Goodbye 2020! No, I am not here to enlist all the horrible things that happened in our version of “Annus Horribilis”. Many good things happened too. No, earth did not exactly turn into Utopia, but it certainly helps (definitely does not hurt) to count our little blessings. Yes, Covid struck. Yes, some family, friends, family of friends were afflicted, some moved on to another dimension. Yes, the circumstances of their death were very unfortunate. But look at the other side. So many of us are here to bid farewell to the last year – though I know many who want to kick it out!!! We survived. We did not contract the infection, many of our dear ones who got infected made it, without much ado. Nature got a well-deserved break from the activities of her badly-behaved, narcissistic children, the Homo sapiens while her other repressed children got a chance to breathe freely for a change. The air turned purer – well, at least for a while. The Homo sapiens were grounded giving them a chance to rethink their behaviour. Like all children, there were some who did utilize it, while others blissfully carried on as before after the lock-down was lifted. To them, all I can say is, GET WELL SOON. We learned that we can work from home, thereby saving time on commuting to offices, electricity and fuel. Some of us (those who were not spending longer hours at work at home than in office) learned to utilize that extra time to develop hobbies. People grew more health conscious, turning to our roots for healthy food habits. Sure, some say they gained weight sitting around at home, though others lost a good deal of chub from having to work without the ubiquitous ‘bais’ (domestic helpers). The Covid pandemic forced us to get our acts together, arranging for more wide-spread medical care facilities, speeding up research to find effective medications and vaccines against the infection. Ordinary people in various walks of life showed their true grit and mettle battling to keep essential services going – the so-called ‘Covid warriors’. They showed us a face of humanity that has become rare. While the reverse also held true, I shall not go into details about that here – there are enough people around doing that!!! Earthquakes and weather disasters did not spare us, but we are having a real winter. While some of us enjoy the winter from the warmth of our homes, there are many out there who are dying due to the cold. This is a moment to spare a thought for them and to help in whatever way we can. The economy plummeted, hurting many pockets, but hey, they many of them (unemployed) are still alive, giving them hope of a better tomorrow as we emerge from the pandemic – slowly but surely. And FINALLY, the vaccine against Covid is here. May this herald the end of the pandemic, economic recovery, lots of travel, meeting near and dear ones and most importantly A MORE CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE. Here is wishing all of us a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with more happiness and fewer disasters of any kind.