Friday, January 3, 2014

Not my resolutions for 2014

No, I don't think I've ever really lived up to any resolutions I've made in the last few years, but, what the hell - there always is a first time, isn't it? I'm hoping the fact that I'm putting it out there on my blog adds pressure on me to actually do a few of these, if not all of them. There are a few things I thought of earlier, but thought better of them eventually.

Not doing these things this year: 

1. Cut down on partying and alcohol intake

I'm only 25 - this IS my age to party, be a wild child and do crazy shit. What the fuck was I thinking wanting to curb that?! There'll always come a time for moderation, but just not yet. If I've woken up with hangovers almost every other day in the past two months, it's evidence of the great times I've had. So, never ever mind.

2. Stop cussing

Did I just say what the fuck in No.1? Yeah... well. Twitter, being my reliable source for a lot of information, tells me that people who use a lot of swear words tend to be more honest and loyal. Believe it? No? Check Twitter; I'm not making it up. I'm not giving up on that because I don't want to. Cussing makes me feel in the zone - if it makes sense.

3. Stop being so sentimental and emotional

Oh, yes! I need to. I've had horrible phases where I've been overtly emotional over nothing or no-one. Must stop. But that is who I really am... is it worth changing my personality or who I essentially am because of some idiot or the idiot-equivalent of something? No. So never mind that either.

4. Be subdued around strangers

That's another one of the stupid things that came to me. I can't. I've tried. I mean, I can... but sooner or later (which is half hour later), my true colors ooze out. What's the point anyway? Like me, don't like me, I don't fucking care... (I love using that phrase after having Chris Newburg demonstrate it in different instances all night!)

Imma do all this though... 

1. Learn a new language
Spanish! Te Amo. Hola! Ciao! I'm underway already...

2. Improve fitness
There's a truckload of difference between being skinny and being fit.

3. Spend more time reading 
Imma read 50 books this year... or so is the plan!

4. Stop procrastinating
I'm on it already - got this post done, didn't I? Killing it already!

5. Spend less time on social media
I already have... believe me! Facebook pisses me off now. And I haven't changed my profile picture since the start of the Ashes. Progress! Whoopteedoo!!

6. Read another five autobiographies
I'm thinking... Ellen de Generes, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs? Yep.

7. Save money
LOL - that's the funniest thing I tried telling myself. I promised my mum I wouldn't shop until my birthday (in August), but did I mention there are other things I waste money on, like eating and drinking? No. She wouldn't approve. But no, seriously, I'll try. I promise I will.

8. Watch loads of cricket 
Think that is a given, but deserves a mention nevertheless.

9. Have a back-to-back movie day
Of course, they would include all my favorite romcoms - Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Holiday, Sweet Home Alabama, Two Weeks Notice, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, P.S. I Love you etc.

10. Take a solo trip to a different country
Singapore, maybe.

11. Finish reading a book in a day

Another thing I should stop doing is waiting for the right time. By waiting for the right time, I mean, wait to be in the frame of mind to read, write, paint, etc. But based on the last year, I should know that while I wait for the 'right time' to come by, that beautiful thing called sleep engulfs me in its arms and before I know it, I'm dozing away to glory.... so chuck that too!

I'll work on the rest as we go along in 2014. This is just the start. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Why I will remember 2013

Why I will remember 2013

It was the year I lost my equivalent to a horse whisperer; he was the ‘Kritika whisperer’. I miss him dearly, even after a whole year has passed.
For all those who have gone out of their way to be there for me.
For the most fun I’ve had in ages since mid-October!
My tattoo. Finally!
My pixie cut… and I absolutely love it!
I got back to my own, happy-chappy, optimistic self after a long time.
I met some fantastic people throughout the year. (Those that have made my year special have heard from me in person.)
Some of the people I met have moved me to another plane. I am extremely grateful they happened to me.
My job with Wisden India
The first wedding of the family
My best friend’s wedding
My trip to the North-East of India
Australia winning back the Ashes in style
Russell Peters’ weekend (All 3 days - as special as it can get.)
The big fat Telugu wedding in November
The Best Jobs shortlisting
All the fantastic people helping me out with my campaign
The features during the contest
My night outs with the girls
My trip to Bandipur that beat almost every other trip in the last two years
My New Year’s Eve
The Halloween party
WAG feeling at the concert in September of my rockstar
Avicii’s concert
The lungi dance video
The number of all-nighters I have had and have successfully pulled off
The prawn masala at 5 am at ITC
Random musings from strangers that have meant heaps
Random messages that have made my day
Finding my Godfather-like figure
My two minutes with C.
Enjoying my own company heaps
The magic dust I possess
My new obsession with the word 'fabulous'

Things I’ve learnt 

Being grateful – it is one of the best things I’ve learnt this year.
Smoking is addictive.
Being fit feels awesome!
Family is the most important thing in life. Nobody will be there for you like your family will.
Some men are true gentlemen; they know how not to be creeps even if they have the chance.
A leopard can’t change its spots.
The virtue of selfishness
Spending your time in the company of pessimistic people makes you a cynic yourself.
When one door closes, another well and truly does open.
Some people care about you more than you think, while others claim to care about you lesser than they actually do.
Nothing lasts forever.
Even years later, some relationships are just the same.
Promises are seldom kept; often forgotten, if not broken.
Not everyone who compliments you has a hidden agenda.
Surreal things happen when you least expect them.
People who want to be in your life will find a way; those who don’t are not worth it.
What we tell ourselves matter more than the lies others tell us.
Don’t trust anything if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
This is the youngest or oldest I'll ever be - so might as well make the most of it and not curb myself from doing things that give me joy.
Don't depend on anyone except yourself.
Love yourself, follow your dreams and don't give up on things you really want for people - it's never worth it.

Motto of 2014 – I don’t fucking care…no-one fucking cares (Chris Newburg style)