It was a refreshing year that passed by. I was thrilled no end when I got to meet up with my school friends over a reunion meet organized at the Good Shepherd Convent. I had lost touch with many of them. I had been meaning to join Facebook for the very purpose of reconnecting, but something always stopped me from joining the bandwagon. Strange, unusual – you may think. I somewhere felt it was a source of distraction and kept postponing forever! The reunion was special in that ours was the biggest batch in terms of the numbers that turned up. We talked, we laughed, we played and we ate. It was nostalgia all the while, that particular day and the days that were to come. I used my phone like never before – WhatsApp turned into a veritable bond of friendship, with flooding of messages. It reached a peak point and then I decided to turn the groups to mute. Initially the groups (an all-girls group and a mixed group) were meant to coordinate the reunion and perhaps disband, but they ended up growing only stronger by the day, even to this day! The conversations run from mundane ones to serious ones, with full, some or nil participation from me. After a few months, I invited some school friends home on my birthday. In fact, the invitation was open to everyone in the all-girls group; but considering it was a week day, a few could make it. It felt nice attending the first birthday party of my school friend’s daughter last month. I remember having attended this friend’s tenth birthday celebrations while in school!
Coming to the travel part, we visited the district of Coorg in the month of June with family. My husband and I attended my students’ (Coorgi) wedding – interestingly, both the bride and groom were students each at the two different institutions I had taught! After a few weeks, it was Jungle Lodges with friends – ziplining was so much fun; reminded me of our trip to Switzerland in 2014. In July, I flew to the US – a long pending visit to my sister’s place in the Bay Area. It was great spending time and travelling with her and her family, along with our mother. It was lovely listening to the chitter-chatter of my three-year-old nephew, playing with him and taking strolls with him. I appreciated the trips both in the West and East coasts of the US. Apart from absorbing the beauty and grandeur of the places visited and enjoying family time, the friends whom I caught up with added spice to my experience in the US. By the way, I thought I would join Facebook after touring its headquarters at Menlo Park, in the State of California, but that’s yet to happen!!! A tour of Hong Kong during the return journey was memorable too. (Oh, yeah, the year started with a visit to Ahmedabad where yours truly presented a paper at a conference hosted by MICA.)
Well, I had voluntarily quit my job and decided to enjoy a break for over three months last year. It was a significant move indeed. But such breaks are worth it! Upon my return, I took up a new job with a Foundation (housing the biggest skill development centre in the country), although the option of joining my old organisation was open. The job has social impact, and it’s been a gratifying experience. I work out of two cities now.
Talking about resolutions, I plan to catch up on my literary pursuits. Kindle has made it to the bookshelf.
Hope the New Year is one that assures good health, happiness, peace and prosperity for all of us!
Let’s celebrate life!
PS: Pongal/Sankranti greetings as well.