Arya has more toys & books than he can play with & read. So, please don’t feel it necessary to send any gift with your child. However, if you absolutely insist on sending something, we’d prefer if you send a nominal amount by cheque or cash. Arya will be having the 1st ever ‘ShareMyCake Birthday’ whereby a portion of the money he receives will go towards helping a social organization of his choice. Arya will use the remaining amount to buy a gift of his choice. By the way, Arya has chosen to support Suyam. More on them and their Montessori school for under-privileged children at http://www.suyam.org/"
- We had a great party at home - with a fun treasure hunt and other games.
- Arya's friends' parents loved the idea. As one of them said, "...Thank you very much for the invite. Also the request you had made towards gifts and the way you had planned to do it is really a great idea..."
- None of the parents ran around buying 'plastic & cardboard' for gifts
- My parents, my sister (and her husband), Tina's sisters and other members of our family who don't stay in Chennai could gift Arya too (speaking of which, my Dad was pretty generous with his gift to Arya; I don't recall such monetary generosity when I was growing up)
- Arya will be sending over Rs.2,000 to Suyam for their Siragu Montessori school (they don't know this yet). Arya knows this will mean a lot to them, and is grinning like he just saved the world from aliens.
- He will also be buying (for himself) a Harry Potter Wii game he's always wanted - and he will have cash to spare!
- ShareMyCake had its own "Google moment". More on that in a separate post.