A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

For the year gone by..

Posted by Pepper on January 13, 2013

So we have been tagged by her. Thank you, Subs! I know I already did a post that detailed the events of the past year, but here is one more. This one is more condensed.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? 
I jumped out of a plane.
I traveled all alone, to another city, in an overnight train journey. Multiple times.
I managed a bank account in India, all by myself. I even put some money in an FD.  On my own, with no assistance!
I drove my car into a ditch on a dark, rainy night.
I participated in a fashion show and actually walked the ramp.

2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next?
I don’t remember having made any resolutions last year. That should tell you how seriously I take my resolutions, if I do make any.

3. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
21st March. It signifies a new beginning. It is the date we moved back to India.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I managed to live without Mint around.

5. What was your biggest failure?
Failure? Well, I really wanted to learn Tamil. But there has been no progress this year. My small vocabulary showed no signs of expansion. I blame Mint. The guy is too lazy to teach me. He is comfortable speaking to me in Hindi and English. Anybody willing to teach me Tamil? My inlaws will bless you.

6. Did you suffer illness?
I have lived with acute pain in my neck and shoulder area. It has really hampered my life style. Some days are good. Some days are awful and unbearable. Doctors say nothing is wrong, but the damn pain returns every few days. I don’t know what to do.

7. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? 
My boss’s. She appalled and depressed me beyond words.

8. Where did most of your money go?
Eating out. Our bank account wouldn’t have been this injured had we not spent such obscene amounts on food.

9. What did you get really, really, really excited about? 
Our European holiday. Spending Diwali and Christmas in India, with my family around. Experiencing the Mumbai monsoon after years.

10. What song will always remind you of 2012?
I can’t choose. Forgive me.

11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Happier, definitely. This time, last year, we were in the US. Confused and stressed out. We are confused and stressed out even now, for other reasons. But last January was very exhausting.

12. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Blogging. Calling my extended family. Organizing my wardrobe.

13. What do you wish you’d done less of? 
I wish I had spent less time aimlessly floating around the world wide web.

14. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Yes, very much.

15. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing. Nobody. I just stuck around to listening to the music I have always been listening to.

16. What did you want and get?
A chance to live at home with my parents and sister. A new job. A holiday in Europe.

17. What did you want and not get?
A job that makes me happy. Clear skin. Savings. More time with Mint. Certainty.

18. What was your favourite film of this year?
I am not passionate about movies. I liked a few films I saw this year, but I won’t go through the effort of evaluating them and picking a favourite.

19. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I did the usual. Cut a cake, went out for lunch with friends and dinner with family. I turned 26.

20. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a job I liked. I do realise I am being repetitive, but this is true. Not hating my work environment would have made a world of a difference to my emotional and mental well being.

21. What kept you sane?
Meditation. Cups of tea and coffee. Mint. My family. This blog.

22. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
You can’t have it all, and that is okay. As long as you know to choose well.

23. Which new places did you visit in 2012? 
Ahmedabad. Prague. Paris. Amsterdam. Brussels. Venice.

24. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
Bhag bhag DK Bose! The year rushed by, and each time the speeding events would make me sing this song.


19 Responses to “For the year gone by..”

  1. hmmmmmmmmmmmm Even I am going ot do this tag 🙂 reminiscing the year gone by.. but not sure if I can make it as interesting as you have ..

  2. R's Mom said

    LOL! come home every Sunday…hot plate of idlis and R will give you lessons in Tamizh? how does the offer sound?

  3. Deboshree said

    Loved the life lesson. Must remember that. Have a good 2013, Pepper. 🙂

  4. diatriblog said

    I can so identify with most of the points here. I have neck and shoulder problems since a very long time, but am living with it. Accepting that I may have to live with it all my life isn’t easy :-/
    As for the Tamil learning, I am attempting that as well. Have you tried some of the youtube tutorials? They’re pretty good! Also, what helps is watching Tamil movies with subtitles. I pause every now and then and rewind if I don’t understand a word 😛 My fiance won’t bother teaching me either 😦
    You seemed to have a pretty great year! Wishing you an even happier 2013 🙂

  5. metherebel said

    I loved the life lesson. I wish you find a job you like this year 🙂

  6. Ashwathy said

    1. You have done a lot of new things in one year babe. You’re giving me a complex. Damn!

    2. Same pinch! In fact I don’t make resolutions 😛 Ever.

    4. And did pretty well too. Kudos! Now if only we can replicate when/if I go to study… sigh! 😦

    5. You need to speak to someone who will converse with you mainly in that language. Otherwise it is never going to work.

    6. Oh wow, it’s not sorted yet?? 😯 That’s a really long time. And doctors don’t even know why?? Yeesh! 😐

    8. I’m so glad someone agrees!! 😀 This is our condition too!!

    14. With the same person? 🙂 Or new things?

    20. Ditto for me too! Sigh…

    21. Hey!! Grr…. what about ME? 😛

    22. Amen!!

    P.S.: Isn’t question 10 and 24 repetitive?? 🙄 😛

  7. You jumped out of a plane in 2012?? :O
    Wow, you visited Ahmedabad?! Super cool! Trust me to notice the words ‘Ahmedabad’ or ‘Gujarat’ in any post. 🙂
    Loved the life lesson that you have mentioned here.

  8. pixie said

    I’m so stealing this tag!! I need writing material!! 😀

  9. earthwire said

    I love your blog a lot … and not just this post. I often don’t leave comments… mostly because I read one nice post that I would like to comment on, but then I notice another one that I should read immediately!!!
    I am catching up on your past posts and loving every single one of them…
    Thanks and keep blogging more… please !!!!

    • Pepper said

      Hey.. thanks for leaving behind such a wonderful comment. And yes, hopefully I will blog more. Blogging is not something I want to part with soon..

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