A Birthday to Remember: #WordlessWednesday

A Birthday to Remember: #WordlessWednesday

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

– William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


On a birthday breakfast with mi familia to the lovely Butterfly park, where the swans greeted me noisily


The unforgettable Bengali lunch, on my favourite banana leaf. Courtesy: Shantana, my loving help


The scrumptious Almond-Ricotta Birthday cake


A delicious Prawn-Basil Rainbow salad whipped by my older poppet. Suppers be like this. <3


A 12-day jaunt to the forests, for a wildlife training course, that began the day after my birthday. Best birthday gift ever.


Getting goofy at PRONAT-Professional Naturalist Training course. On a fun jeep safari, spotting the avian population.


A Birthday to Remember

Birthdays are usually special, for all of us. But then, some birthdays turn out to be so unique, that we tend to hold them close to our hearts. Like my birthday last month.

The birthday began with surprises galore from mi familia. Some highlights being, the exclusive meals whipped up by them painstakingly. And their efforts to make every single moment of my day count.

I think I needed all the pampering. It had been a roller-coaster last few months. Even the days before my birthday, including the final one, were spent at the vet and tending to my very sick puppy. I insisted mi familia cancel the party plans to bring in my birthday, the previous evening.

Just the way life tends to throw unexpected curve balls our way, it also knows how to iron those creases out, and make things better.

My birthday proved to be a prelude to all things blessed. Flowers and good wishes galore from friends and family. A lovely time spent with mi familia bonding over good food, precious time; peppered with doses of laughter and bon homie. My Father dear Father was also around to make my birthday extra  special.

Life tends to throw unexpected curve balls our way, but it knows how to irons those creases out, and makes things better eventually. Share on X

The morning after my birthday, I travelled out to the forests of Satpura, Central India, for a wildlife training course, PRONAT, organised by the organisation I curate content for, Pugdundee Safaris. The next twelve days proved to be the best birthday gift I’ve ever been given. Studying flora and fauna in the lap of the luxuriant forests, close encounters with the wild and extraordinary, minus any phone and internet connectivity – a truly enthralling experience.

Life was blessed and blissful. I was able to reclaim that part of myself that had gone amiss, in the last few months. I returned from the wilderness feeling like my good old self. My soul was nourished, and my heart overflowing with gratitude for the blessings that had flowed in with my birthday.

My forty-seventh had proved to be one of the most cherished birthdays of all times. One that I will always remember and hold close to my heart.




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35 thoughts on “A Birthday to Remember: #WordlessWednesday

  1. Whoa Girlfriend, Happy Belated Birthday that’s for sure. I hope you had the best birthday ever. I see you had a great birthday with all the cool stuff here for sure. What a delicious birthday dinner too and a yummy birthday cake. Hey, save me a piece!!! hahahaha Hope to see you next Wednesday… Sending a birthday HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great day and weekend!!!

  2. Did I read it right? You are 47!! There’s no way you are that old… Like how how how!
    The rainbow salad looks so yummy. And what a fabulous trip it must be. To spend time in the wilderness. That’s food for the soul. Belated birthday wishes to you.

  3. Natasha,

    Happy belated Birthday, dear! We all need a day to make a special and why not our birthdays. Your family was so super good to you. How blessed you must have felt to see such a show of love and support! I’m glad the trip helped to reel you back into your old self again after the chaos & heartbreak. Thanks for stopping by yesterday and for the reminder to link up. 😉 Have a wonderful week!

    1. I’m so glad we managed to catch up and talk about it all. Next time come along with me? 🙂 Yes, that biggest highlight of my year and the best event so far. 🙂

    1. So happy to know that you had a fabulous birthday, Natasha. Memories are captured so fondly in this post. ❤️
      I didn’t realize that Bengalis used banana leaf like Malayalees. I thought you had an Onam feast until I read the caption.
      Beautiful pictures!

      1. Yes, we Bengali’s love our banana leaf meals. My favourite totally, that’s why was pampered with the same on my birthday. 🙂

        Thanks for your words, Vinitha. 🙂

    2. We Bengalis love to eat off the banana leaf. It is my most treasured things to do in life. And the food tastes like divinity. 🙂

      Thanks for linking up and your words Roshan.

  4. What a birthday month! Sounds amazing and I’m sure it was. That cake is a bit dark for a ricotta cake so I’m wondering if there was something else (like chocolate?) in there.

    1. No it was a ricotta, almond orange; one of my favourites. 🙂

      Birthdays are about doing all things that we love right…eating off the banana leaf, eating your favourite cake and spending time with your favourite people.


  5. What a beautiful way to bring in the special day, dear Natasha! I’m glad the Universe conspired and made it all happen so wonderfully to give you blessings and joy in abundance! You deserve it, my dear and I’m so happy for you that you’ve had such an amazing time at the training course. These are the true treasures that we must count on every time we feel life has let us down. It is good to remember how often life throws beautiful surprises for us to cherish forever.

    Much love, big hugs and best wishes always for you, my friend.

  6. Shiniest diamond indeed, you gorgeous you! <3

    That almond-ricotta cake sounds absolutely delicious! I'm glad you spent your birthday among nature and you indeed look rejuvenated 🙂


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