Monday, December 29, 2014

A cliched post on 5 things that I learnt in 2014

1. Maturity:
Sensitiveness towards trivial issues, expectations, attachments thrown down the drain; this year has definitely made me majestically more mature. Credit goes to people for whom this line by Owl Cities makes perfect sense: "With friends like these, who needs an enemy?"
After all, nobody owes you, nobody owns you and vice versa (except family, of course).

2. Teaching kids:
People who say "those who can't do, teach" are morons. They say so without experience. It's a challenge to introduce people who don't speak a single common word as you to something, anything new. We almost lost our patience when we had to teach children from rural Laos English but some dancing and singing did help. So it was all work and all play! But the end results were wonderful, especially when I saw this kid chanting "How are you? I am fine." in English as he did somersaults on the playground.

3. Indian food is the best (says everyone):
Earlier, whenever I used to go out, I used to strictly avoid Indian food. Who wants to eat routine Indian stuff when they are dining in a restaurant, right? But apparently, no amount of pizzas and pastas, burgers and steaks, satays and sushis, noodles and dumplings are going to satiate you like a plate of chicken malai tikka and a bowl of rasmalai does. During my internship in a Germany-based company too I was pleasantly surprised to see the Germans queue up almost everyday at the Indian stall. Bharat Mata ki Jai!

4. How to complete your Masters like a pro:
Juuuuust kidding! I struggled more than ever during my Master's course but as they say, there is light at the end of a tunnel and every dark cloud has a silver lining. I graduated with average grades, gained plenty of technical knowledge and experience from the power engineering course, a service learning trip to Laos thereafter and an internship before landing into my first job as a researcher.

5. Definition of broke:
All this while I have ignored the internet definition of  'broke': "when you have too much month left at the end of your money." Now I truly know what 'broke' means.

Now that 2014 is almost over, I've lost no weight (gained some, in fact), hardly traveled, saved no money and most definitely haven't found love (nor have I searched this year :P ). But one thing is for sure: I've learnt a million things, the above 5 being the most significant. 


  1. 6th should be "Responsibility" - for signing up TA and making sure our house doesn't break into pieces! :P

  2. Haha I've definitely been responsible for keeping the house clean, as for other grown-up stuff, you've mostly had our back! :D