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Saturday, December 31, 2005

An old one for the new year

I do love the concept of new year resolutions. Never mind what the cynics say, and never mind what we all know (now that we're all grown up and wise) about every day being a fresh start and why wait for a new year. There is something incredibly wonderful about the naive optimism that accompanies new year resolutions. A new year is a completely new slate, a new page of a diary, a brand new beginning unsmudged by the misdeeds and inertia of the year gone by. Of course it will be much easier this year to do all that we haven't managed for the last 20. This year will be different. This year noble intentions will actually turn into noble reality.

What would we do without the chance to begin afresh every year?

As I sip my last Martini (I'm giving them up from next year) and chomp into my last chocolate (ditto) I choose my words carefully while crafting my list of leaves to turn over. It is a delicate matter, this crafting of new year resolutions. It is a battle of wits between the Noble Self who is bursting with good intentions and the Pragmatic Self who wants to take things one at a time. "Pound away on the treadmill for at least an hour a day", thunders the Noble Self. "Uh, maybe we should aim for 20 minutes a week initially?" says Pragmatic Self coaxingly. And then there is the Wily Self who likes the sound of the noble intentions but wants to get there without the effort. No prizes for guessing which self I like best.

The trick, of course, is in getting the phrasing right. I discovered this purely by chance last year when, much to my astonishment I found myself putting a joyful tick against the Gym Resolution. Been there, done that! The resolve on paper had been to join a gym ... and join I did (pointed out Wily Self). For 3 whole months, I was a bonafide, fully paid-up member of Nirvana - the unfriendly neighbourhood manufacturer of toned bodies and aching muscles. The number of times these limbs actually made contact with those terrifying machines is of course nobody's business but mine. This year, unfortunately, Noble Self has added to the list a resolution to not waste money, which means I can only fork out the gym fees if I intend to put my muscles where my money is. Unless Wily Self can come up with new interpretations of not wasting money.

Meanwhile, the pointlessness of giving up Martinis altogether has just dawned on Pragmatic Self. Perhaps restricting them to one a week is better. Ummm ... maybe two. Besides, giving them up clashes with resolution number 3, to enjoy every moment.

Like I said, this year will be different.

Happy new year everyone, and may all your good intentions turn to reality. Good luck with your resolutions, have fun breaking them ... and may this year truly be different for all of us.


  • Wily Self might point out that experiments have shown how profound the power of suggestion can be. Thinking long enough and hard enough about toning the physique, it is said, can help as much as actually exercising.

    (One has been diligently following such a thought-regimen for years. Nobody is able to see the difference, but one can feel it.)

    P.S. Chocolate is high in antioxidants and hence good for the body. So there.

    By Blogger One in a Billion, at 3:58 AM, January 01, 2006  

  • Happy new year Anjali! (And to all your other selves...May they have a great time making, keeping and breaking resolutions :))

    By Blogger apu, at 7:59 PM, January 01, 2006  

  • Never allow a resolution to get more powerful than you. Always be on top of all your decisions....just sit on them till they deflate :) A very "powerful" and happy new year to you!

    By Blogger Siri, at 5:19 AM, January 02, 2006  

  • i gave up a long time ago...though i make new resolutions at the beginning of every semester...

    By Blogger the Monk, at 5:43 AM, January 02, 2006  

  • so happy new year, both of you :)

    By Blogger manuscrypts, at 10:32 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • LOL. Brilliant as usual. How goes it on the resolutions front?

    By Anonymous tara, at 3:29 AM, January 03, 2006  

  • the one(and only): that is totally brilliant. Wily Self approves and is very grateful for the suggestion. Is it the One or the Only who thinks so much like Wily Self?

    apu: thanks from all the selves!

    siri: wise words indeed. Although I think in this case it is probably the resolutions that need the power, not me. I've been sitting on them for years :)

    the monk: give up? Tch, tch. When there are so many ways of guiltlessly bending the rules? I think you must have a word with Wily Self.

    manuscrypts: thanks (in chorus) :)

    tara: Noble Self is battling on ... it's early days yet, I'm sure she can be hushed soon.

    By Blogger Anjali, at 7:05 AM, January 03, 2006  

  • I really don't understand the concept of New year resolutions at all...Hmmm anyways..now that u seem to have quite a lot.Here's wishing you all the very best in life and in breakin every single one of them...HAPPY NEW YEAR to u too

    By Blogger arvindiyer, at 11:35 PM, January 03, 2006  

  • Hi Anjali !!

    Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.

    but nice post indeed.....

    By Blogger *`~. R a j .~`*, at 1:55 AM, January 04, 2006  

  • Liked your post. And all the others too.

    My resolution for this year is to find AND keep true love.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:40 AM, January 05, 2006  

  • Anjali, what a lovely post...
    "The trick, of course, is in getting the phrasing right" - of course! but for me the new year is about a sort of 'now things will be better' line - and this frame of mind lasts for roughly two days every year. but these two days are great :) win-win.
    and a very happy new year to you...

    By Anonymous charu, at 9:32 PM, January 05, 2006  

  • Let's say 'tis One, or let's say Only
    Whichever you prefer
    For on this topic, only this one
    Do the two concur!

    P.S. Apologies. Very difficult to shake this off.

    By Blogger One in a Billion, at 3:19 AM, January 06, 2006  

  • arvind: thanks, and all the best to you too ... have a wonderful year!

    raj: welcome, and thank you for the words of wisdom :). Noble Self agrees completely!

    Neville: all the best for your resolution then. I assume this is one you wouldn't want to break!

    charu: thanks ... and I know exactly what you mean. Have a great year :)

    the one (and only):
    I know, I know ... so here is my
    Reply in succinct tetrameter
    Wily Self is flying high
    To find TWO such kindred creatures!

    By Blogger Anjali, at 9:47 PM, January 06, 2006  

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    By Blogger manuscrypts, at 8:42 PM, January 08, 2006  

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