“Once the ball is in the air, almost anything can happen” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Manisha Sharma by © April Cormier

Image by © April Cormier

An Interview with Manisha

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I actually really enjoyed celebrating my birthday this year. It was less about me being spoiled and more about spending time with the people I love the most. Although, I did get spoiled!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Honestly, I haven’t had a bad birthday yet!

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. When I was living in the States for school, I never got to spend my birthday at home with my family. One year, my aunt bought me a plane ticket to go see her in California for my birthday so I jumped at the chance. When I got to her house, the doorbell rang and it was my mom, dad, and sister who flew in to surprise me. I was completely shocked!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Cake, obviously! This year, my sister made me the most delicious ice cream cake in the world.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Apart from spending time with the people you love, birthdays are a chance for self reflection – like your own personal new year. It’s a blank slate, just for you.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I always stretch my birthday out for as long as I can. The older I get, the more I realize that an adult really shouldn’t be celebrating a “birthday week”, but hey I’ll try!