Dear Sweet-16,

Even though Indy didn’t tag me specifically, I felt like doing this tag, the moment I read it.

I’ve been wanting to talk to my younger self for sometime now and I am satisfying those desires by talkingย to my daughter. She nods her head, listens sometimes and other times, she puts a stop to my banter by gently hugging me and telling me “Mom, relax, dont take things so seriously, life’s to enjoy…Relax Mom”. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

So, here’s a letter to myself.

Dear Sweet-16,

Hi, I am a little older thanย you !!!!ย  I’ve never changed in that aspect – never tell the real age and keep them guessing !! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

I’ve been wanting to write to you, for years, to tell you that certain things which you despise at this age, are those things which you’ll fall in love with, when you are my age.

You’ll start liking veggies like pumpkin, brinjal, palak….ย  ๐Ÿ˜

And you’ll also realise that the sour ones like goose berries, raw tamarind, raw mango will start hurting your teeth and you may not be able to eat it with relish in later years. So, come on, eat how much you want to, dont worry about consequences, now. ๐Ÿ˜†

And Ah !!!! Please take care of your toe nails properly, otherwise you’ll live to read the trauma tales by your own nail, later in ur blog pages. ๐Ÿ™‚

All your food habits will go for a big toss, when you become pregnant. You’ve to pinch yourself to see whether its you – as I’ve done so many times. ๐Ÿ™‚


You’ve always wanted a love marriage, right ??????ย ย  You wanted to go around with the man of your heart, in a speeding bike, with the hair flying and you holding on to him, so dearly, isn’t it ???? ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me a break a secret to you, at this time. You will not choose that wonderful man, but your Dad will. That’s the only difference.

The three monthsย between engagement and marriage will be the golden time in your life, where you’ll live life to the fullest with all those speeding bike dreams will come true.ย  You’ll cherish each and every moment with that Man of yours !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


You’ve always feltย that you are so stuck in Chennai, right ???? Never been out of the city, due to various reasons.ย  Here comes the man, with the ticket in hand always and asking you to get ready to go somewhere.ย  You’ll visit places of your dream, the snow filled Manali, the chilly Kulu, the hot and colourful Delhi (you’ll go to Delhi on the day of Holi), the puja famous Kolkatta, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Blore and many more.ย  You just have to ask for a holiday and he’ll be ready to give it you.

Why only holidays ????? He’ll drag you out of Chennai to live in other cities too, which you just love it.ย  Of all the places, your best stay will be in Hyderabad for 7 goldenย years.ย  Hyderabad will become so much a part of you, that you’ll startย thinking that its your birth place. ๐Ÿ™‚


Do you remember what you told patti ?????? “I want my husband to take equal share in doing household work also. If he cuts onion, I’ll do the sambar. If he peels the potato, I’ll fry them.”

I am so sorry to disappoint you, but you’ll do no such thing, in urย life.ย  The love you have for your husband, will make sure that you do the sambar from the tadka till the end, to see that satisfying smile on ur husband’s face.ย  Yeah, thats a major change, waiting to happen in your life.

Even though, you are so career oriented and will love your working period of six years, you’ll dump your wonderful career to take care of the lovely daughter, who is worth more than all the jobs in the world put together can offer you.ย  And, to break the suspense, it’s not only one daughter, but two lovely little girls, to remind you of the time, you had with your own sister.


Your dream of joining the Microsoft may not come true,ย but you’ll feel elated when your close cousin joins Microsoft at Seattle. You’ll feel as though your own dream has come true.


More than dreams, you’ll see a new YOU, as time proceeds.

The absolute careless attitude towards others will change and you’ll become more sensitive to others’ needs.

You’ll realise that there are greater things in life, than having a career.ย  And those great moments are brought to you by the beautiful two angels, who are responsible for the happiness quotient in your life.

You’ll learn to be more patient with the old ppl, which you think is impossible for you, now.

Your mother-in-law will be your great friend and both of you will share a great rapport – which you currently think is not possible.

All the chores and lessons which your mom made you learn against strong opposition from you, is helping me in reaps, now. So, you’llย  sincerely try to pass on the wisdom to your girls.

You’ll go on to become a great cook, a super baker and much greater blogger. You have all these qualities in you, which only time will make you realise.

Hardworkย has no substitute – your realisation of this and your constant endeavour to pass it on to your girls, will be favourite pass time.


So, be prepared to welcome the new YOU – the changes will be so gradual that you’ll not even realise that you’ve changed.ย  Only when you read Indy‘s tag and start writing a letter like this, will you understand the extent of changes in YOU.

And do take care of your health, as you might face some health issues, too. Be strong. Enjoy life.

Be a HAPPY YOU !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

With lots of love,

Your soul mate from the future.

12 Replies to “Dear Sweet-16,”

  1. Love these letters!!! Life does bring some surprises and sometimes wishes are fulfilled in unusual ways, at other times, we accept changes to our plans with grateful smiles ๐Ÿ™‚
    Me : Thanks IHM !!! Looking back, I am really surprised by my own changes !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Health is a big factor!
    Me : Absolutely, shld keep that in mind. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Woo hoo .. thatz such a unique tag and done really really well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Me : Thats why I did this tag, immediately after reading Indy’s letter. Thanks Swaru. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. This is super-cool Uma and so so true … ahh! how much we change in life na ๐Ÿ™‚
      Me : Yeah, yeah ๐Ÿ™‚
      Take a bow gr8 cook cum super baker-cum-much gr8er blogger – I know the third one is cent percent true and can vouch for the first and second .. am waiting for a chance to drop in ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Me : Come on, may be we’re destined to meet out of Hyd. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Hey this is unique tag….I would luv doing this…
    its so nice writing letter to urself..and u have done it in brilliant way.. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Me : Go ahead and do it Rash !!! You’ll love telling all sorts of things to your younger self, now that you are matured than that 16 years.

    Youโ€™ll realise that there are greater things in life, than having a career. And those great moments are brought to you by the beautiful two angels, who are responsible for the happiness quotient in your life. – SO True !!
    Me : Yes, those two angels, changed my life and my view of it. Thank God for that lovely blessing. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. oh maaaaa!!! you did it!!!! yay! And it is sooo cute! especially the engagemnet period, and touch wood…ur MIL and you being friends!Looks like there have been some nice changes in you over the years! Loved your post! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Me : Thank u, dear. Indy, when I read your letter, it just went inside me and I had to do it, immediately. And tell u what, it was a great experience writing that letter too !!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. LOL, this is like reading your diary ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Me : Absolutely, loved writing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lots of changes, na? sigh ! I guess thats how its going to be for each one of us ! Why, god, why, why did you turn me this old ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Me : God, why did you make me frnds with an old man ?????? LOL ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†


  6. Its a wonderful letter and how each phase of our life changes us…. I am frightened at the fact of those changes by the mid-age… ๐Ÿ˜
    Me : Thanks Kanagu. When u actually go thru mid-age, it might not look so frightening. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. You guys are so sporting. Nice letter. I am sure your 16-year old self will be elated reading this.
    Me : Thanks da. Enjoyed writing it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am rather sure that I should write this letter now for when I am in my sixties. I would have nicer and more pleasant things to write!
    Me : Sure, thats also a gud tag to pass on…LOL ๐Ÿ˜†


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