2011 : A Closure


Dear 2011,
Thank you for finally coming to your tail end. I have been waiting for you to get over since May 2011. You have been brutal. You have been kind. You have been taunting. You have been encouraging. You tested my patience. You tested my mood swings. You tested my relationships. You shaped my personality. You have been a year that’s made of character building stuff.
 
You are now ending with a smile on my lips and a boost of self-confidence. Please keep the vibes alive for 2012 and beyond.
 
And dear readers, thank you for subscribing to this blog. No, seriously! It feels great to receive so much love. I am feeling encouraged to post regularly.
Wish me for the new innings. A big challenge will start from 9 January, 2012 and I am excited and nervous at the same time.
 
Love,
md610
xx
 
And now for keeping the blog’s tradition alive with the top entries.
 
The moments captured in my heart (with some vaaaa on the side *pout pout*)
 
  1. Valentine’s Day Surprise Cruise
  2. 6 May – And we graduated! Missed mom dad but basked in the comforting warmth of A who stood by me like a rock during all the troubling times.
  3. 2 September – Big day for daddy’s lil girl. I know he is proud of me for expanding my purchasing horizon wider than shoes and dresses.
  4. 28 October – Glimpse of the oasis. There is a silver lining to all dark clouds. Light at the end of a four year old bumpy tunnel stretch.
  5. 5 November – A ‘ground breaking’ day.
 
The Angels (in no order as they have equal space in my heart )
 
Mum Dad – They heard our rants, they advised us, they coached us. They were the lifeboat that kept us floating. They helped us take wiser decisions. Above all, for they counted us in their blessings.
 
Prashant and Sujatha – For being our family here. For many late nights. For several chat sessions. For being adorable Vedant and Dhruv’s Kaki.
 
Frank and Saloni – For being a mentor for our new challenge. For being the ones who knew what we were going through. For opening their house and their heart to us. A special polar bear hug to Suhaan. Let’s go to Bunnings * repeat 10,000 times. :P
 
Mridu – For hearing me out. For being the first person to actually tell me I am her Best Friend *weeps*. For giving me an advanced birthday present because I deserved it (rightly so!). For being the kid sister I never had. Love you Mridu from the bottom of my heart. :) I missed you SO SO SO much.
 
A special shout out to Ragu for his continuous help. For our late night brainstormings. For his classic wobble headmovement. For just being this NICE.
 
My A – For holding my hand. For comforting me. For wiping my tears. For listening to my sleep time talks. For hugging me. For not letting me fall.
Pyar Mein Hai Jeevan Ki Khushi, Deti Hai Khushi Kai Gham Bhi
Main Maan Bhi Loon Kabhi Haar. Tu Maane Na
 
 
The Pep-ness
 
Jagjit Singh Ji’s concert at The Edge. I have counted my stars several times for getting to witness his aura in my lifetime.
 
Su’s Baby shower. Played hostess. Some heavy duty baking and lots of organizing later it was a lovely evening!
 
A’s surprise birthday party. I finally managed to pull a surprise!
 
Shetty Anna’s farewell. Aah the dance of madness. The impromptu chorus of Teri Tirrchi Nazar Ne Dil ko Pencharr with tablaa on the table.
Day of Diva. Lots of Lavender, Aromatherapy.. Some girly moments, sips of Strawberry Lush and an incredible dinner at Ruan Thai with the boys!
 
Camping trip to Paihia. A much needed break. More here.
 
 
The Losses
 
Stupid decision with an area of 1200m2 and some 50k hectares. *smh*
 
Being too busy to lose touch with the buddies. Sorry Kanika, Mansi and Monu. Y’know I love you like crazy. I do. I do. I do.
 
The uncontrollable flow of tears after reading fake tweets regarding Jagjit Singh Ji. I have only cried once before like this. It took so long for me to hear his music again. The first time I heard Kal Chaudhavin Ki Raat thi tears rolled down my cheeks.
 
Faith in twitterville. The site allured me with its 140 characters marvelousness and gems (tweeps!!) who are now on my fb list. The site turned me off with pseudocelebs and fake people who made it a ghetto. How can I ever miss my lovelies – VanDiablo and Rohwit for being their constantly and making me laugh in tough times.
 
NaNoWriMo. Due to events post 28 October I couldn’t keep my pace up with the writing challenge. I will be better prepared for 2012. Yes, I will be. Sorry my dear sponsor. I know I’ve let you down.
 
 
The Hits. The online acclaim. The web of md610
 

This love story found so much adulation. Why, it brought me at least three offers for professional writing.


This destiny v/s talent short story promoted good debate on direct messages and gtalk chat windows.

My first audio story rendition found stupendous response and brought me so much love and and affection for my diction and voice. Some mistook me for a professional sound artist. Some mistook me for an RJ.
The audio rendition of this poem that I wrote several years ago struck a sensitive chord with people. I got a worried call from family back home. Had to convince my super huggable folks that the poem didn’y reflect anything that was happening to me personally.

The iPhone photographer in me found some sugah on Instagram. Check them here. Alternatively, check the imported Flickr stream here.
 
 
The Music. The best mate - iPod
(A big polar bear hug to my Santa who gave me the much desired Bose Acoustics Noise Cancelling Headphones)

Uff the madness. The addiction. This is clearly one of the BEST OSTs in recent times.


Delhi Belly. The situational tracks with perfect dose of pep pep pep. Special mention to end piece of Tere Siva, the sole love ballad.
 
Rockstar – Kun Faaya Kun. I am lost for words. Sheher Mein. Tum Ho. Aah the magic of ARR.
 
The Saadi Galli, The Laung Da Lashkara, The Char Baj Gaye, The Bekaraan, The Saibo, The Senorita, The Chammak Challo, The Madhubala, The Jugni, The Ooh La La
 
Adele. She captured my heart. She has a voice that is hopelessly beautiful. She helped me mend my broken heart somehow.
 
 
The Big Screen (Indian)
 
Dhobi Ghaat. Amazing debut by Kiran Rao. Beautiful screenplay. Heart-warming characters. Lovely thumris.
 
Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Hilarious dialogues. Boys perspective. Guilty conscious girls. Liquid FTW.
 
Shaitan. Loved loved loved. EXCEPT the last scene. Still not over Khoya Khoya Chaand!
 
I am Kalam. Promoted this gem as much as I could on social sites. BRILLIANT. Had a long chat with Pitobash about his work. Also, in the same breath let’s include Chillar Party.
 
Yeh Saali Zindagi. Chitrangda. Irrfan. Arunoday. Aditi. A heady cocktail of performances.
 
Chalo Dilli. A sweet tale. Beautiful ending.
 
Mujhse Fraandship Karoge. Nupur Asthana relieved the memories of Hipp Hipp Hurray with her movie directorial debut.
 
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster. The rustic look reminded me of Omkara. Fast paced screenplay and amazing supporting actors.
 
(HOPING TO FILL THIS SPACE). No, I still haven’t got a chance to catch The Dirty Picture or Rockstar. Yes KMN.
 
 
The Bald spots (The Duds. Pulled strands of hair)
 
7 Khoon Maaf. It was torture. Predictability got its new definition.
 
Yamla Pagla Deewana. The way Dharmendra behaved in the film he deserves to be punished.
 
Game. The mind numbing who dunnit. Still exasperating how Excel produced this!
 
Ready. 45 minutes into the movie I knew death will be better. And in the same breath let’s include Bodyguard here.
 
Murder 2. A soft porn production by the Bhatts. 30 minutes into the movie and I knew Jacqueline saved the costume budget.
 
Bbuddahh Hoga Tera Baap. Overdose of Big B. He needs to take it slow. No, really! Over exposure on social websites and then this horrendous narcissist portrayal.
 
Yes. I was sane enough not to finish watching the catastrophy thy name Ra.One. I am keen to know in which parallel universe is this a movie SRK created for kids with the disgusting sexual innuendos! Seriously, the moment I read this line in a review – ‘Kareena was shown sprinkling the ‘ash’ after they have buried the dead body’ I knew I won’t be watching it. EVER! But I still saw 20 minutes of this puke inducing movie after I challenged A that I’d rather watch Ra.One TWICE than watch Himes’ Dammadamm. I actually liked Dammadamm. :|
The Telly (The Wit. The Deductions)
 
Modern Family. Oh yes, Modern Family. This is clearly one of the best shows on telly today. The dry wit, the eclectic mix of characters, the take on Modern Families.
 
The Middle. Patricia Heaton’s portrayal as Frankie Heck is reminiscent of our moms. Sue Heck’s unbeatable spirits remind me hey everything will be fine!
 
HIMYM. Just when I had started to give up on the show, it picked up marvellously with the new season. Marshall and Lilly make me believe in stories that last forever.
 
Emmy’s 2011. ‘Aah welcome to the Modern Family Awards‘ (Jane Lynch). Aah Shelly Jim Parsons got his second Emmy, Aah Jim looked ridiculously cute while accepting it.
 
Sherlock. Aah Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the mystifying lead character in this contemporary take on Doyle’s literary work.
 
(Two & a Half Men. Reruns of Reruns. Not digging the new season. I feel like punching the smirky Ashton as soon as the title track begins.)
 
The Soul Stirrers ~ special mention for movies that not necessarily released in 2011 but were seen in 2011.
 
The Girl in Yellow Boots (2010). The movie left me disturbed. Twitterville suggested I’d watch Bol as well. I chose not to. My soul was shaken enough!
 
The Way Back They say it is part fiction part true. What I took from the movie is I WANT to believe a group of prisoners did walk their way from Siverian Gulag to India.
The Whistleblower (2010). This disturbed me and made me thank god for living in one of the safest places on earth. If this account by Kathryn Bolkovac (portrayed beautifully by Rachel Weisz) is true I feel violated. I feel helpless. I feel inhuman.
Contagion (Jennifer Ehle is brilliant), The Debt (except the shaky end) and MI4 (the Burj Khalifa scene scared the hell out of me). Trust (all the parents of teenage kids must watch)

13 thoughts on “2011 : A Closure

  1. Hello Mahak.. was wondering through my twitter list and found you missing from my timeline since a lint time.. jumped up to ur profile for if any ‘twitter detox’ msg I missed reading…
    no clues there.. headed straight to ur blog..
    read the complete 2011 post.. as per I can recollect we had hardly conversed on twitter.. yet I could feel something from every imp event of ur life listed in the post…
    and otherwise the informative look back into the music n movie graph of the year… im going to follow ur reco and watch Mujjse Franndship Karoge only coz u associated Hip Hip Hurray with it..

    With all my warm wishes.. May you have a beautiful 2012.. !! Come back to the timeline soon this time wld surely like to frnds more rather than just tweeps..

    p.s: You write beautifuly Mahak… :))

    God Bless.

  2. Hi M,
    I know you had been wanting this year to end saying that this year has been one of the worst years. But its good to see that the year is ending with a smile on ur face. And I am sure, 2012 would bring not let you down!

  3. Wow.. see I was right about NaNoWriMo.. sorry to hear that you couldn’t finish it :(

    Best of luck for 2012… people say the world is gonna end :roll: .. so if it does, you will be at least able to say that… well you will know what to say when time comes :D

    I read a long post like this from start to end after a long time… nice to see your photos :) and the movie list..

    Alright, can’t stand the pink color anymore.. Gotta go wash my eyes now :D

    Cheers,
    Suda

    • Hahahahaha. Thank you Suda. Please excuse the pink overdose.
      Even if 2012 marks the end of the world I will be content with what all I have managed to do so far!

      Good luck for the new year.
      PS. congratulations for the new camera.

  4. 2011 indeed has been of mixed emotions .

    I shall shed fear And take a pause on every tear
    I’ll never be the same if I never see next year
    Without next year I’ll be stuck on stare .

    Wishing you a blessed and awesome 2012. BE Blessed and be happy always M :)

    With lots of Luv luc and wishes

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