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Leap year story: 'I bought 29 clothes'

February 29, 2020 08:21 IST
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We'd asked you, dear readers, to tell us how you plan to celebrate your leap year birthday.
Here are some responses we received:

Aarti Chatrath

Aarti Chatrath, 40 from New Delhi says:

I am a leaper, a proud leaper.

It's a great feeling to be the only one in the entire building of more than 2,000 people who is born on February 29.

Most of them look at me like I belong to Mars or from some other planet.

In these 40 years (technically, I'll be turning 10), I have not met a single person who is born on February 29th.

I bought 29 clothes for this special month.

(I am) Hoping this year to be the bestest year of my life.


Bangalore-based reader Prakash Naik who will turn 44 on February 29 says:

As a child I didn't know what a leap year was.

When my friends celebrated their birthdays, my mother used to say 'you don't have (your) birthday this year.'

I never made any fuss about it.

Once I asked my mother if she knew what the date was before giving birth to me.

She said she didn't knew.

I was born at approximately 11:30 pm on February 29.

I often tease my mother. "Amma, if you could have waited 30 more minutes, I would have been born on March 1.'

It's only after I grew up I realised how special I am. 

This year, I plan to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. 

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