The Year-End Review

I came across this meme across some blogs last year. I changed few questions to suit me. I tag my entire blogroll to do this, if they like. I would like to know in a nutshell what happened to them. πŸ™‚

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Don’t laugh at this one. Drive a car. I finally took driving lessons this year. Guess, it will take me another year to become a seasoned driver in the frenzied Delhi traffic.

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2. Did you keep your New Year resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

This I year I had new year resolutions for the first time. I kept only half of them, here was my half yearly update that has not changed much. 😦 I would not make any this year. At least, not now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not this year. Though few friends are expecting. I eagerly await their news, and wish them my best. πŸ™‚

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. Someone who was not a friend but a person who had indirectly been instrumental in helping me to buy a house. My condolences.

5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

‘The Loved one’ by my side

6. What countries did you visit?

None! I travelled very little this year.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:

October to December for unwanted crisis in relationships

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Buy a house for my parents

9. What was your biggest failure?

I had to let go of some of my close relationships.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope! Thank God for small mercies. I had had 5 stiches last year, though.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Of course, the house for my parents was my best buy of the year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My family. In my personal crisis, I turned to them with my private woes. They were wonderful.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A very close friend’s, who turned out to be selfish and weakling

14. Where did most of your money go?

Paying back my home loan

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards event. I was glad and touched to find enormous support from bloggers, some of them who were strangers to me a while ago.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

I will pass this one as I am not much in sync with music these days.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

I am tranquil this time, last year at this time I was in Goa, exhilarated

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercise and blogging

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Venting my anger on my loved ones

20. How will you be spending new year eve?

With my sister and a duo of friends with movies and dinner. At least that’s the plan for now. πŸ™‚

21. How would you sum up your 2008 in one word?

Turbulent.

First I spent stressful months to select and get the house deal done. Then I ran for home loan sanctions. Later, I had tough time in relationships. In the last month of the year, I suffered minor financial losses, thanks to petty robbery and my faulty buying decisions. You will hear about some of these things soon.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Nope, not anyone new!

23. How many one-night stands?

None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine

The name may sound regressive but this is one soap that is about relationships and aspirations. There is no melodrama common to Indian soaps.It was initially a weekly, it turned daily recently due to popular demand. Currently, this is only show taht I catch up on apart from Roadies. As few people know about it, I will give you the plot.

Radha, played by actress Supria, has three daughters. They shift from a small city Meerut to Mumbai, owing to some reasons, to make a life. All three girls are like us, the normal people: a mix of tradition and modernity. They have their own relationships within their family and other friends outside while trying to reach their career goals. All three girls are different. One girl is a fashion designer who is caught in a world of deceit. Her sister is completely opposite, an extrovert who is chatty and aims to be a top model. The youngest sister is a studious girl who dreams of going to NASA. Currently, she is having tough time having to accept that she may be falling in love.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

People who have hurt me may have given me a reason to hate. But I think they are not important enough for me to spend my energy hating them.

I though secretly hate all inefficient, sloppy workers in my professional life.

26. What was the best book you read?

I read about 50+ books this year. I would call this year of chicklit. I introduced myself to it for the first time, as I had indicated in this book meme. I explored the world of Sandra Brown, Advita Kala, Sophie Kinsella, Candance Bushwell and others.

My favourite books would be Shantaram (by Gregory Roberts) in Fiction and The Bitter Chocolate (by Pinki Virani) in Non-Fiction. You will soon read review about the latter on this blog.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I am not much into music, so I would pass this one.

28. What did you want and get?

God health of my sister. Toward the end of year, we seem to have made some progress. Thanks Sakhi, you did help to give us a direction. πŸ™‚

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

A Wednesday and The Dark Knight

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you (optional)?

I worked on my birthday. 😦

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Realisation of a romantic fantasy. Now guys, don’t get dirty ideas just because I mentioned the word β€˜fantasy’. πŸ˜›

32. What kept you sane?

Faith and Perseverance

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

None ever catch my fancy to last

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The Commonwealth Games Village project on Yamuna bank. Alas, this environmental issue was not a political issue for any party.

35. Whom did you miss?

My family, at times

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Me, my resilience and strength that I had not realised before.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

It’s a myth that friends are new family. They can not be, in this self-immersed daily lives. Family too cannot rally around you all the time in your crisis. Not in the way you might need. It’s you who have to stand for yourself with your faith and positive attitude.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Mein zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya…

Har Fikar ko dhuein mein udata chala gaya…

Wishing you a great year ahead! Happy New Year!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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40 Responses to “The Year-End Review”


  1. 1 nishu December 31, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    happy new year to u too !

  2. 2 Reema December 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Oh dear! Sounds like u had a tough year.. I hope 2009 will turn out to be far better for u!
    Happy New Year!

  3. 4 vimal December 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    The answer to question 27 is my answer to your question that was directed in the comments section of your previous post πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for tagging me. Now, I have two tags from your end and both of them are exciting.

    All the best for the new year and I wish you the happiest year ahead !

  4. 5 falcon January 1, 2009 at 2:36 am

    happy new year..

  5. 6 Liju Philip January 1, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Happy New Year Poonam. Here’s wishing you success, happiness and fulfillment of all your dreams and resolutions this year. Cheers.

  6. 7 museditions January 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    These are thoughtful answers! Sounds like you had an intense year with many changes. I hope you haven’t become too wary from your experiences; you don’t sound like you are. You seem like such a strong and brilliant person. It was a pleasure spending part of 2008 with you and I look forward to what 2009 brings. πŸ™‚

  7. 8 Smita January 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Happy New Year dear πŸ™‚

    You have achieved quite a lot in this year & Ups n Downs to chalte rehte hain πŸ™‚

    BTW I also love Radha ki Betiyaan, the only sensible serial around..

    A fren of mine had told me about Bitter Chocolate thought of picking it up but knew it wud be too much for me…there is another book on same subj “Waiting Room” by Anupa Mehta, a sad story 😦

  8. 9 praneshachar January 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    just today morning i was thinking of your new year resolutions and you have answered it promptly here. good to see at least you could do whatever can be done.If you have some target at least you make an attempt to reach out
    have a great new year get your dreams turn into reality
    wish your sisters health will be all right and your home loan burden will come down by raises in your earnings.
    hope to hear something good from you too in 2009
    have a blast in 2009
    pranesh

  9. 10 Ruhi January 2, 2009 at 10:04 am

    You go girl! More power to you and the car that you’ll drive πŸ˜‰

    I still remember your previous year’s resolution of wanting to blog more. πŸ™‚ Have a better 2009. You deserve it!

  10. 11 amreekandesi January 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Interesting year indeed – buying a house is always huge. Driving is huge-r.

    Interesting you mention the 5 stitches. I am so tempted to boast about the 17 stitches i got last month, but i think that would be very showoff-ish.

  11. 12 Jagdeep Singh Virdi January 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Nice blog… Very interesting! I would take some of the questions for my blog! πŸ™‚ Here is link for my Blog : http://jagdeepvirdi.wordpress.com/

  12. 13 sulz January 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    i love this meme! (long-winded though it was. πŸ˜› ) i shall do it. and it’s great you learnt how to drive – it’s one of the most important skills to pick up to survive in the modern world today!

  13. 14 Poonam Sharma January 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    @All: THank you for the wishes! Wish you too a very happy new year!

    @Reema: I would not say tough. For all its stressful times, there were some worthwhile results like got a house done finally, cutting off bad relationship got some peace along with some ahrd times. But yes, I hope may this year be easygoing.

    @Vimal: yes, VImal, I am not into music. 😦 Music keeps playing, I am lost in a differnt world of my thoughts and imaginations. Music plays unregistered.

    @Smita: THank you, same to you!

    I ahrdly watch soaps but this was caught by fluke and have stuck to it. Do read Bitter Chocolate, its not that gory, but it’s important taht aware women like us read it so that we can protect our children. There is no avoiding it. You would be shocked to know many things.

    @praneshachar: Hey happy new year, hope you have a greta year ahead! My sister is better, yes, increase in earnings was only way to beat spiralling ROIs. Its now in control though.

    @Ruhi: How are you? Happy new year to you too! Truth is I dont need a car. Yet I want to ahve one, so I am going ahead with it. Its a pain to drive for hours in this frenzied city. I commute for about 4 hours a day. In those hours, I prefer if someone else drives.
    But cheers to your wish about more power! πŸ™‚

    @amreekandesi: I mentioned stoches because as far as I remember I got them first time in my life just last year. Now yuo just boasted about 17 stiches πŸ˜› , it gave me creeps, what happened? Have you now healed?

    @Jaideep Singh Virdi: Welcome to Visceral Observations! THnak you for appreciation. I will soon visit your blog.

    @sulz: It would be good to see you doing this meme. yeah, but sriving is tough in city I live. I learnt early morning, so I could easily drive without hassles but now its sometimes hard to drive in disprganised, erratic traffic of India.:(

  14. 15 Shefaly January 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Poonam:

    Happy New Year!

    If you got your first stitches last year, you have either been a good kid or been very protected πŸ˜‰ By the time I was 7, I had 16 stitches on my scalp alone and when I was 12, a road accident made sure I got a few dozen all over my limbs and 21 on my scalp. (Some say that explains how my brain works, but don’t let my siblings influence you too much).

    The good thing about a house is that its value may appreciate; the car however loses value the moment you drive it out of the showroom. So good choice on the house πŸ™‚

    Have an even greater 2009 and kick those lazy people into shape (metaphorically)!

  15. 16 Kiran January 3, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Congratulations on your home purchase and driving. You’ve achieved greater milestones than imagined πŸ™‚ Good luck and have a well deserved and Happy 2009 πŸ™‚

  16. 17 Dev January 3, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Happy New year Poonam and thanks for sharing your yearly round up through this long & interesting tag. I think you achieved lot of things this year and you should be proud of that.

    Shefaly, that was quite a revelation. πŸ˜›

  17. 18 amreekandesi January 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    oops…sorry didnt mean to freak you out!

    It was just one of those playful accidents involving a foot and some glass. Now its all well…except for some rather prominent scars πŸ˜‰

  18. 19 Anshul January 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    It looks like you had a bumpy ride in 2008 both in your car(due to bad roads) and otherwise.

    Wishing you a very smooth and steady 2009. πŸ™‚

  19. 20 Prerna January 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    A very happy new year Poonam!
    Buying a house is a very big achievement. I am sure your parents are very proud of you.
    Best of luck for your driving. The best advice I can give you while driving on Delhi roads is, while driving consider that everybody else on the road is deaf and blind and you have to save them and yourself.

  20. 21 arvind January 4, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Happy new year πŸ™‚

  21. 22 Amit January 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Hey!!!! Even I am having driving lessons right now!! πŸ™‚
    Its pretty difficult to drive on Delhi Roads. 😦
    And buying a house is a huge thing. Every year come with its own highs and lows, so cheer up. Everything happens for the best!
    A very happy new year to you! πŸ™‚

  22. 23 Poonam Sharma January 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    @Shefaly: I have several scars on my forehead that I remember hiding with my hair locks, which Ma would discover anyway while combing me. But ever since I grew up, I ahve been lucky to be safe, stitch-free. Until last year. I am still v scared of stitches.

    Thing is I can buy car any time, but I actually dont need it. Its no fun driving to work in that frenzied traffic. Even with car, I would prefer to ahve a driver so that I can relax and read. All the erading this year has been done in my travelling time. But I thought should know the skill anyway.

    @Kiran: THnak Kiran! Wish you a very happy new year as well.

    @Dev: Thanks for your wishes.

    And I agree, Shefaly’s revelation was something hard to forget. I didnt comment on it, all this stitch talk makes me really scared. 21 in scalp!

    @amreekandesi: Nah! I am not freaked out. GOod to know taht you are fine, never mind the scars!

    @Prerna: yes, my parents are proud. πŸ™‚

    And your advice about driving is best one can receive in Delhi, I was laughing hard. I dont plan to do regular driving, its a real pain to drive for 3 hours everyday, to and fro work.

    @Arvind: Thank you, wish you too a v happy new year!

    @Amit: What time are you learning? Like me, dont try to leanr early morning because you will learn to drive then but not be able to handle traffic as there are no vehicles on early morning roads. πŸ™‚

  23. 24 Nimmy January 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    πŸ™‚

    36. Who was the best new person you met?

    Me, my resilience and strength that I had not realised before

    Thatz the best..Hope this year brings you lot of joy..Good day

  24. 25 Chirag January 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This is one of the anthems for me.

    Mein zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya…
    Har Fikar ko dhuein mein udata chala gaya…

    and Congrats on get a new place for your folks, this is really great.

    Have a really great 2009!!!

  25. 26 Oxy January 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    A Very Happy New Year…

  26. 27 Arpit January 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    hey congrats on bringing a new house ! must be a proud moment for you and your parents πŸ˜›

    mmm radha ki betiyaan…..i loved that serial….but nowadays its also getting boring…….i watched uttaran ( nice concept about the class discrimination between children )
    i missed a wednesday again ……but hope to catch on all flicks after exams πŸ˜›
    in between (belated) happy new year ! πŸ˜›

  27. 28 Mahak January 6, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Hi Poonam…happy new year..
    I will pray for you and your sister.

    Congratulations on the home…
    Very nice meme…
    TC

  28. 29 Poonam Sharma January 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    @Nimmy: Thanks! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

    @Chirag: THanks, yes, I like these lines, they sum up one important tip for life. Wish you too a gr8 2009!

    @Oxy: THnaks, same to you! πŸ™‚

    @Arpit: yes, Radha ki Betiyaan has suffered ever since it is daily. I do not watch any otehr soap by choice. Hate to stick to dailies. Buying house was worth it. πŸ™‚ And wish you too a happy new yaer, and a great result at boards.

    @Mahak: Thanks for your pprayers! πŸ™‚ Wish you a very happy 2009! πŸ™‚

  29. 30 Oxy January 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Are you hooked to Emosanal Attyachaar like me.. ??? :):)

  30. 31 harsh January 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Happy new year to you !!! πŸ˜€

  31. 33 Arpit January 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    thanks Poonam! πŸ˜›
    oh yes but some new soaps have an out of box concept….so i liked them but i think all will soon be dragged along the same line
    and i am waiting for review of ” the bitter chocolate” and what about “shantaram ” ….i was thinking of reading it .

  32. 34 Poonam Sharma January 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    @Oxy: Which emotional atyachar are you referring to? Maybe then I can answer correctly. πŸ™‚

    @Xylene, Harsh: Happy New year to you too, guys!

    Harsh, I read your weird resolutions on your blog. πŸ˜‰

    @Arpit: Actually The Biter CHocolate is difficult book to sum up subtly, so I am revisitng it and taking notes to write my piece on blog. Probably would be able to post teh review next week. Shantaram is good interesting saga that will take time for you to finish. However, as of now, I am not planning to write a review about it though. πŸ™‚

  33. 35 Kido January 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    Me, my resilience and strength that I had not realised before – TOO GOOD πŸ™‚

    Wish you a very Happy New Year…

  34. 36 Unpretentious_Diva January 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

    Mein zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya…
    Har Fikar ko dhuein mein udata chala gaya…

    Dev Anand rocks even now.
    I am gonna watch this movie again tonight when i reach home from work.

  35. 37 Poonam Sharma January 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    @Kido: Wish you too a very ahppy new year! Why is your blog blank or is it your alternate blog?

    @unpretentious_diva: Wow!You must like Dev Anand a lot. πŸ™‚

  36. 38 V January 12, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Happy New Year Poonam….

    To be honest, I only made it half way through your list πŸ™‚

  37. 39 Poonam Sharma January 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    @V: I can understand, it was so long. πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you too! πŸ™‚


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