1. Visited my village after a decade to attend a wedding, and boy, what a time I had! Took the opportunity to photograph our house– every nook and cranny of it– from every conceivable angle. In all I took more than 200 shots–the last time I went, I didn’t have with me the wonder called digital camera. Who knows when I’ll get the chance to visit there again? At least now I’ll have those precious pics to look at whenever I feel a little nostalgic.
And the wedding! What fun! Met so many distant relatives after ages. Had a ball dressing up in saris, wearing jewellery, and partaking of the traditional wedding feast–an elaborate affair with over twenty items, not including the sweets 🙂
2. Moved to Mumbai from Chandigarh. Can’t say I was thrilled, but then all good things must come to an end, and I suppose our Chandigarh stint was one such good thing. Mumbai grew on me steadily though, just as it does on everyone. Had the first vada-pao of my life, haggled with booksellers on the pavements of Fort and bought armloads of books without sparing a thought for my already groaning book-case, took a day-trip to Elephanta island and leisurely walks along the Marine drive. Life in Mumbai is tough…but fun.
3. Visited Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani where we had the most awesome strawberry ice-creams ever at the Mapro factory cum sales outlet. Amazing and highly recommended.
4. During the course of a year, my elder daughter became something of a friend/confidante/advisor to me 🙂 We began to talk a lot, person to person, on a wide range of topics as she became more and more capable of grown-up conversation.
5. My father had a health scare that left me badly shaken. Worrying about him kept me awake on several nights . Fortunately he recovered and is completely fine now–but for the first time I really faced the unpalatable truth that our parents may not always be around to love, support and comfort us 😦 Our time with them is, sadly, limited, and every moment of it must be cherished and treasured.
6. I found a job–five working days, good pay, my kind of work and only a couple of kilometers away from where I stay. Too good to be true? You bet. The hitch was, they wanted me to attend a six week compulsory training at Hyderabad, and there was no way I could make it work 😦 So I had to let it go–but the fact that I was able to land the job at all was a confidence boost I could do with.
On balance, 2013 was a fairly good year. Bring it on, 2014!