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Bye bye 2011

This happens to be the latest year ending post in past few years :) Usually my winding up-for-the-year post would be much much earlier than the penultimate day to the year end. A reflection on my dwindling interest in writing things down may be.

I never carry any particular timeline to achieve my targets/resolutions and definitely wouldnt want to confine myself within a jan to dec window. But still when i get to finish them i feel happy whenever it happens. Like the time when i wanted to have kulfi in pouring rain. It was always my fantasy to know how it would feel like to have kulfi in rain. Really wanted to test that you-will-catch-fever theory. But like all sane parents mine never allowed this 'experiment' of mine. I tried having a kulfi in chilling Bangalore rainy season few years back and it was worth every rupee spent. You should've seen the look on the shopkeepers face :) that was worth more than the amount i paid. Sometimes it really riles people up, when they see people do things which they would love to do, but dont want to, for it may not go well with their image. I was at the receiving end of this situation when my team went for an outing last month.

There was this game called Zombie ball (or was it zorbie??) wherein there was a 10 feet plus tall huge balloon kind of ball that had 2 openings through which 'participants' (aka bakras) would be thrown into it. And the ball would be rolled up and down some slopes with the inhabitants getting tossed around inside the ball. They did had some safety harness but the people outside never gave time for those who got thrown in to tie themselves up. I couldnt quite understand this idea of fun, of watching two people struggling to find their footing, falling and hurting all over themselves getting thrown around, without any letup from those outside. It comes no where even in the same pin code of being termed funny for me. I told my damager who wanted me to give it a try that its a sadistic game and i dont want to be party to it. He was so shocked that he forbade others to force me into trying it. Later i apologised for the word used and explained why i felt that way. The more i tried to explain my feelings, the more wrong i sounded myself. Whats so sadistic about a 'game' where in the participants had no issues in being 'tortured' and others had no remorse. In the end they all felt exhilarated and happy. It struck me that it almost sounded like marriage!!! I dont know if i am sane or not but i am happy to be single :D

I always thought i would never be able to sit through any sitcoms or serials. Then F.R.I.E.N.D.S happened :)   and here i am still smitten with it, almost 9 years after i started watching it. I again thought this would be my only craze. But 2011 proved me wrong multiple times. My sitcom count has quadrupled this year to House M.D (7 seasons done), How i Met Your Mother ( 3 and counting), Dexter (4 and counting) with Two and half men and Entourage to follow. I feel like a native of New York now and can pick their inside jokes too :) I was introduced to these series by two good friends of mine with whom i competing to match their season watching spree. Hope to catch up with them soon :) Enna oru magathaana resolution for 2012 apdingareengala..hehehe...i always aim high u c!!

The second half of the year had lot more revelations for me. Everyone, i am sure, have their dream lifestyle. Some maybe lucky to lead such a life, while the vast majority would be contented about their life, though it may not be the one they dreamt of. Well, i happened to witness someone leading my perfect life :) Their house was exactly the one i had dream designed mine to be, their family, their relatives even the furniture in their place matched my dream picture. I felt so happy to see my dream walking talking in real time and made me realise that there is more to life than watching others live it. Is there anything different that i could do to realise my dream? I dont know. But i sure want to explore and give it a try.

2012 has been the most hyped about year for a while now with its doomsday December. Would love to see if it lives up to its billing. The unknown always provides us with two choices - to be scary or cheerful. We ALWAYS have the choice to decide how it has to be and its what we choose, that really make it happen. It can never be always scary or always cheerful, for either way it would make life boring. So here is to the new unknown - may it keep all of us interesting. Advance wishes for a wonderful time ahead folks. May god bless us all. Catch you next year :)

Comments

Asha said…
"I dont know if i am sane or not but i am happy to be single :D

Count your days as single, gils. Hope to see you couple up in 2012.

Happy, Cheerful and a healthy 2012 ahead for you. God bless.

Romba naal apprum first vandirikken to comment. chocolate, cake or kulfi kidaikkuma?
RS said…
A wonderful new year post, Gils.

In my (humble) observation, your posts are getting wiser by the day, Gils, and I am so so glad that I get to read a piece of your wisdom (year after year, for the past three years :)). The way you express, the anecdotes you use make them all the more interesting. Thank you for all the laughter you spread, for all the thoughtfulness you spread. Please keep writing. God bless you!!

I wish 2012 be full of revelations for you, Gils. Wishing you much health and much peace in 2012.
Ramesh said…
Well said RS. Amen.

Now I can suggest the following New Year reolutions in the light of the kulfi in the rain wish

- Sit in the first row first show of a newly released movie in a packed house and stand up and guffaw loudly when there is a tearful emotional scene

- Wear a turban to work some days

- Become the lucky guy in The Bachelor Show (shall address Asha's wishes)

- Stop watching all the mentioned serials and instead follow 14 saas bahu serials in Hindi.

- Next office party, roll the damager downhill in the balloon

Happy 2012 Gilsu. Thanks for all the joy and fun you bring to the blog world.
gils said…
@asha:
:)) mikka nanri hai.. neenga keatta anaithum kedaikum :)

@athivasi:
avvvvvvvvvvvv....nanri nanri..ungal anbukku alavay illainu adikadi prove panrel :)
gils said…
@thala:

- Sit in the first row first show of a newly released movie in a packed house and stand up and guffaw loudly when there is a tearful emotional scene

//done that :D

- Wear a turban to work some days

//done something similar :D


- Become the lucky guy in The Bachelor Show (shall address Asha's wishes)

//lol..naan marriageskay poga maaten..ithula bachelor show veraya :D

- Stop watching all the mentioned serials and instead follow 14 saas bahu serials in Hindi.

//suicide..athuvum torture panni suicide panikara idea vantha itha try pannalam :D

- Next office party, roll the damager downhill in the balloon

//big queue for that :D
Anonymous said…
Very happy new year to you Gils.Wiahing you the best of health and 'kudumba prapthirasthu'.

But my verification word is 'somari', ennaga idhu ?
Anonymous said…
Very happy new year to you Gils.Wiahing you the best of health and 'kudumba prapthirasthu'.

But my verification word is 'somari', ennaga idhu ?

AA
Aarti said…
Have an awesome 2012.... More meetings, more marathons, more shows to experiment :D

was nice meeting a Citi center, the roof top... ;d
Deepa said…
A lovely post! Earnest and as innocent as your kulfi in the rain! Wish you more revelations in years to come! About the marriage bit, how about I wishing you to get into the balloon this year! ;-D ?
RamMmm said…
First, hApPy NeW yEaR.

Gilsu, Last sentence of first para. Slow down, slow down. romba fasta poneengalO (enna maadhiri). :-)

kulfi aduththa varusham kudaikku keezha ninnu innoruththaroda saappdunga. :-) vaazhthukkal.
andha "happy to be single" ellaam summa jumbalakka story. :-) aduththa varusham postla "coupled for life"nnu ezhudhum oye.

saar, naan Chennai vandhaa unga kittaendhu House MD, HIMYM episodes eduththukkaraen. I can share Big Bang Theory, Everybody Loves Raymond. :-) Zenovai pudiyunga avar nerayya serials vechchirukkaar. :-) I never tire of Seinfeld and Friends, personally. :-D :-D Maybe, they shaped my viewing of sitcoms.

Dream away, be happy and feel happy. Have a great time.
Anonymous said…
You have got to watch PSYCH - USA network.

- Venkat.

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