2000? Or 2016?

In 2000, a Republican lost the popular vote but still won the US Presidency, the Left liberals were frothing at the mouth at a “Hindu Right-wing government”, only a female could get an Olympic medal for India, Sonia Gandhi was Congress President, Congress talked of “intolerance” of the RSS and ruling government, Lalu Prasad Yadav was ruining Bihar, a film of Aditya Chopra was released, a Castro was ruling Cuba, Salman Khan was romancing young heroines, a Kim Jong was ruling North Korea, N Chandrababu Naidu was Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik was Orissa Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar was Tripura Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal was Punjab Chief Minister, a Pope apologized for the Roman Catholic Church, Vlamidir Putin was ruling Russia, Ram Jethmalani was kicking up a ruckus, a film called Sultaan was released along with 3 Akshay Kumar flicks while SRK had a mixed year, Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi drew a blank at the Olympics, the Indian hockey team failed to make it to the semis of the Olympics …
Sounds familiar???

Recycled old New Year musings…

font-1927171_640• You know that New Year Resolutions are just another form of GIGO, called RIRO…
GIGO=Garbage In Garbage Out.
RIRO=Resolution In Resolution Out.

• Does the collective optimism of a few billion people on the eve of December 31 actually help kick-start a new year better?

• If it’s a really good resolution, then you don’t have to wait till the New Year.
And if you’ve put off the resolution for the New Year, then the Resolution may well continue to be put off way after that.

• Does Father Time suddenly look at the date and find it’s December 31 and say: Oh God! A year has ended; let me change the luck/fortune of this world/country/person/group?
That decade was so… 2009 was so… are such artificial constructs. Fortunes and eras don’t wait for a date, beginning and ending at any time they please. They could last for a second, 17 days, 8 months, 13.5 years or 7.34567 decades.

∙ In 1752, the calendar went straight from September 3 to 13 to adjust the calendar.
Protest the lost days!
Celebrate New Year on January 12!

• The only reason there is more hope and optimism with every successive December 31 is because the firecrackers are getting better and more in number.

• The media is managing to dig up more and more depressing news with every successive year. That helps with the optimism part on December 31 night at least!

• Does a New Year’s Day really change anything? Does every Birthday really change your perspective? Does an anniversary change fortunes? For me there are only two types of days: Holidays and Working Days. Any other classification is irrelevant.

• Why a New Year Resolution? Why not a New Month Resolution or a New Week Resolution or a New Day Resolution or a Mid-Day Resolution?

These versions by Sunil Rajguru