2016 GOES BY..REFLECTING ON..

It is always between ‘what changes from one calendar day to the next’ and ‘every day is a new day, a reservoir of hopes, a new opportunity to do, undo or redo things’.

And it is always better to go with the later one – every day is a new day and every day is a new ‘you’.

Welcome 2017. Adieu 2016.

Reflect on. Retrospect. Introspect.

To reflect on the days ahead. To recharge yourself. With this symbolic milestone.

A symbolic milestone that comes every year.

It is for you to look at it – so why won’t we do it in a positive, uplifting mode?

Yes, life is very unpredictable – and so are its difficulties – with moments that let you down – with letdowns that lock you in an inertia.

But pragmatism tells to always look ahead – at the point beyond that letdown. It is only you who can break the run of inertia in your life – it is only you who can win over the psychological entrapments that you have built around yourself.

Life’s experiences should tell us that there is no substitute, no alternative, but to fight back – when life is dragging you down. Kill those jinxes that work to darken your path.

After all, apart from the people who really care for you and mind you, that includes a few handful (obviously including your family), who else stands with you emotionally (or even pratically)? Everyone else either has a fleeting attention to the problems your are facing or a ‘knack’ to exploit you more in your hours of crisis.

Anyway, that was about migrating from one year to the next – here in this case, from December 31, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

So..what has been my account of the year?

Diversified. Challenging. With my share of highs and lows. With my problems and with my triumphs.

Like it happens in every life.

Like it happened the previous year.

The many things that I had thought to do this year – some of them I could do – some of them are works in progress – and some of them are in advanced stages of ideation – and some of them are in still pipeline – something that always happens – in every life – and I have learnt to enjoy it this way.

I continued the work to improve my personal website – which I treat as my web journal – and so far, I have been engaged with it looks and progress. I had taken the domain name in 2014 and the development with a professional touch, that began last year, continued this year unabated – and it was in sync with what I had thought when I was beginning 2016. Also, I started reworking on my other major website – BanarasCalling – and I hope to complete the first target in 2017. ToonJunction is another work in progress. Besides, there are some more ‘upcomings’.

While reflecting back on 2015 on December 31 last year, I had decided that I would devote more time to my books and would limit my online publishing activity to once a day. But this is one area where I need to push myself deeply now because the 2016 has been same on this front as 2015 was.

Apart from that, it looks fine. Now that when I am reflecting back on 2016, on a December 31 exactly one year later, I am already more than a post a day – so far 431 posts this year in 365 days with this December 31 yet to go. So it will be like 2015 – with 432 posts.

2016 was the fifth consecutive year for my writing and publishing pledge where I could maintain the discipline of writing or creating something daily – something that I had begun on October 15, 2011 – though with a random thought – with no long terms goals – but with ‘every day’ convictions.

I still have no goals. My driver is the sense of satisfaction that I draw after creating something from discipline of doing it daily, doing it regularly.

Yes, I regret that I could not work that much on my books as I had thought (there were similar thoughts on December 31, 2015), but what is relieving is that I know that why I could not do so and that I would do something concrete with them in the days to come (this is something I can lift from my last year’s assessment).

Like I have been doing with my writing and with my creativity, I could do all that I needed to – with diversity as the leitmotif – in articles, in essays, in poetry, in images, in quotes, in fiction.

And yes, this year, I began on my unplanned travel plans and I can say, to my sense of peace, that they have contributed to my work.

All that I have been through in 2016 I cannot write here and I should not write here, but while moving on to the next year with the symbolic importance of January 1 – of ‘newness and hope’ – I have no bad feeling about how 2016 passed – but good reasons to look ahead – and positive energy to work further.

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TRUMP IS FURIOUS AT OBAMA, AGAIN!

The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is a bit modified and extended.

US President Elect Donald Trump has a trademark style of hitting back on his opponents. And when he does so, he minces no words. He lays bare his thoughts in clear words, be it his Twitter handle or his statements.

The latest in his series of Twitter onslaughts is targeted at his bête noire, the present US President Barack Obama. Donald Trump is fuming and he has tweeted to express his anger, “Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!”

‏@realDonaldTrump
Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!
7:37 PM – 28 Dec 2016

‘NOT’ in caps summing his tweet is self-explanatory to tell us the scale of his anger over a person who was one of his two main adversaries during the US Presidential election campaign even if he was pitted directly against the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton who was addressed as ‘crooked Hillary’ in his Twitter blasts.

This one follows his other anti Obama tweets in recent days focusing on reminding Obama that Trump is superior to him and his victory is no fluke. Rather, it was a vote on account of Obama’s inefficiency.

‏@realDonaldTrump
President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
3:22 AM – 28 Dec 2016

‏@realDonaldTrump
President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.
3:06 AM – 27 Dec 2016

The latest spat began after Obama recently said that he was fully confident that if it would be a presidential race between him and Donald Trump, he would have beaten him. It came along with other Obama’s statements that Trump found ‘inflammatory’ as this news report in The Hill says, “It is here that we remember that even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward, we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different.”

Ever since the unexpected Trump victory, there has been a prevailing atmosphere of fear in the US that now immigrants, Black Americans and racial minorities including Muslims will be targeted more. Trump had based his campaign on these lines.

Though Trump is a known Obama critic and has used every opportunity to target the present US President, even going to the extent to question Obama’s US birth credentials, after his first meeting with Obama in the White House, he had found Obama ‘a very good man’.

Barack Obama had joyfully welcomed his successor to the White House and they both had sounded agreeable and optimistic on the smooth transition of the government from the Barack Obama administration to the Donald Trump Administration by the time the latter’s government is inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

And Trump had tweeted about his meeting with Obama with words like ‘fantastic day, good meeting, and great chemistry’.

‏@realDonaldTrump
A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!
7:40 AM – 11 Nov 2016

The thaw that had looked to set in that day was seen taking some shape when, after some days, Reuters had published a story titled ‘Obama’s not-so-secret admirer: Donald Trump’ quoting Trump’s interview to the New York Times. Trump had said here, “I didn’t know if I’d like him. I probably thought that maybe I wouldn’t, but I did. I really enjoyed him a lot. I had a great meeting with President Obama. I really liked him a lot.”

But with these recent developments, it seems that it was more of a facade and the cover was blown away with slightest of the provocation from the either side. Obama has become increasingly critical of Trump again, after the Oval Office bonhomie, amid indications that Trump may continue with his divisive agenda as he pushed during the campaign phase. Trump, after finding fault in Obama’s healthcare, outsourcing, Iran deal, anti-terror and nuclear policies, has gone to grab new avenues like the US policy on Israel and Palestine under the Obama administration.

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