A Very Bollywood Farewell

A Very Bollywood Farewell

A Very Bollywood Farewell
My sister (left) and me (right) before we left.

My sister (left) and me (right) before we left.

Sunday evening, me and my sister were supposed to meet my grandma and mom for a special “girl’s day” dinner. On our way to my grandma’s house, we were slowed down by traffic (bumper to bumper!) due to the snow. Needless to say, it took us a while to get there. After braving the cold weather and crazy traffic, we arrived. My brother was with us, and it was something of a race to the door, but I just so happened to beat him to the door. 😀
As soon as I walked through the door, all I heard was “SURPRISE!”
It took me a minute to fully understand what was going on, but when I came to, I was pleasantly surprised to see the faces of many of my friends and family smiling back at me. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I settled for smiling and fighting tears instead. It was a bit overwhelming to take it all in, but it was so wonderful that people were gathered to celebrate my journey and see me off.
My mom and grandmother planned it, and one of my good friends came over early to help set it all up. When I entered the first thing I heard, was some of my favorite Indian music playing in the background. A mix of ‘Balam Pichkari’, ‘Aao Milo Chalo’, ‘Teri Meri Remix’ and other Indian mixes.

One of my favorites, ‘Balam Pichkari’ from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

To the left, on my way up the stairs, was this:

My mom and one of my close friends came up with this idea.

The world map, and the map of India were posted on the walls, along with a close up map of  where I will be staying, when in India. On the coffee table, there were several fact sheets (that I wrote for my mom, having no idea she would do this) about India. Facts about culture, religion, facts and statistics about where I will be staying, pictures of different styles of clothing, pictures and descriptions of the Taj Mahal, as well as the festivals I am looking forward to celebrating. What a creative way to educate all of the guests. ♥  (I’m quite impressed with everyone, for putting this all together.)

Food, drinks and jello shots!

Food, drinks and jello shots!

Hollywood Bollywood decorations were hanging from the doorways and covering the tables. There was so much food! Food, drinks, laughter and dancing. WOW it was such a fun night. To my surprise, there was a vase full of money donated by my friends and family. I can’t wait to show everyone how I will be putting that money to good use. ♥

I'm so grateful for my family and friends! They are so generous. ♥

I’m so grateful for my family and friends! They are so generous. ♥

I received some wonderful cards and well-wishes, as well as gifts!

I've got the whole world in my hand. :D

I’ve got the whole world in my hand. 😀 This is a globe made of gemstones. It’s soo beautiful. ♥

Jello shots courtesy of my mom! L to R: My sister, me, and two of my closest friends. ♥

Jello shots courtesy of my mom!
L to R: My sister, me, and two of my closest friends. ♥ In the background is grandma (left) and grandpa (right).

A gift from one of my closest friends, since childhood. ♥ Thank you!

A gift from one of my closest friends since childhood. ♥ Thank you!

The cute napkins my mom found. :D

The cute napkins my mom found. 😀

A gift to me from my mom. I have special plans for this...

A gift to me from my mom. I have special plans for this…

I have special plans for this ball. It’s very soft, and is also a small globe. I plan to use this to show children in India where I’m from. Older children may already understand, but the smaller children may not. 🙂 So when I’m playing with children, (like DN’s niece) I can show them where they live and where I’m from. ♥

After a while, we all gathered in the kitchen listening to Indian music and dancing together. It was so fun. I’ll never forget the memories made. ♥
Some favorites were ‘Balam Pichkari’ from Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani, and ‘Dhuwan’ by RaOol.

Thank you everyone for planning this out for me. What a special way to spend my last week in the United States. I’m so happy that everyone is so supportive of my decision to travel to and live in India.  I’m overwhelmed by your generosity. ♥
A special and powerful thank you to Nuwati Herbals  for your generous donation! ♥
(You’ll be happy to know I’m taking some of your healing tea with me!)

Thanks again, everyone!

Have a great day India. ♥
Goodnight America. ♥



  • Cindy

    In response to Andrea – Not just cool parents but a young at heart and supportive mom. Not old or frumpy – well I have my moments! But I understand having dreams, I have some too. I took a break to raise Crystal and her siblings but I am back to seeing to my own life again. Crystal and I have always been close, but now that she is an adult, we have a beautiful friendship. I’m super close to all of my kids. Jello shots and dancing to Indian music was definitely fun!! (xoxo – Crystal’s Mom)

  • Andrea

    Your parents give you a jello shot party !! Fun parents 🙂

    I’ve heard of a couple ‘Bon Voyage’ parties but I never had one! Oh, well. The trip itself will be party enough!

  • Jyoti

    Nice Post… and seems like a very good farewell. Enjoy!!!

  • Cindy

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your party! Gramma and me were hoping for amazing memories and I’m glad we accomplished that for you and everyone else in attendance. Your time away will be amazing for you and I will miss you like crazy! I can’t wait to see and read all about it. I love you little traveler. ♥

  • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

    Your family are so so cute to plan a surprise party and such a creative party at that!
    I spent so much money on buying a huge gemstone globe on an axis with a compass and now it is stuck in England 🙁

    You will miss that snow during April/May, it is going to be really really hot here :D!!

    1 week to go, yay xxx

  • Shubham

    Namaste friend, I stumbled upon your blog and explored through it! Very glad to know someone from western culture have an obsession and deep love for India & its diverse culture.
    I’m sure you’ll learn so many new stuffs during your stay in Bhārat & happily will return with sweet & wonderful memories!
    Looking forward to catch up updates through blog during your visit. I wish you all the best for your memorable journey in India. My good wishes & prayers will always be with you! Thank you!!

  • Chai a Cup of Life

    Best of luck with your travels! Your family and friends put on a great party for you. Looking forward to reading about your experiences here 😀

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