Monday, 29 December 2008

My Best of 2008 :)

The year 2008 has given me some of the best moments of my life and it was a complete contrary to what 2007 had to offer. This year was literally the year for expecting the unexpected. So many new things happened in my life and everything turned out to be for my good , which I'm really glad about :)*touch wood*

The start of 2008 was wonderful indeed with a family vacation to Singapore. This was my first trip abroad, starting with this 2008 also turned out to be a year of 'many firsts' to me.

Few days after returning to Chennai, it was time for me to move into my new class in college. It was one time I was filled with anxiety, little did I know then that this would be a class where I would meet some of the best people of my life who would bring in a change that I would have loved to see about my life :)

I moved into hostel, thou' I come home every weekend. This was the first time I was gonna stay away from home for so long and so often. Now, having been stayed in the hostel I truly believe everyone should experience it sometime or the other as its one place that teaches you some of life s lessons. Thanks to my parents who opted to send me to hostel, anyway not that I really relish staying there ;)

To my surprise I also started taking studies seriously and did score well in my exams. A surprising 9/10 gpa last semester(first time). I know I'm boasting, never mind I don' get such opportunities that often :D . Thanks to Dhruv (my group study partner ;))

It was a year where we (Me and Dhruv) got selected for two major events (Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Quallcomm Innovator Challenge) at IIT's Shaastra'08. We were among the top 5 finalists of the 5000 odd entries to the event :)

We also got to intern at GRT hotels and Resorts during our summer break. It really mattered to us, as 'Hospitality Industry' is our key field of interest :)

2008 was also the year where I got to visit Goa with friends as a part of my college tour (yet another first time), where I had the time of my life :) - My first time in a water scooter, first time to a night club.. yaay!!

It was the year I got loads of blog buddies and I bumped into Vasanthan on a random day.

Thou' there were a few set backs, well don' really remember them. I would anyday remember 2008 as one of my best times both academically and personally and in all other ways it could be. At this time when 2008 is coming to an end, I would like to thank god for all those lovely moments in 2008 and would like to thank each one of you (parents, friends, blog buddies, relatives, strangers, sun, moon, stars, flora and fauna) to have made my 2008 very beautiful and special in every way possible.

With so much of goodness 2008 had to offer, I wish 2009 is as much good and fun too :)

Good Bye 2008! And a very happy and a prosperous NEW YEAR 2009 to you all :)


Born Vagabond said...

heya Congo on having such a grt year....hope d same for u ahead..cheers!!

Shrav said...

am sure it'll get better!! have a great year ahead!

Ramana KV said...

That's a wonderful year packed with lots of goodies.. I completely agree that one should experience life in a hostel..

--xh-- said...

wow, that was a wonderful year.. hop ethe next year will be more spectacular...

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Born Vagabond

Thank you so much :) You have a great 2009 too! :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much! A happy 2009 to you too :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


:) Thank you so much!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Absolutely, thank you and I hope so too :)

Sriram JP said...

Thanks for your wishes and speacial thanks for reading my blogs :) !
As u said hope 2009 will be a great year for us !!!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


It was always a pleasure reading your blogs , yup lets hope for the best in 2009 :)

Vasanthan said...

with a 90% GPA, you deserve the bragging rights, you deserve it. good on ya mate!

the part that you mentioned that u learnt life's lessons while living away from family in the hostel. i can relate to that. these lessons are the ones that you will not forget in this lifetime.

My hats off to you and Druv for achievng your goals this year. this seems like a deadly duo between you 2. i hope, wish the sucess continues in 2009 for you and Druv.

[PS: we still haven't met officially. it would be nice if Druv was around too, since i have read so much about him, i really want to meet him]

i am flattered to the max that meeting me was somthing you remembered for 2008. Seriously You made my day. everything went wrong that day except for the fact that i bumped onto you. if not for you i would have been cursing that day.

forget the setbacks, remember the good times as we move to the new year.

with that i wish you a Happy New Year!

[Ps: those are really nice pictures]

Nautankey said...

Looks like u have had a rocking 2008, wishes for a wonderful 2009. Happy new year.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much for that lovely long comment :) and thank you for your wishes as well.

Yup, I will try getting you and Dhruv introduced sometime . Good to know bumping into each other turned out to be a good thing for you that day when everything else seemed to not go your way

A very Happy 2009 to you too :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Absolutely , thank you for your wishes :) HAppy 2009 to you too!

Karthick Prabu said...

Very different blog post, re-visiting 2008 as a blog post is a nice idea. First expression after reading the blog title was 'WOW'.

Arv said...

nice one and quite eventful too :)

have a lovely year ahead... cheers...

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Kartchick Prabu

Thank you so much! :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much! A very happy new year to you too :)

Shekhar said...

Hey Shalini,

I hope your 2009 is as AWESOME as your 2008 was. Wish you all the best for the year ahead.



P.S. Keep smiling. :)

sriny.96 said...

2008 was the worst year for me as yet..Glad its over..Got poor marks and got my aggre dropped in 2 sems..Got placed into a company I least wanted to get into the bad books of my boss within 1 month of joining...7 accidents with my phone and wii got damned and got converted into paperweight and footrest respectively...(many more)..Hope 2k9 is better..Anyway wish u a happy and gr8 new yr and much more achievements ahead

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you so much :)A very happy 2009 to you too!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


I'm sorry to hear that your 2008 was this bad. Hope 2009 gets better and turns out to be more fun for you :)

Ramana KV said...

Thanks for the wishes Shalini.. I wish you a very happy new year :)

Known Stranger said...

i enjoyed watching your photo slide show. nice one. worth the time spent.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Ramana KV

Thank you so much :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Known stranger

Glad to know you liked the slide show , thank you so much! :)