Goodbye 2015.

No I didn’t get under a blanket and wait for the year to end.  I have been quite busy the last week of this year with a lot of activity.  Even today, the last was busier than normal but I am determined to write this before I call it a day.

The year has been eventful.  Two of my close friends underwent surgery as did my brother Arvind who also came out successful with a battle with the big C.  My cousin in Vashi to whom I am very attached also had to be hospitalised and I went to see him there.  I personally had health issues and as I write this, I seem to have licked most of them and am well on my way to full recovery.

We had Phil and Barbara from the USA and Koush from Canada visiting us as well as Parag from Mumbai who took some amazing photographs of mine which went viral on facebook.  Towards the end of the year we also had Kiran spend a couple of nights with us. The most eventful was the visit of my sister Padmini with her son, daughter in law and two grand girls last week.  I went up to Vashi with Padmini to visit my cousin which was also an event of some import as we went to congratulate our sister in law who had just been felicitated for the social work that she does among the tribals of nearby areas.

I visited my friends Neena and Anil in Delhi during the summer months and was glad to return to more temperate climes.  As I write this, both Delhi and Pune are in the grip of cold spells and we are all looking forward to the spell easing off.  It was nice to see Ranjan and Manjiree off earlier this evening all wrapped up and in warm clothes.  They have gone off to Manjiree’s sister’s home where many of the younger generation from both the families are gathering to bring in the new year.  I have decided to stay at home and follow my daily routine of going to sleep early and waking up early in the new year.

My blogging was erratic and I was not able to achieve the target I had set myself of completing 2200 posts before the end of the year.  I fell short by 12 and including this one, so far have posted only 2188.  I must really improve my posting during the coming year.  I had about 4800 viewers reading my blog during the year and though the comments do not reflect this,  the figure is very gratifying.  Unfortunately, many of my friends leave comments on facebook when links to my posts are given there and those do not feature in the statistics that I receive about this blog.  While I am grateful to all the commentators who had left so many comments on my posts, my special thanks go to these five inveterate commentators who feature among the top five commentators on my blog.

  1. Cheerful Monk.
  2. Tammy J
  3. Holly Jahangiri
  4. Shackman and
  5. Cathy in NZ.

The most visited post was Disgustingly Cheerful which I posted last January.  It received 256 readers!  I am unable to find what made it so interesting as, in my opinion, there were many other posts far more interesting than that during the year.

On that mysterious note, I now bid goodbye to 2015 and set myself a target to reach 2300 posts by the time 2016 ends.

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30 Responses to Goodbye 2015.

  1. shackman says:

    It was indeed a full, rewarding year for you my friend, Here’s hoping 2016 is full and rewarding as well – if you write it I will read it 🙂
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  2. nick says:

    I imagine the reason for that post’s popularity is that most of us experience the same disconnect between the obligation to be cheerful and friendly and other more negative feelings that are swilling about underneath.

    I wouldn’t worry about artificial blogging targets if I were you. Just carry on posting as and when you feel like it and I’m sure that’ll be plenty of food for thought for your visitors.
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  3. wisewebwoman says:

    Happy new year to too Ramana I always enjoy my visitations to your blog!
    XO
    WWW

  4. Mother says:

    Well, You, also, had and “interesting” time. Good for us that we made it to the end of another year. I must thank you for winning the prize for the most comments on my blog. I always admire the conversations you start. I would love to create more comments but seem to talk “at” people more that “with” them.
    I am happy to have survived as a blogger and will, perhaps aspire to to a total of 500 posts (thereby admitting to being much less prolific as a writer). Happy New Year, Ramana.
    We will keep our time honored tradition of celebrating the turn of the year with New York, which is three hours ahead of us, thus assuring an early night while still having (literally) seen the New Year in…on TV. xxoo
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    • I am pleased as punch for having achieved that distinction. I enjoy reading your posts and commenting on them.
      I did what I set out to do. I slept at 11.00 pm but was awakened by a whole lot of fireworks and crackers being set off at midnight. I went back to sleep after ten minutes.

      A Happy new year to you.

  5. Grannymar says:

    Happy New year, may it bring good health and a new enthusiasm for life.
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  6. tammy j says:

    happy new year sean!
    what a glorious year you’ve had. and such good news about arvind.
    you come from a very distinguished family I think. one whose generosity and spirit is like a stone making ripples in a pond.
    I’m watching all of the ‘thin man’ series of movies on the turner classic movie channel tonight. but I usually never make it until midnight.
    I will toast you with my little wine glass full of bubbly ginger ale…
    here’s to a magical beautiful new year! XO♥

    • I almost wrote about Chutki and Sunday but decided against it as it would not be of interest to most of my readers. They too played a significant part in my 2015.

      And, I hope that you too have a magical 2016.

  7. Wish you, Ranjan and Manjiree a very happy 2016 and hope you reach the milestone of 2300 posts well before the year end 🙂

  8. I’m glad things are going so well for you. 🙂

    2015 is sure going out with a bang in a lot of places: Freakish weather from the North Pole to South America. It was warmer (slightly) at the North Pole today than it was here!
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  9. Looney says:

    May you have an enjoyable 2016!
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  10. Cathy in NZ says:

    Do the best you can with your blogging, I also wax and wane – but lately since I thought my own life was more interesting, I’ve posted more art-works/making…and yes as we seem to have more time, we seem to do more, linked to our personal lives rather something else

  11. Pravin says:

    Thats bit disappointing…. specially You came to Vashi and didnt come about 7 KM towards town to Chembur. 🙁

    Happy New Year Uncleji

  12. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy :D!

    And my question has been answered: I’m glad you didn’t follow suit :).
    As for comments not reflecting the number of visits to your posts: it’s a blessing, trust me. If I had as many comments as the number of readers, I wouldn’t have time for anything else and eventually I’d stop answering the comments; but with few comments I still can talk to my honorary dissectors ;).

    Happy New Year and May Ramana’s Musings have a fabulous 2016 :D.

    Cheers
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  13. For an old guy, you sure do get up to things! LOL!

    Happy New Year, Ramana! In a world that sometimes seems off-kilter, may you find your balance. May you continue to enjoy good health, warm friendships and take joy in your family.
    Marianna Paulson recently posted..Communication – An Important RA Skill

    • Thank you Marianna. For an old guy like me? I wish that the others in my life would consider me as old and give me the dues that that stage of life entails me to.

  14. Was that 2200 posts for the year or the career? 🙂 In any case, what an accomplishment! And what a year; all the visitors, all the friends who seem to have come through problems okay… I wouldn’t sneeze at a year like that. Have a great 2016!
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