As the year 2014 downs the curtains, everybody gets ready to welcome yet another year. Another year? Yes, every year seems to arrive and disappear so soon before we realize. What each year means to us depends on our personal achievements, happenings or failures. Those of us who are hale and hearty should thank the almighty that we are alive to see the next year. Here, I may sound a bit preachy or philosophical, but each passing year will make us more philosophical.
Every year turns to be a mixture of sadness, happiness, hope, despair, frustration mostly because of various acts of humanity. We, as humans, are united only during the acts of God which are cyclones, floods, earthquakes. Acts of terrorism, killings, rapes numbs our minds for sometime. Deaths of famous personalities or our relatives make us realize the fact that life is too short to live with hatred, sadness, regrets. What are the incidents that touched you most?
Milestones, accomplishments or successes are not achieved overnight but they are the result of years of hard work and persistence. If any milestone or accomplishment was achieved in this year or any year, it will remain special in our hearts depending on the magnitude of it. As far as I am concerned, it was another year that passed by (yes, very quickly!!) with nothing extraordinary that happened. I am happy that I still manage to keep my blog alive by posting something or other though they are far and few in between. I did about a couple of oil paintings and some in water color. I do not want to make any resolutions, but I plan to do more paintings. My trip to Bangkok has been more than rejuvenating and packed with adventures. Travel is in my blood and I would like to explore as many places possible. The incidents that touched my heart this year were the repeated rape cases in Bangalore schools. Of all the places, why should it happen in schools? These institutions are supposed to be the embodiment of values and safest places for children. But..... It is not that suddenly these rapes have increased. Parents are coming out in open to fight boldly and seek justice for those crimes. But how much have been done to ensure the safety for those little feet after those gory incidents?? Are the schools learning before teaching those tender minds? It is still a big question mark.
This year also saw the sweeping change in political arena with Shri Narendra Modi taking on the reins with an enviable majority. It appears to be a one-man show. Seven months is way too early to judge his governance but is he going to be much more than a showman? Hope the Swacch Bharat campaign will make our Bharat a better place than before at the end of five years. Hope our Government will not impose more of Hinduvata Principles just to create more troubles. If this Government has to make indelible mark in a different way, it has to work in a wholesome manner instead of concentrating on troublesome issues by making Sanskrit a compulsory language to be studied, forced conversions. The awarding of Bharat Ratnas to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya by our current Government seem to make it more political. I do not want to say that Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is less deserving. But Bharat Ratna seems to be losing its highest value and it looks like another lobbying title in the hands of political people. In sports, if Sachin Tendulkar was awarded this highest honour this year, what about the chess champion Vishwanathan Anand? Does he deserve any less? Veering off the political arena, the other incidents that affected me a lot was the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines MH 370 of which no trace was found to date. As if to add more misery to the Aviation industry, an Indonasian airliner disappeared from the radar 4 days back and remained a mystery for 2 to 3 days. Now some traces of the crashed airlines have been found along with some bodies in the ocean. Travelling by flight is not something that I am fond of and I always pray that we would not have to follow the safety instructions that will be given by the flight attendants. I do have some phobia of flying though I have traveled to many places. The untimely death of Mandolin maestro U Srinivas made me feel I have lost somebody whom I had known for a long time. The words just flowed from my mind on that day in the form of the article titled 'The man who mandolinized carnatic music-U Srinivas.'
As another year dawns, it is again time to think afresh and look forward to better days ahead with renewed hopes. Happy New Year, folks.