My Fishy Birthday <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /> Yesterday was my Birthday.the 1st of September.For me it is any other day.The Chinese dont like their birthdays, as they feel they are one year closer to death.And when they die, they have the best delicious food that they like, like a Roasted Pig,put down in their graves, so that they are not hungry in the afterlife. What excites me about my birthday is this.Fishes are banned in Rajasthan in the months of May June July August,the 4 months that do not have the alphabet " R " in them.From the 1st of September, my birthday, Fishes are awash in the markets of Jaipur.And i am a fish lover.I What better a brithday Gift the lord can give me,than opening the best of the Fishes for me on my Birthday. I have been surviving on Chickens all these months,as Red Meat is bad for my cholestrol And with chicken too was off and on have complaints of Bird Flu, so i shift over to Red Meat,and my cholestrol goes for a toss.So i wait anxiously for my Birthday for this reason of Fish.So off I went to the Fish Market to scout the prospective customers for my tummy.I got up early morning 7 skipped my morning walks, and off i went to the market. Boy oh Boy,Fishes were dime a dozen,staring at me with endearing eyes, wanting me to take them,because they know the path to heaven goes thru Kamalji's Tummy.All their Karmas will be washed away if they please me.Well what do i see but Hilsas,Poplets,Surmais,Fresh Water fishes like Rawas,Lanchi and Singhadas, and there was a festive look all around.I bought my share for a week,and i am as pleased as punch. My birthday has another uniqeness.See this way.I was born 1st September 1953.So we write it as 1 - 9 - 53.Correct ? My birthday is the same as the year of my birth , 1953.and this is just one day in the year. Next year again the unique date is 1954, next year will be 1955,and so on.Silly one really. For me ,my birthday is just another day.In the olden days,I remember,new clothes were associated with Diwali as also sweets,Gold with Dhanteras.Money was short, and was saved to spend on these occasions.Today you can spend anything anyday,and if u don’t have money,there is always the credit card.So throughout the year, when I can buy clothes,shoes,or whatever,then what is so special about my birthday.Its just any other day,but does remind me that I am a year older.So I celebrate each day as my birthday,and when I wake up each morning, the first thing I do is thank the Lord, that I am kicking and alive today,to live another day,And I thank him with all my heart.I have seen so many people die in their sleep,so I am sure grateful for each living day. So i will now eat Fish till April, Dil Se.And my cholestrol will be also happy.Wish me luck.