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Friday, May 12, 2006

Life's greatest gifts..

I don't like commercializing emotions..and there are very few people in this world for whom I have brought gifts..and only because they have been really special
It's Mothers' Day on 14th ( 2nd Sunday of May)..And I decided to give Mom something other than my usual gift of perfumes (they are her favourites)
I always wanted to give her one of those coffee mugs ....
I know she has plenty of them already..but I wanted to give her one myself with "MOM" written on it..
Nothing much..but something to remind her of me..everyday..

I like personalising gifts , even if they are bought from the nearest Archies/Hallmark outlet...

So, I scribbled crazy messages inside the card.. and put on three different shades of lipsticks and left my marks on a white page ( I always try to find a card which has a white page to write my messages-if I can't make myself one...)

Now let me tell about a few of the best gifts I have got myself...

#1 is of course, the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Dad.

Not only because it has remained my favourite for years now...but the way he presented it..was awesome..

Dad was supposed to go to Mussourie for some days for a conference ..and he asked me what would I want when he's back..I asked for a dry maple leaf if he could get me one...

He couldn't get a maple leaf..but he pasted a beautiful dry leaf on the first page of the book he had bought for me there..and typed a message in a font so similar to the one used inside that I almost thought..it was bought that way...

There is this story"The Gift of the Magi" ( pronounce: Maj-eye) by O.Henry..where a lovely young couple sacrifice their most valuable possesions, to be able to afford Christmas gifts for the other...
The girl sells her beautiful long hair to a wig maker, to buy a platinum chain for a gold watch the boy inherited from his dead father. The boy sells his watch to buy, pure tortoise shell hair combs with jewelled rims to adorn her tresses.


True... real gifts are those which no one can duplicate....

16 comments:

Aparna Kar said...

For those who have not yet read the story..or have forgottenb most of it..

Here' s a link u can visit..

http://www.online-literature.com/o_henry/1014/

AakASH!!! said...

O. Henry!
Now what more can i say?

AakASH!!! said...

O. Henry!
Now what more can i say?

zoxcleb said...

thats story truly is lovely..

personalised gifts always mean much more than the other ones. just makes the person realise that u spent time thinking about them.

Shashi Rajasekaran said...

true gifts..

ur vignetee..the natural flow..
that u adore..that much i know..
i hot cup of tea..on the sleepy bed..
i caring palm..soothing the head..

that drop of rain..a reveberating smile..
the original..ur inimitable style..
u buddy are the greatest gift..
to ur parents..to blogspot and any reader amidst...

Aparna Kar said...

@aakash

O . Henry doesn't need criticism..But I do.. :P

Aparna Kar said...

@zoxcleb

yes..and more than that..it preserves one's presence in the absence...

Aparna Kar said...

@shashi

Awww..cho chwee buddy..Thank u for the lovely poem :)

Vinay said...

Yours is the only blog that I regularly follow. And they are always an interesting read.
Never heard of O Henry before. Thanks for increasing the limited scope of authors I know.

Aparna Kar said...

@Vinay

Glad to know..u make the effort..and even better if u think it's actually worth the pain..

Btw..u can get some e books..try reading them at leisure..

aaah...I mean , if at all u can manage time to get some leisure..that is...

Happy reading...

Anonymous said...

The leaf pasted on the book
came from a camphor tree.
Try and you will get
the smell of camphor even today.

Anonymous said...

I read ur post & thank u. Though I signed as anonymous it's ur mom. Luv.

vasundhar said...

Its an impressive quote,
really those writers saw and picturised the emotions in words and values in between them.

Thanks again for such a wonderful story.

Aparna Kar said...

@ Dad n Mom

Thanks...
for being here...

(Dad, I didn't know it was from a camphor tree...)

Aparna Kar said...

@Vasundhar

My pleasure sir..

Words are all I have...

anandable said...

this post reminds me of many things.First of all, this book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" was also gifted to me. One of my favouite books.

Secondly, till very recently I also didnot believe in this 5000 Cr greeting card industry, but now I like giving gifts to people i like.( I always liked recieving :)

Your dad's style was very good...

thanks for giving the link of o henry story.