Yeah !! I’m back from my vacation and rejoined my job and responsibilities .. It was a fabulous vacation I had, meeting all my dear friends who were visiting India from US and partying all night with them ..

So today is the 1st day of the new year 2009 and we just bid adieu to 2008 .. Those 365 days flew really fast like a flash of an eye-blink .. I will try to relive those moments which made me think, which made me happy, which made me sad ..

1) The year started on a good note .. I got married on 22ND Jan, 2008 .. It’s one of the happiest and memorable moments of my life .. I will cherish those moments all my life .. A grand wedding ceremony as well as amazing pre and post wedding functions .. Those dances, those smiles, those jeweleries, those traditional attires, those expensive suits, those wedding rituals, those poojas etc were just unforgettable and so enjoyable ..

You can watch the photo album here ..

2) In the month of February, I was put on a real-world project for the first time .. It was a great exposure as well as experience for me to get .. Those tight deadlines, those high expectations, those impossible-to-complete deliverable were really tough to manage .. But somehow I survived ..

3) Then came the grand IPL (Indian Premiere League) cricket series .. Being an avid cricket fan, I enjoyed every bit of it .. I went to watch two matches of IPL ..

I had written several articles on IPL which you can glance through here:
IPL Begins !!

IPL mid-way review

IPL Side-Effects

My first IPL Match experience

IPL Final from the stadium

What to do after IPL?

4) On the cricket front, Team India had a great great year .. IPL was a grand success .. India won against world-champions Australia .. India won against England recently .. We are on the verge of becoming number 1 test team and team India is really performing superbly under Dhoni’s leadership .. Recently Australia lost the series against SA in their home soil after 16 years and now their aura is on the verge of ending .. Can I ask for anything better than this from the year 2008?? ..

I had written several articles on cricket you can glance through here:
Farewell to Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble

5) ‘The GOD” Sachin Tendular broke the record of highest run-maker in tests which was set by another legend Brian Lara .. Sachin now tops the list of highest run scorer in tests as well as in one-days .. He too has highest number of tons to his name both in tests and one-days .. He truly is legend of legends !!

6) The sad and the ugly part of the year 2008 were the terror attacks all over India .. It started from Jaipur where various bomb blasts rocked the pink city .. Banglore and Ahmedabad were next on the list .. First time we saw hospitals to get bombed in Ahmedabad killing 50+ people .. Then it was our national capital Delhi which was shaken by blasts at various places .. And then the most deadliest attack on our soil .. 26th November attacks in Mumbai were the most unfortunate event which took place in the year 2008 .. 200+ people died and several thousand people got injured and top of that one billions people of India got shocked, shaken and scared .. Now we are still waiting what answer will Indian Government give to Pakistan and other terrorist organizations ??

I had written several articles on terrorism issue which you can glance through here:
No more tears – No more dead people

Hindu Rage is the aftermath of Islamic terrorism

Why are we targeting politicians alone?

7) Recession took its toll heavily on the people all over world .. Several banks went bankrupt, several business went down, several companies closed down and millions became unemployed following the recession and stock-market crash .. Still the situation is dangerous & volatile and anything can happen in the future .. 2008 saw the worst economic crisis ..

8) Regional politics of MNS and the arrest of Raj Thackrey made the Mumbai live in panic, fear and tension for couple of days .. You can read my mumbai experience on that day here ..

and the last but not the least,

9) 2008 was the year when I started blogging .. March was the month when I opened an account in blogger.com and started the journey called ‘Soham whispers’ .. You can read out my first ever post here .. Today whatever I’m doing and whatever I have achieved, I fell happy – I feel satisfied .. I have made many blogger friends as well as many blog readers .. I promise all of you that I will write more and I will try to entertain you as much as I can .. Thanks all of you for your continuous support and appreciation and also all the motivation and encouragement ..

So it’s time to say ‘Bye-Bye 2008’ and let us all welcome 2009 with warm wishes !!

Soham

17 Responses to “Reliving 2008 – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly”

  1. Wish u success, happiness and peace in 2009!! Happy New Year!

  2. Wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. hey soham wish u and chitrali a very happy 2009!!!

  4. Happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. @Reema:

    Thanks a ton Reema !

    Same to you !!

  6. A very happy new year to you buddy!!!!

  7. Belated happy new year Soham. You’ve covered almost all major events ..

  8. Hi,Soham..hey,u’re getting married?Here’s wishing you all the best,pal!!And,have a dazzling New Year.:)

  9. Ur wedding anniv is coming soon eh? Congrats in advance.

  10. Where are u lost these days?

    Belated Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. @rahul:

    Thanks mate ..

    Congratulations for your first published story in ‘The Eleven’ ..

  12. @Jaydip:

    Thanks buddy !! Same to you !!

    Well, yeah, all those moments did make me thinking !!

  13. @AmitL:

    Well, if you read carefully, I got married last January .. I will be celebrating my first marriage anniversary in few days ..

    But I will take your wishes though .. It surely brings good luck to me !! Thanks buddy !!

  14. @Philip:

    thanks pal !!

    Appreciate your kind concern and wishes !!

  15. @Smita:

    I’m lost in my own world .. ha ha .. Just kidding !!

    Well, there is nothing interesting to pen down at the moment .. so quietly reading other blogs !!

    How have you been??

  16. That was a nice year end review ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyways belated wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sorry but anyways i spread next year wishes Happy 2010…

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