Happy New Year

A bit early, you say?

Well, I’m wishing in advance for I’m not sure what will happen to me by the end of the year.

Morbid thoughts, you say?

Well, this year has been so full of health disasters that I’m taking the each-day-for-itself quite literally! I’ve honestly lost count of how many of my near and dear ones have been in and out of the hospital, battling the entire gamut of health problems from a simple cold that morphed into a full-blown allergy, to more serious ones like pneumonia and asthma and dengue, and topping the list, of course, the dreaded C and dementia. It’s been one endless relay, with the baton never being dropped. I’m tired of seeing life being squeezed out of my loved ones, like sand going down grain by grain down the hourglass. I’m tired of waking up in the morning wondering if today is the day that will be worst of all.

Still, 2013 hasn’t been all that bad to me. If it’s brought home the fact with emphasis that we have little control on a lot of our lives, it has tried balancing it out with things such as our lovely Europe trip. The yellow mustard fields as we passed Dijon, the towering peaks and beautiful cascades through Austria, the red poppies of Italy, the way Lil D made snow angels in heaps of snow in Switzerland, how absolutely at home we felt in London, the unexpected generosity in Paris…Lil D’s first trip out of India was memorable in so many ways.

The other notable feature about this year was I suddenly became active on the entertainment scene in my apartment complex. It started with staging of Obavva for the Rajyotsava celebrations and I had a blast directing the whole thing. Then, they had Children’s Day contests, and I choreographed dances for Lil D and her friend, for Navrai Majhi from English-Vinglish, and Skyfall by Adele. They were thrilled to win prizes for both the dances. I choreographed another number based on an excerpt from Yanni for the Children’s Day celebrations, and that too went off well.

Now Christmas is around the corner, and yours truly is once again making children dance to her tune, this time to a lively medley of Christmas songs. I used to do this in college, and hadn’t done this in a really long time. Picking up the thread again has been a great deal of fun. The icing on the cake is working with my moms’ group for the costumes and props, etc. The group gels really well, and so it is a pleasure to get involved in all of this.

Reunions have also been big this year. At the lovely party we hosted for my dad’s 90th birthday we got to meet a whole lot of relatives we had not met in years. Throughout the year, I met friends I hadn’t seen in a really long time. A college reunion is also in the offing, so I will be meeting some more long-lost friends!

All in all, 2013 has been a mixed bag. I think I’ve reached that stage of life where nothing amazes or shocks me any more. I guess I’ve seen enough of everything. So the this-happens-only-in-movies kind of feeling has become passe. I receive all sorts of news now with a certain amount of equanimity. I now understand more thoroughly that life is weird, funny, unpredictable, cruel, and stranger than fiction. So the only thing you can do is to wish people Happy New Year while you can, and get on with it. šŸ™‚

So, once again, a Very Happy New Year to all of you out there! Enjoy maadi! šŸ™‚

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