Farewell 2016.

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

~ Bill Vaughan

Being a pesoptimist, I would be going to bed at my usual time and waking up in the new year also at the usual time. There will be no change to my daily routine as, for me, being in blissful retirement, every eve is a new year’s eve and every day is a new year’s day.

It however is always an interesting exercise to review the year that has gone by as many of my friends do by mail or blog posts but something that I have so far not done. Let me try for the first time this year.

The year started off well though I suffered from a prolonged chest infection carried over from the previous year. I was under medication for over four months during the tail end of which, I went to Chennai to be with my family and friends for some time while a kitchen and living area renovation took place at home in Pune.

While at Chennai, I got to know first hand the problems that many of my relatives and friends had faced during the floods. While there, I also made an overnight trip to Hosur to meet a cousin who I had not seen since our school days.

When I returned to Pune, the work at home was still in progress and I stayed in a hotel near our home for five nights. Hotel stay in Pune after 26 years!

Come April, I was diagnosed with a medical problem which lasted well into September before leaving me for good. During that period, I mostly wrote just the weekly LBC blog posts and skipped the others. During the same period, my cousin from Vashi and his wife as well as my sister from Chennai visited Pune to check up and cheer me on my way to recovery. I was able to find a remarkable specialist doctor who treated me and got me completely back to normal in a most friendly yet professional way.

We also had Debora and Phil from the USA and after a long time, my nephew Jaisundar, visiting us as well as many local friends who dropped in regularly.

Thanks to the increasing penetration of social media, fourteen old colleagues reestablished contact with me and are in regular touch through facebook, whatsapp, phone calls and email. I will be meeting some of them personally early in the new year. I may get back in touch with some more in the new year too.

I attended a great get together at Lonavala with some of my old colleagues during the monsoon. I also attended a small lunch meeting with my classmates. I had blogged about both occasions here. I went to Navi Mumbai on two occasions, once to spend some time at Vashi and the other last Saturday about which I blogged earlier this week.

The day before my trip to Navi Mumbai, I attended a lunch get-together with some of my fellow alumni of the Business School that I had gone to. About six weeks ago, I had attended another such a meeting, a more formal one to meet with the Institute’s Director, Alumni Affairs.

During the year there were two deaths in the family. The first one was that of my daughter in love’s father, Vishnu, an untimely death if there ever was one. The other was that of my aunt, the youngest sibling of my late father and the last of the previous generation from my generation of siblings and cousins. When I remarked about this, my brother who had rung me up to inform me about the death, remarked that we are now the “previous generation”!

As I write this, it has been the coldest December that I have experienced in Pune during the last 26 years. I hope that we will have the usual pleasant winter that we always had next year.

All in all, somewhat an eventful year and I now look forward to 2017 with interest.

The topic for this last week of the year LBC Friday post was suggested by me. I doubt that Shackman will be posting this week as he seems to be still under the weather. Pravin should but perhaps later than Friday which for him is a working day!

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26 Responses to Farewell 2016.

  1. I really enjoyed reading your review. A very happy New Year to you!
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  2. shackman says:

    Wow – makesmy issues seem pale by comparison – another reaon to be glad to be rid of 2016 and look forward to 2017!

  3. tammy j says:

    I no longer have the peanut… but I can see that summing up all that happened in the year is an interesting and valuable thing to do. if for no other reason than to see what we have overcome!
    here’s to a new year filled with good health and fine friendship and strength for any task!
    it HAS to be better than 2016. a great year for loss it seems to me. both human and animal. the famous to the world and the famous only to us.
    hold the line dearest sean! keep inspiring me! … a snoopy hug for you. xo
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  4. kylie says:

    I also bring in the new year by sleeping!

    I see that your year has included health problems and loss as well as joy and reunion.

    Wishing you a good 2017!

  5. Looney says:

    Sounds like a very busy year with plenty of ups and downs.

    I was planning to go to bed at my usual time just to be rebellious. That means making a dramatic exit early from the New Year’s party.
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  6. this is my first New Year here, and if this arvo’s antics are anything to go by – going to noisy – of course that might just be people returning – there are 2 extra stray cars parked up below – and K has already shown this guests how roaring up the munted drive works…

    but also know how quietly he can return after late nights…

    and I have a neighbour who is either an importer or manufacturer of fireworks! Never quite worked out which one but doesn’t matter.

  7. On the whole 2016 was a good year for me. Not nearly as eventful as yours! Best wishes in the coming year.
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  8. Kaitlin says:

    A great post. An interesting year. Happy New Year and the best for 2017!

  9. joared says:

    Interesting to recap our lives — read years later, too. Happy New Year to you! I tend to be a night owl under ordinary circumstances so will likely be up. — already new year for my children who live across the continent from me, so have received their greetings.
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    • I was waken up at midnight by the sound of fireworks and crackers going off to bring in the new year! Earlier, my friends and family from Australia called to wish as they had already brought in the new year. A happy new year to you.

  10. Linda says:

    Had I responded to this post several days ago I would have said that 2016 was a horrible year for me. But Christmas was excellent, I spent it with good friends and it really helped to end the year on a positive note…and helped to remind me about the positive. So what I plan to do this year is to write down all the GOOD things that happen during the year, as they happen, in a personal journal. This will help me to focus on the positive and to see that there are good things happening.
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    • Yes, a few days can indeed make a difference in our perceptions. I like your idea of the journal. I did that in my blog some time ago but ran out of steam!

  11. Mother says:

    Well, you HAVE had an eventful year. Hopefully, your physical challenges are finished for a bit. We all much die, but my mother used to insist…and made good on her prediction…we don’t have to be ill on our way out. Death is not an illness, it is a certainty without (in most cases) a known deadline.

    I feel fortunate that I had my “sick” year in 2015 and this past year has been much better for me.

    Onward and upward. And blessings to all of us on this new day in the new year.

    xxoo
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  12. Pravin says:

    A realist sleeps to wake up in the next year – by yours truly 🙂

    I read you came in Mumbai and didnt visit me (did not even inform me), Vashi is about <10 km from my home ;(

    Now what if I say – "Take care" to you after reading your farewell 2016 blog?

  13. As you know, I think 2016 was one of the 3 worst of my life and I’m ready to get beyond it. I hadn’t even taken into consideration how many relatives I lost this year; ugh. I’m ready for a much better 2017, although I know that’s going to be pretty hard, so I just hope it’s better overall than 2016 was. I wish you the best!
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