The only blogging community I follow is CBC on Facebook and this morning I read a post from an admin that inactive members will be removed. I qualify. I didn’t even remember my wordpress password, thank god for auto save options in the browser.
My blog had been predominantly personal when I started writing. Over a period, I got confused about what I should share and what I shouldn’t. A lot of my online reading revolved around content on world news, comics, business, politics – topics too boring for this blog. I took to Quora and scribbled on some topics. But it’s been a lukewarm writing year.
Ok, so here are my top 10 events of 2015. Some public events that got me to think, some events that took me by surprise, some that meant personal progress to me. Also a word of caution that some of these personal takeaways can be preachy, not the intent at all.
- Roberta DiVinci winning the US Open Semi-finals: I know just about enough Tennis to know that Serena Williams is the most dominant athlete in the world of Women Tennis. I hadn’t even heard of Roberta till that game. It made me realize that setbacks happen to the invincible. And even if the chances are 300-1, it’s worth it to give it a shot. Borrowed this below picture from J.K Rowling’s response to a sexist tweet.
- The Vidyas respond to a post that went viral for the wrong reason: The girls duo posted something on Facebook which went viral overnight because their hashtag can be misconstrued to a cuss word in Tamil. I ignored the whatsapp message like most others I came across, but their response was so powerful that it moved me. It made me realize how hurtful our society can be without intending to be and how to rise above this. The post can be found here. This event made me pause for a second before mindlessly sharing this on the internet. Speaking of internet and sharing, it continued to bother me through the year on how most of us jump the gun without taking a minute to read up about the issue in detail. Free internet, Modi’s travel, Aamir Khan wanting to flee India, that girl in the traffic signal who took to Facebook, juvenile justice.
- AR. Rahman concert in Chicago: A dream of 10 years come true for me. This was part of the intimate concert where ARR did a 20-odd day tour across the USA. An evening of goosebumps. That twinge in stomach when he was introduced the first time on stage. The exhilaration of “chinna chinna aasai”. Here’s to another year of ARR lifting my spirits. Agar tum saath ho is my pick from this year.
- Danish Officer playing with the Syrian Girl: This picture was the speck of my hope amidst all the tragic reports and articles regarding refugees from the Syrian civil war. It is gut-wrenching to read about 4 million people and countless children fleeing a country, not being able to withstand the violence and brutality. Amidst moments of absolute despair, this picture defined humanity to me. To borrow words from J.R.R.Tolkien ““The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
- Poetry and Maya Angelou: In the second half of the year, I made effort to read poetry. It all started when a friend introduced me to a quote from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. Before I knew it, I got sucked into the world of poems. The poets pour their life into 4 stanzas and it felt magical. I stumbled upon the “Caged bird” one such afternoon. Unstructured poem by Maya Angelou. I didn’t know who Maya was. The poem was deeply stirring, the words were so profound that I couldn’t help wondering what she must have gone through to write like that. I read about her and got to read some of her other work. She has been my biggest source of inspiration this year. If you want to read some of her poems, you could click here
- Kakka Muttai: It feels good to see movies different from the conventional commercial genre doing well at the box office. Thani oruvan, the masterpiece from an underdog director caught most of us by surprise. But kakka muttai’s charm moved me. It’s the simple story of 2 boys aspiring to eat a pizza and it touches the subjects of poverty and differentiation based on class. The innocence, the cheeky grin and the humor of the lead boy actors neatly camouflages the sadness cringe that would’ve otherwise engulfed the viewers. I still can’t get over the scene where the paatti makes dosa-pizza and the one where the boys trying to sell their dog. Do give it a watch if you haven’t already 🙂
- Chennai Floods and the rise of a city: 3 days when I felt completely helpless for not being home. When I saw everyone around desperately doing every bit that they can to help fellow residents. When technology proved how wonderful it is to live in today’s world. When I witnessed the city rise above the disaster. When random strangers in the States asked me if I knew the area and if my family was safe. This was the time to read inspiring articles about everyday heroes- the milk lady, the auto guy, that friend on FB timeline. The spirit of Chennai is what makes the city what it is 🙂
- Yellowstone National Park and Travel: The best 4 days of the year. Beautiful meadows. Hot water springs. Bears crossing the road. Spotting wolves. Moderate treks. The not-so-comfortable camping. Surreal trip. I can see the rainbow on the waterfall at artistic point if I close my eyes now. Very travel-heavy year non-work-wise too. The buildings of Chicago, coffee at Seattle, breathtaking Acadia, Hollywood walk of fame, the rides at Stratosphere in Vegas, the random night-out in NYC, pacific coast highway drive with the best friend in San Fransisco, madness at New Orleans.
- Firsts: So many first-time things and experiences – Laser tag, Foosball, trying to jump off a boat in a lake, dobash cake, platinum status on an airline, Que sara sara, Jenis ice cream, a really stupid James Bond movie, taking interviews at Wharton, seeing dolphins, solo movie(s), play-duh, wasting hours on kitchen scramble, reverse parking, teaching my niece to ride a bike, Disney on ice, six flags.
- Reserving this spot for all non-bloggable events that happened. Some that made me feel on top of the world, some that I wished didn’t happen, those introspective drives and sunsets, the road-trip to San Diego.
Here’s to a brilliant year ahead. Happy new year everyone 🙂