Given her penchant for poetry , I thought It would be appropriate that Kaushalya’s Platinum Birthday Greeting should be poetry. Trouble is : not many words rhyme with Seventy (bounty , shanty , Damyanti were some that came to mind : none appropriate you’d agree !) When dismayed , parental intervention often comes to one’s rescue . Taking some liberties & alliterative licences , a few lines were thus couched :
“7 decades ago, of the first month on the second day
A genius was born to Ganga & Kay Bee Kay
A sibling to Mira , she barely knew
That Kay Bee Kay & Ganga were not quite through
With biennial gaps in which to wallow
There were one two three , nay, four to follow
If I go any further , I might incur the wrath
Of Family elders who might begin to froth
How dare you !! they might begin to shout
Alliteration be damned , I might get thrown out “
Kaushalya showed early signs of genius as a School Girl . Her Maths teacher Goswami Master ( endearingly referred to by the Kanuga Clan as KHURCHANDOO in a respectful reference to his bald pate which he perennially scratched with the Red Pencil which he seldom needed when checking Kaushalya’s homework ) often commented , in utter bewilderment , more to himself than to anyone else : “ DIKKAT KAHAAN PAIDAA HOTEE HAI —-“ in an obvious reference to Kaushalya rattling out complex equations of Algebra when all Khurchandoo wanted was a quick proration of his monthly tuition fees after netting the days he couldn’t make it to the Kanuga citadel ( a tough ‘un in itself in those pre-calculator days ) .
Her genius earned her the endearing sobriquet “ Guryaanee” amongst her siblings.
She wrote poetry from a very early age , in a Burgundy Red Diary . One of her poems which I was particularly fond of was “ Naree “ : I shall say no more though : the last time I recited a few lines she was quite annoyed !! Admittedly I had made a few unacceptable changes .
Fast forward to her post graduation as M A ( English Hons ) & LLB from Calcutta University . As a student in Calcutta , she was pursuing a lot more than her post graduation & wedding bells were not too far with Ganesh Prasad Singh , G P for short . It was the mother of all weddings , with the groom choosing to arrive on an Elephant . But then that , as I am so very fond of saying , is a tale for another day.
The White Stork soon delivered , in quick succession , two Chota Geniuses , a boy who went on to set River Liffey on fire , & a girl who continues to set river Thames ablaze . Its wonderful that both are with Kaushalya on this special day , along with their loving spouses
A warm hearted person in good times & bad , Kaushalya has been sentimentally close to all her siblings. I often remember with a whole lot of fondness , our days at Mayfair Gardens in Calcutta , when , as a fresh graduate & no pocket money now that I was at home in Flat 303 my Kwality Choco Bars at 3.30 each afternoon were funded by Kaushalya from Flat 304 Belatedly , my heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Ghais & on my own behalf !! . Always the first to come forward to help & ever the low-profile do-gooder , that’s our Kaushalya .
I should have loved to be with you on this special day
& raise an impromptu Bubbly toast .
But that wasn’t to be , & the best I can offer
Is this impromptu on-my-Blog post “
Have loads of fun , because all that matters on this day is love and heartfelt cheer
Happy Birthday !