Friday, December 31, 2010

Last post of the year - promise

I like to do my annual flashback post sometime in the first week of January, after the New Year excitement has settled down. Tantanoo's post of last night, however, got me wanting to do one right away, and I just saw this on someone's blog, and figured I'll do a quick retrospect using this.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Visited the Vatican. Took the GMAT. Went for the Jaipur Lit Fest. Cycled 18-odd kilometres uphill and downhill. Met someone I knew only through twitter.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any.
If I have to make any it would to look out of the window every morning and check the weather before getting dressed.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No longer close, but a bachpan ki saheli had a baby boy a few days back.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What places did you visit?
Jaipur, Bangalore, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Kolkata, Mumbai - in that order. Nice no? :)

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Good health. Maybe some romance? Peace of mind.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
27 March. Got robbed in Rome. 'Nuff said.
Also, 18 July. Was in Chandigarh for a wedding, called dad on my way to the venue to hear mum was in surgery.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My GMAT score?

9. What was your biggest failure?
Lost a project at work that I was really keen on. On a more personal note, probably some interpersonal issues I've been having with people, a lot of which was my fault, much as I'd like to believe otherwise.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Got diagnosed with mild asthma. Had viral a few times.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My laptop!
Also my purple handbag - only 5 Euros in a Florence flea market. :D

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
No idea.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed?
Some people I've worked with.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The robbers? My laptop, paying dad back, and sundry other stuff.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Was really excited about going to Jaipur. Was also excited about a family trip to Calcutta that had been planned for July/August - it got cancelled.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
None in particular.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Sadder. Haven't liked this year.

18. Thinner or fatter?
WAY fatter.

19. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Met friends. Been nicer to the family.

20. What do you wish you’d done less of?

21. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it at home, sleeping half the day, working through the rest. Had a friend come over for dinner.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Almost, but not quite. :)

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Castle. LOST's final season too :)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
The Zoya Factor - Anuja Chauhan.
Dork - Sidin Vadukut
And you may consider it a miracle that I read anything at all.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Does NY Masti count?

28. What did you want and get?

29. What did you want and not get?
A bit o' romance? I dunno, can't think of anything.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Haven't actually seen too many this year. Probably How to train your dragon. Also Deathly Hallows 1.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 25. Was terribly anxious about it, as evidenced in this post. Did nothing major - took the friends out for lunch the weekend before the birthday, took colleagues out for lunch on the day itself, dinner was with the parents.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less interpersonal issues with people. NOT GETTING ROBBED IN ROME.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I don't have one. The BFF will vouch for this.

34. What kept you sane?
Friends and family. An email from the brother, mid-April.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None that I can think of. The dude from the Raymonds ad who I met at Midnight Mass?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Argh. Most? Hard to pick. CWG, the Radiia tapes, the IPL and Tharoor scandal, the telecom scandal, and so many others. List is endless no?

37. Who did you miss?
The brother, mostly. He keeps going away.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The aforementioned person who I'd only spoken to on twitter previously. Didn't meet too many other people who mattered, at any rate.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Be nicer to people. STOP putting things off. People care, even if they don't say it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Shoulda woulda coulda.


antiglam superstar! said...

Who is the guy from the Raymonds advert? Who is this twitter person you met? and WHY wasn't it ME?

a traveller said...


I met flirtingshadows in Bombay. Tell me when to meet you :)

antiglam superstar! said...

Oh him? Yumm!

Rahul Saha said...

The Vatican is one of the few touristy places that I like - the clustrophobia while going up the last bit of stairs to the dome and the fanatical catholics are worth experiencing.

a traveller said...

I ended up pretty much rushing through the Vatican - had to go meet the cops to identify the robbers. :-|

But yeah, totally worth the experience. And I think I know what you mean about touristy places - so much more fun walking through the streets of Florence than lining up with gazillion other folks to see a museum in Rome.

Sigh. I need a vacation.