Goodbye 2015.

No I didn’t get under a blanket and wait for the year to end.  I have been quite busy the last week of this year with a lot of activity.  Even today, the last was busier than normal but I am determined to write this before I call it a day.

The year has been eventful.  Two of my close friends underwent surgery as did my brother Arvind who also came out successful with a battle with the big C.  My cousin in Vashi to whom I am very attached also had to be hospitalised and I went to see him there.  I personally had health issues and as I write this, I seem to have licked most of them and am well on my way to full recovery.

We had Phil and Barbara from the USA and Koush from Canada visiting us as well as Parag from Mumbai who took some amazing photographs of mine which went viral on facebook.  Towards the end of the year we also had Kiran spend a couple of nights with us. The most eventful was the visit of my sister Padmini with her son, daughter in law and two grand girls last week.  I went up to Vashi with Padmini to visit my cousin which was also an event of some import as we went to congratulate our sister in law who had just been felicitated for the social work that she does among the tribals of nearby areas.

I visited my friends Neena and Anil in Delhi during the summer months and was glad to return to more temperate climes.  As I write this, both Delhi and Pune are in the grip of cold spells and we are all looking forward to the spell easing off.  It was nice to see Ranjan and Manjiree off earlier this evening all wrapped up and in warm clothes.  They have gone off to Manjiree’s sister’s home where many of the younger generation from both the families are gathering to bring in the new year.  I have decided to stay at home and follow my daily routine of going to sleep early and waking up early in the new year.

My blogging was erratic and I was not able to achieve the target I had set myself of completing 2200 posts before the end of the year.  I fell short by 12 and including this one, so far have posted only 2188.  I must really improve my posting during the coming year.  I had about 4800 viewers reading my blog during the year and though the comments do not reflect this,  the figure is very gratifying.  Unfortunately, many of my friends leave comments on facebook when links to my posts are given there and those do not feature in the statistics that I receive about this blog.  While I am grateful to all the commentators who had left so many comments on my posts, my special thanks go to these five inveterate commentators who feature among the top five commentators on my blog.

  1. Cheerful Monk.
  2. Tammy J
  3. Holly Jahangiri
  4. Shackman and
  5. Cathy in NZ.

The most visited post was Disgustingly Cheerful which I posted last January.  It received 256 readers!  I am unable to find what made it so interesting as, in my opinion, there were many other posts far more interesting than that during the year.

On that mysterious note, I now bid goodbye to 2015 and set myself a target to reach 2300 posts by the time 2016 ends.

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