot. Is the blog becoming a matrimonial website soon?

  10. happy birthday Raj-and Gandhiji must be proud of seeing you carry his legacy:-)

    birthdays used to be so much fun as children and teenagers or even in the early twenties...sadly with time and responsibilties it becomes just another day-hopefully for u it would be another feather added to a happy cap..

    wish all your dreams come true n u continue to rcok:-)

  11. Happy Birthday Raj.. Rock on rockstar.. Happy Weekend..

    Someone is Special

  12. Happy tomorrow is your birthday day :P

    Nice post. :D

  13. :D good one.. Happy birthday!!

  14. :D Appy brithday!! Have a dry one, Rockstar:P

    And the posed-picture IS kinda dashing:D

  15. Belated Happy Birthday RAJ.Hope u had nice birthday blast yesterday.BTW Your blog pic is just awesome :)

  16. oooo Ranjith belated birthday wishes :))

  17. belated b day wishes..glad that yu have updated yur blog after a month

  18. Such a cute post :D
    Belated happy bday! Hope you had an amazing time :D

  19. awww....... missed the post earlier! Happy belated birthday.

  20. Hey Spiff, thnx fr the wishes n the irony ws not tht it ws a dry day on Oct 2nd; the real irony ws tht this year, both Oct 1 AND Oct 2 were dry days :(

    But nevertheless, had a blast!!! :)

  21. Hey Kinal, thnx fr the wishes n fr droppin by :).. yup, I so agree, I cn hv the best of both worlds (wise n other-wise ;)) if I try hard enough :)

    V Dada, bro, welcum back man.. n thnx fr ur kind words n wishes man.. nah, no matrimonial sites fr me fr a while, man.. thnx fr droppin by dude :)

  22. Thnx Suruchi..yup, another year, another bottle ;) But ws very gud fun :) Thnx so much fr ur kind words Suruchi :)

    @Someone is Special, Thnx man :)

    Thanks Srinidhi..yup :)

    Thnx Shruthi :)

  23. Thnx Priyanka.. but it ws fairly wet ;) n as fr the pic, tht's my 'lukin into the sunset' look :D

    Thnx Bharathi fr ur wishes n kind words :)

    Thnx Josh, ma man :)

    Hey Nikh.. ya man... got a tad too busy last month.. thnx bro :)

  24. Hey Blahblaholic, thnx fr the kind words n the wishes.. yup, hd a gr8 time yaar :)

    Thnx Femme Nirvana.. thnx a mill :)

  25. Left a comment for you at the Hospitality Showtime blog - in an answer to your comment! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  26. Belated Happy birthday Rockstar!! :P

    Gosh!! it comes on dry day ^.^

  27. Happy birthday! Have an awesome one.
    Nice blog btw

  28. Birthday on Oct 2nd!
    So the stars that powered Gandhiji's life powers you as well. That's not a good advertisement for Astrology. Isn't it?

    Belated birthday wishes.

  29. My pleasure, Nirvana..glad to see you back here :)

    Hey Wonderwall, truly :) thnx fr droppin by :)

    Welcum to my blog Whuaat? n thnx fr the wishes n the kind words.. do drop by more often :)

    Hey Sai, dude nice to see u again man.. cudnt ketchup wid u at the meet :(
    Thnx man fr the wishes.. yap, nt exactly the most convincing example of great astrology but tht is the fun of it, dnt u agree? ;)