Not a fan of new year celebrations. Logically, there isn’t anything to celebrate. It’s just an usual day among the 364 other days in the year. In fact, even if we conclude that a year consists of 365 days based on the time taken by our planet to complete a revolution around it’s mighty star, we can never conclude when an year actually starts. Just for the purpose of our comfort and calculation, our ancestors fixed a date of January 1 to be the start and the tradition continues.
Thought of writing this article, as a self review of the last dozen months and a road map for the next dozen months.
Not a fan of new year resolutions as well. Resolutions can be taken anytime and we don’t need a new year for taking one. Yet, thought to follow certain things in the upcoming year. Not going to theaters, will be one, unless the subject deserves to be watched. The Accidental Prime Minister next month will be the first exception!
Most significant thing done this year was creating this website InsightsBeat.com in collaboration with my cousin Nazeem Fasil. Yet, there was a huge gap in writing articles continuously to the extent we planned at the time of creation. Need to bridge that gap in the upcoming year and write more frequent articles.
Last year I had set a goal for myself that at the time of my demise, the total number of books that I read in my lifetime should have surpassed the number of months that I lived. Yet, I had read only the seven following books in this year:
- ஊழல் – உளவு – அரசியல், சவுக்கு சங்கர்.
- Digital Fortress, Dan Brown.
- I Bought The Monk’s Ferrari, Ravi Subramanian.
- God Is A Gamer, Ravi Subramanian.
- வெட்டாட்டம், ஷான் கருப்புசாமி.
- 03:02, Mainak Dhar.
- Sniper’s Eye, Mainak Dhar.
The following are the books that I started reading but left midway and yet to complete or in currently reading list:
- The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford.
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin Sharma.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson.
- கறுப்புக் குதிரை, நரேன் ராஜகோபாலன்.
- I Do What I Do, Raghuram Rajan.
- தெற்கிலிருந்து ஒரு சூரியன், தி இந்து வெளியீடு.
- The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru.
- Operation Deep Strike: An India-Pakistan Covert Ops Spy Thriller, Rahul Badami.
Subscribed to Kindle Unlimited monthly plan this year. But even if I appraise in the scale of a book a month, I fall behind five books in this year alone. Need to read more and complete 19 books for the least in the next one year so as to tally my objective for 2018 and 2019 at the least. Also need to write more. Many ideas get faded away in the flow. Need to concentrate on writing and chase my dream of becoming a writer.
Completed all the exams and hope I’d clear them all and get the M.A. Economics degree from IGNOU in the next couple of months.
Had traveled to more places this year than in any other year before. Major places visited this year include:
- Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari
- Kovalam, Kerala
- Trivandrum, Kerala
- Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
- Suseendharam Temple, Kanniyakumari
- Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
- Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi
Wishing to travel more in the upcoming year.
Regarding personal life, the important lesson that I learnt this year is “Family is everything!”. Got away from some of my very close friends this year. Got many new friends as well. Got contact with some of the writers and professionals whom I had admired a lot, thanks to Facebook.
Need to focus also on fitness and weight management. Stressed on it in the mid year and reduced 5 kgs, yet lost the flow. Need to sieze it again and forge ahead.
In the case of professional life, lagging behind what I intended. There’s a huge gap that needs to be addressed.
This Gregorian year truly ends on a high. 2019 is an important year for me in building myself. It’s more about understanding myself better. Hoping to spend the upcoming year in a more efficient way. Let’s see… Insha Allah!