Jaya and Babai were urging me since yesterday that I must celebrate the beginning of the new year. I earlier planned to welcome the new year in solitude, staying in at my home.
In the morning Subhash informed me that he has arranged for a Masgouf lunch at Iraqi Hunting Club along with his department colleague Nadia. He said that only we four people will be there — three from his department including him plus me.
Today being the year-end, I was busy in my department to ensure that the deals are complete, accruals are properly assessed and booked, and securities are marked to market, etc. Anyway, as I finished, we rushed to the club. Nadia & Russel were already there waiting for us. By the time we reached there, the fish was ready to be served.
We enjoyed the fish along with khubuz and fried rice. We had nice chat over our lunch. The lunch was followed by tea. In Iraq, no meal is complete without tea. Tea is also called here as chai! We were sitting on the side terrace and enjoying the sun.
The sun started it’s last journey towards the western horizon for this year 2014. It started becoming a bit chilly so we had a round of coffee — turkish coffee. After settling the tab, we started walking out through the lawn.
New Year eve without whiskey is incomplete. We went to the alcohol shop inside the club. To our dismay, we found that they have run out of stock of single malt whiskey. So, we returned with Chivas Regal.
Another activity of New Year eve is wishing and responding to New Year wishes from friends and family. These are a few such occasions in our mundane, busy life when we connect to our near and dear ones. We used to make cards or buy cards, write the messages and send them but now we do it on Facebook & Twitter! I feel that we are losing the personal touch in our relationships.
Thanks to Nadia & Russel for being with us in the afternoon and making the last afternoon of 2014 a different and of course a special one.
I had an amazing 2014. Now let’s see you top that, 2015!