S: Turning 25
BC: "This is for the sake of one who comprehends in his person my feelings to Edgar and myself. I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.—My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don't talk of our separation again: it is impracticable; " - Wuthering Heights | “People aim for the stars, and they end up like goldfish in a bowl. I wonder if it wouldn't be simpler just to teach children right from the start that life is absurd.” - The Elegance of the Hedgehog | “This pause in time, within time ... When did I first experience the exquisite sense of surrender that is only possible with another person? The peace of mind one experiences on one's own, one's certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluency one shares with another, in close companionship ...” The Elegance of the Hedgehog | “There's a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours - days, if I have to.” A Visit from the Goon Squad | “Everyone we've lost, we'll find. Or they'll find us.” A Visit from the Goon Squad | THE WRITING ON THE WALL
1: THE MEHROTRA FAMILY | April 11, 2012 | Through my ups and downs you have been there for me.. Lots of love, Raunaq | People say are a spitting image of me...I disagree...Your genuineness is unparalleled, your generosity unmatched, your honesty exemplary and your passion unabound. You are a gift that I cherish every moment. Stay blissful and blessed.. :) | "Woof!" -Mr. crrrazzzywazzy pants
2: PROUD GRANDPARENTS | As you enter the second quarter of your life, we would like to remind you that you have done splendidly well in the first quarter of your life earning yourself a BA from Cornell of which we are very proud. Our wish is that you earn a Doctorate degree and opt for an academic position and settle down to a happy married life. We wish that our Moni gets a world recognition in mathematics. It is my dream and we both bless you with our blessings and seek the same for you from the Almighty. I am sure that you will achieve it all in your second quarter of life. We Baba and Dadi are proud of you and wish you all the success.
3: Forget the past Live in the present To make your future bright, harmonious and joyful - Nana | Let me, Vandana and Ujjwal wish you the best of days. You are a wonderful person and all of us would like to see you growing in life. A super duper person who will go places. We want to see you achieve what you desire...We love you... | WISHING YOU LOVE, SUCCESS & HAPPINESS
4: My dearest Kiku, I want to take this occasion to tell you something. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they are not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. I speak from experience. And I also want to let you know that I know you have an impressive wardrobe BUT of all the things you wear, your expression is the most appealing and important. Your baby smile is priceless! So keep smiling . HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAREST GIRL. BEAR-Reena hug! Love, aunty. Uncle and Ria send their love n warm wishes from the African wilderness!!!!!! | Caught in the act - the Pimp and his Squeeze... Happy Birthday! Love, Wiggy | THE STRONGEST BONDS...
5: THE GOOD OLD DAYS... | Happy Birthday to the only best friend I have! | Hope you have an amazing day! Miss you so much!! xoxo Jess
6: Many Happy Returns of the Day. Hope you have a tremendously fun birthday as I'm sure you will. As the years have brought you through the last 25 years of your life in which there have been ups and downs, I hope that it steadily goes up through the coming years. Laughter and joy and a lot of crazy moments because as we all know by now, it is the small memories in life that make it that much richer. So here's to stealing erasers, endless arguments, sharing an icecap, eating cookies, chatting endlessly about absolutely nothing, hugs, tears and lots more crazy adventures to come! Happy Birthday Kriti :) Love, Ashita Raj
7: THE WATERLOO CREW | "the first official picture of jyo and me on facebook...so that the "View Pictures of Jyotishko and Kriti" does not say 0 anymore!! i have also just been informed that this is actually the first picture of JUST the two of us together...EVER! :D actual picture caption: both have just weird laughs in this picture but soo natural :D muah*..." No story needed -- Kriti's comment is enough. Happy Birthday! - Jyo
8: The big 2-5 I have no idea why I thought you were turning 30 :) Maybe its that mature demeanor you always seem to have...makes me feel like I have a lot more growing up to do in the next few years! I hear there is a picture from our "4100" days. Please burn this immediately. Thank you kindly. Anyways, I hope you have an awesome birthday today, and many more to come! Much love from your pal all the way in Waterloo. - Nikhil | Happy Birthday, Love, Tulika
9: Bumble Bee, Happy Birthday! You are one step closer to being 35, and you know what that means :P. Haha. I hope you have an amazing day, and a memorable year ahead. I am sending a big bear hug your way. Have a good one :) -Naveen | TYPICAL KITKAT
12: Dear Kriti, The first time I heard you argue with someone, I didn't know whether to be shocked or to laugh (I ended up doing both) - you were one spitfire retort after another! I found it exhilarating and refreshing. In the brief time I've known you, I've never seen you back down from defending anything you believed in, even if the difference between your view and another was secretly marginal. I imagine Kriti-bacchi was very much the same :) But from the moment I really got to hear you speak, I knew a beautiful truth about you: you are passion embodied. Your friends all know that it doesn't take much to provoke you, but that's because life is a provocation to you, a challenge to live it fully that you have, and should always, accept. I saw it in you the first time I saw you dance; the first time I heard you speak about love; even in the delightful fullness with which you presented us your homemade diyas last year (yum! ;D). | You put so much passion into everything you do, which makes the gift of your friendship so precious. You take a road that I have taken before myself: to love everything like a lightning bolt, and endure the pain and rapture of being electrified to your core by its essence. Not a lifestyle for the faint of heart, for sure :) We love you for who you are, Kriti. You'll find balance, lose it, gain it back, lose it some more, and gain it back more fully each time, and for all the inescapable moments of imbalance in between times, we are here to hold you up, and take some of your fire (or feed it). For all the love and passion you give to life, which has been as clear and strong as day since the first time I met you, it is returned to you a hundred times back by your friends and family - especially on a day like today! Happy birthday, happy birth week, and celebrate in style! Love, Alison
13: CRICKET, MOVIES, WHISKEY & WINE... | We watched Dabangg together and played a drinking game. We would take a shot everytime Salman Khan said "Chalte hain...". It was a fun evening! Cheers to many more great times.. Happy 25th birthday! - Shubham | Kriti - wish you an amazing birthday and a promising and fulfilling year ahead. I know we don't have a picture of us together, so you should come to NY soon so that we can remedy that :-) Anyway, I hope you have a lovely bday celebration and that I see you soon xxxx Zeenat | Happy Birthday Kriti! Hope you have a fabulous year ahead! I better see you soon - promise I will have gooey chocolate brownies for you :) xo Erica
14: Dear Kriti, From private performances of choreographed dances to singing 'Choli ke peeche kya hai' in a limo, with all the (in)appropriate gestures, to getting down on 'Drop it like its hot', you've permanently landing yourself the place of the filmi dancing girl (not film star, not just dancing girl...but filmi dancing girl) in my life. Congratulations. To celebrate, I've attached a photo that shows your dedication to spreading these skills to the rest of the dancing community. Thank you. Oh, and happy birthday! Here's wishing you lots of dancing and filmy-goofyness in the year ahead :) Love, Megha
15: From one chatterbox to the QUEEN of chabad-chabad -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here's wishing you a super 25th and a year brimming with joy. I miss your ogles, rants, chamak challo dance routines, and most of all, I miss shaking my head and muttering, "Ye toh phir se shuru ho gayi!!!" :p Life in NY would've been no fun without you. Thank you for the endless supply of laughter, support and hugs. Oh, and Glenlivet! Love always, your (pink) chaddi buddy! <3
17: REMEMBER THE TIMES? | April 7, 2012, Taken advantage by a grasshopper (Not!) April 6, 2011, "Kriti, code word for you: YYZ. Decipher it!" March 18, 2011, Alleged sneakiness at scrabble later disproven February 5, 2012, A trip to Bacchus's backyard, La Dolce Patricia, Tiramisu January 30, 2012, Midnight at Herald Square, Post-Jack Dempsey stupor, kathi rolls, ghazals September 2011, Rain at Flushing Meadows April 1, 2011, Appu wore high heels today... and didn't she look good in 'em! April 2, 2011, World Champions! March 20, 2011, Antakshari at 1544 Kirkrow Crescent November 5, 2010, Antakshari on MSN August 2010, Walking the Swap Curve a.k.a Nights of Fixed Income June 10, 2010, "Paalki mein ho ke sawar chali re" introduced to us post boat-cruise February/March 2010, Drinks at Connolly's Remember the times. To many more nights of ghazal, days of wine and years of steadfast friendship. Happy birthday, dearest CC! Lots of love, Rishad
18: January 4 2010 - Smiling at each others Indian passports and saying hello on messenger. 2011 - Just leaving India, you are in Canada. Both dreading returning to work. 2012 - Making big life decisions on ghat across continents. | April 11 2010 - Sunburnt brunch, 23 presents, cake and dangling feet 22 stories up. 2011 - Watching a play? Nope, Pio Pio SURPRISE! 2012 - Love sent from Saharsa to Missisauga. Making up for it the best I can :) | June 11 2010 - Boat cruise, JD birthday shots and hanging out before your flight to India! 2011 - Return to a night of Pravda, Kiss n Fly, Chinese Mirch, chocolate on my face. And a "2am" hourglass. 2012 - I envision killer conversation, some wine over Skype and dessert? | November 15 2010 - Heartbreak. together, together. 2011 - Writing with a bottle of Merlot, or a Night at Bloomberg. 2012 -___________ | When you gave me the 5-year diary, you said you hoped every day was worth writing about. I figured time spent with you was worth jotting down too :) No matter where in the world we are, I hope we get to add on several more years of entries! As you turn 25, this is just a small collection of happy memories, infused with tons of love and friendship - all the little things worth celebrating! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lots of love, DD
21: Brush me with a stroke of your finger And scatter me in the passing air. Break my skin and drain me out, Rain my pieces on some part of you. Lie your lesser love down somewhere And bid it your unfondest goodbye. Spread me in a circle around you On a cracked earth, And watch me rise and fall With the gravity of your lips. Grip my merest substance. Let it drop. Feel its steady breath falter. Feed me your bitterest truth And watch me swallow. | dig a little scar into my bed shoot bullet holes in my frowning back blur the tiny whispers of smiles that onto my lips sneakily attack bore needles into my sleepy eyes pluck the nails off my fingers douse in thick red the weary happiness that in my chest wondrously lingers call blasphemy on its outrageous charge shine a light in its guilty face cut slits in its delicate wrist until it vanishes in promised grace | i may be, in a grieving way, grasping at shredded straws; i may be, in the shadow of loss, rewriting love's laws. but as surely as at winter's end snow melts and frost thaws, i love you with all my heart and the rest is just because. | would you sigh if you couldn't love? would you ever believe my faith is enough? would you touch the corners of my lips? would you talk to me about taking long trips? would you touch my breast and touch my heart if i told you we will never part? would you hold me close to you if i promised you my deepest blue? | Standing in a grey parking lot, Staring through my reflection in a dark window, Where lazy drops form arboreal streams. My shoulders squared, My breasts huffed. Few strands of hair riding the air above my face. Hands clasped behind my hip, Feeling nothing but the arch of my lower back, Call for you. | HANDWRITTEN | at HOME
22: The Club | The Shoe | The Trip
23: Our very own gullible, lovable junglee!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!