Flight 2016…

The last day of the last month of the year is an excitingly liminal stage, between the year that is fading out and expectant wait for the imminent new year, amidst tinsel of parties and clinquant events to ring out the old and usher in the new. In a few hours from now as the sun sets on 31st December in Cochin, the city I live in, the celebrations will commence at the Durbar Hall ground, carrying the relics of royalties of yore, and alongside walkways at the Marine Drive; away from mainland across the Ernakulam channel, the night long festivity, viva la vida, is set to unveil  in Fort Cochin, strongly echoing beautifully nostalgic sentiments of a colonial past. The Spanish title ‘viva la vida’, meaning ‘long live life’, is drawn from the twentieth century painting of the same title by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and Chris Martin’s musical rendition of love and life.  Frida suffered health problems throughout her short life, initially vide a debilitating polio and a bus accident in later teenage years, and yet her paintings, in spite of a life of suffering and anguish, acclaim life proclaiming viva la vida.  In the context of present reality in many parts of the world, there is no dearth of pain, and problems are galore; nonetheless, the spirit would continue to prompt that preciousness of life is to be celebrated in togetherness, fun and gaiety. Erich Fromm captures it well in his rhetorically questioning words , “Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?”

The desire for a better world order arises from inequities in the present and hope, which is always for tomorrow. So, on to another year, awaiting flight 2016. The boarding has just been announced. The bad and depressing events of 2015 must be consigned to garbage bins and the check-in luggage ought to be containing only the best souvenirs of the year flowing irrevocably into the ocean of time. Hence fasten the seat-belts. The duration of the flight will be twelve months. The stops-over are Health, Love, Happiness, Harmony, Wellness and Peace. The Captain offers the following menu to be served during the flight: a cocktail of Friendship, a supreme of Health, a gratin of Prosperity, a bowl of Excellent News, a salad of Success, and a cake of Happiness, all accompanied by peals of laughter. Wishing you and families an enjoyable trip on board flight 2016.

As the curtains wring down on 2015, may I thank every one of my wp friends out there for adding virtual meanings to my days. My prayers for your many blessings in the year ahead. As Martin Luther King Jr profoundly stated, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. Have a blissful transition into the new year, followed by all the goodness of the universe.

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46 thoughts on “Flight 2016…

  1. I am booking my flight right Now Raj, and also that meal sounds a delicious combination too good to refuse.. May Life continue to be a sweet delight of tasty helpings of Happiness, Peace, Love and Good Health my friend.. Wishing you a Blessed 2016 to you and Yours, May you all be blessed in 2016 and beyond..

    Thank you so much for your kind support Raj.. I appreciate all that you contribute to my blog..
    Blessings Sue

  2. Raj,
    You are an amazing writer. Your words blend together like music. I’m forwarding this to my sisters to be enjoyed during their coffee/tea breaks. Part of Flight 2016 will be, as always, enjoying the pleasure your words bring to the readers.
    Ginene

  3. Here’s wishing you a very happy New year Raj, and more importantly, one full of peace, well-being and contentedness. Thankyou for all of your learned writings over the past year, and your equally learned comments, which are always worth reading carefully.

    Hariod

  4. Hi Raj
    Thanks for the invitation, my check out luggage is optimism and joy. My seat belt is fastened and I am looking forward to the wonderful stop overs being offered.
    May the flight 2016 turn out to be another positive journey, interspersed with words of profound wisdom, as always.
    Thanks for all the support and wishes you have been giving to Emotional Shadows.
    I wish you and all your dear ones a blissful year ahead. Happier and Healthier 2016.
    -Balroop

  5. Thanks JoAnn, and same to you too. The sameness extends to polity as well, with US presidential elections and elections in five states in India, all in the course of this year. Cheers…x.

  6. You have such an original way of writing, my friend. I welcome more posts from you in the New Year. I am going to say “Cheers” with our drinks to friendship and let’s serve up large helpings of the cake of happiness. May your 2016 be full of love and light. xx

  7. I’m on board, dear Rajagopal. What a beautiful analogy of hope and love. I see the horrible happenings in this past year and sometimes get heartbroken and lose hope for humanity but it is people like yourself that inspire to never give up. We shall all put out positive energies into the world to make it a better place of Love, Peace, and Happiness. May Flight 2016 be everything you wish. Blessings!

  8. I am forever late in boarding the plane, Raj, but I hope there is a seat left for me. Beautiful analogies in your writings of yesteryear and this New Year. Thank you for your kind and caring wishes as I truly send them back to you on the next jet now about to take off. With many blessings to you and your family as always, Kim

  9. The flight may have taken off, but the stops-over en route are scheduled to enable the boarding of friends like you, Kim. So welcome aboard flight 2016. Wish you and family fun times ahead…

  10. What a beautiful and uplifting post Raj. Yes I am on board and flying into 2016 and looking forward to savor the Captains menu. Thank you for being a friend and happy blogging. Regards 🙂

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