Happy New Year

Whether you are planning on painting the town brown or you intend to pass a quiet evening at home, Happy New Year, to you and yours.

Any predictions for 2010? Thoughtful resolutions which you care to share with anonymous commenters, loyal lurkers and terrible trolls? Me? I resolve to be more mutinous than I was in 2009. Make of that what you will ;)

One of Twitter’s trending topics right now is “#10yearsago“. People are using that hashtag to categorize tweets which discuss what they were doing during what I like to call “Prince’s NYE” (“tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999” etc). Ten years ago, I nervously prepared for a big night out in San Francisco, wondering how Y2K might affect everything as I donned one of those spangly handkerchief tops from Forever 21 (with opalescent sequins! wheee! Hey– don’t judge…I was in my early 20s). I was going to attend my first Desi NYE bash; Bhangra parties were still somewhat novel to me, back then. Tickets were $100, cabs looked like they would cost about that much, and many of us wondered if ATMs would work past midnight. So, I withdrew a few hundred dollars worth of cash, just to be on “the safe side” and promptly got mugged. Goodbye, beloved, indestructible black evening bag; I think I was most sad about losing you. Though now that I think about it, coming in at a close second in terms of regret-over-what-was-stolen…I just remembered that I had had my faux-Palm Pilot in that bag, too. Wow, PDAs…Y2K-drama….that really was ten years ago, wasn’t it? :)

Where were you on NYE, 1999? And if you can’t remember, what will you be doing tonight? I wish you all a safe, fun, merry time. See you next year!

25 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Happy New Year Anna !! And to the rest of the Sepia Mutiny team !

    Don’t remember what I was doing 10 years ago, but will be in Chicago with mostly brown and pan-Asian friends.

    Main resolution – change how I approach things and try and re-wire habits (kind of inspired after watching Up In the Air).

    Hope everyone has a fun, safe and awesome time sans-muggings !!

  2. 10 years ago, I was in DC, having dinner with college friends. We then spent 3 hours in the freezing cold at the Mall in DC (listening to Bono!), which gave way to 2 weeks of various infections, including an ear infection – which means it’s my 10-year anniversary with vertigo – yay!

    Happy New Year, anna, and to all SMers as well!

  3. From the original post:

    Ten years ago, I nervously prepared for a big night out in San Francisco, wondering how Y2K might affect everything

    According to Thomas Friedman, the Y2K scare was a boon for the Indian software industry since programmers were brought in by the thousands to help fix software bugs.

  4. 10 years ago i was with my cousin brothers and sisters along with aunt’s and uncles, father and sister and most of all grandfather.

    one cousin brother and grandfather were not here to greet 2010. i wish them peace wherever they may be.

    i wish you all peace and prosperity for the new year.

    and to you too ANNA j. please continue writing.

  5. 10 years ago I was an 18-year-old college student home for winter break. Does anyone remember the dreadful flu that was going around the winter of 1999-2000? I had it the week between Christmas and New Year’s and I was extremely sick that New Year’s Eve. While everyone I knew was partying like it was 1999, I was curled up in fetal position in a Tylenol Cold & Flu induced stupor while Peter Jennings anchored his legendary turn of the century special broadcast in the background.

    Happy New Year, Mutineers! The best is yet to come.

  6. Wish you all HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Ten years from now we all will be still reading Sepia Mutiny!

  7. Never understood the hype around NYE. In 1999, I was in NY on Christmas break from GW B-School in DC. My parents were going out to one of their old people affairs, and since my sister was still a teenager, she had to go with them. So, I stayed at home alone, but was not visited by 2 clueless robbers.

  8. Ten years ago I was at a party in Goa. I just remember drinking too much. Seeing some cute Mumbai chick making out with her boyfriend and watching some Europeans fucked up as hell.

  9. 8 · Disney’s Prince Naveen on January 1, 2010 4:07 AM · Direct link I’ve spent my New Year’s Eve watching Disney’s first Desi hero: http://www.newsweek.com/id/223508

    i always thought the first desi hero was Mogwaki from the jungle book (or Ballo, depending on whether you start using decimals or carrying remainders)

  10. If your “resolve to be more mutinous” is what I imagine it to be, you’ll make a lot of SM readers very happy in 2010. Happy 2010 to you and yours Anna :) .

  11. Did anyone catch this?:

    13 · jen on January 1, 2010 11:41 PM · Direct link Great exotic site! I love it. Keep up the good work.

    Ha. Ha.

    Newbs wouldn’t get yet that “exotic” is taboo around here.

  12. Happy New year Anna. Please keep up your new year resolution and keep posting in SM. God Bless.

  13. 13 “Great exotic site! I love it. Keep up the good work.”

    hmm– seems like someone is throwing a grenade in the bunker, as it were. can’t believe that comment if for reals.

    happy new year to all! I look forward to continuing to enjoy my lurking around in 2010 ;)

  14. Hey Anna, Happy new year. Wondered if you caught “Amanpour Reports” on CNN on 1/3/2010.

    It dealt with the problem of child slavery and traficking in India. I felt both deeply ashamed and utterly helpless as I watched it.

    I thought about your blog as a vehicle to spur discussion on this topic. If this is the wrong place and time, then I apologize.

  15. Dont remember specifics, but 10 years ago, I was 13, probably getting ready for my 9th exams. And, I think there was an AITA tournament I might’ve been training for.

  16. 5 · fish sauce on January 2, 2010 4:41 AM · Direct link

    8 · Disney's Prince Naveen on January 1, 2010 4:07 AM · Direct link
    
    I've spent my New Year's Eve watching Disney's first Desi hero:
    
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/223508
    

    i always thought the first desi hero was Mogwaki from the jungle book (or Ballo, depending on whether you start using decimals or carrying remainders)

    It’s MOGLI from The Jungle Book and Bhallo, Mogli’s friend, is a bear.