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Cupcakes, a bicycle and some unforgettable memories.

Birthdays are only as special as the people who have them. If the person matters to me, then I go all out to make their day special.

21st of May was very special indeed. It was my daughter's eleventh birthday. All through the summer vacation, she had kept moaning about how none of her friends would be around for her birthday as they were all out of town. She kept telling me that she is sad as nobody is there for her to celebrate with.  I couldn't stand her genuine disappointment.
Finally I told her to just leave it to me and that I would make her birthday special. She trusts me with her life. How could I let her down?!

The one thing that my daughter loves is baking.  A few months back, a lady named Marina Charles, who runs baking and cooking classes in Bangalore, had written to me saying how much she appreciated my book "Tea for two and a piece of cake." She was a huge fan of my writing and had read all my three books. She had mentioned that anytime I want to learn baking, I am most welcome to her class.

So I dug out the old mail and a quick phone call was made to her. She was warm and welcoming on the phone. I told her the grand plan--I wanted an exclusive baking workshop for my daughter.  She suggested that she would teach her to bake five different types of cup-cakes. It would be a one-on-one session. The participant would get to do it themselves and would learn it well. At Rs.900/- for a three hour session, it sounded a steal and I immediately signed up.My daughter would have no idea about it till she arrived at the class.

When she was told what it was all about, she went WOW. She could hardly believe it.
Marina truly makes baking look like a cakewalk! She explained so well to my daughter what it takes to bake good cupcakes.

My daughter studying the recipes. Seen in the picture is Marina Charles who runs the workshops..

 Aren't they awesome?! They were as delicious as they looked!

Marina and me.
To know more about Marina's classes go here.
She also has some awesome recipes which she shares freely on her site.
She is also doing a 365 day 'a cake a day' project! (yeah, a new cake everyday!)

Thank you Marina for making my daughter's day really special!

Satish said that while I took my daughter for the surprise baking workshop, he would get her a bicycle which would be waiting when she arrived back. My daughter of course had no clue.

This is what was waiting for her at home:

Satish had added this note which I thought was a superb little touch! It made me go awwwww when i read it. (No wonder I fell for this man seventeen years ago! He does have a way of wringing your heart!). Here is the note:


My son and Satish blindfolded my daughter and when they took off the blindfold, this is what she saw.

The look on her face was the same look which a participant in a beauty pageant has when she is told she has won the Miss.Universe title. My daughter couldn't stop exclaiming :)

Later the day was flooded with phone calls from loved ones and a good friend's son dropped  in to give her a gift.

To say that this was one truly memorable day would be an understatement.

To sum it up in my daughter's words "Maaa--this is the BESTEST birthday I ever had. Thaaaaaank you mummy!"

Like I was saying, Birthdays are only as special as the people who have them :)
This one was the BESTEST really :)


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  1. This is so nice.I want to see ur daughter's pic. Upolad a family picture...Plzz

  2. That is so awesome! Wishing Purvi a very happy birthday.....and a fun blessed year ahead! Love love love Satish's personalized note!

  3. Thank you Preethi... I really had a good time with you guys..


  4. A ver Happy Birthday to Purvi..Was waiting for this post from 21st onwards. Its my sisters birthday too--so I do remember the date.

    and what a wonderful surprise :)

  5. Oh what a wonderful surprise! There can't be anything better than having your favorite wishes come true, with your favorite people, on your favorite day! I'm sure she would have been as happy as you've said, or even better! A belated birthday wish to Purvi! :)

  6. This is just so cute! :-) The note on the bi-cycle is really sweet!

    Belated Happy Birthday to Purvi.

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Purvi! :)
    So nice to know that Purvi had a blast! And those cupcakes look yummy!
    Loved Satish's note! :)

  8. This made me go awwwww... Too! I am sure it was special. Lots of smiles , love n luck to Purvi. :-)

  9. Aw this was amazing! The bike was an icing on the (cup)cake.

    Please wish Purvi from my side!

  10. Wow Preeti, that was soooo sweet. It was a wonderful effort from all of you to make her birthday soooo special.

  11. Happy Birthday to Purvi!!! :) Those cup cakes look yummy and yes the bike too is a fab gift! Hope she loooooooves her time spent with her new companion. Let us know what she names her bikey friend!

  12. Happy belated birthday to Purvi :)
    You really made her day...God bless your family :) :)

  13. Belated birthday wishes to Purvi!!!! that indeed was the bestest celebration I have ever heard :):)

  14. The sixthreezero Paisley is the newest, hottest cruiser on the market.

    cruiser bicycle

  15. "My Mommy Daddy the bestest"...!!! Her smile says it all...!!! I saw the pics on FB:)

    I thought u wrote the note...
    N yes...the note is super duper special:)

    God bless her!!!!!
    LOve and hugs

  16. And yes Marina the cake and the cupcake look so yummy:)

  17. The cakes and the bicycle look marvellous Preeti!!! May be you could write books on parenting teenage kids! :)) You just are perfectly wired to understand kids!!!

  18. Hey Marina....the cakes look splendid!!! Love it :))

  19. nice message by satish on the bike!

    its the best gift a dad can give!

    as for you preeti, cake-baking looks really indulging and interesting...lucky and blessed daughter you got ! :)

  20. learning something you love, on your birthday. Wow! That sounds nice.
    wishing Purvi a belated happy birthday.

    And the cup cakes look delicious!

  21. I just want to say i love your page. I have been visiting your site for over a month and i just love it!!!!!

  22. Awww! What a fantastic day! I love it! Happy birthday Purvi! My blessings and all my love!


  23. lovely :) :) Happy birthday to little Purvi :)

  24. lovely idea...and the cakes looks yummyyy

  25. Belated Happy Birthday Purvi...we share the same birth date :)

  26. Wow Happy Birthday Purvi. we share the same Birth date :) cheers


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