Without a signal

At 11:30 pm on Friday, my cell phone displayed “SOS” instead of “EDGE”. This indicates that I’m out of cell phone network. At that time, I was in my apartment and there has been any problem with the availability of the cell phone network in my locality.

On any other day, this would have brought happiness. If there is no network, then I will not be receiving any messages. No phone calls! No sms-es! No emails! It should have been pure unadulterated bliss. But, I was tensed instead.

My friends will try to reach me in another 10 minutes. Unable to reach me on my cell phone, they will reach me on my landline. That would wake up the whole household. My wife and daughter were sleeping peacefully in the bedroom. I called up my friends from the landline and told them about the situation. Now, they will no phone calls on the landline.

At 11:55 pm, there was a barely recognizable knock on the door. The knock continued till I opened the door. When I opened the door, I was greeted by a group of familiar smiling faces. I ushered them in silently. They set up the table in the living room.

I went inside the bedroom. I woke up my wife and daughter. When they came into the living room, all of us sang to my wife, “Happy Birthday to you…”

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Tags: Musings,Wife,Birthday


  1. Happy Birthday to your wife from us too!! That was a nice gesture..but dont tell me she had to feed all your friends at that hour as a treat!!

  2. That was incredible! I was wondering what had made you go into a tizzy. No cell phone signal usually calls for a celebration.
    I am wondering...instead of feeling happy, I probably would have got angry with my husband. No make up, no decent clothes,uncombed hair, how could you do this to me in front of our friends??
    Happy Birthday to your wife. Wishing her all the happiness.

  3. This is the best way to celebrate a birthday.It happens to be my wife's b'day too.
    Happy b'day to your wife and good wishes to your family.

  4. @Sujata - Thank you. We feasted on the cake.

    @Aparna - Thank you. I made sure she and my daughter went to bed late. So no damages on the hair. She was clothed decently. As for makeup, all were close friends.

    @BKC - Great! Thanks and wish your wife the same.


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