Thursday, December 31, 2015

Over & Out

So 2015 was quite uneventful & drab but even then it has its share of personal achievements that I can think of. Clicking pictures and writing took a back seat, I chose to soak it all in rather than look through the viewfinder that often.
  1. I traveled and how. A personal decision became a mission and one that was well achieved. Where all did I go? Amsterdam, Delhi (Thrice), Chennai (Twice), Goa, Srinagar - Gulmarg, Pondicherry. Can't wait to better this in 2016. 
  2. Cooked to save a life and more. Chicken curries and rice and a tad bit more. I want to move onto making cocktails now.
  3. Traveled with my sibling. While I have traveled with friends, family & cousins I have never traveled with her alone.
  4. Went to Kashmir. The place was home once - as my grand mom tells me & exactly how she described it from memory.
  5. Two of my closest friends got married. One after over 12 years of courtship. True love exists.
  6. Attend a Telugu wedding - check.
  7. Aced all my tests - blood tests of some 8 types. Don't remember the last time I got them.
  8. Traveled by a plane, bus, tram, cycle, car & a boat - all on a single vacation itself. 
  9. Tried Marijuana : ) No wait - 'did' marijuana
  10. Took a holiday with a friend. Had never done so - strongly advise it.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Curtains to 2015

2015 was a let down of a year.

1. Passenger planes across the world crashed, were shot down or simply vanished.
2. Ebola died a slow death but took with it a many lives. Black lives.
3. Terror changed a new face in the form of ISIS & Boko Haram and their violent videos.
4. Nepal shook with the quake & shook the world.
5. Greece stumbled & tripped. Germany pointed an laughed.
6. Nigeria, Australia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Mali, India & now France faced terror attacks.
7. Obama talked the walk on Syria, Putin walked all over Syria.
8. LVG & Jose walked all over themselves.
9. The refugee crisis stung Europe & its larger parts. The biggest since WW-Two.
10. iPhone 6 made money.
11. After AIDS & racism, US battled 'Donald Trump' as its biggest cranial infection.
12. Indians let Prem Ratan Dhan Payo make 100 Cr & a handful few watched Masaan.
13. We lost Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, APJ Abdul Kalam, James Horner & Leonard Nimoy.
14. Chennai sank.
15. India freed an actor who is a murderer & now frees a rapist after a fortnight as well.
16. Yahoo labeled the 'cow' as India's personality of the year. (Talk about global representation in a year that Make in India was represented by a Lion themed logo)

2015 was a let down of a year but we have a few positives to it too.

1. Aung San Suu Kyi won her parliamentary elections despite seats being reserved for the Junta.
2. The UN turned 70.
3. Kailash Stayarhi won the nobel peace prize.
4. Pope Francis continued to be a rock-star.
5. We got a closer look at a rock called Pluto & expanded our horizons from our 'pale blue dot'.
6. Bahubali showed how we must believe in Indian talent too.
7. Iran bowed to a nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani signed the nuclear agreement.
8. John Stewart & Letterman said goodbye to TV - what legends.
9. Volkswagen crumbled. No one is above the law. Tata Motors & Maruti cleared tests that 'V' fudged.
10. Dr Roy apologized on national television for misinterpreting the Bihar election. 'Newsroom' scripts became a reality
11. Chennai showed why we must never rely on anyone but ourselves. People love won : )
12. We signed a major climate control deal.
13. We landed a rocket in exact position and order it took off. Mind boggling.

Let me know if I missed out on anything.
PS: We = Humans & Humanity