happy new year


Dear Friends,

Christmas is over and we’re approaching the New Year.

Looking back at 2017

There were ups and downs, surprises and shocks, smiles and tears and LEARNING! Loads of learning!

If I had to give the year a name like the Chinese do. You know like “the year of the monkey”, “the year of the snake”; for me it was ” The year of learning”. I passed some. I failed some. But I learnt a little more about myself, about life and about what was truly important, through each of them- the good, the bad, the ugly.

With husband away for most of the year on work, I couldn’t have managed home, work and teens without a few God-sent souls. Through this post I’d like to thank all those who helped make 2017 easier for me.

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The first thanks is to google! Yes google. From answers on symptoms of illnesses to answers to school projects on Medieval History to solving the mystery of opening a salsa bottle, it was there at my finger-tips.  I finally learnt the knack!  Simply take a knife, tap the edges of the lid on the top, then turn it upside down, put the knife between the lid and the bottle and it goes “pop”. No rocket science at all 🙂 but the ease amazed me especially after all the tugging with a cloth around the lid, twisting, turning and heating the lid did nothing at all. No need to be nervous at all. Old grandmotherly advice, modern science gizmos, teen jargon all in my reach thanks to Uncle Google!


Thanks to the grocery man in the shop around the corner. In my heart I thanked him several times. Every-time I placed an order and he understood with no multiple choice questions on brands, sizes making my life easier and every-time I remembered to add just one more item after I had put the phone down. Courteous, patient and helpful, this grocery would deliver even the smallest item as soon as I requested for it, even if that call was made at unearthly hours and for something as small as celery leaves. No matter how much I planned on avoiding that call, I somehow always ended up running short of onions or milk or bread in the midst of everything. This grocery shop was so instrumental in helping me juggle.

Thanks to the maintenance guy in the building deserves my gratitude too. He was not only extremely helpful in fixing the clogged kitchen drain and the air-conditioner when it stopped cooling during the summer month but also arranged a very reliable car pick so I could take the children for their tuition classes even when husband wasn’t around.

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Thanks to my colleague at office. If not for her, I may not have continued or been able to keep my sanity in the midst of a crazy year with projects, unwell team members, teen pressure and audit. She isn’t comfortable with calling herself my friend. It’s one of those relations without a name. She’s been my sounding board, my well-wisher, my diary. You know who you are😊


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A big thank you to my  friends who’d drop a call, a message to check if things were fine at my end and who invited me to dinners and lunches even when I could not extend invitations because I was simply too exhausted managing the daily stuff. Thank you for being there and for adding the much-needed fun to an otherwise mechanical life.

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A very big thank you to family who’ve been with me in spirit through what’s app and skype and have sent me prayers and strength and given me loads of space to find my way. Thank you for not asking questions, for keeping zero expectations and for letting me be. Love you all and am truly grateful to have you.




A big, big thank you to all my wonderful readers on WordPress who read every post I wrote, understood how I felt at the time and shared your feelings with me. Your comments made me smile just before I put off the lights and retired to bed and helped me smile when I woke up in the morning and found it waiting for my moderation. Your comments reassured me that my voice was heard and you’ll cared enough to drop in a line. I look forward to getting to know you more in 2018 through the written word. Wishing you’ll loads of writing, creativity and imagination in 2018.


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While the year had a number of twists and turns, every turn leaving a lesson in it’s wake, there were thrills and there were heartbreaks.

One major takeaway for me from 2017 is  not to be judgmental. This year taught me through ways more than one that I must not be quick to judge. Just as they say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, so I too must not judge. While I do know all about ” you don’t know another man’s journey”,  I have been guilty of doing so. I have been proved wrong and I am not ashamed to accept that I have erred.

2018 Resolution

To get back to reading with a vengeance. To write more. To look at life with an open mind. I’m going to make “Exploration and More Learning” my mantra for 2018.

To my readers 

  1. What’s your 2017 takeaway?  Looking forward to reading your comments. Share it and maybe we can all learn a little from each other’s experiences so we don’t need to make the same mistakes.
  2. What’s your resolution for 2018? If you haven’t made one, then check out my post Make those Resolutions in December

With these question, I’d like to end this last post for 2017 and I’d like to wish each one of you  a wonderful 2018!

I truly hope and pray the coming year brings with it loads of happiness, good health and peace your way.



Loads of love,

Smitha V





Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

29 replies on “Goodbye 2017…Welcome 2018!

  1. This is such a beautiful post Smitha, I haven’t thought about things I am thankful. I had forgotten completely about these small things in life. Thank you for reminding me


  2. It’s been great to get to know you through blogging in the last year Smitha, a lovely positive way to end the year by thinking of those who have made a difference to your life and wishing you all the best for the new year 🙂

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    1. The pleasure and joy of knowing you through your blogs and through the comments has been mine. Thank you for being a wonderfully encouraging reader and an amazing writer and thank you for the New Year wishes😊. Wishing you a very Happy 2018 too!

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  3. Hi, Smitha, first of all, may I say it’s such a pleasure to connect with you here☺️ Wish you a very Happy, smooth and prosperous New Year.
    I would need to read more of your work to get a clearer idea of your life but whatever I could gather from this, I must say I admire you for doing all of that on your own. It’s difficult, it’s very difficult, so congratulations to you for that.
    And on top of that you’re being thankful to so many people, this reminds me of myself. By the way, that’s like a dream a grocery guy understanding your purchase requirements without asking for specifications!♥️😃A
    lot of that is my new year resolution too with some more, mores! More power and happiness to you and your family. Take care ☺️😊

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    1. The pleasure of stumbling upon your blog was mine and your comment here just reaffirms that belief. Thank you for the pat on the back. Sometimes, it feels nice to have someone tell you that you’ve done a good job😊 So seriously thank you. And you pulling out the particular statement on the grocery guy from the entire post clearly indicates that you totally understand the problem😀. When I tell my friends they somehow don’t get why I feel so grateful…probably because they are never as confused😊. I truly hope you successfully achieve all your resolutions for 2018. All the very best to you, my dear. Thank you again for so much positivity.❤


      1. Yes I have to thank you for interacting with me here, it’s one thing to blog but it’s the exchange of ideas and interactive aspect that enriches blogging experience. So thank you once again. I feel so happy whenever I meet like minded people here♥️😃😃
        Hahaha yeah you’d always find me appreciative of hassle-free shopping experience of any kind😂 thank you for the positivity too♥️ I wish you too a year full of happiness, good health, love and joy!!☺️😊☺️😊😁xoxo

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        1. You must read my post ” A visit to the tailor…not my cup of tea”. I’m sure you’d be able to relate to it too😀. I guess 2018 has started on a positive note because like you said blogging is one thing but when ideas click it’s wonderful. Thank you so much again for all the love and sweet wishes. Xoxo

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  4. Wishing you and your lovely family a very happy New Year, Smitha. It does feel so good to reflect and then offer gratitude to all those people who helped you. Wishing you more happiness, health, more power and more time to read and write this year.

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    1. Thank you so much Pranitha for your lovely wish. A big thank you for that wish to read and write more this year😊. So want to make it happen in 2018. 2017 gave me barely any time to read….Wishing you and your family a very Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful 2018! XXX

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      1. Thank you, Smitha and once again, wishing you the same. This morning, the words on your post came back to me after I called the grocery for an item that was under Dhs 5 and this time I told that young man a big Thank you. For that is one luxury we enjoy in this part of the world.

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        1. Your comment means so much Pranitha. Knowing that you actually recalled the post and thanked the grocery man is the best comment I could have received. Thankyou😘. It’s a luxury no doubt and we here are totally spoilt for choice of such luxury.

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  5. A lovely post, Smitha. My 2017 has been quite challenging too with issues at work and in the running of our country. I have also struggled with both of my sons illnesses. It has also been a great year of learning for me and I have learned to appreciate my blessings with my lovely blogging friends helping to show me the way. Have a wonderful new year, Smitha and lets hope that 2018 is a great year.

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    1. Thank you so much Robbie. Wishing you all the very Best for 2018. With all the challenges you’ve been through in 2017, your bright and fun-filled posts and comments were always a source of inspiration for me. I hope and pray 2018 is a great year for all of us. I hope your children have come through stronger. God bless! XXX

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  6. Hi Smitha a very good Morning & Wishing you a Happy, Healthy @ Prosperous New Year. I must say wonderful writing. I throughly enjoyed reading & reflecting on every sentence written. Sometimes I feel you are just a mind reader or maybe our thoughts are so similar. 2017 was great with all ups & downs., last week I tried listing atleast 3 memorable events of the year.
    So taking that forward My resolution for the new year is to write down daily at least 3 good things that have happened on a particular day, have the same done by children & hubby. This will create a book of sweet memories. It will also teach us to be grateful to GOD for all that’s happening around.


    1. Hi Chitra. A very Good Morning to you😊. Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment. It’s made my day and such a perfect way to wrap up 2017. I am so glad you can relate to my writing. Looking forward to your comments on my other posts too. I love your idea of creating a book of memories and that too on a daily basis becoz we tend to take things for granted. I will share this idea with my family too. There is simply no alternative to being grateful. May your book be filled with beautiful memories. Xxx


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