Wrap Up

Kanchenjunga

So yet another year draws to a close, and this is the third year I take stock on my blog.

It’s been a really peaceful year, with no major ups or downs. Life continued at its steady pace, chewed up and digested in little bites of quotidian details.

Personally, I “improved” on two fronts, which was entirely unplanned.

The first was my cooking. Thanks to the constant appreciation by Lil D, I’ve begun to cook beyond the basics. My first foray into baking a cake from scratch was met with success and that definitely buoyed me. I began trying out many more recipes, and with the stray disaster here and there, did pretty well on the whole. I must offer a 100 coconuts to Google-amma though! 🙂 I can’t count the number of times I googled a random recipe and ended up making it, completely edible and mostly delicious. Hats off to those innumerable cooking sites, whose authors have been so kind and patient enough to put up step-by-step instructions and pretty pictures for dummies like me!

The second was my “studying”. Joining Coursera was the best thing I did! Two courses later, with 2 “certificates” under my belt, one for Science Fiction and one for Greek and Roman mythology, I am pretty sure that Coursera will be part of my life for some time to come.

I am also happy that I am now more comfortable reading non-fiction. This year tops the maximum number of non-fiction books I have read in my life. I am beginning to find myself a little impatient with present-day fiction actually, and I keep returning to the classics. The highlight of the year was undoubtedly The Odyssey by Homer, which was an eye-opener in many ways.

I have done little or no writing this year, except for keeping this blog alive. I don’t feel the kind of despair that attacked me a couple of years ago when I couldn’t write. I guess letting go is getting easier.

My Lil D has shown the biggest change. She’s mellowed so much, such a contrast from her high-spirited young self. She’s so responsible and mature, yet never hesitates to throw her arms around me in a really tight hug every time she sees me. I think we’re on the cusp of the mother-daughter relationship turning into a more beautiful, deeper friendship.

So, in a nutshell, all is well in my little cocoon as it tosses around on the stormy seas of life. Let’s hope the next year too continues at this sedate pace.

Happy Holidays and may your New Year be splendid too!

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