TODAY -

My Best Birthday
- Part 1 -

Louriyam Bebica *

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday :: Pix - Martin Haobam



When my elder sister rang me up in the early morning through our landline phone, I was still half sleep.

-Nanao

-Hao, che...why such an early call in a late bird's phone. I was at the climax of my dream. Your call has paused its romantic ending.

-Really? Is it so? Now stop your dramatic dialogues. It is already 6 o'clock in the morning. I am gonna tell mom to speak to dad about you. Nine pampered you with overloaded love. You need to change now .What will you do when you are married? You can't wake up at this hour when you are married. Ah!

-Che....stop it. If you called up to speak those things I better hang up. I know what you are trying to say indirectly.

-You do?

-Yes che, I am not a baby. But you know well that I'm not interested in getting married. How can I dump my kids and marry someone. It won't be fair on their part right? I don't think they need a father in their life. Even if they do, don't you think none will be there to marry me accepting with all those forty kids as my dowry...ha-ha.

-Nanao, I am not telling you to stop loving them but don't you think you need to have your own life, own baby too?

-Che, you must be kidding. Who the hell told you that they are not my kids? I agreed that I didn't carry them for months in my womb but when they hold my hand with their whole fist and squeeze it tightly, giving me a look in their eyes, a smile on their lips, I knew they are my kids.

-Nanao, be practical.

-Che, what do you mean when you say be practical? Loving only myself, my own babies and my family, is it what you call being practical?

-Nangsidiko, forget it. I can't argue with you. By the way, why did you switch off your mobile since last night? I've been trying to call you.

-Battery might have got over. Why were you trying my number? Was there any emergency? You could've called up on dad's number.

-Hello, I was trying your number to wish you for your birth day. Anyway, Happy Birth Day! Enjoy the day!

-Oh shit! I totally forgot it. By the way, thanks.

-Ha-ha...don't worry its natural, the older you grow the more you will forget your birth day. Its good bcoz you don't feel you are ageing. What do you want for your gift?

-Nothing che.

-Tell me anything .Your Etei will be home next week so I can handover the stuffs.

-Ok, then do you mind sending me some blankets?

-Ha-ha...what kind of gift is it? Don't tell me mom didn't buy blanket for you. Ask me something else like dress...

-No, I want only blanket.

-Sure?

-Yes.

-As you wish, I will send you a blanket in pink color, your favorite.

-Che, I need more than one piece.

-Ok, will two or three do?

-No.

-Then how many you need?

-At least thirty to forty.

-What? But why?

-Winter is approaching. I don't think I can sleep on my cozy bed with warm blanket when they've nothing to cover up their bodies.

-Again? I've been lecturing you for so long and you came to the place we started. Alright I can't promise you the exact number but yes I will surely contribute my share as you wish.

-Thanks che.

-Its ok. Enjoy your day? Any plan?

-I am meeting up my dentist in the morning, after that I am going to the orphanage. I promise them to treat with chicken today.

-Ok. I think I got nothing to say now. I hope you know well what you are doing. Love you and enjoy your day.

-Thanks che. Talk to you latter, bye.

I hung up the phone after a short conversation with my sister. As usual she is the first one to wish me on my birth day. Birth day was not an issue on my mind. The thing that tingle my mind was I'm gonna treat my kids with chicken. Since it's my day I knew that my family will do anything that I wish for. My mom and aunt came in to my room while I was putting on my dress.

-Nanao, are you getting ready for the dentist?

-Yep.

-Drive slowly and come back soon. Your gifts will be ready by then.

-Thank you.

I was very happy not bcoz I am getting gifts but my family understood well what I want even without telling them.

When I reached Nagamapal on my scooty, my mobile was vibrating.

-Hello.

-Hi, where are you? We call up at your home. Your mom told us that you left for your dentist.

-Yep, I am in Nagamapal now.

-That's the perfect place come to Blue Moon Hotel.

-Ash...no way I don't like that hotel. Didn't you see the way they kept curd {lassie}?

-Oi, we are not asking you to deep yourself into that curd's bucket. Just come, stop excusing yourself.

I knew I got no choice. If I disagree or try to give excuses my friends gonna screw me up. So I thought it's better to miss the dentist then facing their anger. I took my scooty to the left side where it was written on a big board 'NO ROAD STOP'. The construction was going on. Like a pure Manipuri I found my way on that 'no road'. It is a distinct feature among us -we do what it says not to do. Ester came out screaming from that tea-hotel while I was parking my scooty in that no parking zone.

-Beb, we are here, come fast.

-Wait, give me a second, and let me park it.

I walked into the hotel to find all my old friends. I was very touch. I didn't expect it to happen that way.

-Surprise!

All of them scream when I set in. There was a beautiful cake waiting for me.

-Hey, thanks but you don't need to do this. Don't you think I am too old now for these stuffs?

-You might think you are old but we still think we are still in our fresher. Come on, Beb it's the way how we always do our birth days, right?

I think Ester was a bit annoyed at my words. I begged her pardon and we began chatting. I am very lucky to have them as my friends. People might laugh to see the gifts they gave me. But I know it's the perfect gift I could ever receive from my friends. They gave me cooking oil, potato, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, umorok, onion and cabbage. The loveliest thing was they pack it along with their names so that I could know who gave me what. We were chatting and I suddenly spoke looking at the cake that was lying untouched apart from the portion I had cut for the celebration.

-Hey, do you guys mind if I take home this cake? I know you won't eat also. So I was thinking of giving it to the kids.

They broke out in a huge laugh.

-What happen why you are laughing?

Rani who was at the corner of our seat replied -

-Till then we thought you are a mother. Now we realized that you are a grandmother too who wants to take home everything she eats for her grandchildren. I hope you won't ask the share of your two knees in luhongba.

-Knee? Shared? What?

-Don't you know the funny story about a grandmother who covers up her both knees with sal to look like babies so that she gets three share of edibles.

-Ash.. loirehe. I won't take it.

-Hey, we are just pulling your legs .Please take it with you.

-Sure?

-Very much. All of them replied together.

To be continued....


* Louriyam Bebica wrote this article for Hueiyen Lanpao (English Edition)
This article was posted on September 22, 2012.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Product @Langbal Keithel #1:: Gallery
  • Death Anniv- Bhagyachandra #3 :: Gallery
  • Written Exam for CDPO postphoned
  • Lamyanba Hijam Irabot :: Read all him..
  • Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 #1
  • Ekai Thabi- Aquatic vegetable cash crop
  • Message to the Meiteis living abroad
  • A Cloud of Dust :: Poem
  • Jobs in IT Cell at C-DAC Silchar
  • Making change to education scenario
  • 107 illegal migrants pushed back
  • Deficit monsoon rains in most of NE
  • Nangna Helli Nungshiba #1 :eRang
  • AIM, Khabam Vs NEROCA FC :: Gallery
  • Yumnam Yaima : Manipuri Sahitya Parishad
  • Langol Watch Tower #5 :: 360 ° View
  • FIR against fmr CM Ibobi in MDS scam
  • Protest demanding justice for Pravish
  • Killing Of Tripura Journalist
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Idiotic stand of making Hindi compulsory
  • September and Hijam Irabot
  • Death Anniv- Bhagyachandra #2 :: Gallery
  • National Repentance Day :: Gallery
  • Chasing Tidal Waves by Lo! Peninsula
  • Volleyball tournament at Chingai, Ukhrul
  • Condemns murder of Shantanu Bhowmik
  • Condemns scribe's murder in Tripura
  • Deep grief over another assassination
  • Suspicious death of missing youth in Noida
  • Protest outside UP Bhawan in Delhi
  • Bigger threat from Bangla immigrants
  • Of war, wine and women
  • A trip to Moreh #1 :: Gallery
  • Death Anniv- Bhagyachandra #1 :: Gallery
  • Breach of Privilege & Contempt of the House
  • Career option in History
  • Cry of a Dying River - 1 :: Poem
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand : Timeline
  • Condemn provocation against Pangal
  • Meetei Demand Of Scheduled Tribe @ Delhi
  • Resolutions adopted by NPF Central HQs
  • TSA-GHQ calls off agitation
  • Diverting filled cylinders from hills
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #6 : Ooba
  • History of Printing in Manipur
  • Hydro Electric Power: A must for Manipur #1
  • Why Total Knee Replacement is necessary
  • Self-styled godmen and mental darkness
  • The Dawn of Knowledge :: Poem
  • Consideration for Govt on UTLA camp attack
  • Bloody Phanek premiere in South Korea
  • Memo to Satywati College against Hindi
  • NE militant in Myanmar may face problem
  • Putting the limelight on O Ibobi
  • Bamboo - our green treasure
  • Jadonang: Indomitable faith of martyrdom
  • 12th Manipur State League #3:: Gallery
  • Cyberbullying
  • British rule in India: blessing or curse?
  • Candle light for Pravish Chanam at Delhi
  • Concern over Cambodia media crackdown
  • Present crisis a blessing for NPF: MLA
  • Medical Camp at Tokpaching, Chandel
  • High promises, high expectations : BJP Govt
  • Traffic regulation still yet be improved
  • Traditional Ritual @Khurkhul #4 :: Gallery
  • Athokpam Tomchou :: Sahityabhusan
  • Kanglasha & Kangla Fort :: 360 ° View
  • Mapithel Dam: Tumukhong village's sorrow
  • Earthen Pots of Thongjao :: Poem
  • Protest Rally at Uchiwa on Pravish's death
  • Three former insurgents killed in Manipur
  • Frisking exercise intensifies along borders
  • Manipur await to deport Rohingya prisoner
  • Culturals @ Pineapple Fest #2 :: Gallery
  • Boisang, Yaronsho, Thangmeiso :: eMing
  • MSL: NISA Vs FC Zalen :: Gallery
  • Fund the Athlete: Support Sumanta Naorem
  • Carbon Sequestration Vs Agroforestry tree
  • PHYNYX changes name & going global
  • NEFIS reaches HM on Pravish death
  • Expecting the expectation
  • Priyogopal : Senior Film Artist :: eRang
  • Ningtham Charei fashion catwalk :: Gallery
  • My Japanlan memoir after 4 score yrs- D
  • Candle light: Justice for Pravish Chanam
  • Science as a Christian vocation
  • Yesterday Today and Tomorrow :: Poem
  • Early Childhood Education Impact Study
  • Condemn the attitude of Noida Police
  • Protest at Noida SSP's office
  • A Child Cannot Decide Its Parent
  • Notification from COHSEM for Class XI
  • Threat to ban movement of non-local
  • Re-defining Mr. Clean perspectives
  • Hathei Phanit @Sirarakhong :: Gallery
  • Education in Manipur- reform & vision
  • Career option in Political Science
  • A Robe of Love :: Poem
  • Memo to CM regarding dead in Noida
  • Meghalaya edition of NH7 Weekender
  • Away from Imphal centric: Govt-Hills Bhai!
  • Panchayat election matters...
  • Reception for CM at CCPur :: Gallery
  • 239th Heikru Hidongba #2 :: Gallery
  • Buddha Said: The More The Govt... #2
  • R & R anomaly in Mapithel dam
  • Letting go :: Poem
  • Bedtime beauty hacks to look young
  • Warepnaba Meefam Saruk Yabiyu
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Civil Sectt crawling at snail pace
  • Perplexity trends
  • Heitha Leithaba @Kekrupat #2:: Gallery
  • Ningtham Charei :: Fashion Show
  • ISKCON Temple, Imphal #2 :: 360 ° View
  • Remote Villages conditions remain same
  • General Meeting & Social Gathering of EMA
  • Leadership management
  • Karo Sambhav School Program at Tripura
  • Blood Donation Camp at RIMS
  • Another spell of cooking gas shortage
  • Parking paralysis
  • Manipur Univ of Culture #3 :: Gallery
  • Sub Junior Boys Basketball #2 :: Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram: NE Excellence Award
  • Manipuri in Proto-Sino-Tibetan Family
  • Lamka: Urban character with rural admin
  • MUTA Colloquium : 3 decades of teaching
  • IIHEd Seminar : The Rohingya Conundrum
  • Inter Village Volley Ball at Chandel
  • Trafficking story from CCpur
  • Local body election matters
  • Pottery Crafts of Manipur #1 :: Gallery
  • Techniche, IIT Guwahati :: Gallery
  • Anger begets hope & constructive action
  • World's oldest Parliamentarian
  • Convocation of Assam Don Bosco Univ.
  • Times I Live In :: Poem
  • Sadar Hills District Demand: News Timeline
  • Date with Sep 11 : Setting new benchmarks
  • Angaoba Film Scenes #2 :: eRang
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • My Japanlan memoir after 4 score years- C
  • Flood & Ithai Barrage: A brief reflection
  • Indigenous people must be consulted...
  • When a Star Finally Dies :: Poem
  • Job openings at The Rice Company
  • Lesson need to learn from Gouri Lankesh
  • Sumi Hoho calls on Nagaland CM
  • #NeverStop Guwahati: fitness enthusiasts
  • Protests against Myanmar govt
  • Culturals @ Pineapple Fest #1 :: Gallery
  • 12th Manipur State League #1:: Gallery
  • Tete a tete with the Education Minister
  • Freak and frank job interview
  • Buddha Said: The More The Govt... #1
  • Dichtung und Wahrheit :: Poem
  • Protest: Myanmar for persecuting Rohingya
  • Subroto Football under 14 yrs at Delhi
  • Performance anxiety: and its election again
  • Heitha Leithaba @Kekrupat #1:: Gallery
  • Heikru Hidongba Definition: Bijoy Govinda
  • Shri Shri Govindaji Temple #2 :: 360 ° View
  • Era gone with Rishang Keishing demise
  • International Literacy Day, 2017
  • De-notify Disturbed Area tag & repeal AFSPA
  • Waiting for a Good Morrow:: Poem
  • Annual Fresher's Meet, MSAD
  • Clogged waterways: Plastics, plastics...
  • Life is to be lived, not to merely survive
  • State level Teacher's Day :: Gallery
  • MU Inter-College Basketball :: Gallery
  • Half Step Rock signs up PHYNYX, now 'LEN'
  • RIST Talk 31 : metal cholate hydrogels
  • Day 3 at Techniche IIT Guwahati
  • Response to "need male empowerment"
  • Condemns murder of Gauri Lankesh
  • Condemns murder of Bengaluru journalist
  • NPF on impersonation of its President
  • Pre-recruitment Training for Chandel Youth
  • Where are the Ojas in teachers ?
  • Another stunt, but things remain the same
  • Bhoot Ki Thoujal :: Funga Wari
  • 52nd Hunger Marchers' Day #3 :: Gallery
  • Global development agenda & local realities
  • Sita :: Poem
  • Career in Audio/Sound Engineering
  • Education for conflict
  • Bikram's Blog :: 10 Year on Web
  • 7th Pay & the fiscal reality of the State
  • Of Patriot and patriotism
  • 2nd Conclave of NEDA
  • Kang Tournament #2 :: Gallery
  • NE Fashion Week #2 :: Gallery
  • Beauvoir's Second Sex & Maam's teaching
  • Face to Face with Rishang Keishing
  • ...real fact nobody wants to tell naked truth
  • to whom it may concern :: Poem
  • Importance of yoga
  • 'Court Arrest Prog' on Teachers' Day
  • Recruitment drive at Globizs, Imphal
  • JCILPS back after a brief lull
  • Culture of respect
  • 239th Heikru Hidongba #1 :: Gallery
  • Oinam Doren wins award in Italy (Lessinia)
  • For Chester : Tribute Concert :: Gallery
  • Id-ul-Zuha @ Hatta, Minuthong :: Gallery
  • Tribute to Rishang Keishing #3 :: Gallery
  • Heikru Hidongba
  • Result: 3rd Imphal National Photo contest
  • Haipou Jadonang day :: Gallery
  • Sub-Junior Football for NE :: Gallery
  • Xth Pineapple Fest @CCpur :: Gallery
  • L Devendro : O Bembem :: Arjuna Awards
  • Ige KNliye kabita Ama :: Seireng
  • Karong Children home wash away:: Gallery
  • State bids adieu to Rishang :: Gallery
  • Rishang Keishing : A profile
  • Tribute to Rishang Keishing #2 :: Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Nungbi Khullen, Ukhrul #2 :: Gallery
  • Landscape of Ukhrul District #2:: Gallery
  • Landscape of Manipur #7: Wallpaper
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #3 :: Gallery
  • SPONSORED ADS