For India, my country and pride, 2013 will be undoubtedly another difficult year. With the ineffectual UPA Government going into over-drive to save its sinking ship, there is imminent danger of reckless behaviour on the part of the Government. Then again, a series of Assembly Elections as we go on to the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls could prove to be just what the doctor prescribed to shake up the system.
For the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Roorkee, the coming of a new HOD will signal a change in way things work, hopefully for the better. For Kshitij, it will be time for another (hopefully peaceful) leadership transition and some hard decisions will have to be taken for the magazine's future. For LitSec, I will be hanging up my boots as Additional Secretary, hopefully leaving it better than I had received it, and hopefully my successor will do even better than me. And for DPT, Saharanpur, the year will finally allow me to leave behind the painful memory of my untimely separation from my friends and indeed, my entire life in first year. I do expect things at DPT to get better as they implement the Senate's decisions to trifurcate the Department and also finish the major civil works there.
On a personal note, it will be hard leaving my 'family' in IITR. Given how everything is going, it might actually be the last time in a long time that I will be meeting them, just as I have not been able to meet Akshay for the last four years. Such is life, I suppose.
But I have come to realize that you always belong with your seniors... they are your window into the future, a future that is ultimately yours. Fourth year was somewhat depressing because of the lack of seniors and it feels good to be able to go back to them, metaphorically speaking. Therefore, 2013 might just be a very happy year for me, depending on how things work out.
And of course, for OTFS, it will be more great posts, research, humor, commentary, IOTY and much more! I wish my readers a Happy New Year.