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Thank you and Goodbye

6 years… that’s how long I have been here.

Over the years, I have shared my moods, my inner most thoughts, my fears, my hopes, my happiness and understood myself better. I feel this place has been a happy place.

However, I shared this space with 5 people who have since shared it with others, unfortunately. When I write, I think of the audience sometimes and I certainly don’t want the negativity of who may read this affecting my thoughts and so, I have thus decided to find a new home, obviously unknown to you- should you end up finding me there, great and if not, this is where our path ends.

Thank YOU to each one of you- I have loved your feedback, your comments, your mails, your words. I wish you ALL the best of luck. Stay happy and live happy.

Much love to all xx
Peace out!

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Jan 29, Thursday: Letter

Dear Winnie

As I get ready to see you in less than 48 hours, I can’t help but think of the time we have known each other- since back in the 90s to now… we have come a long way. Having known you for all my adult life, seen both of us morph into different beige, going down very different paths but being so strongly connected, enjoying our travels, squabbling over our differences,  we have been through a lot.

We don’t always see eye to eye, we don’t mince our words with each other, yet we always know we have a mature friendship that can endure a lot and is balanced on a lot of trust and understanding. The lack of drama most of the time, the great laughs and the deep chats is what signifies us for what we are to each other.

I am so glad and so proud to have you as one of my closest friends in this world. I absolutely adore you and am very excited about adding new chats and memories.

Love you loads,
Joy.

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Jan 22, Thursday: Letter

Dear Fairy

From the moment you danced in to my life that day in the pub many years ago to today, it’s been some ride. We have had our differences, our clashes, our chats, our cries and our laughs. Today, you embark on a new chapter and I wish you the utmost luck, not that you need it.

You are absolutely awesome and I am delighted you are one of my closest friends today- I look forward to us downing ourselves in cocktails, even when we are 90!

Love loads,
Joy.

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Jan 15, Thursday: Letter

Dear Ladies

You know who you are- the ladies who add a lot of wholesomeness to my life- the ladies who understand my need to scream, hike, meditate, sleep, drink and vent every so often, the ladies who give me the strength when everything is going under and the ladies who help me share ideas.

I adore you guys- you have been a part of my life for ages and I am so glad we started this unit this year- only 2 weeks in and you lot are my saviour. I love you both.

Thank you for everything so far already and thank you for all the goodness coming our way in the future- here’s to us stomping the world!

Love,
Joy.

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Jan 8, Thursday

Dear Harry

Who would have thought we would come to a day where I would be the best man at your wedding?!
This is such a turn of events, such a twist and such an honour.

We don’t see eye to eye on many things, we have different opinions on what to do for certain events but the idea of organising the wine and whiskey tastings, the signing of the registry and the photographs… they make me skill when I look back to our first date and the moments we have shared.

Here’s to a fun ride ahead of us 🙂

Love,
Joy.

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Dec 18, Thursday: Letter

Dear little sis,

You are awesome. I adore you so much and am so glad that thanks to technology we are so good at keeping in touch- the silly ideas you send my way, the silly jokes we share, the plans we hatch, the fun we have- I am absolutely delighted we are the way we are! It’s good to have you by my side when we have the silly brothers that we do 🙂

You have grown to be such a wonderful person, still confused about everything but with a fantastic heart that is very generous and giving to all.

I am so proud to call you my sister and I am so glad we are both as excited as we are about being ‘bua’ together.

Love you loads and can’t wait to give you a hug in a few weeks time.

Yours always, with lots and lots of love and happiness,
Joy di

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Dec 11, Thursday: Letter

Dear Fairy

We met and we knew we were going to be friends- surprisingly since we are very different, have different perspectives to EVERYthing, have different tastes- you are the sophisticated, smart girl and I am the simple, old man pub drinking girl yet there is something in us that draws us to each other.

I am so glad we are friends, I am so glad we connect at some level and I am so glad we have each other to throw ideas around with!

Here’s hoping you have a fab 2015 and life gets easier for you.

Much love,
Joy.

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Dec 4, Thursday: Letter

Dear Sailor in Heels,

You came into my life one random evening- we hit it off, never really managed to catch up properly. We bumped at many occasions and somehow, one day, we just knew we were going to just get to the point where we become inseparable.

Last night, confirmed it again.

Chatting to you about work, about dreams, sharing thoughts, bouncing off walls, having the lolz, bantering with ransomers, being silly- we crammed so much in- bar the chips! Here’s to many more shenanigans, to deep conversations, to heart to hearts, to silliness, to a beautiful friendship.

Thank you!

Love,
Joy.

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Nov 27, Thursday: Letter

Dear Big Guy

I don’t know whether to thank you, dislike you, trust you, be wary or what. I have known you for over a decade, we have been colleagues, friends, coach/ menthe, confidantes etc.

This time, I am disappointed that you caused the miscommunication between a friend and me, somehow managed to get away unscathed and left me in a sinking hole despite me not having been at fault. Thank you for making me realise trust is a tough thing even after years.

At the same time, I do wonder why that guy reacted the way he did and jumped to conclusions about me that he did! Thanks for making me realise the strength of that friendship.

Thank you for everything so far and going forward, I will be more wary! A tough lesson well learnt.

Thank you!

Love,
Joy.

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Nov 20, Thursday: Letter

Dear Terrifying Teacher

When we were kids, we were scared of you. People used to quiver when they heard your name, people used to hide when you walked anywhere and yes, I was among the group too.

But, somehow I was picked by you to nourished that little bit more. I was polished by you, goaded by you, showered love, attention and anger, pushed to the edges and brought back before I snapped- well mostly, I did snap bad and I love the fact that after all these years, I still think of you so fondly and know if our paths ever cross, we will still hug tight, we will share a strong bond and we will gossip about everything- I look forward to that whenever the time may be so!

For now, I hope you know your work was not wasted and I appreciate the fact that you decided to polish this piece of coal so much more.

Love,
Joy.

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Nov 13, Thursday: Letter

Dear Customers

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Without you, I would be nothing- your orders, your words of feedback, your love of our product, your referrals, your money- all are very important to me. Each one of you is very special- some of you have driven me up the wall but have made up for it with the gushing praise for our work, some of you have been the most amazing customers ever and each and every one of you means the world to me.

Thank you.

Love,
Joy.

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Nov 6, Thursday: Letter

Dear Life,

This week has been a bombardment of amazing experiences, craziness and just general silliness. Thank you for the moments such as these- my feet hurt, I am shattered, my liver screams in pain but it makes for great stories, fabulous memories and a happy life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you- I absolutely would be just a shell if not for you and the passion you ignite within me.

Love,
Joy.

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Oct 30, Thursday: Letter

Dear un born niece/ nephew,

I am VERY excited about you coming into the family. I think you are born into a family of luck and wish you lots of happiness and success. I do hope you grow up to be a fantastic person- kind, smart, intelligent, generous and achieve all your desires. As the bus who will be furthest away in terms of distance and in terms of the one who hardly is in contact with your parents, I still want you to know I love you loads and you are mine! I will always be there for you and even though you will be a few months old when we first meet, I cannot wait to hold you in my arms!

Love you loads already,
Joy Bua.

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Oct 23, Thursday: Letter

Dear Spartacus,

I can’t wait to give you a hug and kick you simultaneously tomorrow! It’s been crazy that we haven’t caught up in 4 years and I am really looking forward to sharing conversations, creating new memories, having a laugh and just being our silly selves again.

I can’t believe we have now been friends for 15 and what a fun/ odd journey it has been- from hanging out of cars to midnight drives to early morning omelettes to tubing to spiderman and whatever else.

See you soon!

Love,
Joy.

PS I am going off grid for the next few days guys as I get away from the internet and enjoy the real world for a while!

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Oct 16, Thursday: Letter

Dear little lady

When you came in to my life, we were working on the same project. We didn’t really have a chance to get to know one another… till one fine day, while having coffee at The Shrews, we started talking and you offered help. The next thing you knew, the three of us were seeing each other regularly and we became thick friends… Today, I count you amongst my closest pals and think you are one of the kindest, nicest, genuine people I have ever had the luck of knowing.

Stay the way you are and keep smiling, always!

Love,
Joy.

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Oct 9, Thursday: Letter

Dear Jiju’s Saali,

You came into my life many months ago- initially I was vary of you, you kept pushing, I met out of courtesy, you kept charming, I started initiating, you stayed charming and somewhere along the way, I realised how stupid I was for not having realised what a wonderful friend, what a beautiful person and how insane you really are. I am absolutely delighted we are friends- be it the movies, the coffees, the walking plans, the health regimes we break, the dinners, the parties, the slagging or just, laughing… you are absolutely brilliant and I hope you never change in your exuberance or your optimism. May you always be larger than life and may we always remain friends.

Love you loads,
Joy.

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Oct 2, Thursday: Letter

There are 2 letters today- neither people I have met but people who influenced me.

Dear Bapu,

You are the father of my nation. You have been an inspiration to all. You have shown us the path in the past and in your name, many a path is still forged today. I admire your courage those decades ago, I admire your dedication and I salute you in leading India to independence.

Happy Birthday.
Love,
Joy.

AND

For the day that it is- well, tomorrow is Dussehra so…

Dear Laxmi,

Thank you for your support. Thank you for the wealth you have provided so far and thank you for what you will provide. You have been generous and ensured I have always had food and a roof- more than many people can say. For the next 3 weeks, I am gambling huge- gambling with calculated risks in business, gambling with ideas and gambling with cards- please support me, please help me and please let them pay off. I lost two years ago, financially but I won in love, as the saying goes. This year, I have the love, I need the push in business and would really appreciate it.

Looking forward to your visit on Diwali- I am sorry I will be away but my home will be left open for you.

With gratitude and love,
Joy.

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Sep 25, Thursday: Letter

To everyone who has ever rubbed me the wrong way

I am sorry. This letter is to apologise for me being an idiot, for me being immature and for me focusing on myself.

I realise now I was being high up on my moral ground or some other ground and looking down at you potentially. I realise something else was upsetting me and you were an easy target. I realise I expect certain standards and believe everyone else has the same focus. I realise I may not have even meant it but I managed to hurt you.

And I realise you may have had exactly the same thing at the time you upset me.

I want to let this be my public apology to all, whether they know who I am, whether they read me here or not- I apologise, I am sorry and I forgive you.

Thank you- thank you for teaching me this lesson, thank you for having had an impact to my life and thank you for letting me add some to yours.

Love to all,
Joy.

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Sep 18, Thursday: Letter

Dear M

We went on a date many moons ago, we kept in touch, we talked loads, we shared gossip and news, we discussed politics and cars, we drank coffee and rum, we walked, we laughed and somehow, we became really good buddies.

It’s been great knowing you, having you as a friend, sharing some amazing moments together and I am excited about us being able to spend more time together in the future.

Thanks for your faith in my work, in me and always making me laugh when I need a giggle and when all else fails, getting me drunk!

Love,
Joy.

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Sep 4, Thursday: Letter

Dear DDT

I don’t really know you, I don’t have any relationship with you but I love the advice you give, the way you keep pushing me, the way you share your experiences.

Thank you. I love you, I forgive, I thank you, I am sorry.

Love
Joy.

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Aug 28, Thursday: Letter

Dear Jingles

When I first met you, I wasn’t sure you were the right person for my brother. You went on to convince me otherwise.

You then went on to become a good friend to me too. However, somewhere along the path, we diverged, for all the right reasons.

Recently you said something to me that hurt me deeply- it was beyond nasty and it showed the streak in you that I always suspected.

I thank you for bringing happiness to my brother’s life, I thank your for teaching me to trust my gut, I thank you for the civility we accord each other and I thank you for keeping your distance from me.

All the best. Love,
Joy.

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Aug 21, Thursday: Letter

Dear Intern

Thanks for being a part of my life. We both hoped this would have worked better but alas, chest la vie. I am glad in the process we became good friends and I hope to continue that.

Thanks for your help, thanks for your honesty and thanks for your energy!

I wish you luck with your endeavours.

Love,
Joy.

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India/ Pak Independence Days

Aug 14, Letter

Dear Matryoshka,

When I first met, I was excited about what you meant for my friend but the more I got to know you, the less I cared for you. The more we talked, the less I respected you. The more I saw your actions, the less I gave a damn. I do thank you for being a part of my life and teaching me how much I can pity someone. I do thank you for being a part of my life and teaching me the true meaning of manipulation and reminding me why my cynicism is actually a good thing. I do thank you for teaching me the power of confidence, security and love. And I thank you most for disliking me the way you do cos it means I am spared of being in your destructive path. Please go get counselling before it is too late and you lose the bit in you that actually means well!

Thank you- I love you, I forgive you and I am sorry.

Go in peace,
Joy.

August 15, Weekly Achievements

1. A really good meeting with a person I hadn’t met in ages
2. Almost finished unpacking
3. Gotten back into the swing of walking

 

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Aug 7, Thursday: Letter

Dear New Housemates

We have been housemates since Friday technically but I think the tea in the living room, reading the paper and playing jenga, while planning bunting and tea lights calls for a special moment. I am glad to be living with people who enjoy the odd glass of wine, a good cuppa but most of all, the laughs and the fun.

Here’s to a wonderful time together ahead of us!

Love,
Joy.

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July 31, Thursday: Letter

Dear person from mar 6/ Colleague,

We have become good mates over the years but I would have never considered us extremely close but you opening up your house, your dog, your trust to me so wonderfully at a time of need is something I will never forget. It has been an absolute pleasure the past few weeks and even though you were personally not here, it has taken our friendship to a brand new level and I look forward to the change in our friendship.

I especially look forward to walking the dog, playing with her and having a great time with her. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Love,
Joy.

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Jul 24, Thursday: Letter

Dear A

it’s off after so many years you feature in my thoughts but you do. We had friends in common when you came into my life even though that’s not how we met. We liked the same guys and shared stories on crushes, discussed all things teenage and became friends till you started accusing me of sabotaging your school career least realising I did nothing as I really couldn’t be arsed to and because I was too naive to be manipulative! I wish we hadn’t parted on such terrible terms.

We ended up in college together and people assumed we were besties. We tried hard but neither of us was willing to let the ego go- today, I wish we could sit and enjoy a coffee so next time you are looking down over earth, raise me a toast and I will respond!

The world is a sadder place without you. Glad our paths crossed.
Love,
Joy

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Jul 17, Thursday: Letter

As I go around looking for places and new housemates, I have often found my mind wandering back towards N

Dear N,

When we met, little did we know, we would end up traveling to different continents, becoming good friends, seeing each other grow through life and just change as people. We had our moments, we had our disagreements, we had our issues but more often, we had our fun, we had our cinema dates, we had chats, we shared thoughts. Over the years, life has happened, we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like but that is not to say, our friendship is any lesser.

I am delighted you are with the woman you love and together you have a beautiful daughter. I look forward to our next catch up soon and I can only hope, I get housemates as caring, as easy going, as intelligent, as interesting as you.

Thank you for your friendship this past decade- it’s been some ride!

Love,
Joy.

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Jul 10, Thursday: Letter

Dear Mum

I am really missing you- despite your ability to drive me absolutely up the wall, despite your knack to ensure whatever you say is misunderstood by me, despite your love for everything we disagree on. I love you.

Thank you for everything, especially the points made above- they are what make you you.

Love,
Joy.

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Jul 3, Thursday: Letter

Dear Candy

For the week that’s in it, I can’t help but reflect on us- our journey, from the moment we met the first time to our dinner to us becoming the BFFs that are and then eventually housemates. We have certainly seen each other through some and food and it has always made us stronger (in my opinion)- however, we didn’t necessarily make the time to spend the time our friendship always needed and I hope someday soon, just you and me can go for a walk, some wine and many a chat! Thank you for always being there, thank you for the fun times, thank you for the love.

Always,
Joy.

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Catching up with June!

So the last week just took me by surprise and it was tough in a lot of ways, so here goes the ones I have missed out on:

June 23: Gratitude:

– Sunshine: A weekend in the sun, longest day of the year, loads of friends, great music, fantastic memories- all made extra special because of the beautiful weather.
– Ability to drive: After having to drive back from the music festival, I am glad I could- having to spend an extra night there would not have been fun!
– Shower: Nothing like a good clean shower after a weekend of camping and fun!

June 24: Moment:

The first time I went looking for an apartment, I was clueless as to what I should be looking for- eventually found something, nice size etc and realised that the girl I lived with was amazing and I had struck lucky till she had to  move out… as I look back, I have had some odd moments all right, some weird stories but all in all, I have been really lucky and I hope as I go looking to share for potentially the last time, I am really excited about the prospect of meeting someone new, making a new friendship and creating a new atmosphere and environment around me!

June 26: Letter:

Dear Mum’s Youngest Sister,

You have often been the one I have compared to most- thank you for our advice, thank you for your pragmatism, thank you for your love, thank you for the inspiration you have provided and thank you for the shoes!

I love you loads and I miss you loads- wish I could be there through these times.

Love,
Joy.

June 27: Weekly Achievements:

– Packing up completed
– In the news in 2 different countries
– Taking some time to remind myself how lucky I am over a nice bath and a glass of bubbles!

June 30: Gratitude:

– Good Times: Water skiing, donuting, BBQs, drink with Red’s granny, all make for good times! Great weekend makes for a great start to the week
– Sense of Humour: SO much went wrong over the past while but a sense of humour has really been awesome
– R&R: Booked myself a spa day and also had lie-ins, sleep-ins, chilling in the sun and all the things that make for a nice R&R (even if the body aches now!)

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Jun 19, Thursday: Letter

Dear Youngest Bro,

You are, you have been and you will always be my younges- when you mess up, I am the one who tries to defend you, when you  cook it wrong, I still call it tasty, when you do something stupid, I make an excuse to cover up- no matter what, I do all I can to protect you- and this is just the stuff you know. All in all, you are my baby in every which way and I love you greatly.

I know you have had to deal with some consequences to your many un-defendable mistakes and I am proud of you for having faced up to them.

I know you have had to deal with some realities to your many naive mistakes and I am delighted you took them in our stride.

But most of all, I love you for you!

Love, Love, Love,
Joy didi.

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Jun 12 & Jun 13- all in one!

June 12, Thursday: Letter

Dear Art Patron,

Thank you. Thank you for your help. Thank you for your belief in us and now, thank you for your friendship. We may have just started getting to know one another but I suspect, we will be mates for a good long while!

Thanks!!

Love,
Joy.

June 13, Friday: Weekly Achievements

1. An article I needed to get done, done!
2. A competition I needed to kick off, done!
3. Had a midweek party night after ages 🙂

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Jun 5, Thursday: Letter

Dear Lioness,

You stunning beauty- we met one night, we got along great, I thought you wanted to hook up with Red but yet I really liked you. I am so glad we are friends- you are truly like a soul sister who enjoys the insanity of a midnight party to the deep conversations on life over cups of tea.

You have been amazingly good to me when I have needed support, had faith when I needed belief and just loved me for who I am.

Thank you, thank you, thank you- I am absolutely over the moon delighted that we are friends.

Love,
Joy

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May 29, Thursday: Letter

Dear Nani,

Where do I start? In all my years, you have always been there- the one with the sense of fear, the one with the sense of insecurity, the one with the sense of pessimism, the one who would always try and stop us. However, despite all that, you were also always the one to shower us with love, feed us till we couldn’t even pop, teach us to be think twice before leaping.

Thank you for being you- I am glad to be born into your family.

Lots of love,
Joy.

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May 22, Thursday: Letter

Dear Elder ‘Sister’,

You were one of my first best friends, you were one of those I grew up believing I loved you because I had to. You have always been caring and protective of me and you always mean well. Our paths have diverged, they were always going to- our upbringing, our thoughts, our ideas never met… I do appreciate the concern you always have for me, the way you still try to look out for me and the way you try to tell me what to do. You have a heart of gold and even though we misunderstand each other more than not, I want you to know I love you.

I love you cos you are my blood and at the end of the day, blood is thicker than water.

All the best with your new move.

Love,
Joy.

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May 15, Thursday: Letter

Dear Father’s Younger Brother,

Where do I start?! When I was a kid, you were always the frowny one. When we became neighbours, you still had our own fixed ways and didn’t budge. However, somewhere along the way we had fun. But then, from an Indian family perspective, you as the then head of the family, did the unthinkable- you shirked your responsibility towards my mother and me when your brother left us in a soup. Not only that, when your daughter was getting married, instead of showing the grace my mother did, you took pleasure in putting me down at every opportunity. Now, you and the rest of the family feel you have a right to disperse any claim or opinion on anything I do… not sure why?!

However, we are bound by blood but I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing childhood memories, thank you for teaching me what sort of an aunt not to be, thank you for teaching me humility and grace when I least wanted to exercise it, thank you for giving me the motivation to succeed to prove you wrong time and again, thank you for making me realise how lucky I am to be in the position I am in and thank you for showing me the power of forgiveness because today I release you, I forgive you. I want you to know that I bear no grudge any more, hold no sorrow in my heart any more and certainly don’t want to have any negativity towards you or any of the family. Also, I apologise- I apologise for being the confident lady that I am, I apologise for not following the traditions, I apologise for not conforming to the society norms, I apologise for doing my own thing, I apologise for following my dreams but most of all, I apologise for all the pain and hurt I may have caused along the way.

I love you, I forgive you, I thank you and I am sorry. Go in peace.

Love,
Joy.

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May 8, Thursday: Letter

Dear old friends,

Our paths may have diverged but once upon a time we were close, we laughed, we giggled, we probably fought. I don’t want to force a friendship where there is none- you have moved on and so have I- we stopped having things in common, we maybe stopped talking often, we just got busy with lives- not sure what happened but somewhere along the line we went from being friends to acquaintances but we remain acquaintances with a past, a history, a time we should both remember.

There are many of you in my life who fit this bill, there are many of you in my life who will fit the bill, I just want to wish each of you the VERY best of luck, THANK you for all the good times/ the bad times/ the happy times/ the sad times, FORGIVE you for any pain you may have caused me, APOLOGISE for any thing I may have done to cause you hurt but most of all to let you know, no matter where you are I still LOVE you.

Love,
Joy.

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May 1, Thursday: Letter

Dear Fake Fiancee,

You and I because our partners are friends. We simply got on- whether it was camping at festivals, wearing hats, back massages, sitting in the pub and drinking cocktails, enjoying some bubbly, going for walks or planning other shenanigans. We clicked and we have certainly enjoyed all our times together. I am so glad we are friends and we have so much to share- here’s to many more adventures, silliness and parties ahead of us.

Love,
Joy.

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April 24 & April 25 :)

April 24: Letter

Dear Parents,

For the day that’s in it- I just want to say Thank you! Thank you for having brought me in this world and thank you for all the lessons, the experiences, the love you have showered my way. I have indeed been very lucky!

Lots of love,
Joy.

April 25: Weekly Achievements

1. Enjoying a good bit of the sun and even getting some convertible driving in!
2. Going to see a wonderful play- War Horse- everyone go see, seriously amazing 🙂
3. Making THE single biggest decision of my life to date and loving it.

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April 17, Thursday: Letter

Dear Red’s lads,

Thank you- it has been over a year since I started hanging out with you lot. Little did I know how close you would become to me individually and as a group- you have given me faith when things were tough, made me laugh when I was sad, supported both Red and me through our journey. I truly appreciate it and I absolutely love the fact that I am one of the lads. I look forward to the silliness, the madness and the friendship ahead- cannot wait to have more coffees, do more shots and basically, be the silly bunch that we are. Thank you for making me feel so welcome and thank you for being so sound.

Love,
Joy.

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April 10, Thursday: Letter

Dear Biz partners,

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I am at a very exciting juncture in my life and I am only here because of you. Things are going extremely well- we have had a very good run, we have started something- nurtured it, cried each tear we needed to and we have built it. It is potentially the most exciting time of all of our lives individually and collectively.

I am personally very grateful to you for restoring my faith in business, increasing my confidence and making me fall in love with our industry.

Here’s to us, our small and big victories- I see a very happy future for us all!

Love,
Joy.

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March 27, Thursday: Letter

Dear Shrew,

When I think of you this week, I am only filled with warmth and amazement- I finally see you in action and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the same team.

For us to roll the 2 phases of best friends and team members is amazing and I am delighted we are managing the way we are and are the friends we are. You are an absolute star and inspiration.

Best of luck tomorrow.

Lots of love,
Joy.

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March 20, Thursday: Letter

Dear Baby Bro,

Happy birthday!
I still remember when you were born so many years ago- your dad has just arrived back in the country and made it to welcome  you just as you came out of the womb! I recall the nicknames we gave you, the ones you liked and the ones you didn’t. I recall our dreams of making you a Don- hehe. I recall your childhood better than you probably do- especially for the number of times you messed up my homework!

Thank you for the love you have always given me, thank you for the warm hugs you give me, thank you for the excitement you share with me, thank you for all the gossip you give me, thank you for being my babiest brother, my cutie pie and the apple of my eye.

Love you loads,
Joy didi.

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Mar 13, Thursday: Letter

Dear Goofy

You have been a fixture in my life- at some distance for the past 15 years. We keep in touch, we care for each other, we like each other and yet we keep a certain distance- we share an odd bond that many people find surprising but it works for us.

We have had our own share of adventures in life- we have always been a little different and shared a common understanding which has gotten better with time.

I am glad we are friends- I know we are at an odd cusp- one I fear has the potential to either make us a lot stronger or completely end this friendship and my instinct is for the former.

Here’s to you, to our friendship and to it getting even stronger.

Love,
Joy.

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Mar 6, Thursday: Letter

Dear Colleague,

We have never worked together yet we feel like we have. It started off as two people meeting at the same event due to circumstances and then because we were both sole traders, we kept bumping into one another and started using each other as sounding boards. Now our paths have diverged but we still do hot chocolates, icecream when the weather allows, lunches, food and always make plans for cocktails!

I am delighted we are friends- if for  no other reason then for the sort of texts we shared today which made us laugh, smile and get excited about seeing each other next week!

Cannot wait to catch up!
Love,
Joy.

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Feb 27, Thursday: Letter

Dear Ladies

As we realised yesterday, this year, we are officially old- we have been a gang of 5 for 10 years! Yes, 10 glorious years of dancing, laughing, eating, drinking, crying and being together. We have stood by each other through thick and thin- you are my strengths and I adore each one of you. But more importantly, we have itched and ached to share each piece of those happy moments with each other before we told anyone else. We have tried various combinations to try and meet up- often unsuccessfully. As life happens, we have less time but not less love. I love each one of you individually, I love the additions to our gang and most important I love us and what we stand for.

Here’s to us dancing into the wee hours in the years to come.

Love,
Joy.

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Jan 23 Thursday: Letter

Dear Good Guy & Wife,

You are one of the best couples I have seen in my life- so well suited, so happy and so loving. Individually, you are amazing people and together, you are awesome too- never do you make someone else feel like a third wheel and never do you feel that everything has to be done together. Thank you for being 2 of the people I automatically think of in the moment of need, people I think of when I want to just be myself, people I think of when I want to have fun.

You are so warm and so inviting- please stay that way. And keep giving me them warm hugs.

I am SO very glad we are friends and hope we remain so for a good long time ahead of us.

Much love,
Joy.

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Jan 16 Thursday: Letter

Dear VG,

We met once and became acquaintances.
We crossed paths again and became buddies who had been to the same place at the same time.
We discussed books, culture and had many an argument and somewhere along the line, became mates who do tea/ mate/ coffee/ burritos/ wine/ whatever else we fancy…

Today, I am so glad we are mates and we have the friendship we do- from random nights out to the moments where we try to embarrass each other but more importantly also for the friendship we share.

Thank you for being so important to me now and for being one of the lads!

Love,
Joy.

PS India is a fab country :p

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Jan 9 Thursday: Letter

Hey big guy

I have known you for almost as long as I have been in this country. We started off colleagues, became friends and then drifted apart. We still see each other, we still talk but I no longer confide in you. Thank you for teaching me the art of being there for someone while keeping the distance- it has been very good for me personally and professionally.

I look forward to our coffee in a few hours.

Love,
Joy.

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Jan 5- Last Week

Monday, Dec 30- Gratitude:

– Gifts- I chose them well and I made people happy, I think
– My own bed- Nothing like a few nights in one’s own bed
– Happiness- never to be taken for granted!

Tuesday, Dec 31- A Beautiful Moment

Undoubtedly, drinking on the Pondicherry promenade from juice bottles and enjoying the fresh breeze and the fab moment of peace and pure, unadulterated fun!

Wednesday, Jan 1- The Future

The things I want to achieve this year come down to health, love, a better residence and business.

Thursday, Jan 2- Letter

To My Paternal Granny

I saw your pics at my cousin’s wedding recently and I realised how time has gone by- you have changed, you are now much older than I recall and yet, there is a certain inner peace about you- it is good, it is nice to see you happy. Many of my memories of you are just surviving while you moved from one son to another but since you moved on your own, you are happy and I hope everyone finds such peace and happiness in their lives, despite all the obstacles. In your own way, you taught me independence, the need to enjoy the odd sugar parantha with cream, the acceptance of a changed world and the need to constantly keep adapting. I see you rarely, I speak to you less than I should but in no way does this mean I love or respect any less. Thank you for being the influence that you are.

Love,
Joy.

Friday, Jan 3- The Week Gone By

– Cooked a 6 course dinner with Red for our friends
– Caught up on work that I had been postponing for a while…
– Balanced the sheets for the year gone by!

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