Returning from Chennai, reading Don Paterson's The Book of Shadows, I come up for air when the flight lands. Everything I read, from flight safety instruction manuals, to highlighted quotes in newspaper articles, sounds like an aphorism - fleeting yet certain:
"In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion can serve as a flotation device."
"Education is the dream for the children of most people who are exiled to India's margins, even if it is in government schools."
"Time heals so well it erases us; we are its wounds."
Yes, well. That's the year, over and thank god it is too. I would express my joy at the event more fervently if I wasn't certain that to do so would be to invite more catastrophes.
Happy New Year to all of you as well.