I stole this Meme from Sunday Stealing to share with you all 🙂
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I helped Pranav Mukherjee in his diction,
I agreed to do Heath Ledger’s part in next Batman Movie;
And I gave my consent to Dan Brown in researching for his next Mayan novel!
This might sound funny but this year finally, I boarded a flight for the very first time. I had delayed it for too long but then thought, what the heck and gave it a shot. I wondered afterwards, why first timers make such a big deal of it! Apart from that, I also started to hunt for purchasing a house for the first time! And yeah, I also started this blog.
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Oh Yes, I always make New Year Resolutions on 31st Evening and make sure it is in order till the year ends! It’s a different matter I suffer from Amnesia on the morning of 1st Jan because of Hangover effect!
I neither make New Year’s resolutions and nor intend to do so. However, a few ‘Decisions’ might be lurking around the corner.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
I will be going to a mental asylum and helping the inmates in praying for World Peace with sane minds. Exciting, eh?!
Umm..how many times, I have been asked this question by so many people and like previous year, it will remain the same; stay at home, party with friends, feel good about everyone’s existence, shout a lot and chanting Happy New Year for umpteen times.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I remember of but trust me, even if someone did, I ran away before he left us all happy and cheerful!
I am Glad, No one close died! Touchwood!
5. What countries did you visit?
Umm…Bahamas, Caribbean Islands, Norway and New Zealand….That was before my roomie woke me up with astonishing question, ‘Do you have 5 Rs. Change?’
Well, I didn’t! But yeah, roamed across few states.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
8-packs in front and 6-packs (I will live with that) in back, a Movie offered by Vishal Bhardwaj (even James Cameroon would be fine) and winning Dance India Dance…Chalega?
A complete wishlist is there, right from a new house to better professional performances and cementing of relationships.
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
18th of May when stock market zoomed 17% in 10 minutes! All I had to do was to invest few crores two days back and that would have allowed me to retire in my late 20s!
It is a real tough one. There were so many memorable moments in every sphere of life but probably 22nd of June will be the one as I became a mama on that day. Also, 17th August for commencement of my British Council course and 9th December for my Yoga class.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
When I narrowly managed to escape from ‘Rakhi ka swayamvar’ saved myself complete boycott from India’s intellectual population!
Honestly, I don’t remember any striking achievement as such but yes, my ‘closest’ relationships kept going strong and I do think I have become more stable mentally. The desire to take affirmative actions also surfaced strongly.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Readers caught my lies in Question 1 & 8!
Earning remained stagnant and In fact lost some heavy amount while dabbling in stock market.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, chronic spinal issues that too from sitting idly and comfortably on a royal chair! Imagine my embarrassment!
Yes, it was a miserable year on health front what with recurring pains of neck and lower backache.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Buying ‘Vertu’ and Porsche! Though, it’s a different matter both are too heavy and big to be actually called Key-rings!
Did I buy something? I guess, it must be some books.
12. Where did most of your money go?
I donated all my income and essential necessities of life to a NGO specially dedicated to Sexually Starved Bachelors!
Rent and stuff along with laptop repairing.
13. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Phir Haath mein Sharaab hai Sach Bolta Hoon Main….
Another toughie! Let me try…umm…Rehna tu and for its symbolic meaning, ‘Dhan tana’.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gambled more money in stock market, making love more frequently in real life and not in virtual world and sharing room accommodation with AXXO for his quality rips!
I wish I were able to do more on my writing career front, had done more reading and gone for backpacking.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stealing, lying and filling questionnaire like this…!
I wish I hadn’t left some of the works I had started midway.
16. What was your favourite TV program?
Oh, So many…Perfect Bride, Big Boss, Roadies, Pavitra Rishta and DD1 News Channel! You see, my life is so full of excitements!
I hardly watch any but perhaps some CNBC business program.
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Definitely Yes! It’s just that I hated them last year as well but never confessed!
Probably yes, though I am not sure.
18. What was the best book you read?
“How to do Girlie Shopping” and “Making New Year Resolutions”
Immortality by Milan Kundera and for the sheer excitement and anticipation of it, The Lost Symbol.
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Emotional Atyachaar by Himesh Reshamiya. Another wonderful musical discovery was that one does need to listen to a song to identify a singer; sometimes just the make-up and attire will suffice! Ask Lady Ga-Ga!
I am not sure of discovery word here because I listen to a whole lot of stuff depending upon mood. But, yet I would like to name instrumental stuff whether trance or chanting!
20. What was your favourite film of this year?
Chandi Chowk to China wins hands down! Also, all the zombie movies!
Actually I know I am pretty late here but I would like to name ‘Shawshank Redemption’ as I finally managed to watch it. Hindi Movies, I guess…It must be ‘A Wednesday’.
21. What did you do on your birthday?
It was my birthday this year? Why didn’t you tell me before! Guess, I was sleeping!
I had house party attended by some really close persons.
22. What kept you sane?
Emotional stuff, crying babes, wet kiss and beer. In No particular order.
Distancing myself from interacting with too many people; reducing usage of cell-phone and getting to know some new people. Honestly, my life is far from perfect but I don’t have much to complain about.
23. Who did you miss?
People I have never met and knew!
Umm…It must be ‘She’….
24. Who was the best new person you met?
All the ones in my social networking friend list who never care to interact!
I met a lot of new people this year especially while doing my Creative Writing course and some of them are real gems. It’s hard to name one but yeah few of them I would always like to be in touch with.
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
I shouldn’t try to be humorous because I suck at it! It hurts even more when I strive so desperately to become one! Guess, I will have to adjust with being merely an Intellectual! 😉
It’s pointless to wait for things to happen. One has to make them happen. Cut out the weeds from your life. Don’t have people just for the heck of it. You don’t love people just because they love you. One must see whether those people are adding any value to your life; if not then better to be selective and ruthless while dealing with them. Networking is extremely important so got to work upon it. Depend less on others, complain less and be proactive! That’s what I learned!
Looking back, it is hard to write such simple answers. I hardly ever do such exercises but while doing this; it reminded me of the entire year which Helps in keeping things in perspective. Reflection is a much better word than remorse and regret.
Though, time is passing by but perhaps, 2010 will find me more responsible and aware than ever! That’s the feeling I am having, rest…we will dwell over the course of the year.