The year.. that was...

Finally, another glorious year comes to a close. A truly eventful year - much more than all the years in my life. In the 3 years and 17 days since this blog was started, my life has been through a variety of phases, twists and turns. A quick recap of what happened in the last 365 days...

Following the foot steps of 2008, 2009 too had three things in common:
  1. Another base shift : Shifted base from Bangalore, to my home town, Kodungallur, in Thrissur district of Kerala.
  2. Too little railfanning
  3. Lots of bus fanning :)
I shifted my base from Bangalore to Kerala in June this year (in 2008, the event happened in April).

Unlike last year, I spent January 01 of 2009 sitting at home. The two years prior to 2009 saw me railfanning in the first week of January.

I quit my job this year, and got back to my studies. I joined Amrita School of Pharmacy, under Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham Deemed University, at Kochi, Kerala - to do my Masters in Pharmacy.

My love with Kerala's own KSRTC grew in leaps and bounds - to a level that I am now a daily commuter in my own aana (Elephant - KSRTC buses are often called so due to the presence of two elephants on its logo).

From a Railfan's point: This year had a huge share of 'firsts' - this includes my first journey on a Shatabdi Express, a Jan Shatabdi, first ever spottings of WAG9, WAP7, WAP5 and WDP1 and a journey up north to Chandigarh.

From a Busfan's point of view: First ever journey on a Volvo B9R - the longest bus currently in India.

Above all, I am now in a place where I belong to - my Hometown. Kodungallur is a small town located at the southern end of Thrissur District, in Kerala. The town has a huge historical prominence, and was referred by different names including Muchiripattanam, Muziripatnam, and so on. The town boasts of the country's first - and the world's second - mosque: The Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid. Staying in Kerala has been an experience of sorts - what makes life easy here is the ease of communication - no language beats the convenience of communicating in one's mother tongue. I'm lovin Kerala to no end (more on this love later)...

To conclude, its been a great year, and with all hopes that the next year would be even better....

Wishing everyone a very prosperous and fun-filled year ahead!
Happy New Year 2010!!!
With lots of wishes that all your wishes come true in life... but, remember that better things in life happen only with hardwork.

My India! My Pride!