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When we moved homes, my daughter switched from her pre-school to a Montessori setup where she was in M2 - the equivalent of lower kindergarten.
Initially, she did not adjust well to it. Not the routine, not the teaching materials, not the teachers or the other kids. Every morning, she protested the whole purpose of going to school, and after a while, we felt it necessary to step in and discuss her reluctance with her teachers at the first PTM.
I recently heard a TED talk from Josh Prager about his book 100 Years, which contains pithy statements from famous writers on every year of life.
It is a beautiful talk, and the sayings are very well chosen. Many will hit home; they sure did for me.
What I found curious from those sayings was that some of the happiest people were ones in their sixties and older. I'd expected that happiness peaks alongside vigour and declines side by side with it, all other things being equal.
The parliamentary election process in India goes on for over a month in different phases across the country.
Last Thursday was ours in Bangalore. Our offices had given us the day off. The booths are crowded in the mornings, so we had a leisurely start to the day, had lunch, then took off to the booth to vote.
My daughter had come with us the last time, for the local elections.
I've lived in a few different cities. Of the lot, I've lived in Bangalore the longest - over half my life. It is where I live now, and there's a lot I love about the city - the people, the weather, the labour market, the eating options, shopping and entertainment, etc.
There's a couple of things I don't like at all - the lack of water, the spotty electricity, the pollution and the traffic.
As the year comes to a close, there's a lot to look back at.
Professionally, this was my first year where I was primarily a manager rather than an engineer. I can't say I liked it (I didn't), but I did learn a lot. It also helped me understand that there are some ladders that are not mine to climb. No matter what rewards exist at the top.
It was also a year where I saw significant growth in parts of my team.