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An Autobiographical Audit (AAA) of my life in 2009

with 20 comments

Since I am no organization but an organism and I don’t have the luxury of getting my life audited like the corporates like Satyam πŸ˜‰ , and since I believe that a thing which cannot be measured is useless (unless it is love), I decided to audit myself. A year has gone by and there can be no better time to audit my life in the past one year. This auditing will be helpful in knowing whether what I have been doing this year, is aligned with the overall philosophy of my life or I am just being pushed around by life? This will also help me in creating a sort of road map for the next year – Though I won’t be getting into the specifics, I will try to outline (what I can approximately) call, my new year resolutions.

So why am I publicizing my private resolutions here? – Because men perform best when they have an audience. πŸ˜‰

[Caution: This can be boring and you can be tortured with the gory details of my life in the rest of this post. So if you’re not interested, click the β€œsmall-cross-in-red-aura” button at the right top of the page.]


2009 had been a year of travelling thousands of kilometres. And to add authenticity to my claim, I did a rough calculation. And I arrived at a figure of around 28,000 Kms (!) (excluding my daily commute to office, which individually would come to be around 7000 Kms)

I visited many new places in 2009 like Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Diu, Mandavi, Somnath, Mumbai, Mundra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pokhran, Tanot (India-Pakistan Border), Beawar, Pushkar, Panipat, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Bengaluru & Vadodara. I undertook a trip to the Thar Desert on bike, travelled endlessly on trains & at one time, almost died climbing on the Aravallis.

Places I did in 2009

Resolution for 2010

  • I will visit atleast 5 new cities this year. (Past performance of doing more than 15 cannot be sustained in future. As it does take its toll…physically & financially)
  • I will visit Ladakh or North East India or both (!) J Amen.
  • I will visit Kolkata, as it is my last unvisited original metropolitan of India.
  • Buy or get myself gifted πŸ˜‰ with latest edition of Lonely Planet.

Online vs Offline Life

I confess that I spent a lot of time online in 2009. And when I was not online, I used to be in offline world of my laptop. Now that is not the best thing to do.

One of the major time wasters for me, has been a game called Mafia Wars. I have been addicted to it. Those who are themselves suffering with this disease, will understand the importance of a single Energy Pack. And I used to literally, give calls/SMSs to my friends to send me an energy pack!

I always knew that somewhere within me, was a bad guy!

I even tried Farmville, but Mafia Wars was more of my kind and with God (of Time)’s grace, I lost my interest in Farmville (otherwise you would not have been reading this post and I would have been on prolonged blogging break)

But I have experienced that, there have been times when instead of grabbing a piece of paper and pen to note down something, I used to start Notepad!! Now how bad is that. β€˜Very’, I will say. And I seriously condemn this approach of mine. And being an avid gamer, I had some bloody gaming sessions, but my passion for gaming is still as alive as me.

My blog Lumuhuku won the award for Best Personal IndiBlog for 2008 too. You can read me being boastful or check the authentic source here.

Resolution for 2010

  • I won’t be spending more than 2 hours per day being online and not more than 4 hours per day in front of the computer.
  • Every alternate weekend will be completely offline.
  • I will not get addicted to any new online addictions this year.
  • I will nurture Lumuhuku. (Now, I have no idea about what I mean by this)

Work life / Education

As 2009 was the first full calendar year, when I was working, there was not much scope of education. But I did manage to do a certificate course in Intellectual Property Rights. And it was really enlightening and beneficial. Though it was not directly related to what I work on but, it’s fun to learn something new and different. Life has changed a lot from my college days and waking up in the morning and having a routine is quite an experience. I have learnt a lot on my work and have got involved in a really secret cult. It is a sacred cult and not all can be the member of the same. It is called the cult of Office Life. I consider all the books and magazines I read as my source of education and I have read a lot many books in 2009. Some of them, which I can remember are Eat That Frog, 2 States, Losing My Virginity, Babyji, The Lost Symbol, 48 Laws of Power, Kite Runner, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Godfather, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Screw This Screw That Screw Everything and a few more.

Resolution for 2010

  • Innovate something new at work. (Because routine work is done by everyone. Great work is done by someone and innovative work is done by The One.)
  • Do another interesting certificate course in an altogether different field.
  • Read a book by Ayn Rand which is not Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. (Yes. Objectivism still rocks!!)

Relationships / Family / Friends

2009 was a really bad year for me as I lost 2 very close family members. And in another shocking loss, a really close friend.

Resolution for 2010

  • None.


2009 was a year when initially I did pay attention to my health, but later on, neglected it. I am even guilty of buying a cool Mountain Bike and not using it at all. It is gathering dust and though I see it daily, I have not eaten my frog. πŸ˜‰

Resolution for 2010

  • I will join the gym and be regular for 5 days a week for atleast 30 weeks.
  • I will use my bicycle (mountain bike) and clock atleast 60 Kms a month.
  • I will make β€˜running’, a part of my daily routine (if there is any such thing).
  • In terms of fitness, I will look and feel better on 31st December 2010 than what I was on 31st December 2009.


I have bought myself 3 gadgets in 2009 – laptop (Vaio), digital camera (Cybershot) (no I am not a die-hard Sony fan) & a cellphone (HTC Touch 3G). And as of now, I don’t think I would like to buy anything else in 2010.

Resolution for 2010

  • 2010 Gadget Budget = Rs 0/-

There have been β€˜n’ number of downtimes during 2009 and downtimes are never complete without the lessons learned. A few which I could gather last year were:

  • There are alternatives.
  • There should be no plan B. Because if it is there, Plan A gets screwed up.
  • β€œΰ€•ΰ₯ΰ€› ΰ€­ΰ₯€ ΰ€…ΰ€šΰ₯ΰ€›ΰ€Ύ ΰ€•ΰ€°ΰ€¨ΰ₯‡ ΰ€Έΰ₯‡ ΰ€‘ΰ€°ΰ€¨ΰ€Ύ ΰ€¨ΰ€Ήΰ₯€ ΰ€šΰ€Ύΰ€Ήΰ€Ώΰ€ ΰ₯€β€ i.e. you should never be afraid of doing something good.  – This looks simple but is a really powerful lesson which I have learnt.
  • When you are passionate about something and you focus on helping others, the universe conspires for you. J
  • Fear is constant part of our lives. But if we accept it, we become stronger.
  • Answer to 99 out of the 100 questions in this world is same – Money.

And I read it somewhere that – We usually overestimate what we can do in a day but underestimate what we can do over the year. So, I make a commitment to myself that I will do anything and everything to see that I work towards completing my resolutions. And hey, did anyone here me saying – When I commit to myself, then I don’t even listen to myself. πŸ˜‰

GodSpeed 2010.


20 Responses

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  1. It is a novel idea to audit oneself.
    I am tempted to conduct a similar exercise.
    Your 2010 resolutions are just ideal.


    December 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm

  2. wonderful idea!!! that link to lonely planet book doesnt work πŸ˜› so gift canceled. You have not been to your neighboring states..hmm… do u just go on trip or work related?


    December 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  3. yeah… u tell me if it works out or not?
    the i’ll do it on 2011 πŸ˜‰

    Desi Ninja

    December 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm

  4. @B K Chowla
    It was the fact that companies regularly audited themselves but the people dont, that drove me to this.

    Link seems to be fine, so I am waiting for it. πŸ˜‰
    I have done my neighboring areas, but not in 2009.
    As far as trip is concerned, it due to both – work related as well as personal.

    @Desi Ninja
    Sure thing, I’ll get back to you on 31st December 2010. πŸ˜‰


    December 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm

  5. Hi Friend..

    all the best for all your new ventures in the coming year.

    PS: I posted the answer for the puzzle painting.



    December 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

  6. @Princess
    Thanks Princess. πŸ™‚


    December 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

  7. Wow.. gud list.. Let us know whether you were successful in your resolution.

    All the best..


    December 21, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  8. Let us know halfway through January. Because that’s a LOT of resolutions to have. Good for you. I try to go easy on myself and pick something like – “I will floss every day this year!” and I still end up disappointing about 4 days in.

    So really, I am very impressed.

    Kiran (Masala Chica)

    December 22, 2009 at 12:26 am

  9. @Kavya
    I will try my level best πŸ™‚
    And keep everyone updated.

    @Kiran (Masala Chica)
    You are absolutely right Kiran. It is tough to go beyond 14th January with your resolutions. πŸ˜‰


    December 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  10. Dev, honestly it was fun reading πŸ™‚ a different way to summarize the year and looking ahead …!! Gosh i envy you now…u travelled so many places πŸ˜‰

    Hope you able to succeed wid all the resolutions made!!

    God bless πŸ™‚


    December 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  11. the beginning was amusing πŸ˜›
    i too wouldnt mind a personal audit (at least you dont have to pay fat cheque to someone else) πŸ˜›
    its good you have been traveling so much . there are so many parts of india to be explored each offering a different taste of culture.
    by the way, i can very well understand how it feels to get yourself used to changes ( only difference being you advanced from your college to office and i moved from my school to college) πŸ˜›
    anyways all the best for your resolutions( hope you live up to them) and congrats for the award πŸ™‚


    December 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm

  12. @Dew
    One of the commandments was to not to be jealous πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the ‘hopes’…even I hope that your hope is fulfilled πŸ™‚

    Hey Arpit, I won’t mind auditing others lives. If they pay me well πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for your wishes.


    December 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm

  13. Very interesting. I was doing the same (auditing) on my way to office this morning, would be quite fun to do this on paper (yaa…yaa..or computer) and publish it.
    You are very brave to let yourself in for a public scrutiny, though I admit I quite enjoyed reading all the sordid details. πŸ™‚


    December 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  14. That’s a nice list Dev πŸ™‚ Even I must resolve to reduce travelling in 2010 and also gaming and gadgets. Congrats for making it to the indibloggies again!! Even I have played Farmville but never got addicted to it (maybe coz of my PS3 addiction) πŸ˜€ Even I should audit myself for my own good

    Avada Kedavra

    December 24, 2009 at 3:13 am

  15. β€œ Hope this New Year brings the fulfillment of all your dreams and desires & a life that is bestowed with happiness, love and success in days to come…”
    Happy New Year 2010

    from Rup@m

    plz visit


    December 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

  16. The only thing that caught my eye was the travel.. Gosh Dev, that’s a lot of traveling. I would love to do so myself, but managed just about 6000 Kms, exclusing daily commute and that too thanks to a long trip to Orissa and then to AP and an in between trip to Hampi.

    All the best fr your new year resolutions.. Keep us updated on that.. Have fun and wishes galore


    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

  17. Personally i think New Year Resolutions are jinxed. Anything on the list is doomed to be a failure FOREVER! All the best with your resolutions (esp the Excercising one).

    And congrats on Indiblogger award πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    January 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm

  18. This is a good one. You actually inspired me right now. Me, the one with a headache and fatigue. πŸ˜›
    Hope you achieve all tht you want to in this year πŸ™‚


    January 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  19. Hey Dev.. Where have u disappeared..


    January 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  20. Dude..u need to start writing fr this year to audit it next year? πŸ˜‰ Travelling eh?


    January 13, 2010 at 12:33 am

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