1. My best friend nearly died and suffered from amnesia. He remembered only my name. He would repeat things from previous conversations and pretend to know well-meaning friends and relatives.
2. I entered the third year of my bachelor’s degree. I am officially overcoming the School Topping Wunderkid syndrome.
3. I started drawing/doodling again!
5. I learnt how to pack my stuff better.
6. I learnt how to fold t shirts in under 3 seconds.
7. I changed rooms this year and ended up living with two awesomesauce megacool sensible roommates. Nice kind people who share their things, share their day with you, pat your back when you cry and remind you not to buy that bag of chips cuz hey, sick tummy.
Oh nothing, just one of my roommates would walk off with a t shirt or flip flops without bothering to ask/inform me. And I love my shoes. What if she tried pushing her fat toes all the way inside?
Oh the grief that thought affords is too much. The other roommate got her brains stolen by a macaque.
8. I’m learning to balance alone-time with a bit of people time.
The art of taking it easy, the value contained in solitary nothingness
I sometimes consider just telling people point-blank that I can’t stand too many people/chatter/movement around me. I need to be alone for some time or I turn into the crankiest person alive.
9. But I ended up making some really good friends this year during the model UN conference I’ve helped organize at an international school.
So there are these lovely babies from their IB department with whom I had a ball getting things done.
10. I started keeping a journal to note noteworthy things in.
11. I caught a cold in Bhubhaneswar. Again.
‘And you call yourself a dilliwalli? Boo.’
12. I started learning French!
13. Beginning this year, I take the books I read much more seriously; so instead of thumbing through the pages and petting my beard, I scribble all over the damn thing.14. I took more time out for myself. Time where I don’t have to yo-yo around about missing out something on the to-do list. (dangerously close to procrastination; haven’t we all been there?)
15. I started reading the manga for Bleach, Naruto Shippuden and One Piece. How did I live off anime before all this happened?
16. I’ve drink coffee like a madman. Enough to keep me awake for another year.17. I limited the time I spend on Facebook.
You don’t wanna know what happened after that.
I had a lot of free time.
18. I spent this year in introspection; what after I’m handed my degree? I always thought I’d be yet another one of those who sell their souls for money. It is a very flat, one-dimensional perception of employment; moreover, I spent time in newfound interests…
When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.
I want to be more than just filthy rich.
There are three people I met in 2013 whose stories made me stop and think.
His father, Shadab related, never had a notebook to write in. He has always done his math in his head.
He is a professor at a college today.So when Hassan Junior made the decision to not hop onto the conveyor belt, Hassan Senior encouraged him to move forward because he knows how desperately he wished someone would give him a notebook.Shadab, for his part, has achieved astounding results with the school. When some of us met him after his TED talk, he showed pictures of his students and their academic achievements, their initiatives to keep the village clean and pictures from school functions with a touching, motherly pride.
He started out with a couple of thousand rupees and has today worked his way into giving children something to begin with.
But to do that for a living?
His answer was at once simple and confusing.
He then shared his story of how he dropped out of college and set out.His mother had sacrificed all that she could to give her children a respectable education.
That’s what I’m doing, then.My French teacher completes the triad by topping off his undergrad degree in commerce with French learning from Alliance Francois. We’re talking middle class families where the pressure to earn without deviating from the mould is immense.These people are shining examples of being happy and moving with it. They could’ve chosen to follow the herd and clock in their nine-to-five hours. Instead of waiting for slaving away at something they didn’t like, they put in work where they wanted to and did a pretty inspiring job of it.
19. I skyped with a very handsome dog called Max.
20. I stopped making fun of people who listen to Linkin Park. Not EDM fans, not yet. It’s too early. I still find the idea of paying through your nose to see a firang bob up and down on stage with the devil’s horns to pre-recorded music highly ridiculous.
I’m a proud Satanist.
22. I have greater tolerance towards pink.
23. I still get sugar highs. And caffeine highs.
24. This question has put to sleep the glowing embers of vengeance against those who dared to called anime mere cartoons.
26. I’m getting better at saying no when it has to be said.
28. I speak much more clearly and slowly, thereby preventing deaths due to embarrassment per sentence in a given room.
29. Someone gifted me a website! 😀