Nostalgic 2017

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.

HappyNewYear2018

Hope the New Year is one that assures good health, happiness, peace and prosperity for all of us!

Let’s celebrate life!

Cheers,

Rukma

PS: Pongal/Sankranti greetings as well.

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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. 🙂