And I finally turned forty.

Yesterday. Let me take myself to a corner and weep my heart out. No seriously, I hit forty. When I was 19, I had thought forty was a good age to die. You were still young enough to make a decent looking corpse and old enough to have done all the things you should have done by the time you hit forty.
Or so I thought. Obviously I didn’t think too deeply back then. Call it the arrogance of youth. Or whatever. But I hit official forty, four oh, four completed decades on this planet and I’m damned if I’m going to feel forty. I feel, in my head, like I ought to be asked for a valid id when I go to a pub. Of course, that would be pushing it a bit too much, but in my head that’s where I am, if I ignore the hulking seven year old telling me to act my age.
So what does turning forty feel like. No, the face hasn’t collapsed on me overnight into a maze of wrinkles. The knees haven’t given way yet. I still giggle over crushes, and go ballistic over trends I can barely fit my expansive self into. I read sappy Twilight series novels and get lost in a world of stalkerish vampire lovers, only to emerge and bang myself on the head wondering what was I smoking. I need to grow up. Turning forty hasn’t changed that.
So here’s what forty should be like. As clicked by the doting son yesterday. Sort of sums up my mood right now.

Am so going to make this my best decade ever. And yes, I need to change the header of the blog.

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About Kiran Manral

Author of The Face At The Window, ( 2016), Karmic Kids, All Aboard (2015) , Once Upon A Crush (2014) and The Reluctant Detective (2011).
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55 Responses to And I finally turned forty.

  1. anonymous says:

    looking lovely at 40..and remember age is just a number. Belated wishes.

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  2. Anita Menon says:

    Wishing you a wonderful year of fantastic writing and a beautiful life ahead.

    Forty or not,you are a stunner.

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  3. R's Mom says:

    Wishing you a super duper happy belated birthday…and okie even if you dont believe it – you dont look forty AT ALL!

    heres to wishing you many more rocking years with the 7 and growing year old 🙂

    PS did Krish take that photo? I loved it

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  4. Sangitha says:

    Know what you means. Mine is coming up too.

    Happy birthday!

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  5. ranjanis says:

    Rock the 40’s, I say, as only you can!

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  6. Divs says:

    You look stunning Kiran! And a happy birthday btw. You absolutely do not look 40 from any angle. You are only as old as you believe yourself to be…remember?

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  7. Vanshika-Neelam Amarnani says:

    Hi kiran wish u a belated happy birthday n trust me u look fab for forty 😉 have a gr8 year ahead

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  8. neha says:

    Oh God u look so stunning for forty ! Touchwood and god bless !!!

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  9. aneela z says:

    From toilet training to adult diapers…yeh dosti hum nahi todeyngey..Promise?

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  10. j's mom says:

    Hey Kiran,
    Happy b’day u gorgeous lady. Well i hav a lot to say. I got introduced to mummy bloggng whn i’s expectng my son n Parul’s ws the 1st one i read. Hav caught up Y, itchy, 2 a’s mom,aneela, newmumontheblock,chandni(nt a mummy blogger bt still,she hangs arnd in this circuit) n othr such biggies by going thru thr archives. YOUR blogs were dauntng…2 actv blogs n 1 mor tht finds mention here n thr…i mean imagine going thru the archives..bt finally found the courage to do so…n am i hooked? Line n sinker…trust me. M currently in 2009 archive of this blog n the othr one is untouched..today i dozed off whn this blog n the owner wer 39 n woke to the forty chimes…gud enuff reason to delurk no? Lovng ur humour n honesty in this blog…humour lyk ”scarng the worm out of the fish” n sumthng on the lines of ”fat lady yellng at thm(dogs) tht she hs no food on her person”…n honesty- weight issues,hairline issues(though the pic speaks othrwise), nose hair issues…oh tht makes it brutal honesty…conti

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  11. j's mom says:

    Hey Kiran,
    Happy b’day u gorgeous lady. Well i hav a lot to say. I got introduced to mummy bloggng whn i’s expectng my son n Parul’s ws the 1st one i read. Hav caught up Y, itchy,rohini, 2 a’s mom,aneela, newmumontheblock,chandni(nt a mummy blogger bt still,she hangs arnd in this circuit) n othr such biggies by going thru thr archives. YOUR blogs were dauntng…2 actv blogs n 1 mor tht finds mention here n thr…i mean imagine going thru the archives..bt finally found the courage to do so…n am i hooked? Line n sinker…trust me. M currently in 2009 archive of this blog n the othr one is untouched..today i dozed off whn this blog n the owner wer 39 n woke to the forty chimes…gud enuff reason to delurk no? Lovng ur humour n honesty in this blog…humour lyk ”scarng the worm out of the fish” n sumthng on the lines of ”fat lady yellng at thm(dogs) tht she hs no food on her person”…n honesty- weight issues,hairline issues(though the pic speaks othrwise), nose hair issues…oh tht makes it brutal honesty…conti

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  12. Pallavi says:

    My soul-sistah who shares her b’day with me is 40, a perfect 10 yrs older than me. But she’s way more enthu and lean and on-top-of-everything than I am. Some women just rock, whatever age they may be. You’re one of them! Happy 40s, Kiran 🙂

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  13. shilpa says:

    Super super! You dont look a day over 25….really! Happy Birthday!

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  14. j's mom says:

    …conti -n the biggest buzz word…SHOPPNG…woo hoo…n whn bags n shoppng cm up in the same post,it becomes my fav. nxt tym rnd m nt steppng in mumbai wthout an email(”in triplicates” q un q) frm u gvng details of all hole in the wall shoppng n food destinations…n no sendng a google map of inorbit’s location will nt do. yeah m demandng like tht. Feel all connected aftr going thru ur blog archives frm last one week n noddng till i feel dizzy…long comment i knw…shud hav emailed u insted…* sheepish grin*

    so nw going bak to the archives…

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  15. simrand says:

    Happy Yappy Birthday Kiran!! Echoing other sentiments above – you don’t look 40 at all!!! 🙂 Have many more wonderful birthdays ahead! BTW I just turned a year older too on June 20th 🙂 we share the birthday month!

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  16. What noone asks u for a valid photo ID??? Are they nuts…u look so young…Happy Birthday Lady K…Here’s wishing u a fantastic next decade!

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  17. mayG says:

    😀 oh you’re SOOOO going to rock the forties lady K!
    Happy birthday again!
    xoxo

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  18. sj says:

    Happy birthday belated. Wow you do look good and young I might add. I am not sure why we women are always fixated on our age like it’s the end of the world. I dreaded turning 30 and I have a few more years till the big 40…but nothing changed for me once I hit 30 and I doubt very much that it will when I hit 40.

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  19. Serendipity says:

    Happy birthday Kiran!! 🙂

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  20. sukanya says:

    Happy 40th, lovely photo taken by your hulking son.
    I enter the big four oh in two months. I am looking forward to it. after all 40’s is the new 20’s, right?

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  21. Sands says:

    Rock the 40s K! Wishing you many many more happy decades on this planet 🙂 I can totally relate what with mine coming up early next year!!

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  22. Mayborngemini says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!! Have a great year!!!!

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  23. Violet says:

    Wish you a belated happy birthday. You look absolutely gorgeous in the pic!

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  24. Sujatha Ramesh says:

    Dear Kiran,

    Happy Birthday… who would say you are 40 looking at the picture?

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  25. Gigi says:

    You look great! Happy Birthday..

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  26. Happy Birthday! After seeing that pic of yours, I am gonna repeat what someone said earlier, ‘you are surely gonna rock the forties!’

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  27. Happy Birthday Kiran !!! Wishing you the very best …

    And that pic is a recent one ???? Really ??? You look great …

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  28. Kanchan says:

    Happy Birthday Kiran !! Reading Twilight and other teenage stuff is what keeps us young (among other things 😛 ). So keep at it and send my reccos our way.

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  29. sourcreme says:

    You are fabulous at forty. Would love to look like you when i hit that milestone. Hope you had a great day. Happy belated B’day. 🙂

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  30. Gymnast says:

    Happy Birthday Kiran!

    You dont a day over 25 , trust me!

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  31. soulmate says:

    Hope you had a good one.. Wish you many more to come.. You dont look your age even a bit.. so enjoy, drink, dance and make merry.. 🙂

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  32. Wishing you a fab Forty! 🙂 Went through the same thoughts and ya nothings changed…its all in the mind…mebe someday it’ll catch up, the getting old thing..but that aint coming soon!! 😉

    vaidegi j

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  33. justanothermommy says:

    Happy budday Kiran. “Age is just a number” – for a reason.

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  34. bumped into ur blog at blogaddA. and i loved it- u’re aweome at 40, hope i will be too- just when i thought life was over!

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  35. Meira says:

    You look fantastic! And you rock! So thats a pretty great combination 🙂
    Bestest wishes!

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  36. KD says:

    Belated birthday wishes. You look fab at 40.

    I wanted to comment on your posts earlier as well but I was unable to comment. Did you change something on the site cos now I am able to comment.

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  37. Anjali says:

    Oh wow, you look super fabulous, I wish I could anything close to that when I’m 40, I seriously thought that was your picture from when you were 19 !!! Happy belated birthday !!

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  38. Sunita says:

    Happy belated birthday Kiran.
    Here’s a Greek saying that suits you ‘The heart that loves is always young’.

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  39. Jyothy says:

    Belated happy b’day Kiran!
    Fabulous at forty -that’s you!

    love love love your humor – Regular reader.
    Jyothy.

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