“There we stand at the brink of the new year…
Aware of the past and oblivious to the future!”
Cometh December and there flashes a sudden plethora of memories that 2017 has taken us through. We either feel we have done enough or could have done better. I am still figuring out!
Well, the year kickstarted with too many things on my plate (I mean…when did I NOT say this?)
Rich moments experienced at work (work comes first, you see) to refreshing kiddo times to movie times to holiday planning (yeah that happened too) to actual holidays (and how!) to spot shopping to pub hopping to healthy bitching and mind blowing “me-times”…..phew….this year was an impeccable masala-mix of memories, to say the least. In short, 2018 has competition. And a very tough one.
Okay so here go the key highlights –
The Black Buck Lodge at Velavadaar, near Ahmedabad is a must visit if you the forester-types. Imagine what it is to stay in a snugly super lavish cottage with an “open bathroom” amidst the deep dark greens of a jungle! Leaving the rest to your imagination 😉
Mom (my go-to person for anything under the sun even now) turned 75 this year. Made it a little eventful this year for her with a bash gathering close family and friends. Blessed to have her as my moral support and just about everything.
Aamby Valley is always a pleasure if you make it with your favourite gang of amigos. Dosti plus yaari plus lush vaadiyaan plus taash plus daaru plus khaana plus mind-blowing bitching …Baat khatm! Period. Myoor, Mylann – this ones for you guys…😊…Thank you for making it special!
Amritsar stands next in the key highlights. Quite an experience and worth the venture even in the month of heaty April! If you are a foodie (not that I’m one, but you see what I’m saying?), try out the Amritsari thaali available at every dhaba / local food outlet. Surely a treat to your delectable desi palette… If you want to feel your heart skip a beat, please march on to the Attari Wagah Border, kick some ass and dance like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a whole new wow! Anila, Pawan…it was time well spent ….Monisha, Anjana …u guys were missed
Then came the big hook,
When we added a new address in our book
Kingslanding it was termed
A Lannister residence as it GoT confirmed,
Black & white and hues of English colors said it all,
Family, friends and neighbourhood, welcoming one and all
A family vacation was infused in the month of August like a breath of fresh air. A 12-day vacation containing 7 days of unimaginable bliss. Mumbai-San Francisco-Chicago-Amsterdam-Mumbai. Was jet lagged practically every day, trying to latch on to the US schedule but still clutching on to the Indian timeline!
California was a dream that got the impulsive shutterbug out of me…many memories that were digitally captured in the vast countryside included the Golden Gate, Crookedest Street, Ghirardelli, Google, Facebook, Apple, Stanford, Napa Valley and more. All in the company of my dear and near cousin sister (no…sister, actually) and her family Ranju, Jiju, Shrirang and Shriya…You guys have given me memories of a lifetime 💖
Had an amazing rendezvous with my bestie…22 years and still going strong….Kinnera, if you are reading this, this ones for you ❣️
Illinois was a different feel. A city-like experience similar to the South Bombay (SoBo) of Mumbai. That was nice too! Nikita – Thank you for hosting us – We love you 😍
The last trip of the year is a place I cannot explicitly mention but mon amigos who will read it will relate to it and get me instantly. A short and yet another memorable trip which had a sheer balance of shrine and wine! Much love to you…guys 💖
The rest of the year was dominated by well-spent times with my real time college amigos, soulful memories, while the remaining-part-of-the-rest had my digital amigos aka Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube at a full on power play.
Festivities were flavoured and felt totally in full fervour and each gave very special moments to cherish.
Hobbies continued to be hobbies as passion is one thing and profession (read: #PaapiPetKaSawaal) is an entirely different thing. But I will make the tables turn one day. That’s a promise I have made to thyself.
Music (acoustics were the special add-on) and lyrics (writing will remain close as ever) played their part well. And the invincible truth of 2017 remained as ‘Art is life is Art’ – A modest beginning was done and whatever was done was food for my soul. Digital energies were at an all time high at work as well as on the personal sphere…discovered too many innovative sparks there 😉 …Will do better justice to all these musings in 2018. Vowed.
My fitness goals also took a healthy turn this year…and I hope to carry this throughout 2018. Komal – I love you for this 😂🤣
And not to mention the incessant tagging (read: trolling) of each other on FB memes! Did that get us closer? Well, may be! #FatToFit 😉
And here’s the last laugh…The Beer and Wine fest took all the guzzlers of Powai to a different cloud with its wine and gourmet. Talk about fetish for feasty fun, food and frolic 😉
Such was an illuminated 2017 and I truly believe that my story isn’t over yet. 2018 will beckon better moments, opportunities, reinvent unexplored horizons, unravel new travel diaries and a soulful aura that will halo around throughout the year and years to come.
My look forwards for 2018 include #BhaiKiShaadi and some more #NewBeginnings, #NewMusings, #StrongerBonds and so on and so forth…
Here’s to each one of you who made my year meaningful and fun. And here’s to even better times with the same bunch of you in 2018!
The Lannisters send their regards 😉