Would I miss out writing a birthday post for the guy who pushed me to start blogging my ideas? Would the guy who has instigated me to present here a pink-tinted view (this phrase comes from here) of many a subject and many a guy, be spared? Surely not! (If I was writing this my own way, this would have read "Certainly not," but this is one of Bhatti's favourite words, in speech and in writing.) Also, certain people are supposedly more regular on Random Musings than on orkut, and those people have a tendency to forget things, so this should remind them.
Not so very long ago, I was blissfully unaware of Bhatti's talents. At poking fun at me and amusing himself and everyone around him at my expense. At exhibiting fine examples of the strangest kind of humor that exists on the face of this Earth. At procuring nondescript objects from the junk in his cubicle to hand over to me to throw at the likes of Akash or Abhinav.
And then there are the talents that I've been fortunate enough to see from Day One. The talent at expressing every emotion known to mankind with a facial expression that no other living being can replicate. At making all kinds of sounds, all day long, in his cubicle, that no musical instrument or living being can replicate. And when you get a combination of a vocal and a facial expression, it is interesting enough to make you curse yourself for not making a video.
In spite of being part of the same team, I haven't had a chance to really work with Bhatti. I'm not sure if that is fortunate or unfortunate for me. Maybe some people who read this would like to comment upon that. But, being immediate cubicle neighbours, I've had the chance to know him pretty well. He makes seventeen (that's his favourite number) attempts a day to do something unspeakably bad to my kangaroo. Another seventeen to instigate me into beating up somebody in the team. And another seventeen times, he will deal out a comment that will make me want to beat him up. But in spite of all that, I wouldn't want to trade him in for any other neighbour.
Happy birthday, Bhatti. May you get everything you ever wanted in the year to come, and in the years to come after that.