My niece Lakshmi's birthday party was a very well planned and a 'deftly' executed party.
Just like any other kid of today, it featured cake-cutting, party games, spraying some kind of weird foam in the air, dance, "return gifts" like a pack of pencils or story books (ps: return gifts reminds me of the taamboola). The parents of the kids are generally enthusiastic about these kind of things.
As far as I can remember we never had such birthday parties : That was a long time ago.
Our previous generation would say the same thing.
Ditto previous of the previous generation and so on.
Since I am doing some linked list programming, let me put it like this :-
curr = last;
while ( curr != GENERATION_CAVE_MAN)
curr->display("As far as I can remember we never had such birthday parties");
curr = curr->prev;
That sums up humanity's opinion on birthday parties.
Women generally like socializing. Thats a fact. So mothers of the kids would team up discussing many things like their dresses, their kids' dresses , the colors etc.
The fathers' of the kids were of two types :-
a)TYPE#1 : Tailing their wives going wherever they go.
b)TYPE#2 : Antisocial psychopaths who make faces because they have been put into an uncomfortable situation like attending a birthday party and want the cake to be cut immediately, because they don't want to talk with the neighboring father about "technology you are working on" OR "prospective customers in a value driven economy"
But both the types of fathers regardless of race, age, income in harmony watched one thing in unison. The beautiful sight of a balloon floating in air. It is human tendency to pat a balloon which comes near you. Some people also make that extra effort like jumping to hit a balloon and acting like a clown.
The other function was a formal one. It was the 60th birthday of my beloved maternal uncle. Great food. It is called as 60 year "Shanti". He has undergone quite a bit of rough patch in his life and now he's quite good and happy. Happy for him.