A new year swings in! Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017.

2016 has been a heck of a year. I still remember the same time a year ago when I sat down to see a new dawn. It seemed to run in along with a lot of a promise and hope. And suddenly it is today and a brand new year is at the door! Just as what was the case last year. This year hustles while it waits. So much so, I can hear its wait! 

The little miss is all about the house as has been her wont. I have spent some part of the last year, growing up with her. More often than not, becoming present to how fast time flies away by just watching for every minute change in her and succeeding to spot a few as they happened. For large part though, I must confess, wondering how it happened!

Like when she asks me what is an ‘office’ and ‘what happens in an office’? And of course, the next inevitable question: ’What is Work?’  I am sure this isn’t unique to her or me. It must be on the lips of many kids as they stand up and begin to explore the world. It is easy to give ‘some’ answer but then the real answer is a bit beyond cursory search. 

‘Can you be a teacher in my school?’, she asked the other day. With half a popcorn in her lips and a sparkle in her eyes.

‘Sure’. I said. It is the most inviting approval I have had of 2016. Something that I can gloat about. ‘Can we begin tomorrow?’, she asked. If there was ever a heart that skipped a giant beat on hearing a job offer, it would pale in comparison to mine that day!

Or of this time, when she said ‘Push me higher Appa’. On a swing by a lake in idyllic Mount Abu. I was a tad scared, for this was a swing that was just there in the midst of undergrowth and uneven ground. A plank of wood, two pieces of a rope all on one sturdy tree branch. That made the swing.  ‘Dont be scared, Appa’ She said. With a silly smile as an enduring accompaniment as the swing climbed newer heights.  ‘I am going higher on my own Appa. You don’t be scared’.

For a moment, I didn’t know if I should clap in joy or wince in despair. After all I was expecting these lines down the road. After many years!  I brought a smile on plastic dry lips and clapped.  ‘Letting go isn’t easy’ I told my missus over dinner that night. Silence stayed tall in the room as we munched on some veggies. ‘It isn’t easy at all’ added the missus in-between all her munching. I wast sure if she was talking of the veggies. That’s part of the plan for this year. Munching more veggies that is. And yes, ‘letting go’ of stuff that we have been holding on to is also part of the plan! 

A couple of days ago, we were at the movies with the little miss in tow.  Dangal. The movie that everyone is raving about. The movie about a father who lives his dreams of winning a gold medal for the country by getting his daughters to do so, long after his prime.  The melodramatic storyline with wrestling bouts that go on predictable lines to leave India with a gold medal and left me with a stern headache. A headache that only loosened up when the little miss looked into my eyes and asked: ‘Appa, they did all this for one medal?’

I smiled ear to ear.

As the same Sun rushes in a new year, these and her other questions dawn on me with new meaning.  I don’t have all the answers. But the very fact that the questions are here is enough to keep me on the swing of life. For that I am thankful.

I wish you more questions and deeper conversations!

Happy New Year 2017! Here’s to a fabulous 2017

12 thoughts on “A new year swings in! Happy New Year 2017

  1. Vish says:

    Lovely post

  2. Joseph says:

    Keep swinging Kavi. Keep the tension of kinetic energy alive within you.

  3. Ananthanarayanan Venkatesan says:

    I lived every word of what is written here…. awesome!

  4. Vivek says:

    A day or a year is not new if it does not bring a fresh perspective! Or an insight. Children’s words give these to us in an instant!

    Enjoy. Happy New year.

  5. Vikas Mittal says:

    Very well written Kavi – a delight as always

  6. Anish says:

    Wow Kavi 🙂 this resonates most as I have two Lil ones around and just as the elder one started reducing his Q’s (hope the school is not to blame), the younger one started his Q’s so that kind of catalysed the elder to continue… best wishes for 2017 – do make a trip to Kochi

  7. Beauty ..how old is she now .I loved her review of the film . I had same feelings ..and don’t be scared appa..hats off to her ..

  8. Suranga says:

    Why do i think she will make a heck of a writer ? Reading after a long time, and greatly enjoyed this. I am hoping you are planning to introduce her to sports……

  9. The child is the father of man is what some wise soul said. More power to you Kavi and your misus and the little one.

  10. My dear friend and adopted mentor, I miss your blogs and less presence in social media. Please write more and thrill us. My 4.5 year old partner ( as we have now become partners in crime more than a father son duo) also keeps on asking what do I do in office,to an extent one of the saturdays I had to take him to office and he spent a day there. Wishing you and your entire family a very happy and prosperous new year. Wish to meet you this year too and spend some time with you. Hope the Master will agree to that.

  11. Vijay Kasandi says:

    Lovely Kavi!, this resonates with me as well :-). Thanks for taking me back into some good old memories. Best wishes for a great 2017!

  12. shakura vincent says:

    Wonderful reading kavi… Really thought provoking… We do really hesitate to let go… Kids grow up soooo soon even before we realise that they they are out of their nappies… Happy new year…

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