One month into 2016!

Hiya,

Hope this year is off to a flying start for you. (Belated happy 2016 – eleven months are still ahead of us!:)) It’s been a while since I communicated through this platform. It was quite a colourful 2015 I must say, with all its hues. How was yours? 🙂

Felt gratified that I was awarded my PhD degree at the 65th annual convocation of Karnatak University, Dharwad, by Mr N R Narayana Murthy of Infosys. I was later felicitated by our Dakshina Kannada organisation in my hometown for the PhD. After the felicitation, I was given an opportunity to address a huge gathering of all ages – many of whom I had seen and spoken to at social gatherings. It was an overwhelming experience, to say the least. (These were the five key points of my speech, delivered in Tulu: a) be goal oriented b) give due importance to extracurricular activities, alongside studies c) pursue your dream career (without getting influenced by others) d) “In the race to be better or best, do not forget to enjoy the journey” e) do not forget your roots (society and culture) however high you may rise in your life.)

I was told that the speech received a very positive feedback. My husband and parents who were witness to the event were proud of me. I owe them my gratitude as they stood like pillars of support during that phase of my research work.

P and I enjoyed a trip to Coorg mid-year with friends. I went into a hiatus during the latter part of the year due to a health reason. But that hasn’t deterred my spirits thanks to my overall positive attitude. I love my family all the more whilst I am slowly getting back to my routine. Btw, my good-old interest in sketching is rekindled. I will share some sketches with you over a period of time. Let me first start with the New Year greetings. 🙂

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Celebrate life!

Cheers,

RV

Welcome MMXV!

Here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2015. May this year be a lovely year for all of us!

Any New Year resolutions? Any wish-lists? Well, yours truly made one last year only to find it safe in the system. Lo, when the list surfaced before the eyes just now, felt happy to see some accomplished. 🙂

We had an amazing 2014 with travel to some exotic locations in Europe. Some countries on my bucket-list such as Switzerland and Spain were covered, much to my delight. Portugal was refreshingly amazing. France was charming as ever. Italy was enigmatic. Felt like donning the mantle of a tourist guide when we got to visit some countries in Europe the third or fourth time. It was a wonderful stint in Belgium. Visited all the major places of interest such as Brussels, Louvain-la-neuve, Waterloo, Ghent, Ypres, Antwerp, Brugges, Liege, etc.

Significantly, in 2014, I managed to submit my PhD thesis. I got an opportunity yet again to lecture in a communications school at Ghent, Belgium. Btw, I have got back to a full-time academic career. Hmm…in the midst of our respective careers, both P and I continue to engage in short travels in India as well. We had been to Dandeli (an exotic locale in North Karnataka) recently where we were close to nature’s bounty thanks to the Jungle Lodges experience.

Time is a precious commodity in extraordinarily busy cities such as Bangalore. It gets reinforced every now and then thanks to the maddening crowd and traffic. It has changed for the worse since the last time I worked here a few years ago. Hope to find some calmness and peace in this otherwise culturally vibrant city.

Catch you soon!

PS: Our niece Saanvi and nephew Kanishk brought us endless joy as they arrived in July and November 2014 respectively. 🙂