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To the 2016 that was and a 2017 that will be...

Happy New Year Peeps! *sneezes hard*

I just returned from a fabulous seven day holiday and now I am feeling the, to quote my friend R - "Holiday withdrawal symptoms". 

So for me the symptoms are mild melancholy and a viral infection. 

The year 2016 has just gone by too fast. Like literally too fast. It was a year of love, family, travel, art along with loss, hurt and pain. It was a bittersweet year for me. During Gudi Padwa which is a Maharashtrian New Year, there is a famous tradition that we follow. We never did that, well since we have never been a traditional family. Father and Mother have been free birds always and their need for flying free has rubbed on to us. The tradition was to eat a mixture of neem leaves and jaggery. Of course I am sure it must have tasted disgusting but it had a symbolic reference to it. It meant that life would always be a mixture of bitterness and sweetness. We have to hope for the sweet but also accept and appreciate the bitter. We have to accept all the realities of life, the good, the bad and the ugly. 

Even Osho always said that "this too shall pass". Every phase comes and goes. Your happiness will pass away or fade away and so will the tough times of pain and sadness. Such is life. Just have to go with the flow. Pick the best, feel the good and learn lessons from the bad. 

2016 has been exactly like that for me and I am prepared for 2017 to be a concoction of every feeling. Otherwise how else will we grow?

In terms of travel I had a great year. After a hectic honeymoon exploring Australia and New Zealand, I then went on to travel around India seeing Rajasthan, Goa, Dharamshala and Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh. India is beautiful, we end up underestimating our country very often. 

It has been a fabulous year for my art. The year end marked my first solo exhibition at the prestigious Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai where I displayed my art and did a live doodle. I got warm appreciation for my work. I was also hoarded with numerous commissions thus making me thank God at every step since I am one of the few lucky ones who wake up and get to follow their passion. 

Love has always been the highlight of my life. I have a wonderful husband with whom I completed a year of marriage. The reason for everything good in my life is K. All the success and happiness I get in travel and my art career I give to him. If you have that one person who truly loves you and believes in you, it can help turn you into the best version of yourself. Along with that I have a great family on both sides. And I have tremendous gratitude for getting the best parents anyone could hope for. I guess every child feels their parents are the best. Mine truly are. 

While it seems like a great year I have also suffered a lot. I lost my pet in March and that was the biggest blow to my life. I have not yet recovered and never will. You cannot recover from the loss of a loved one. It never goes. You just get used to the pain. Even though I have his name etched on my hand I still don't seem to have the courage to watch his photos or videos. And from 365 days of 2016, I must have cried all 365 days remembering him. That's why today my happiest and saddest memory is my dog Toulouse. Some people scoff that how can one feel like this about a dog. I actually have had experiences where people have told to my face that "he was just a dog". Big deal. And that minute you are capable of actually killing that person. Some people scoff that how can you compare a dog to a human child. The greatest love is a baby, not a dog. Now I respect everyone's opinion, but I feel that if one has not encountered the love of a dog does not have any right to pass any sort of comment on dogs. Ever. The love that you share with a dog or any pet is beyond expression. You cannot give it any name or word. It is pure. And unconditional. 

Anyway that was how my 2016 was. And I know that 2017 will be better than this. If not, I am prepared for whatever curve balls life throws. I have a lot more travel lined up and a lot of growth for my art brand Ink Tales. I will be conducting my first ever workshop on January 14th. 

That's all for now. I am putting across some pictures of my trip to Dharamshala where we welcomed 2017 and also sharing the hyper-link to my workshop. 
Link to my workshop - click here

Lovely view from our room. One side there were valleys and mountains, the other side we had these fields. 

Only in travel do you lose yourself and find yourself.

Wood carver hard at work.

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds - Edward Abbey

"It is at the edge of a petal that love waits."
- William Carlos Williams
 

Only in decay can there be growth.

"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy." 
- Lope de Vega

A puppy basking in the sun at the Norbilinga Institute.

Grabbing a cup of peace and quiet whenever I can.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha

K always picks out mementos for my collection.

Burn away that was and bring in the new.


Ginger lemon honey tea. At Nick's kitchen in Mcleodganj. 


This trip would have been incomplete without some momos.


Hot hot maggi noodles in the freezing cold.


Glimpsed the snow peaked mountains.

Life will always throw rocks at you..You just have to rise above them or else in my case..Just sit on them. 😁
Have a great year peeps.



Comments

  1. Tanu, I'm so happy for you. I couldn't agree more about losing a dog. I too lost Tutu one march, a few days before his 8th birthday. The pain will never leave me - and I can't bear to see any films where the dogs die. They are far too painful, and there will always be people who scoff. Forgive them, they didn't get to experience the love we did.

    I'm so happy you found Kunal, and that you both are travelling so much. The pictures are so beautiful, and for a moment transported me to those places. The quotes also go beautifully with them. I wish I had a moment to suck it all in like I used to. Life has been too fast for me here in Mumbai.

    Cheers to 2017, let's hope we cherish what we have, prepare for the worst, but hope for the best! :)

    Lots of love,
    Niki

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    1. Thank you so much Niki! :D Lets go ahead an have a great 2017! Cheers!

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