The Best and The Worst of 2013

In the style of some­one who con­tin­ues to be an inspiration!

Like, two weeks ago, I thought the AAP and Mr. Kejri­wal had the poten­tial to usher in a nation­wide rev­o­lu­tion. But with Mr. Kejri­wal hav­ing accepted the posi­tion of Delhi Chief Min­is­ter, I think the national momen­tum is pretty much done, at least in the near to the medium term. Like, he will be so bogged down with his work in Delhi he will have no band­width left to repli­cate his suc­cess in other parts of the coun­try. One solu­tion per­haps could have been to make some­one else Chief Min­is­ter and to then hit the road and take AAP national. The Biggest Missed Oppor­tu­nity of 2013!

Like, when we talk about super­sti­tion, we seem to focus only on cross­ing black cats and tantric behead­ings. But blam­ing a nearby cell­phone tower for one’s can­cer, given that most of the times, these muta­tions are truly ran­dom, is also a form of unsci­en­tific stu­pid­ity. Like, despite the lack of any kind of data, a few activists and one national news­pa­per, rep­re­sent­ing the grow­ing tribe of the edu­cated a-literate, have clam­bered onto this soft-target “social-cause” band­wagon, and man­aged to hold an entire indus­try hostage, along with, sur­pris­ingly, the nor­mally recal­ci­trant “babus” and min­is­ters. The Biggest Hog­Wash of 2013!

Like all the 3 ver­sions of the “Raabta” song from Agent Vinod, though released in early 2012, and pretty much under the radar for most of that year, con­tinue to gain in pop­u­lar­ity, head-to-head with “Tum Hi Ho” from Aashiqui 2. There is no real­ity show or “sangeet” that does not have cou­ples per­form­ing “lovey-dovey” dances on these num­bers, which though seem­ingly decep­tively sim­ple, are amaz­ingly well com­posed and phe­nom­e­nally sung. The Best Two Songs of 2013!

Like someone’s most pop­u­lar piece need not be his best in his per­cep­tion. The one-time I wrote about being addressed as “uncle” and that too by a 70-years old, blind, decrepit lady, led to an influx of com­ments and feed­back that I haven’t received for any other arti­cle this year. Just goes to show that the issues that affect all of us on a day-to-day basis are always the small per­sonal ones…the rest are all at the periph­ery, best engaged with from the com­fort of our offices or homes via a brightly-lit screen, mouse or hand­held device. Uncle! My Most Pop­u­lar Piece of 2013!

Like Mum­bai in Decem­ber gets more and more hec­tic each year as it gets colder, as if each degree drop in tem­per­a­ture adds two more events to the social cal­en­dar. Wed­dings, vis­it­ing friends, Christ­mas Eve and New Years’ Eve events and other mis­cel­la­neous birth­day and anniver­sary par­ties ensure that more than half our morn­ings are spent try­ing to crawl back into some sem­blance of alert­ness from the vodka-imbued fuzz of the pre­vi­ous night. Decem­ber. The Most Hap­pen­ing Month Each Year!

Like one of the best word-combination I have heard this year is “beige-caramel”. Plain and unin­ter­est­ing “beige” as against “caramel”, worth lust­ing and dying for…this com­bi­na­tion is a great way to address the “fair-dark” issue that con­tin­ues to plague our coun­try, and which fair­ness cream com­pa­nies have suc­cess­fully, unfairly cap­i­tal­ized on.  The Best New Word-Pair of 2013!

Like India is chang­ing in more ways than one. While the young keep chal­leng­ing social mores, women over the age of 40 are tak­ing care of them­selves like never before. Those in their 50s look 30 and those in their 40s come across as elder sis­ters of their daugh­ters. The Over-40s Mum­bai Women! The Hottest Women of 2013!

Wish you all a ter­rific 2014. 

4 Comments

  • P. Venkatraman wrote:

    Liked best about women above 40. My wife gets taken for my daughter-in-law :-)

  • Yes indeed, The seeds of anti cor­rup­tion were sown by the vet­eran Haz­are and car­ried for­ward by Mr Kejriwal.This could well be the rev­o­lu­tion in Indian democracy.

    Women in the 40s deserve kudos for what they have achieved and I admire the SINGLE Woman with guts.

  • Women are not safe in today“s chang­ing scenario.Ageing is natural.As such women try­ing to become/look younger is non sense.
    Each year passes with events which are for­got­ten over till new events take place in the cur­rent year.

  • Prakash Nanavati wrote:

    Liked your remem­ber­ing of Busy-Bee!

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