G K Chesterton, the great English writer-philosopher had this to say about new years. “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

I did not read him up to arrive at my own New Year resolutions. That is an old habit of mine, despite a piteous record at converting resolutions into action. There is something heartwarming about the whole exercise. The first resolution requires visiting places around the Twin Cities. I do not know how long I will be in Hyderabad. Maybe, another six months. It would be great if I could land a job here. But the opportunities are limited.

If Lady Fortune smiles, I will have an Assistant Professor’s job, and generous pay. This year, as has been the case with most years, prices will rise and savings will shrink. I have been prudent with money but having saved enough, I intend to spend a little. On books, travel and clothes. There is another blog in the works. A serious one. It would require studying a fair bit of history, culture, science & technology. But I end up doing that anyways.

My health has suffered. Is it my asthma playing up, the air quality in Hyderabad getting worse, or the weight I have put on? Will join a gym and try shedding some flab. Seven kilograms to be precise. That would take me back to the weight I had at college. Hopefully, this is one thing which is achievable. That sums up my New Year resolutions. Nothing grand to impress the likes of Chesterton but worth a fresh start!

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