Happy New Year

Happy New Year!



We had a rocky start to 2006. We woke up to find two dead fish. My 7 year old daughter discovered them and she was very very upset. Some of you may be familiar with Elizabeth but poor Coco never got a proper introduction. Just this, an eulogy. He was inducted into the clan as a companion to Elizabeth. After some initial pecking, the two goldfish seemed to enjoy each other's company. They even frolicked in the bubbles that the filter generated. We think that it was a bacterial infection that caused this but we're not really sure. I am getting excellent advice at Another Subcontinent, a forum that has become one of my favorite haunts. It's also an amazing resource on everything Indian and South Asian. From food to literature to music to language to cultural biases and eccentricities.

When things go so badly wrong at the beginning of the year, I feel that it can only get better from that point. I am quite optimistic that it will work this way.

With that, I wish you all the very best in the year 2006. I hope each one of us finds the calm and peace we seek as well as the inner strength to work through the tribulations and hurdles that we may find strewn along the path to this goal.

7 comments:

sailu said...

Wishing you and your family a happy & prosperous NEW YEAR!

Sury said...

So sorry to hear about the fish...

Here's wishing you and your family a great 2006!

Manisha said...

Thanks, sailu and sury!

Sury, apparently in Feng Shui as well as in Southern India, if a pet dies, it has "absorbed bad luck that was meant for a member of the household." I think it's a way to relieve the distress and sadness associated with an unfortunate event and convert it into positive energy that actually allows those affected to move on.

On a lighter note, it also reminds me of days long gone by when we would console a friend who had been 'blessed' by crow droppings just how lucky they were. He! He!

Indira said...

aH... Manisha, I'm so sorry to hear this news about your FIL. I felt sad and teared reading your post, because I often get nightmares about the dreaded midnight call from home. I know it's inevitable, still afraid.

Keep the spirits up!

Best wishes,
Indira

Manisha said...

Thank you for your condolences, Indira. It's very hard to lose a parent. I lost both my parents a long time ago and I used to think that I am now ready for anything the world may throw at me. But it does not become any easier.

We are trying to hold ourselves together with the thoughts that he led a good life. It's all part of life, as they say. Thank you, again.

Anonymous said...

Happy new year Dude..
That pic really rocks

Luv
Lucky

Manisha said...

I'm glad you liked it, Lucky. I hope you have a great 2007!