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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: New Year (05/09/05)

TITLE: MY VERSION (NEW YEARíS)
By Arvind Masireddy
05/16/05


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MY VERSION (NEW YEARíS)

Iím very happy. This weekís writing topic is about me (New Year). Some times I wonder what is so special about me. After 364 days it is my day again.

I know how eagerly they would all await for my arrival every year. Even Iím not an exception for this. I witness these celebrations since many years. Iím really grateful to the mankind as they celebrate my day every year more than any other festival of theirs. Irrespective of the caste, creed, country and religion all celebrates my day.

Bustling hotels with exotic food, drinks, music and dances, prayer halls with hoards of people, unending queues at cinema theatres and packed bars and pubs with noisy scenes - Where is not the joy and commotion?

Jam-packed cities. Traffic hurdles. Alert police. The buzzing activities go on till the arrival of my 1st minute of the next year. How can I explain the celebrations happen at those very moments? The joy knows no bounds. No caste. No religion. No country. No barriers at all. Everywhere the air fills with amusement and New Year wishes.

Iím very much delighted viewing all these celebrations. But somewhere in my mind it is pinching me. Again I have to wait for 364 days. Of course the waiting is really worthwhile. The reason is I can happily witness the same scenes again after 364 days. For that matter who doesnít like to wait to cherish those happy moments even if the waiting is so long?

But, unfortunately I also have to bear the sad part of my day. How many accidents? How many quarrels? How much wastage? I donít understand why these people donít behave rationally and in good harmony with others? After all they are all belong to the same mankind. Their origin is one and the same. But their differences are innumerable.

Iím really thankful to them. They take umpteen resolutions on my day. It is really great. Oh. What an importance they are giving to me?

But how can I express the flip side of this? How many people have stuck to their decisions till they achieve their goals? Sadly, a handful only. It gives me more happiness if they pursue their goals till the end and attain them. I hope they realize it in future at least.

I want to conclude now. But how I can do it without mentioning about her here? I really wish to say ďHappy New YearĒ to her. Where are her parents, brothers and sisters? It seems nobody is there around her. They would have gone to some pubs or clubs. But she is relentlessly pursuing her goal.

Why is she there alone? Doesnít she like enjoying with others? Iím supposed to get angry on her now. When the whole world is celebrating my day and jumping with joy it seems this small and tiny girl doesnít care me at all.

Do I have to get angry and curse her?
No. I donít.
I admire that little girl.
I like her determination and commitment.
I pray God to help her in her endeavor.


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Lynda Lee Schab 05/16/05
This was an interesting and creative angle on New Years. Just a suggestion - I would start the piece without mentioning the writing topic for the week. You made it evident right away "who" you were. It was a little confusing at times (like who was "she" at the end?) but it was a great effort.
Blessings, Lynda
Dixie Phillips 05/16/05
What a unique story! I really enjoyed it!