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A to Z of 2011

December 31, 2011

Last time I blogged we were World Champions and here we are onto the last day of the year. Hard to believe that an entire year has gone by so quickly. So, as an exercise, I decided to do a quick alphabetic recount of the year gone by. Here is what I came up with. I am sure a lot of you will have your own versions of it.

A for Anna
Anna Hazare led the anti-corruption movement through the year, drawing huge support all over, even on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

B for Blasts
Mumbai succumbed to yet another strike. Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar were the focal points of this attack.

C for Cricket
Pepsi’s mantra “Eat cricket, sleep cricket, drink cricket” became a reality for most people.

D for Dhoni
ODI Champions, No 1 Test team, IPL Winners – Dhoni did it all. His final six in that epic World Cup final will go down in the history of the game as one of the finest finishes.

E for England
England, later in the year, whitewashed India over the summer in the much anticipated Pataudi Test series, thus taking over the mantle of the No 1 Test team. The first test match at Lord’s was also the 100th Test match between India and England and the 2000th Test match overall.

F for Formula One
India finally had its first F-1 event at the Buddh International Circuit. One of the most eagerly awaited sporting events after the Cricket World Cup, huge crowds thronged to see this first of many racing sprees.

G for Goa
Goa celebrated its 50th year of liberation from the Portuguese establishment. A popular tourist spot, Goa has it all – beach, music, charm and susegad.

H for Heros
Steve Jobs, Dennis Ritchie, Tiger Pataudi, Mario Mirinda, M.F. Hussain, Dev Anand, Bhupen Hazarika and Shammi Kapoor, to name a few of the many great people that left us this year. RIP …

I for IIT
Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) joins the elite IITs, as per the Institutes of Technology Amendment Bill

J for Japan Tohoku earthquake
The six minute long earthquake wrecked havoc in Japan, killing thousands of people and leaving many others homeless.

K for Kolaveri
“Why this Kolaveri Di” became viral in a few weeks. As of today, it has received over 30 million hits on YouTube. If you were to type ‘Why’ in the search space on YouTube, the first suggestion would be this very soup song.

L for Lokpal
After a debacle in the Rajya Sabha this week, hopefully this Bill will see the light of the day in the new year.

M for Manchester
During this season’s English Primiere League, Manchester City defeated Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford in what is believed to be Man U’s most humiliating defeat under Sir Alex Ferguson’s (celebrating his 70th birthday today) management.

N for Novak
In the world of Tennis, this year truly belonged to Novak, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. What made him the Superman of Tennis this year? Was it his gluten-free diet or was it sheer hard-work? A beautifully written article by Rohit Brijnath on the space between.

O for Osama
After a decade since 9/11, OBL was killed.

P for Paterno
Joe Pa, as he is fondly called, was removed from his position as head coach of the Penn State Football team over the child abuse sex scandal.

Q for Que Sera, Sera
Whatever Will Be, Will Be

R for Rupee
The rupee hit an all-time low of 54.305 per dollar.

S for Sehwag/Sangakara
Sehwag hit the cricket ball all over the park against a beleaguered West-Indian team to score 219, which is the highest individual score in ODIs.
Sangakara on the other hand, showed that pen is mightier than sword by delivering a bold speech at Lord’s as part of the Colin Cowdrey Lecture.

T for Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square became the epicenter of the Egyptian Revolution.

U and V together make us.

W for World Cup Champions
India, against all odds, won the World Cup. Work came to a standstill, as Dhoni and his men strived to repeat the 1983 performance.

X for Xacuti
One of my favorite dishes that was cooked and eaten quite a few times this year.

Y for Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Tournament in the Cricket World Cup and was instrumental in India’s victory.

Z for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Easily the best movie of the year in my opinion, it had all the elements that go into making a good film. Good script, good actors, hilarious moments and lovely music.

With that, all is well that ends well. Here is wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. See you in 2012.

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5 comments

  1. One of your best posts that i’ve read so far 🙂 Happy 2012 & Good Luck!


    • Thanks Pratik… Happy New Year to you too..


  2. Must say Siddharth, u have got good memory and even better writing skills to so succinctly sum up the whole gone year …good job bro!


  3. Nice Post Sid!



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