Wishing his fans a wonderful start to the new year, veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar says that the new beginning brings back old memories to him.
"I am wishing all of you a wonderful start to 2012 and pray that the year gives us pleasant times and many, many reasons to smile and feel on top of the world each day of the year," Kumar wrote on his blog.
The actor, who turned 89 last month, also remembered his wife, Saira Banu's mother on her birth anniversary.
"Personally, it is not just the beginning of a new year for me. It is replete with beautiful memories. It is Saira's mother Naseem Banuji's (Appaji) birthday and my thoughts turn to her and the way she made a difference to our lives.
"My thoughts turn right now to Appaji and the quiet, unobtrusive way she made sure I was living the life that even a king would have envied. She was the epitome of beauty, grace and refinement and it reflected in her speech and manners," he said.
The actor also said how his mother-in-law would make the first day of the year special for everyone by giving some gorgeous surprises.
"Appaji always made January 1 special not for herself but for all of us by giving us a lovely day with some gorgeous surprises..."
"Saira and I have accepted the will of God and learned to live without her but not a day passes without our thoughts recapturing her contribution to the strength of our marriage and love for each other. Appaji, we love you," he added.