December 31, 2005

Happy New Year...and Goodbye!

In retrospect, another year has whizzed by. In reality, parts of the year did drag e.g. during exams, pathetic films I should NOT have wasted my non-existent bank balance on and many other such delightful moments! Although I have not done much blogging in the latter half of the year, a lot has been going on in my life. I intended to shut this blog down a few months ago but have been procrastinating as per usual! I figured that I would take New Year's Eve as an opportunity to blog one last time. Various commitments have resulted in my not having time to blog anymore and lack of inclination has ensured that I don't make the time for the same. I thoroughly enjoyed my blogging days but, at this juncture in my life, blogging about my personal life seems juvenile and posting intellectual and informative data time-consuming. I still enjoy reading my various blog buddies' blogs and hope that you continue the good work. Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year and many more to come!

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.  ~Author Unknown

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  ~Author Unknown

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.  It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left.  It is the nativity of our common Adam.  ~Charles Lamb

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.  ~Charles Lamb

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
~Hartley Coleridge

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty.  ~John Selden

New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.  All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!  ~Edward Payson Powell

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

New Year's Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.  ~Mark Twain

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.  ~George William Curtis

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath.  Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.  ~Mark Twain

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.  ~Author Unknown

And ye, who have met with Adversity's blast,
And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
~Thomas Hood

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.  Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.  ~Brooks Atkinson

Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.
~Walter Scott

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  ~Oscar Wilde

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther

A new oath holds pretty well; but... when it is become old, and frayed out, and damaged by a dozen annual retryings of its remains, it ceases to be serviceable; any little strain will snap it.  ~Mark Twain, speech in New York City, 31 March 1885

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty?  I live according to twenty-year-old habits.  ~Andre Gide

I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you?  Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system.  Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover.  I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.  ~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot.  Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.  ~Jay Leno

We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
And Thee for the opening one.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.  ~John Burroughs

Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.  ~Charles Lamb

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets.  ~William Thomas

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.  ~Ellen Goodman

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.  ~Joey Adams

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.
~F.M. Knowles

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.  Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.  Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~G.K. Chesterton

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.  ~Henry Moore

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year.  Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.  ~Thomas Mann

I made no resolutions for the New Year.  The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  ~Anaïs Nin

New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.  ~Mark Twain

Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.  ~Jean Paul Richter

The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel.  Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.  ~W.H. Auden

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June 06, 2005

Three Lessons

Three important lessons learnt this weekend:

1.     Everyone needs that one friend who doesn't mince words and tells it to you like it is.

2.     The people who comment on your blog are not the only ones who read it. There are a host of other people who read it on a regular basis but never comment, thus rendering their existence undetectable. Be careful, be very careful...

3.     Society is there to judge and, therefore, learn not to give a **** because people have too many opinions about how you ought to lead your life.

One last thought about Bunty aur Babli - I confess that it was not as bad as I made it out to be. In fact, I thought it was pretty good until Amitabh Bachchan came on to the scene. That coupled with the clichéd ending negated the effect of the first half. But Abhishek still rocked!!!

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May 31, 2005

Post-exam Euphoria but..

A quick update:

My exams ended on Wednesday.

As luck would have it, my computer has been down since my exams finished, forcing me to face up to the realisation that I am shamefully dependent it.

I attended the wedding of a girl younger than me and wondered why the hell she was binding herself at such a young age and vowing that I would not ever do so. I wore a saree yet again but didn't have the time to breathe let alone take pictures, so please don't ask me for any.

I also had the misfortune to watch Bunty Aur Babli - for those of you who have not watched it, please don't bother wasting 3 hours watching it. It really is such a load of crap! The only good thing about it is the VERY handsome Abhishek Bachchan :-) and even then, I would recommend just looking at a picture of him for three hours rather than watching B & B.

I'm still catching up with friends and sleep as well as getting used to a computer-free existence. But I'll be back...

Before I go, Vatsa kindly sent me an e-mail that compresses all the thoughts that I have been having for the past few months into a reader-friendly poem. I'll be passing this jewel on to my younger female cousins and friends!!

This is the fairy tale we should have been reading as little girls..

Once upon a time,
in a land far away,
a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess
happened upon a frog as she sat,
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess' lap
and said: Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am

and then, my sweet, we can marry
and set up housekeeping in your castle
with my mother,
where you can prepare my meals,
clean my clothes, bear my children,
and forever
feel grateful and happy doing so.
That night,
as the princess dined sumptuously
on lightly sautéed frog legs

seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce,

she chuckled and thought to herself:

I don't fucking think so!!!

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April 12, 2005

A Puff of Smoke

Isn't it weird (not annoying, not hurtful, but weird) to run into an individual, to whom you have not spoken in the past nine months, at a random bowling alley and elicit the sole, non-verbal response of a puff of smoke blown defiantly into your face; ironically, a proverbial puff of smoke started the entire saga in the first place. By the time the smoke disperses, any potential moments of contriteness that could have occurred have been cleared along with the haze, leaving you and Smokey to move on with your respective lives until the next time a puff of smoke (metaphorical or literal) brings you together momentarily only to push you even further apart.

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March 27, 2005


It had completely slipped my mind that the clocks go forward today. That means I have lost an hour of my precious sleep and, more importantly, a valuable hour of studying. Damn!

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March 19, 2005


Isn't it weird when you receive an offer of support from the most unexpected source? It definitely reinforces one's convinction in humanity.

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March 13, 2005

A Missed Call and Rapidly Passing Time

Isn't it just so annoying when you receive a missed call, call the caller back only to have them not answer the call. It leaves you the rest of the day wondering what the call was about in the first place. It's not really a big deal but I'm running out of things to post about :-).

Also, I have never known the hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to pass as quickly as they did yesterday. The closer my exams approach, the quicker time goes..arrggghh!!

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March 02, 2005

Not long to go..

Lucidly Awake posted about his impending exams yesterday. It served as a reminder to me that my own exams are not that far off. This absolutely cannot be like last year, when I didn't have a look at past exam papers until the week before. The last week before the exam will be relaxed and not shrouded in panic. According to my master plan, if I need to accomplish this, I need to start TODAY. So, that's is where I'll be if anyone needs me.

Oh yeah, if you see me less over the next two and a half months, fear not. I will be busy burning the midnight oil. Of course, I'll still be blogging albeit less frequently. I felt deeply compelled to share these thoughts with everyone. Later!

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February 23, 2005

Author of Own Misfortune??

I have a friend who is going out with a girl who is not the same religion as him. In fact, as far as religions go, they belong to two of the most contrasting religions in the world. But inter-religion relationships do often work, so that is not the issue. In fact, I myself am witness to a successful inter-religion marriage within my own extended family.

The problem here is that they both know that their relationship has no future. Her parents would kill her, and I'm not exaggerating when I say this, if she were to broach the topic of marriage to him. And his parents wouldn't kill him (for failure to catch him first!), but I'm pretty sure that they would disown him at any rate. They both know that a messy break-up is inevitable and yet prefer to settle for instant gratification rather than deferred gratification. Cruel as it sounds, I don't really care what happens to her, as she is not my friend and, no doubt, she has friends of her own to provide her with moral support when they finally break it off. However, I do worry about him. He is someone who can be best described as filmi. One knows that when they end the relationship, he will lock himself in his room, grow a beard, listen to his collection of depressing Hindi songs all day and start leading a 'Devdas-like' existence. His friends will then have to break down the door to his room, forcibly peel him off the floor and help him rebuild his life. He is aware that this kind of conclusion to their relationship is inevitable and yet continues it in blissful denial. I suspect that he is even looking forward to playing the tortured hero in the film of his life! 

The level of clarity with which we can see the shortcomings of others and never our own (naturally, this applies to me too!) never ceases to amaze..

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February 19, 2005

So Many Thoughts

I have so many thoughts about the various things I could write about but don't really seem to have the inclination to transfer them on to my blog. I must and will do so soon.

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