It’s been a long-drawn battle with time, and I finally won. A crappy year ends and a hopeful, new one begins. There were so many instances in 2011 when I thought that things couldn’t get worse, and each time I was proven wrong. I have laughed, cried, fought, patched up, been cheated, cheated myself, been lied to, lied myself and finally, searched for the eternal peace which has seemed just barely out of reach for so long. The past year has had occasions of absolute bliss and considerable misery for me, and I will very glad to end this year on a good note, with friends, lovely strangers and a lot of well-earned alcohol.
2011 began for me on a fairly good note, with a job offer at a promising firm. Just a couple of months down the line, I realized my mistake and it was too late to rectify it. The company turned out to be a nightmarish hell-hole managed by lesser mortals and run by an insect. After being sucked dry, my will to go forth and survive took over and I quit the garage (yeah, it was a communications firm being run out of a garage) and started managing my own firm, which had been neglected so far.
I did that for a few months and made some absolutely lovely friends in the process. Here’s a shout out to Satish and everyone at Design Esthetics. A couple of more months saw me take up scuba diving as a pseudo profession. But, as luck may have it, the dive center for whom I was doing the marketing, was run by another insect who turned out to be a bastard of the highest order who cheated all his employees out of their hard-earned money and respect. It’s only sweet justice that his business is ruined and he has nowhere left to run. Oh, I’m waiting to see the asshole’s face in the papers when he gets arrested for fraud.
Things got really interesting after that, and I reached a point where I had to dip into my savings for the first time in five years, just to survive. A year-long courting ritual with a well-known and respected multinational communications firm finally reached fruition and I made the decision to move to Mumbai, tentatively at first, to check out the playing field. It was a decision that I have not regretted and I’m pretty sure I won’t regret for a few more years.
On the personal front, things couldn’t get more strange than they did in 2011. I had a lot of illusions shattered this year when the woman I was in love with turned out to be nothing more than that – an illusion. I made a few bad decisions, I agree, but when two people love each other, they are capable of both pain and pleasure. I realized that money plays a vital role in deciding how long you can love someone. So, on a fateful day in November this year, I lost someone very close to me and made me wonder if she ever was capable of loving someone for who they are and not how much their wallets can carry.
Just when I thought I’d give up hope on 2011 being a good year, I rediscovered what it was to fall in love with someone totally unexpected. A fresh feeling of puppy love, evolving into lust and desire and at this point of time, to a steady state of mutual understanding, trust and faith, made me a believer again. Here’s a warm bear hug to the woman I’m in love with – the hottest mallu chick in the world. Yeah, I’m dating a mallu, and if anyone’s got a problem with that, you can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass when your number’s called.
If I were to send one message to 2011 and all it’s incidents and people, all it’s merry and misery, it would be this: Good riddance to bad rubbish.I can’t wait to enter the new year. I’m ever the optimist, cautiously pessimistic and according to my girlfriend, annoyingly pragmatic.
All the people who have made my 2011 bearable: Rohit Nayak, for his constant support and encouragement; Pavan Attavar, for making sure I never got drunk alone; Mum & Dad, for their support through financial famines; Satish, for his trust and belief in my limited abilities; Nargis Namazi, for making the transition to Mumbai that much more easy; Sagar Pandey, for his warmth, generosity, hospitality and for allowing me to use his PS3; Mark Monteiro, for ensuring that I didn’t kill the asshole dive center owner by replacing the air in his tank with rat poison; Mahesh Bajaj, my newest friend who took the leap of faith and is hopefully in a better state of mind after Gokarna; Renuka Balachandran and Niveditha Singh, who made my days in the godforsaken garage bearable; Nitin Kumar and Pooja Rao, for their steady supply of sex scandals, movies, television shows and porn; Gitanjali More, for making sure that I got my steady supply of interesting conversations; and finally, a very special mention of my new-found sister, Aishwarya, without whose support and love, I would not have been able to settle into Mumbai.
My love to you all and I hope 2012 will be a fantastic year for all of you.
11 thoughts on “2011: Acknowledgements & Year In Review”
May 2012 be a fantastic year for you! 🙂
Thanks a ton! I wish you the same! By the way, you are MirrorCracked’s top commenter. You have more comments on this blog than anyone else. Thanks!! 🙂
That has been one hell of a ride but am glad that the year is ending on a happy note for you 🙂
Wish u a happy & prosperous new Year!!!
You forgot the inking?????? By the way, Mark, if you are reading this, I have to THANK YOU too! You came out of nowhere & helped me at that meeting in Bengaluru!!! Much Thanks!! 😀
& You, Happy New year maga! bejaan enjoy maadi.. 🙂
Thanks! Yeah, I’m glad too! Here’s wishing you a very happy new year as well! 🙂
Haha! Inking will be mentioned later, in other posts too. This one just did not have the space. 🙂
Here’s wishing you a fantastic year ahead, doctor! 🙂
Someone’s loss is another persons gain – so they say. 2011 no doubt has been an eventful year. Reading your summary of the year, I’d say you are fortunate to have gone through allot – I say ‘fortunate’ since everything you have gone through simply will make you a better person, a person with that much more experience in life than the year before.
I’m in the process of writing my ‘2011 year in review’ which I have not quite yet completed, but I have had similar experiences to yours this year and the year before, but I have learnt to have a ‘no bull shit attitude’ to life, no time wasting, and a attitude to make myself much better off both personally and financially. All will be written in my review.
I hope mate, you have a much better 2012 year, the power is in your hands.
WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WISH YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT IN THIS YEAR
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hmm.. and i thought u were single and happy to mingle! 😛
on a serious note – my heart melts at your generosity..
humble thanks for the thoughtfulness!
I just happened to visit ur blog..Count me in as a regular visitor 🙂
I Wish you a very Happy & prosperous new year.. this review is quite similar to my experiences of 2011.
With so many insects around, it would be a good idea to buy a good insecticide. 😉