The first birthday surprise I planned for Alok was a treasure hunt with birthday gifts, two years back. Last year, I surprised him by inviting our close friends home for dinner. He had NO idea whatsoever. I planned a "chaat" menu. The best part was that my friend who stays just a few units away helped me in shopping and storing things at her place. So when I started preparing and cooking some dishes a day or two ahead, I passed it on to keep in her refrigerator. That way, Alok had no idea what was cooking behind his back, literally.