Another Year Draws To A Close.
December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
2012 is on its way out. It’s seen me through so much. I travelled abroad for the first time, and spent a month in the United States. I graduated college, got the post-graduate degree (no more university exams, woop woop!). I started studying for the Civil Service exam, and then stopped, because I realised it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. And I got a job in New Delhi, left the home and the city so familiar to me for 24 years, and adapted to a place entirely new in its people, its mindset and its ways.
So far, the new job’s been great. Being in Delhi isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be – having family and friends in it has helped with the homesickness. But yes, it is a completely new city to me, and I’m still finding my way around it.
2012 has been a year of ups and downs, and it ended with a massive up and an equally massive down. The up – I got to come home, and spend New Year’s with the person I love most, my mother. The down – someone I don’t know died a brutal, tragic death, and her suffering kicked off a movement that I hope will not fizzle out. In many years, 2012 has been an abysmal one for women, and I hope that in the coming year, and indeed, in the years to come, we are treated with more respect, understanding, and given status at par with that of men. It’s not just about this rape, or that molestation, it’s about violence as a whole, and it’s time we said no, it’s time we made violence non-negotiable.
After almost two months in Delhi, I couldn’t wait to fly home for New Year’s, to surprise my mother. And what a surprise it was. At the moment that I walked into my house, and saw her stunned face looking at me, almost unable to believe it was really me, I knew it was worth it. I’ve realised that no matter where you go, no matter how old you are, and no matter how much you earn – a mother is always a mother. And home is always home.
I am looking forward to 2013. Not only do I get to move into my own place and experience living by myself, but there’s a fair bit I have planned for this year. And I hope that the coming year brings you all happiness, but above all, peace. I leave you with some lines by Robert Frost.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep.
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”