Well, it is that time of the year when people talk about how good or bad or disgusting the year 2010 has been (really people, stop bitching about a year even before it is over. You would never understand it unless you are a year yourself); the time of the year when all blogs are filled with posts about 2010 and what they expect from 2011 (as if ALL our expectations ever materialize!); the time of the year when people invite suggestions for New Year Resolutions (how lame is that!); the time of the year when people invite suggestions for New Year Parties (that’s even worse); the time of the year when our intelligent and oh-so-sensible media is specializing on who-wore-what-where in 2010, and celebrity new year resolutions and what a huge super star Rajinikanth is, and whether SRK and Salman Khan will become friends in the next year, and whether Aishwarya Rai will have a baby in the coming year. And of course, what else is more important than all these topics?
Well, it is always better than thinking about what one did in a particular year than thinking about what the year did to one. I have noticed that it is an Indian thing to always blame others/other things for our sufferings. Even our language is formed that day. For example, we say, “Kaal-la mullu kuthiruchu” (A thorn poked my leg) while in English is actually said, “I ran up on a thorn”. Even for a simple mistake like running up on a thorn, we blame the thorn as if it predicted that you would be walking through that path and positioned itself to give you maximum pain.
So back to what I have done in the past year – it was an average year; no big achievements (I did have a small business trip to Holland in the middle of the year; I choose not to count it as an achievement), no major milestones (except I got engaged), no horrors (except my grandma fell down and broke her leg), no sorrows (except for a few broken relationships) – I have been more or less the same this year (except for a welcome increase of 2kgs in weight). I didn’t read quite as much in 2010, but whatever little I read has inspired me to become better at my work and as a person. I realized that no matter what I do, I should be the best in it. I have worked hard to achieve that level of excellence and I still strive to improvise with every small task I undertake.
In 2011, I hope to read more – take a week off and read “Ponniyin Selvan” for a third time, read more of Ayn Rand, start reading more Tamil classics. In 2011, I am also taking a major step in my life – I am getting MARRIED. I will go from a spinster to a married lady (or ‘Auntyji’ as my teammates have already started calling me); I will have additional responsibilities – as a daughter-in-law and as a wife. The good part is that I will have my better half to support me in undertaking these responsibilities and my mantra (Sign your work with excellence) to inspire me to be my best in whatever I do. The bad part is that the timing is bad – these responsibilities could have come my way a couple of years later. But the more difficult the problem is, the more alluring it is. I hope I do a good job of it ;-)
At the same time, my struggles with Kosu continue. He has been and continues to be the single most irritating person in my surroundings – so much so that I feel like beating him up with a baseball bat. Ok, I am off to kick some mosquito ass. Until then, I wish you a very Happy New Year 2011.