2009: Events of Joy

Come the month of December, the media houses and common people alike would be taking stock of the year that went by. They start analysing what went wrong (or right) for them in that year. Normally a sense of gloom passes on to the people whenever they recollect the incidents. But I would rather pose to be different from them and recollect those incidents which gave me joy rather than gloom.
So here I present 5 happenings which gave me great joy…

1. AR Rahman winning the Oscars

AR Rahman winning the individual Oscar Award for his score in Slumdog Millionaire can be said as the single most defining moment of Indian Cinema. Though there were few others like Bhanu Athaiya and Satyajit Ray were awarded the Oscar, Rahman’s achievement is of significance as it showcases the talent of the maestro  over his art, Music.

Added to Rahman, Resul Pookutty too won an Oscar for his contribution in Sound for the same film.

The year 2009 becomes the landmark year for Indian technicians than its Cinema. That itself is a reason for Joy and Cheer.

Well Done, Rahman and Resul.

2. India becoming No 1 in tests

When India won the test series against Sri Lanka and with it became the No.1 cricket team in the Tests, it showcased the coming of age of a team which was constantly branded as pushovers.

The achievement asserted that India cannot be branded as a mere pushover anymore and the current crop of cricketers are achievers in their own right. These very committed group of cricketers achieved what their predecessors never did. This is not to rule out the contributions of the earlier generations but it is the testimony to the fact that India is the epicentre of the Cricket World of today.

Kudos to Indian cricketers.

3. The victory of democracy throagh elections

The Congress led UPA might have romped to power with the elections conducted in the year but the real victor happens to be Indian democracy. The people of the country have cast their vote for the sake of development and rejected the divisionalist policies of the opposition parties, including the Left.

Notably, the credit must be shared with the humble leadership of Manmohan Singh who steered the country with his deft reforms. Also Sonia Gandhi needs to be lauded for trusting in this seasoned economist despite the temptation to crown her son as the Prime Minister.

Way to go to Indian Democracy and its people.

4. Modi getting the compulsory voting bill passed

He might be a controversial man but Narendra Modi is one politician who constantly surprises you with his thoughtful approach to governance. One such move which is the centre of discussion is the Bill for Compulsory Voting in the Local Body Elections of Gujarat.

When Modi got the Bill cleared from the Assembly and sent it to the Presidential clearance, many optimists say that a unique bill which says that the electorate must vote to elect their representatives is good omen for the survival of Democracy and the end of goonda raj.

Though more discussion is needed for the Bill to get to its logical end, the very thought of a politician wanting to reform the electoral process is good for the country.

5. The end of Kyunki Saas Bhi….
Last but not the least, the greates joy of this year has been the culmination of the greatest soap opera of Indian television, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi bahu thi..”

The serial which revived interest in soap operas in the early 2000s enjoyed a glorious run in its initial years and sustained to get viewership interest. But with the change in taste of the audience and falling TRPs said that the serial had to come to a close. And with the end of the serial, the era of “Saas-bahu” serials on Prime Time Tv has also come to an end.

Instead more issue-based fiction programmes have taken over the charge and the platter of the viewer looks enticing with very competitive and quality programming being the focal point.

I just have one question to the “Kyunki..” producer, Ekta Kapoor. “What was the age of Tulsi at the end of the show?” Was she over hundred? Only Ekta should know.

Well these are the events which gave me joy this year amidst many other events which ruined my year. I sign off on an happier note,

Cheers and Love
Krishna Chaitanya.


About krshychait

A working individual who has a great passion towards arts of India. The literary and cinema field have captured my imagination like no other.

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