Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Call them RIDs (Resolution Implementation Dates)

I have the feeling that I’m going to succumb to the season and put out a list of resolutions soon. Just wanted to establish this heads up that the peculiar mix of institutional timetables, personal milestones, and Hindu holidays that make up my internal calendar means that Jan 1st is only the first of many possible start days.

Here are some other possible re-start dates or RIDs:

Jan 14th
Pongal day, the start of the most auspicious month in the Tamil calendar.

Jan 15th
Start of the Hilary term.

Jan 23rd
Saraswati Puja--perfect for academic projects.

March 4th
My birthday = the inevitable stock-taking exercise.

March 20th
Ugadi, Telugu New Year.

April 14th
Putthandu, Tamil New Year.

April 23rd
Start of the Trinity Term.

--------Summer Vacation------ (what??!!)

One fine day in August
Brand new university academic year.

One Fine Day in September
Brand new grade school academic year.

September 15th
Ganesh Chaturthi, the celebration of he who removes obstacles. Start all the difficult stuff today.

One Fine Day in October
Brand new academic year in the UK (start Michelmas term).

October 21st
Vijaya Dasami, Dussehra’s day of Victory (could anything be more promising?).

November 11th
Diwali/Lakshmi Puja. Most propitious date to make financial resolutions.

Just how perfect is the procrastination that brings me scarily close to the start of 2008?



Anonymous said...

what? no gandhi jayanti??

maya said...

Aaaaaaaaa, Piper! You think i'm *joking*!

This has got to be the unkindest cut of all :)!

pied piper said...

no no, you have no idea how much i am LOVING this concept. in fact, i've been all over the staggered resolution implementation programme for many years myself -- except i usually don't have dates associated with it. (oh wait....)

maya said...


In THAT case, Piper, welcome to my world and feel free to improvise.

Anonymous said...

This makes me feel so much better. I'm a first-day-of-school type myself, of course.

maya said...


If you shelve everything for just *one* day, i'm absolutely sure you have no problems of the procrastinating kind.

Now let's hope that'll inspire me :).

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