A Better Year

This year has been a trying year for many of us. In the US and most of the West, unemployment is high and a gradual recovery is the best we can hope for. In the IT world, in India and elsewhere, things are much better at the end of the year but still a far cry from the hypergrowth that we’ve become used to.

For me personally, this has been a challenging year. I started out the year looking to switch gears and do something else after my four year stint at Gridstone. But a family health issue has become a priority that trumps everything else. This will require my wife’s and my full attention for a while. If there is one thing I hope the next year will bring is better health for my son.

In the meanwhile, I am working with startups and interesting companies, helping them to the extent I can. It keeps the juices flowing and hopefully I can add some value to their business.

This blog is now like an old friend to me. A constant companion, through good times and tough times. Always there for a couple of hours of enjoyable company. By extension, you, my readers are like old friends too. I feel like I know the regular commentors well even if I’ve never met you.

And the silent majority, the readers who read but never join the discussion, thank you for coming back again and again. Here’s a humble suggestion. If you do one thing in 2010, join the discussion. Not necessarily on this blog. On any blog. On issues and topics that matter to you. Be heard. And hear yourself. It will feel good. Like you are plugging in to this massive collective brain that is humanity online. Like exercising your vote. It can be empowering.

I hope all of you have a great 2010. Or just a better year, perhaps. Happiness is a choice. I hope you choose to be happy.



  1. Nithin says:

    Wishing you all the best for 2010 and may god bless your son with good Health


  2. Dharmit says:

    Hi Basab,
    Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.



  3. Thejo says:

    Wish you and your family a very happy new year too Basab! Hope to keep reading more insightful stuff from you in the new year….


  4. Vijay Basrur says:

    Lovely thought. It made me jump into the discussion. For starters all I have to say is that your blog is an inspiration. Let the ideas keep flowing.

    Wish you, your family and your son in particular, all the very best


  5. Krishna says:


    Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day…

    I don't know about your son's affliction; but I would be happy to think it's common cold that'll go away with a few more days' rest.

    Happy New Year,




  6. Subrata says:

    Basab: Wish you and your family the very best for 2010. I pray that your son has excellent health in the new year and in the years to come.



  7. Roopesh Mathur says:

    Hi Basab,

    I have been reading your blog posts via e-mail in read only mode for the past two years. It is very informative and I learnt a lot from a different and very thoughtful perspective.

    I understand what you are going through with your son – a couple of years back we found out (the hard way) that our five year old has a serious health problem. Hospitalizations, specialist visits, preventive care..we have been through it all. Things are much better now. Hang in there and keep at it.

    Wish you the best for 2010 and keep posting!



  8. Madhu says:

    Basab – Best wishes to you and your family for the year ahead, our prayers are with your son.


  9. Tushar says:

    You will always be a hero for a whole lot of IT Services Business Development professionals. Wishing your son speedy recovery and a great 2010.



  10. Soumya says:

    Hey Basab,
    Wish you and your family a great new year ahead.All the best.



  11. Satya says:


    Beautifully written and very lovingly expressed.

    I am sure you son will well soon.

    Wish you a very happy new year.

    Personally, I’ll look forward to your quick return and active involvement in Business/Corporate.

    Warm regards,


  12. Abhishek says:


    We wish speedy recovery for your son and a happy, healthier and peaceful year ahead.
    I like your style of writing and expressing things. Your blogs are always thought provoking.


  13. sridhar says:

    Wish you and your family a happy new year. I am sure your son will recover soon.


  14. Siddharth says:

    Wishing a better year for Basab, his world, and our world. Smile


  15. Just got back from a skiing trip where I was in electronic quarantine. I am touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern. Thank you everyone!


  16. HasanAbbas says:

    Hey basab,
    Wishing you and your family a happy new year. Insha'Allah your son will get well soon.


  17. Shankar Venkataraman says:

    I am a frequent visitor to your blog. Pretty interesting stuff. Wishing you and your family a "healthy" & prosperous new year!!



  18. Shobie says:

    Basab, I am one of those silent visitors to your blog:-) I hope the new year brings good health and cheer to your son and your family!


  19. Abdul Navsariwala says:


    Wish you and your family a very happy new year, do keep writing as i am also one of the silent visitors and i think it is very helpful!!


  20. Stan Kang says:

    I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you this past year. I hope the new year will bring good health to you and your family.


  21. Anurag says:

    Wish you and your family a great 2010 and best wishes for your son's speedy recovery!


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