Been quite a while since I whipped something up to write on here. So, here I am! An interesting observation I made as I sat down to write this, is that I write most of my posts during my one month long sem-break. Yup, I am taking my much awaited vacation in Trivandrum, Kerala, my current hometown. My ‘current’ home-town I say because most of my family is here and I have been staying in this town since 2004. It’s almost Christmas in God’s Own Country and I can feel it in the air. Christmas in Chennai is a rather grey affair. Here in Trivandrum, the countless bakeries have already started filling up with cakes and wine, the markets are flooded with christmas decorations and the TV channels have already showing teasers of Christmas movies and shows. We Malayali’s are notorious for celebrating every festival you can throw at them and there is no religion that can stop us from doing it. I’ve been eating Christmas cake and decorating Christmas trees, since I was a little boy!
Two days back I had done the unthinkable, go back to my old school to attend the alumni meet, and met quite a few of my old schoolmates. I didn’t feel all that nostalgic though. Anyways, it was a fun evening out.
Tomorrow I am all set to leave to Bangalore, to attend the ACM ICPC Regionals and to meet my beautiful girlfriend, who is probably the only reason why I am alive right now. Though it sounds a little cheesy or lame or perhaps even out-rightly alien to some of you guys, I love my girlfriend. Call me old school, I still believe in love.
Anyways, that aside, the last year was probably a turning point in my life. Life turned into a big puddle of shit last year, and I was confused by it. So confused that I made a lot of wrong decisions, put my trust in the wrong people one too many times, and ended up getting hurt. I believe, Chennai will make me ready to tackle anything that is thrown at me in the future. And a word of caution to all the so called ‘nice guys’ out there – Stop being a nice guy. Do not trust so easily, evaluate every relationship routinely and clean them up just like how you clean up your Facebook friends list.
The last couple of months, I have been evaluating my life quite thoroughly, setting my priorities right. Dissolving bonds, that were emotionally expensive to keep. True, friendship it happens just like that when you least expect it but be warned, these so called true friendships usually end, the moment there is a conflict of interest arises, that is the way the world works now. Get used to it.
Anyways, I am looking ahead into a wonderful new year. An year where I will fight the vermin, that festered my mind for so long. Things are definitely looking up.