Goodbye 2008

A sudden fascination with Thoreau - "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation", he writes. In these times, rather apropos. As this year comes to an end - atleast for me, I leave for a warmer place in about 12 hrs - I have mixed emotions about this year. Lots of good things happened for me personally, and in my career. A lot of hard work was put in, and it paid off in more than one way.

But then the market correction, which put my - and a lot of others - faith in the power of free markets in question. All of us lost a lot in the last 3 months.

And then the Mumbai tragedy in the midst of it all. It was a sudden shock to the system, a slap in the face, almost as a reminder of what is really important.

As I look forward to 2009, I have hope. I have hope that the world will come together and solve these problems together, as one. Thomas Friedman writes in "The World Is Flat" that the only thing that will break apart the globalization phenomenon is terrorism. I hope the other way holds true - terrorism will bring the globe together to solve this problem.

I have a lot of faith in hope, it has worked for me before. It must again. I wish you and your loved ones a very health, safe and happy new year.

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