2021: A perfect occasion to make new wishes

The year 2020 has finally ended! Though things won't improve on a sudden from 2021, we should forget adversities faced in 2020 and look forward and try to stay positive. Now as we embrace the upcoming year 2021, let’s promise to leave behind the negativity and vow to not let the difficulties affect us in starting the New Year on a positive note. Leaving all the difficulties behind, we should look forward to the future and working hard to achieve our dreams and ambitions. Let's promise to ourselves that this New Year, we will be a better person and work towards leading our future to the righteous path and live the life to the fullest.
The year 2020 was not one of the best for mankind but we have finally bid adieu to it. From coronavirus pandemic to earthquakes to tsunamis, several manmade and natural kept occurring in 2020, making it difficult for humanity. We hope we do not encounter such a year again.’
Nothing has driven us out of our comfort zone as the COVID-19 has. It was and is not easy to keep social distancing like we have been advised. Newborns see only humans with masks. When sometime in the future they get to see human faces, they will probably be seized by some primeval fear. COVID-19 has changed the way we relate even to our family, neighbours, friends, colleagues and to society at large. It has restricted movement.
Still, January 1 is as good an occasion as any to reflect on the year gone by — by all counts, a hugely difficult one — and look forward to what lies ahead. The altered reality is here to stay, for now. Not much is going to change when it comes to the redefined work culture, the notion of leisure and pleasure, the restrictions on movement, the self-restraint on shaking hands or hugging loved ones. However, the UK approval for the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured in India by Serum Institute, marks an excellent start to the new year. With this, hopes of an imminent approval by Indian authorities have brightened.
The New Year is considered to be a perfect occasion to make new wishes or renew old resolutions. Apparently, 60 per cent of adults around the world believe that the dawn of a mint-new year is a propitious time for making wishes. Yet — depressingly — honouring these resolutions is a different matter altogether. Global data suggest that 80 per cent of the New Year resolutions are to be found in metaphorical trash bins by the second week of February.
May the New Year be filled with brightness and hope so that darkness and sadness stay away from you. Happy New Year!

- Prabhakar Purandare

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