Happy New Year 2018 & #YearInReview 2017

Year In Review

At the end of each year I reflect on ‘how did it go?’, ‘can it be made better?’, ‘am I the same person or did I get better?’ and ‘what not?’ I do a detailed self-analysis and prepare myself for the New Year. I prepare a to-do checklist and wish list and plot-list I wish to write and complete the following year. Most of the times the lists stay the same year-after-year, but 2017 was different and indeed a year filled with happy and memorable moments by the grace of God Lord Ayyappan.

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Back to blogging with a purpose…

Long long ago, so long ago, once up on a time, I used to blog under the pen name ‘Someone is Special’, write poems and short stories and publish at least 50 blog posts on an average in a year, but the writer inside me pushed me progress to next level and fulfill the long pending dream of publishing a novel. It was not an easy path; I had to face a lot of struggles, rejections were painful despite being in the literature field for long and positive responses came with a long list of terms and conditions, which I was ready to accept with a small negotiation or rather I’d say agreement to set the book price to 143. A few publishers were happy to say ‘No’ to my request, but rest of them did not even bother to respond. When I was about to give up the idea of pricing the book at 143 INR, my very dear friend from US, who recently ventured into different businesses came forward to publish my book worldwide under the name of the author community website founded by my wife indiauthor.in.
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Real Togetherness

It’s not every day you get to watch an advertisement that is worth watching again and again. “Kissanpur – Discovering Real Togetherness” by www.kissanpur.com is one such wonderful AD I watched today on Facebook. The AD is about bringing people together with the help of nature. An old man enters in to a lift where no one cares to greet or smile at each other, followed by a few instances where everyone lives only in their digital world, and this hurts. A group of kids along with the old man bring together the society with the help of nature, and that’s the best part of it. This reminds me of an incident that happened exactly two years ago that helped bring people together and defined the meaning of real togetherness.

It was a summer season. The time was around six in the morning when we four friends initiated an idea to clean the poorly maintained big pathway in the center of our society. We brought the necessary tools from our houses, and started working on the task. We first collected all the garbage in a bin bag, removed all the unwanted plants, and sprinkled germ killer all over the place. It took almost three years to complete this task. We then painted the wall tricolor, and wrote Tamil proverbs on the wall. We planted a mango tree in the dedicated corner and created fence around it. We did all these in a single day. The next day we fixed a big waterproof box naming it “Suggestion Box” with a digital lock. We bought two new benches and placed it opposite to each other and in the middle we placed four pots sowing different plant seeds. All of a sudden the deserted place became a centre of attraction to the people in our society.

Elderly people gathered there every evening and started speaking with each other. Day by day the count increased, and we used this as an opportunity to bring out the hidden talent in each person of our society. Slowly it attracted the youths and even the kids as well. Everyone started revealing their hidden talents like dancing, singing, reciting poems, acting, etc., It helped kids and youths to familiarize with elders and in turn elders understanding the passion of their kids. We even recorded events and reached people in the digital world. By this way we came together every day, spoke with each other, shared our passions, and created opportunities for a bright future. In the meantime, the mango plant became a small tree, the seeds we sowed turned into colorful plants, and this added beauty to our Crazy Corner.

Thus, we experienced the real power and meaning of real togetherness, in this digitally connected world.