The Annual Re-cap.

Made it just in time. 

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?

- Created a stable, settled life for myself - for the first time since I left home.
- Saw work on bill-boards and in newspapers. (Very cool feeling.) 
- Acid. (Have to write about this sometime, it was hilarious. May I hastily add, not cool. Not cool at all.)
- Bike ride across Goa 
- Learnt to ride a scooter, and if anyone snorts in disbelief right now, I rode it over hilly areas for 10 KM without crashing. 
- Adopted two cats
- Found two grey hairs. (Yes, TWO.)
- Opened Christmas presents 25th night, not the morning. 
- Some stuff in London that would take too long to talk about.
- Got a home with more than one room and real furniture. 
- This doesn't count as something I've 'done' - but this is the first time I haven't looked forward to my birthday. I'm 23, that's fine, I don't want to be 24 particularly and after that, comes 25 and honestly, what is the point of life after that?

- Oh my god - there has to be more. What sort of faffing is this? WHAT HAVE I ACHIEVED IN WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST MOMENTOUS YEARS OF MY LIFE? Apart from minor work-stuff, not much. 

But as always:

- Loads of stuff I can't make public. Ha. 

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Severely limit drinking. (I'll elaborate the Code another time.)
Start studying again. Yes, studying. On my own. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


4. Did anyone close to you die?

My Bhutto and Kebli. 

5. What countries did you visit?

England. And the UAE if you count Dubai airport which I do. 

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

Money. As usual. 
Travel - although 2014 wasn't as bad as 2013 travel-wise.
Something else I can't explain here. (Due to inability to articulate, no mystery.)
Seeing more of non-Bangalore family and friends. Especially Mawii, I really miss Mawii. 

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory and why?

February. I found out something that changed my life (when I am being dramatic). 
And something that's just a pain in the ass (when I am not being dramatic). 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Related to the above.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Related to the above.
And something to do with someone I love. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yup. But I'll refrain from boring you with the details. 

11. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Mama. She had a tougher year than I did and didn't complain once. 
And my sister Pria - because she is a hero, although this has been the case since birth. 

12. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Mine again. Mostly. But oh well, you grow, you learn. 

13. Where did most of your money go?

Cigarettes. Alcohol. Autos. 
This has been the same for the past six years.

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

This holiday - one glorious month off.
Seeing my family and friends - especially Pria and Nain and Nicky (who visited me from Bombay to throw up in my bathroom - I'll share that story another time.) 

15. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Sunday Morning - Lou Reed.
Pale Blue Eyes - Velvet Underground (this reminds me of a person actually, not the year itself)

16. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

I'm not sure. I'm definitely not sadder, but the happiness I have right now is a different sort so it can't be compared.

17. What do you wish you'd done more of?

All the things I keep telling myself I ought to do. 

18. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Nothing comes to mind really. 

19. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas is over. And I spent it in London after years, surrounded by my family, eating the turkey and drinking the wine and playing the traditional games, and meeting the friends, and seeing the art and the plays and Christmas carnivals and - my god, it was so special. 

And Pria gave me the most touching present I've ever received - so I spent at least an hour crying. 

20. Did you fall in love in 2014?

I fell down a rabbit hole.

21. How many one night stands?


22. What was your favourite TV programme?

Kept changing - phases, y'know. 

23. What was the best book you read?

I think I can count the books I read (for the first time, not re-reads obviously) on my fingers - so I won't list anything here. Nothing was life-changing. 

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?


25. What did you want and get?

Many things. 

26. What did you want and not get?

One thing - but I didn't want it for very long.
And a flat I fell in love with. But I don't care about that anymore, my own is Home. 

And seeing many friends. 

27. What was your favourite film of this year?


28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 23. Had the usual party - did not wake up with a hangover the next day. 

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not dreading the future would have probably helped. 

30. What kept you sane?


31. Who was the worst new person you met?

Didn't meet anyone (very) horrible. 

32. Who was the best new person you met?

The 8B boys.

33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learnt in 2014.

It's not a lesson per se - but I learnt how loved I am. Many special people went out of their way to make sure I knew that.  
And that taught me how important it is to show people you love them. You can go a lifetime without knowing how important it is, but luckily, I didn't have to.

34. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.


I apologise about the damn spaces - they're driving me crazy but I have to go shower and decide what to wear so I don't have time to spend forty minutes making them even.

Happy New Year, by the way. As they say, it's another chance to get it right.

Even though you won't, you obviously you won't, you'll get it wrong, horribly wrong. But it doesn't hurt to be optimistic now and then.


After typing that, I went to get ready - I was drying my hair after my shower, and brushing it out in the attempt to achieve a wave, and it got stuck in the brush and couldn't be untangled and I had to chop a chunk off. You can't make out because of my parting (thank goodness).

Also I have a really really bad hangover.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why on earth are you hungover at 7.00 in the evening?