When 2008 dawned, I hoped it would be better than 2007. If anything, it has been worse.
Now, as 2008 closes, I find myself hoping 2009 will be better. Surely, anything should be better than 2008, right? Shouldn’t even a half-decent year would be better than the year that sent the economy into a tailspin?
So I hope. What was that Shelley said? “We look before and after, and pine for what is not”.
He must have been describing my annual ritual at this time of the year.
I wonder, though, at this arbitrary divide I am placing on my fate, and the fate of millions of others. Why should Thursday be better than Wednesday, just because it’s on a new calendar?
Then there is the question of whether January 1st matters. Which calendar I should really be using? Why the Gregorian? When I am thinking about the economy, should I use the custom where the business year starts on Diwali? So has the New Year already begun?
Or should I use the Hindu calendar, where the new year will only arrive in March/April? Going by that, we are now in the year Sarvadhari, which sounds better than the new year – Virodhi. What will a year called Virodhi (meaning foe or enemy) bring?
This line of thought doesn’t pay. Perhaps at some level it doesn’t even matter. So I will go back to doing what I do best – looking before and after, Janus-faced, and hoping that 2009 will have better days for all of us. Hoping that all our tomorrows will be better than today.
On that note, I wish you all a very happy New Year!