lWhen Arjun and I raised our glasses to a good 2010 a year ago, I didn't know how epic things would turn out to be. You see, I had come off the worst possible year - a shitty job, losing a dear friend, and breaking up in the most devastating manner, getting stabbed in the back by people I never expected to.
2010 was supposed to be a new beginning. And hoo boy, it was.
So, with all the risks of this being another of those sentimental posts that people groan at and complain about on Facebook, I proceed. So to keep things filmy, let's give out moments in awards-category style, shall we?
Turning point of the year:
The FlyYouFools contest. I entered, won a consolation prize and the audience award. Now what that did was finally spark something in myself and a friend who was the editor at PaGaLGuY and the idea of satire MBA comics came along. Seemed like a worthy experiment. But I was slightly apprehensive, given I'd never cartooned anything publish-worthy and my last strip was made back in school. But heck, why not?
What followed stunned both of us - the response to the first comic was phenomenal. Finally, I took up the mantle of the entire thing, and went pro. And that triggered off many more things - Cricinfo, MTV, In.com and hopefully a few more next year.
But it all started with that FlyYouFools contest. So thank you, Saad, even if the bucket prize never reached me.
Moment of the year
I had the balls to mail Cricinfo with an idea I had. Having had several of my 'jokes' rejected by Cricinfo commentary. Was thrilled when they wrote back and asked for samples, but positively over the moon when they liked it and offered me a piece.
It was another matter that the initial idea bombed, but I'd like to think we all learn from failures. We salvaged the section by stripping it down to a more consumable format.
Personal favourite blogpost of the year
This post. I figured that my best post would materialize when I tried LEAST to blog like myself. So I blogged like four of the most awesome bloggers in India today, and I was right. I got 1400 hits that day (never crossed 200 before) and traffic ever since has been decent.
I have a feeling, though, that this post will be my Kanitkar moment - that quality has never come since ;)
Personal favourite joke of the year
Offices moving towards the suburbs gave Nariman Point a severe Bandra-Kurla complex.
I was particularly proud of this one.
Musical moment of the year
Finally, India has a fest we can boast of. The NH7 fest was probably the best organized event ever in the country. 50 bands over 8 stages in 3 days is not a joke, but these chaps pulled it off. Not without a few SNAFUs, including sets cut mercilessly short, but things will undoubtedly get better next year.
The runner-up moment would be playing this awesome medley with a bunch of crazy people at the All-India Pagalguy Meet earlier this year. This was the 'fun' song in an otherwise kickass set, but this is the video I go back and see all the time.
Gadget of the year
Get bonus, buy DSLR. Pixie, my Nikon D5000 was my constant companion for concerts. Although I've got a lot to learn, I'd like to think I've taken a few decent pics. My favourite shots: Pentagram and the Split/Indus Creed gigs.
#epicfail of the year
Project 72. Sigh.
Favourite comic of the year
Call me a geek, but this tribute to xkcd was the most brilliant thing I've seen this year: http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1640.html
Favourite people to meet up with
Narendra Shenoy and Anand Ramachandran. Not only are they legends and incredibly funny, but fantastic people who never refuse if you want to meet up. And they're full of stories.
Finally, thank you!
To all of you here. It never ceases to surprise me that some of you guys come back to this blog to read the tripe that I write, usually done with minimal quality control. It was in Feb that I was over the moon at crossing 30000 hits, today there are over 76000. I still can't believe that. I always wanted to make people laugh (A trait developed since I started removing my trousers in front of my LKG classmates on my first ever day at school) and I hope that I will be able to continue doing that with the blog, the cartoons, the articles and other things in 2011.
Resolutions will be made later, but #Project72 will be one of them. I will also procure off the legendary Sennheiser HD650 and have what they call 'eargasms'. Also, I shall watch more movies, under the tutelage of Prof. @dharmeshG.
I am serious. #Project72 will be a success and I will... Oooh, pizza!
Have a kickass new year, everyone.