Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Look Back into 2009

I used to hang out a lot with this Indian professor in my school all these years. When I told him in 2004 that I am getting married in early 2005 he told me in his characteristic Tamil slang:

Sir – You are going to commit the first of the three mistakes. By the time you commit all the three mistakes your life will completely change forever.

Me – Sir, so what are the other two mistakes?

Sir – second will be buying a house and third will be having a kid…

The year 2009 is getting over with me completing the third and final mistake according to him.

Jokes apart, 2009 was a eventful year for Deepa and I. This post is a look back into the year 2009 and a peek into 2010.

This year started with me completing a half marathon and Arizona Cardinals reaching the Super Bowl – two things that seemed impossible to happen a year ago. Tell anyone that Arizona Cardinals will go to Super Bowl in 2009, they could have laughed at you like anything.

Deepa completing her Masters in Biomedical informatics in the middle of the pregnancy was a great thing. All the pain she had to undergo in those days bear fruit on October 3rd when she gave birth to our daughter Gayathri.

Another memorable happening of 2009 – captaining the team, Rodeos, in the final of the Summer Cricket tournament and leading it to a comprehensive win. Playing in team Rodeos is always special for me as the core of the team is formed by my close friends who have been in all my ups and downs since I came to US in 2001.

Now about my blogging – the year 2009 transformed me into a serious blogger. Blogging that I started for fun in 2005 turned into a serious hobby in 2009. I have posted over 130 blog posts in the year that includes post from few guest bloggers. I owe a lot to the readers of my blog for the encouragement and constructive criticism that help to develop as a blogger. Keep them coming!

The year 2009 saw me becoming very active in Twitter. The other day my wife was telling someone, “the easiest way to tell Brijesh that the dinner is ready, is to send him a tweet”!

The most fulfilling moment of my blogging life happened this year when I could associate myself with the campaign of Dr Shashi Tharoor for his election to the Lok Sabha from my home constituency. Through my blog posts I was able to meet and communicate with so many like minded people from all over the world.

As far as my professional life is concerned I am happy that I have a job to go to every day. In this economic recession in US this is a great thing.

It is said that “Man Proposes God Disposes”. Deepa and I have some great plans for the year 2010 and if God accepts our proposal, then we will have sea changes in our lives. Will let all of you know once we are final with our plans…

To all readers of my blog - from Gayathri, Deepa and Brijesh Wishing You All a Happy New Year

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Blogger Karthikeyan said...

From a guy who is yet to commit any of the three mistakes, Wish you and your family a Great Year Ahead!!!

And, Good Luck with your Plans!

December 27, 2009 2:01 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

And from someone who has already commited the 3 mistakes, wishing you and your family a very happy 2010 ahead! What's more, may you have a great decade as well, because now we have come out of the noughties... :)

Nice pics, the real life Brijesh! By the way, this Sony Vellayani is your official pet-name? :P

Waiting for more stuff on your blog here. You got some serious traffic here man, mind sharing the secret of your success? ;)

December 27, 2009 10:43 AM  
Blogger Mani said...


Wish you much more success and achievements in the coming years as well.

- Mani.

December 27, 2009 4:52 PM  
Anonymous keralafarmer said...

“the easiest way to tell Brijesh that the dinner is ready, is to send him a tweet”!

December 27, 2009 11:39 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Happy New Year

Wishing your family a Happy New Year!

If you are asking me why I put sonyvellayani as name to my blog read that here

Hopefully I could post more stuffs in my blog... Regarding traffic these days more than 75% of my traffic comes from Google. Only conscious effort I do while writing is try my best to write stuff in as simple as possible & also trying to write post on relevant topics.

I think timing is a big factor as far as traffic is concerned. For eg these days the traffic I get from people searching for "Ranji Trophy 2009" is amazing. When I published the post to update the Ranji Trophy scores daily I never thought I could generate such traffic. Now I realized that there are lot of people out there interested in knowing the scores and updates of the first class cricket in India.
so such small things add up the traffic....:)


December 28, 2009 1:21 AM  
Blogger ammu said...

Wish you all 3 a very very great year ahead fulfilling all your Dreams:)

December 30, 2009 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Vivek said...

Wising you and your family all the very best and success in 2010, Brijesh !

December 30, 2009 12:06 PM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Yo! A Christ Nagar-ian and an Arts College alumni! You're a senior as well, I trod the same corridors, but a few years after you ;)

December 30, 2009 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

January 02, 2010 6:21 AM  
OpenID socialmedianewsandtips said...

Happy New Year!

January 02, 2010 8:09 AM  

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