A year on

It was last year this time when I arrived in NYC with bags of enthusiasm, and a sense of acute curiosity as to how the year ahead would pan out. With the passing of a full year, this will go down as one of the most incredible years I’ve had. Seen a lot, experienced a lot, and worked a whole damn lot too:

  • Completed the 42-mile (~70K) NYC 5 Boroughs Biking Event

  • Completed the Nike 10K Human Race

  • Attended many great concerts including: Explosions in the Sky, Nada Surf, Death Cab for Cutie, Yael Naim, The Verve, All Points West (Radiohead, Kings of Leon) and Aqualung

  • Visited San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C, Connecticut and Vermont

  • Tried skiing and snowboarding for the 1st time

  • Caught my 1st Broadway musical - Chicago

  • Completed my first formal guitar course

  • Volunteered at the Tribeca Film Festival

  • Participated for 2 seasons of pool league lol

  • Attended 3 US Open matches and saw Nadal, Djokovic and Serena Williams in action

  • Went for a “JT Leroy” bookreading and saw her upclose and personal

  • Welcomed a slew of visitors including Vikram, Eunice, Derrick, Julie and Guoyi

  • Celebrated the victory of Obama at Times Square when it happened

What’s amazing and exhilarating is that this feel just like the beginning, and that I’ve barely scratched the tip of the iceberg - there’s more places to explore, more stories to uncover and projects to embark on. Sure, there are things about this city that frustrates me sometimes such as the dirty subways and the notorious way people drive, but these are things that are woven into the fabric of the society and in no way overshadow the magic of the city and how incredible it feels to have the crossroads of the world at your doorstep.