January 08, 2009

The year that was

First up a very Happy New Year to everyone who happens to drop into this mad world every now and then or often. Have a fantastic year ahead and it feels nice to sit down and write something in this space not just coz I enjoy doing it, but also knowing that there are people like you out there who make it worthwhile. Give yourself a nice pat on the back from me.

It has been a little more than four years now since my first post. Four years, wow that sounds like a long time. But it has been one hell of a ride so far. The many blogs I have read over the years, the many people I have had the pleasure of meeting and the interesting conversations I have had with a whole bunch. Nostalgia time has set in again.

2008 has been a year that taught me a lot of things. It was a year where I worked in two agencies and by the end of it, had quit both. It was the year that made me realize that I really don’t want to write ads anymore. It was the year that made me put my foot down and say ‘I want to make films and that’s all I want to do’. It was the year I met her. It was the year of major spiritual journeys. It was the year where I lost him. It was the year when potato land refused my visa. It was the year when I knew I loved her. It was the year I told her I love her. It was the year I was misunderstood. It was the year when I was really happy. It was the year that made me cry. It was the year that made me realize that I hate farewells. It was the year that made me take a helmet and travel to Bombay. It was a beautiful year.

The year started off in a very drunken state. And maybe that’s why the first few months were confusing. I was thinking a lot and I was letting things get to me. Bother me. Upset me. But I guess the fag end of the year made up for all the madness. It was slow, it gave me a lot of time to think and understand my life. It made me strong and it gave me a lot of clarity. It has been a joy ride hence.

It’s 2009. It’s a brand New Year. The year seems like it has a lot in store for me. The year where I hope to prove a few people wrong. To correct my previous statement, I think I hope to prove myself wrong this year. A year where I hope to understand the complexities of Income Tax. A year to hopefully travel out of the country.


I closed my eyes to think about what to write next. These are the images that came into my mind.

Bike rides, music, laughter, family, friends, inspiration, travel, books, food, cooking, you, poetry, love, fun, you, kids, photos, posters, maya, prayer.

Happy 2009.

16 comments:

ekta said...

Wishing you a very happy New Year Iyer!

aparna said...

awesome post as usual. happy new year!

Nivedita said...

i usually hate new years..i mean why do people make such a big deal..man created time and years..and tada..suddenly everyones busy..now if there was no time there would be no years and then there wouldn't be tension..there wouldn't be problems..
But u did a nice portrayal of new year..im glad that u decided to stop writing ads..what is it but helping rich ppl get richer?
so i'll say happy new year and all the best with your life..
:)

arvindiyer said...

To Ekta...
And a very Happy New Year to you too:) Have a wonderful year ahead and loads of love to the little one.

arvindiyer said...

To Aparna..
Hippy New Year to you too and welcome to the crazy world of blogging.. all I have to say is thta.. It's bout time:)

arvindiyer said...

To Nivedita..

Well time is but a wonderful idea and New Year's for me is a concept. A concept that makes it clear to me that am a year older. A time for me to maybe look back (whether I like it or not) and wonder bout all the things that I had done or that has happened around me. And from stopping from writing ads I have decided to make films... No helping the rich here.. but just me getting richer (hopefully):)

spiritofillusions said...

Happy New Year!!! Your post has inspired me to write down, more than write down, take a trip down 2008 and re-live some of the wonderful and also not so wonderful times i've had :)

thank you for that.....

i hope this year brings with it a lot of love, happiness and peace of mind ( everything else will just follow i believe)

Cheers :)

Zeph Keyes said...

Hippy new year! nice read (as usual)... am sorry i missed checking this space for two whole days :P btw, somehow, I don't think the "you" in the last paragraph was me at all... loll.. and two "you"s... two people or mpd?

arvindiyer said...

To Spiritofillusions...

My post inspired you is it? Wow, now that's a first. Have fun thinking bout the past with its nice and not so nice things. Cheers

arvindiyer said...

To Zeph Keyes...

Well what do you know you're alive:) Happy New Year to you too and I shall forgive you this time mutual fan club member. And that "You" in the last para is surely not YOU:)

Renu said...

Come to think of it, all years follow a similar pattern. There's good and there's some bad. But without getting actually drunk, daily drudgery makes one live life as if in a stupor. Perhaps like aamir khan in ghajini, we need gentle reminders all around us to break us out of this reverie. And its all there, the laughter, the beauty, the inspiration & hope in everything around us...in people, in nature and ...& at times in blogs :)
p.s i was wondering about the 2 "you"s too

arvindiyer said...

To Renu..

Ofcourse.. I agree to everything you had mentioned.. but the way it works is what matters the most yea? I don't think we need gentle reminders... coz all our actions and the things that happen in our life... in some way or the other are related and works in some kinda sequence!!!

The two 'You's are for two special people.

Renu said...

I meant vaise hi, gentle reminders ≠post-its, but = things that we see, read, hear, do & see happening around us. But (control freak that I am), I feel inclined to believe the more aware you are of what gives you joy, the more such things cross your path :)... finally, its what works for you.
Now there are two "you"s and each placed surreptitiously some distance away. hmmm.. all's not well, when is the 2009 confession coming? :)

arvindiyer said...

To Renu...

Being aware of what gives us joy is good.. but then again..it's the sudden change in events and situations that drives me.. to each his own is so true..

Confessions for 2009 will come when 2010 starts:) Curious cat aren't we?

shub said...

May the new year bring all of that and more :)

arvindiyer said...

To Shub

Thank you very much and a very happy new year to you too. Long time:)