Every so many years I have the habit of discussing the current important people in my life. Yes, everyone is important to me but there are a few people who have gone above and beyond in making my life worthy of living. 2017 was the year that I learned how strong and progressive society is, and how much people will stand up for what is right. It’s the year I learned that good too exists. And how supportive people can be. I present all the people I’m thankful for this year:
1.) My family
Mom, Dad, Brother. The constant from birth. The support, the love, and the strength they have shown in supporting me through everything I needed to do. They come first before all else, and never will I allow them to be put in a compromising or sad situation because of me ❤
2.) Swiss family
We met for the first time after nearly 15 years and thank GOD for that. My second set of parents, but also my Dada and Vahini… my Vahini being more like my sister than an in law. I don’t know how I lived all these years without you prominently in my life, because now I cannot imagine a single day without you two or the kids, and every single day I think about you several times. Especially Ketaki, you are the first person I talk to about ANYTHING before I even tell my friends or parents. I love you all very much ❤
3.) Anna Athwal
My absolute all time best friend, girl friend, true couple, sister, basically one of my everythings. Nothing proceeds unless she approves of it. My better half. No words are enough words to describe who Anna is to me so I’ll leave it at that. I’m just beyond grateful that I have a sister like her in my life ❤
4.) My San Diego Friends and Theater/Natak Circle
This past year has been testing… but you have all stood behind me ferociously like family should. If each and every one of you weren’t there… I don’t know what I would have done without you. The amazing times we have spent together and will continue to spend together going forward, you all are truly my family and a major chunk of my life literally revolves around you all.
*Several people missing from this photo
5.) My Dance world
My classmates, co-dancers, my Guru Meenal Chakradeo (who is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met), Her Guru, everyone I met at retreat this summer – literally everyone who is connected with me via dancing – you have helped motivate my passion for dancing and in that sense given me another purpose in life that makes this life worth living. I am so grateful for this passion, and so grateful for all the people who partake in it with me.
6.) Bay Area
Here’s a surprise entry that just barely made the cut hahah… (time wise). Somehow at my lowest point life delivered to me the most necessary thing… some of the most amazing people. Life gave me those who were supportive, experienced, and loving. Life gave me people who would stand through rough waters with me even when they didn’t have to. In a short period of time, I found out that I had more space in my heart for more extremely wonderfully (sarcastic) people.
*minus nikhil cause he’s not bay just photo madhe alay 😛
7.) India Public
This year I’ve had the chance to meet and bond with some really amazing people from India. Those who started off as complete strangers to me, but within a few days became like family. The bonding, the care, the support, the love and most importantly the hugs ❤ I gained many Sisters, Brothers, and Global Best Friends 🙂
8.) LA Public
Ashay and Dholu – Doesn’t take a long time to make friends with people that share the same interests/hobbies as you, views on life as you, and have the same fun as you! Thanks for your shoulders, and thanks for the circulating motivation to keep up with our hobbies 🙂 Thanks for being good friends 🙂
9.) Medzzz aka Medha
My dearest cousin sister from literally since I was a 1 year old. Years and decades of good memories, my closest friend in the family I love you very much my love. And I have been grateful for you since the day you were born 🙂
10.) Aditya the Genderless, Omniscient, Omnipresent 😛
I have to include him because he is literally the one person who has known me the longest and has been the biggest non-blood related constant in my life. We hate meeting up in person and will probably NEVER meet up in person whether he lives 9 hours away or 5 minutes away (which was a majority of our lives) unless it’s a matter of life or death but he’s perhaps the only person who would be able to accurately write my biography.
*now this is a really old inside joke – so old that I don’t even remember what the joke was… but Adi see if you can remember…. all I know is that this was a big deal back in ’08 #paragraphsign