"A strange calmness descends on the eve of the clock that strikes 12 midnight... the family, the few that are in town, bring in the greetings, the ‘little one’ ably tutored sings a ‘happy birthday’ to herself first, and then, after suitable prompting, to me... it's these little moments that make up a birthday," Amitabh posted on his blog.

Aaradhya, who will turn two on Nov 16, is the daughter of Amitabh's son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai.

Amitabh and his wife Jaya have two other grandchildren -- Navya Naveli and Agastya, children of their daughter Shweta Nanda, who is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda.

For Big B, the "gifts of love and affection from the Ef (extended family), from those that we know and cannot see or meet, from people on the streets as you pass by, from the crew on the set, from those that have lived and worked with me through the ages" comprise big moments of his life too.

He was touched with the "personal effort" of his well wishers "to prepare that personalized card, that touch of handicraft, a little something, so thoughtfully put together".

"The most expensive diamond in the world would not compare with this," he added.

Amitabh is currently seen as the host of TV game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati", and he has also started shooting for his next film "Bhootnath Returns".

Big B endorses a cause on his birthday

On his birthday, Big B announced that he has taken up an initiative to provide electricity to 3,000 houses in rural India using solar power.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust and Urja Foundation have come together in the endeavour to provide solar-powered lights to small villages hitherto deprived of electricity.

"There is a trust in my father's name - Harivansh Rai Bachchan Trust - and whatever money we collect, we give it to some charitable cause. Urja Foundation will provide electricity to 3,000 houses in villages," Big B told reporters.

"This is just a beginning. We will start this by November. The electricity will be provided through solar energy free of cost to small villages," he said.

 (Agencies)

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