The Decade Hopper #DecadeHop #RRxMM

Is it only me or does anyone else also get that feel that the 90s was just a decade back. Sometimes I feel I am still in the early twenties (i.e. year wise not age wise  😀 )

For this generation (from the perspective of a 30-something) the last decade was the most important one. Many of us finished our studies and got our first jobs, some of us got married and became parents. Together we witnessed our dreams come true.

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I want to start by mentioning the most important fact that remained constant all throughout the decade for me. Stepped into the decade after my first breakup in 2009, so officially single and I must pat myself on the back that I am exiting the decade practically in the same condition. (I said single not miserable 😀 )

From being with a fireball from Uttarakhand to tasting ‘Bati Chokha’ from UP, from savoring the Malabar curry to trying the spicy biryani, from enjoying the Bengali ‘roshogulla’ to feasting on international cuisines – still nobody wanted to displace me off my bachelorhood. And I remained single throughout.   

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Chart of My Singlehood

The biggest change that (I think) I have undergone in this decade is the substantial hair loss (head) which has been ably supported (read recovered) in other (mostly) unmentionable places.

The most significant thing that I realized after my breakup was that I had a lot of ‘time’ at my hand. And credit to a proper scolding by my father in front of all the students of my class at a parent-teacher-answer-sheet-showing meeting, I discovered or I should say stumbled upon my writing talent. The other thing constant, along with my singlehood, all throughout this decade was my writing. I started to scribble…write or blog or whatever you may term, in 2010.

But after a long decade later, I can proudly say I haven’t yet converted it into a financially viable option (reached anywhere…in blogging…). But that wasn’t good enough to deter me off. I went self-hosted last Sept (2019) only. Can you believe that. And it is in my tenth year that I decided to give it my best shot.

Somewhere my sister would be reading this and would be cursing, that I told this dumb-head long back. And provided he has a decent internet connectivity up there, my father would be cursing both of us. She would be on the receiving end for not getting this egg-head to make up his mind…and my reason remains the same.

Well, for many, being successful at a work is directly proportional to the amount of money you make. I consider myself, the ‘Premchand’ type – where my work will reach its audience after I depart (marne ke bad hi famous honge). 

The only person who feels that I am doing wonderfully well, if you consider counting all the chapatis properly that I keep hogging on all through the day, is my mom. Like every mom she doesn’t see a flaw in her son. If I ask her right now, ‘Mom have I gone bald’…she would definitely, in a positive tone, find a strand here or there to motivate me.

Still she isn’t proud of one fact that, I drifted towards liquor in the middle of the decade. From a seedha-sadha-sadhu (teetotaler) types to a connoisseur of alcoholic beverages. Had to take up endurance sports like running long distance marathons just to curb this habit but I still remember gulping about 30 liters of freshly brewed fruity refreshing ones just a month leading to my first half marathon. 😀  

At the beginning of the last decade, I was already in my first job in IT sector. Quit it in 2011 on the pretense of higher studies. Pursued a good-for-nothing marketing post-grad degree and to my success…again landed up in a corporate job in IT sector. The only difference was that earlier I was in IT sector performing IT related activities, now I was in IT sector doing a call center job (Business Development people would sympathize with me).

Quit that job too in 2014 this time for growth and better work environment with supposedly better growth opportunities. Yeah! You guessed it right. Just to put icing on the cake to the feel of a call center job, this time I landed up doing night shifts too in a huge IT MNC. Though for some people it seemed I was doing a great sales job, I felt I was getting strangulated in corporate slavery culture (of lick-o-logy). After enthusiastically giving three stretches at it, I finally realized it’s not my ‘kullhad’ (earthen cup) of ‘Chai’.

The decade was ingrained with a lot of positive memories as well. I stepped outside the country for the first time and it felt as if I had tasted blood – making it a point to travel to an international location at least twice a year. Now in a virtual competition with my sister, I would try to at least visit 35 destinations before I turn 35 and give a close fight to her.

The best part about traveling, living and witnessing various cultures is that it gives you an opportunity to explore lives, which invariably turns you into a storyteller. You might be good or bad at the art, but it certainly awakens something inside you. My writing has certainly been helped by the frequent unpredictable travel plans. Though writing doesn’t help much in paying off for those travels, and I am scared to go back to the strangulation once again.

The decade also blessed me with an opportunity to make my grandfather proud, by losing my virginity to a Russian. Nobody ever would have dreamt of achieving this feet in my entire ‘khandaan’ (clan or family).

**The writer has taken due liberty in creating and stating the above fictional fact**

Just when things were picking up, whether it was at writing or personal or professional front I suffered my biggest heartbreak not only of this decade but of my entire life. I lost my bestest buddy, my first coach, my mentor and my biggest critic – My father. Of all the things that I am proud of, I am equally ashamed of the fact that I couldn’t achieve anything to make him a proud father before he left.

Standing at a confectionery shop, you hear an urchin calling Uncle! Uncle! Without paying any heed to it, suddenly, you realize that those cries of the kid are for you, and that is when (every time) it strikes you that a decade has gone by. I am so pissed off by these nomenclatures, that I have made it a rule that till the time I don’t get married I can only be referred to as ‘Bhaiya’, (elder brother) even if the age difference is almost thirty years. 

Everybody’s journey is a like a roller-coaster ride but we eventually end up remembering the ones that really impacted our lives in a positive manner. Hoping this coming decade will be the most fruitful one for you all and some of us would literally start acting our age (well not me 😉 ) All the best to your year and decade.

Hopefully the Univerrse will conspire and guide me towards my goals.

For all those who survived the last decade,

For all those who became successful,

For all those who aspire to scale new heights,

For all those who did so many things for the first time in the last decade,


For all those who will continue to rock as always…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

See you on the other side of the Decade.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The BoxWedding ClapThe Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

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161 Responses

  1. Shalzzz says:

    …and what a way to kick off the bloghop! You did have an interesting and intriguing decade! But here’s to an even more wonderful years. Hopefully you find the love of your life soon! Good luck 🙂

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for you lovely wishes Shalini. You are amazingly kind. As always the first comment is from my friend, teacher and a loyal guide 🙂

  2. Manas,
    I enjoyed the style of writing, humourous interlaced with enough interesting facts and one part fiction (apparently, though I think it is real and you just don’t want to admit it in public while admitting it in public). IT jobs, yep, many will relate to that part of your tale, the burnout the realisation and all that jazz. What do you do now?
    35 destinations by 35! Nice.. Reminded me that I need a travel goal (once the kids grow up and a vacation feels like a vacation).
    Anyways, all the best for all your dreams and goals, and the Univerrse will conspire!:)

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post Namratha. I know it’s not a polished one, but this is all I could manage in all the to n for of chats and managing the hop. Wrote it in 40 mins flat with the chart 😉 (check the post now again) Thank you for your kind wishes… Hope you are enjoying the hop. Waiting for your post. About that fictional part – we will take that offline 😉

  3. paviraman says:

    I really enjoyed your honest and raw recap of the decade gone by! It’s hard to bare your soul to the world, but you, Sir, have done it with the cheekiness of a child and the vulnerability of an adult! God bless you and may you find everything your heart desires!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahaha…Thank you so much Pavi for liking the post, especially the humor bit. The Joker knows only one thing and i.e. to bring smiles. Do check out the post again. I have added a chart of singlehood as well 😀 😀 Once again thank you for hopping on and your kind wishes.

  4. Maya Bhat says:

    You have that amazing sense of humour even when you write some serious stuffs that happened in your life. Kudos! Looking forward to see you become uncle from bhaiyya in this decade 😉

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I guess what’s the point of being a Joker if I can’t bring a smile to your face. Bhaiya tha…Bhaiyya hu n Bhaiya rahunga…ahahaa…thanks for your lovely comment.

  5. Archana says:

    Bang On post!!! Starting with the applauds for you Manas, you are blessed with a very rare and terrific risk taking quality, changing fields is not that easy and that too 2-3 times, I know it takes lots of guts and patience to answer our dear ones.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your adventurous rollar coaster ride of a decade gone by, I love your simple crisp yet interesting way of writing Manas(as juggling with heavy vocabs kills my interest in reading), It takes courage to pen down the facts about yourself, including fiction part (it needs way more courage to write).😄

    Wish you many more decades of success!!!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahaa….Thank you Archana for such a candid response. My father said the best english is which can be understood by everyone. So just trying that. Baki fiction….fiction hi hai 😀 😀

  6. hemasha says:

    यह थी हकीक़त या था फ़साना,
    सीखे कोई तुमसे बातें बनाना…
    कहता है जोकर… 🙂
    वाह! बहुत ही रोचक पोस्ट थी..
    सोंधी सोंधी ख़ुशबू में लिपटी ऐसे जैसे कुल्हड़ में चाय,
    यू कम्पलीटली रॉकड इट कूल गाय..
    बहुत ही ख़ूब।

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hema ji….Ye poetry ek alag post deserve karti hai…btw mere liye kisi ne kabhi koi shabd aise likhe nahi…to kahi mere ansu na chalak jaye…THANK YOU SO MUCH…this means a lot.

  7. I enjoyed your post thoroughly. What you did by complelety changing your career takes immense courage. Loved your writing style too, the facts,the fiction and the humourous, you are amazing with words. All the very best to you. And yes, youvey given me some serious travel goals to think of…

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thanks for appreciating the write up…I wanted it better but lack of bandwidth…anyway…please keep visiting..there are other posts too that might bring a smile or two 🙂

  8. Ruchi says:

    You have had ups and downs,but the best thing about you is that you have taken it all in your stride and not let that deter the confidence in you. May this attitude always prevail.

  9. Ruchi says:

    You have had ups and downs in your life, but the best part is that it has not detered that confidence and the humor in you. May this attitude always prevail.

  10. Pri says:

    Realised 3 things on reading you:
    1) You have the knack of humour that is indeed a blessing to get through life.
    2) Your never-say-die attitude is reflected in your writing. And you tend mellow down your achievements (read ‘modesty’) and conceal your pain…as evident from your post.
    3) You have witnessed both the highs and the lows. And most importantly, survived them all. And I am guessing (and hoping) become stronger.

    Before this looks like an astro reading or a personality assessment, I will stop. 😁
    Looking forward to read your ‘35 before 35’ travelogue already…


    • Manas Mukul says:

      Wow…Deep observations…
      1. Thank you
      2. Thank you
      3. Thank you again..

      Astro wala we will take offline 😀

  11. Varun Hebbar says:

    The writing style has that perfect touch of humour and passes on the idea in the right manner. Singlehood, the ever boring jobs, then self hosting yourself, everything is great! Amazing start to the Blog hop! #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  12. jaya1966 says:

    Excellent piece to kick off the blog hop with Manas. You have written about how the decade treated you in the most elegant and charming manner and your talent for writing is clearly evident. You have included all the emotions you went through at the various stages of the decade with telling effect. The post covers all the details of how the decade treated you and your experiences kept me interested throughout. Kudos and congratulations on a great and entertaining post.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Jay sir for being such a consistent reader. Thanks again for appreciating the work.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  13. Ruchi says:

    You have had ups and downs in your life. But the best part is that the downs did not rub of your humor or made you lose your confidence. May this confident humorous attitude prevail.

  14. Jyoti Arora says:

    Greatest lost in life is losing your loved ones !! You have been through the toughest time this decade but the rest of the family is your strength and ofcourse the greatest times are waiting!! It’s a Good Bye !!
    Happy writing !!

  15. Janaki says:

    Hmmmm….this was very different from your Dubai posts in A to Z. I almost believed reading them that you were actually settled there. Now I know the truth. I’ve also been in to writing for quite sometime and yet haven’t yet decided to monetize it. Why? I don’t know. As I read your recollection, I must tell you for sure that you will not be like Premchand. Aap to abhi mushoor ho gaye!!!

    Good luck for this new decade. May it see new beginnings, new destinations, new family, and anything else new that your heart desires.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Janaki ji mashoor hone me kafi….kafi samay hai…I dont have the talent to be that good…but still scraping my way through…Thanks for your heartfelt wishes 🙂

  16. Deepika says:

    I must say after reading this post you are a very positive and bold person with a very good humour timing. Agreed! Mom can find positives in our bundles if negatives that’s why she has the topmost place in our lives. You had a lot of ups and downs in your last decade but you managed it well and came back with a bang! Jo beet Gaya Vo Baat Gayi, My funds”Live the present and try to make and fill your future with excellence.” Koshish Karo and don’t overthink about the results.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Wow…Deepika….what a wonderful advice. Have to stop overthinking…really working hard…but Joker to bechara Joker hai…

      Thanks for being so kind.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  17. Thank you for this post. I was puzzled because was not sure if my last 10years was worth writing. I can give it a shot with my writing skills(confidence)😊Really a honest reflection throughout 👏👏👏all the best.

  18. Piya Gajbe says:

    This comes across as a straight from the heart read. Wonderfully penned, each word brings out the hoensty, self realisation and a dash of humor added to it. The depiction of your relationship status in a graphical form brought a smile on my face. The blog has it’s own sweet n sour moments. At one moment, I am smiling when I read about the baldness effect and somewhere in other paragraphs I can sense your pain described in subtle words reagarding your father and your regrets and afterthoughts. However, your writing leaves the reader with a light hearted feeling of freshness and a positive outlook. Loved the piece to the core.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I guess if my post was successful in bringing a smile to your face…then each word was worth it…

      Thank you for being so generous with the praises.

      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  19. Wow you have had quite an interesting decade ! Loved the way you have described your journey in a very honest yet humorous way ! May you achieve much more in the next decade and have more amazing things to share with us !!Good luck buddy !

  20. Meena says:

    I felt a wave of positivity from your post Manas. I am glad you tried out new things and then found what you liked to do. It is always best to try out new things before rejecting them. 35 destinations before 35 is an awesome goal. Hope you are able to achieve that.

  21. Srivalli says:

    What a way to start the event! Your use of humor to balance all emotions hit the right chord. I totally relate to suffocation in the corporate industry. Lasted for less than a week. Ugh! Hated every minute of it.
    Guess we all are still waiting to stumble across the trick to make millions (if not billions) in this field. :/
    Not easy to write personal experiences (especially the not-so-good ones), and you did great with that.
    35 destinations is a super cool target. Hope you achieve and exceed your target. 🙂

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Wow…thank you so those super cool words and wishes there Srivalli…lets see how many I visit.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  22. jayanthi6 says:

    Loved the way you laced your decade experiences with humor! 🙂 Humor is the only way we can challenge what life throws at us…and thanks for giving us all an opportunity to pour our decade out!! 🙂

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Humor makes every thing digest easily. The Joker tries to spread smiles 🙂
      Thank you.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  23. shravmusings says:

    Such a honest recap of the decade gone by..ofcourse, no one can miss the humor elements in that…your timing is so precise.

  24. So this is a ‘TELL ALL’ blogpost of the decade!! 😉
    It would make for a good autobiography Manas!
    Hoping this decade changes your ‘single to mingle status’ to ‘already sold’ status! 😄

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Autobiography…nice idea…its another thing that nobody will pick a copy…
      I guess at this rate it will be “Single to mingle’ to ‘Time to denounce’ status 😀
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  25. Swarnali says:

    Just a perfect look back post written in a Joker style. Amazing blend of humour and nostalgia, made me happy as well as I felt the same like you in some way. The best thing was the story of your corporate jobs and being a consistent single through the whole decade!! And Sir Ji, yours was the first post from where I started reading for the hop. Best wishes for the new decade. 🙂

  26. I remember reading your blog some months back and It is good that I am reading it again.

    So tell me ‘Bati Chokha – Malabar curry- spicy biryani, -roshogulla’ to -international cuisines, which one did you like the most? The foodie in me cannot stop talking/writing a mention about food.

    So sorry to read that you lost your best friend and your father in the last decade. I am sure he is showering his blessings on you from the best place he is right now at.

    Being a travel freak too, I wish you visit 35 destinations before you turn 35 and don’t forget to blog about it.

    Trust me universe guides and god shows the right way so that our dreams come true. Wishing you all the good luck.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Being a foodie 😉 you should know…how can we be bias of specialities of a particular region. Every dish has its own charm and taste. waise bhi I have a no discrimination policy… 😀 😀 Thank you for your wishes…Be frequent in visiting 🙂
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  27. shail says:

    Oh my god!!! You have had an very interesting decade. A decade full of travel experiences, food experiences and finally pursuing your writing. Thats what matters right living the moments. Does it really matter your single or bald? Not at all. Be the way you are and keep writing awesome articles!!!

  28. I loved the graph the most and how inclusive you have become in your approach to life. Loss and grief are a part of life, and so is the zest with which you take on it. Kudos.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Glad that you liked it…btw it might mean u didnt read the post…hahaha…just teasing…
      inclusive…hhhmmmm…never thought that way…Thank you for giving me that thought.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  29. A decade well spent, I would say! your kullhad of chai runneth over with a wealth of experience this decade gave you. Had fun , and some chuckles, as i read through your adventures. Wishing you an amazing next decade with a lovely partner by your side. I said it before and i’ll say it again, love the theme of this bloghop!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      We are so happy to have you with us…and on top of that you love the theme.
      How can that be a wish….a partner and having an amazing time at the same time…hahahaha…just jokering..
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  30. Pr@Gun says:

    Now that’s what comes out when a humour pro writes. Such a lovely write-up with decade journey. With such a great sense of humour i don’t mind a kulhad of chai with you. I still cherish your dubai diaries of last AtoZ. Glad to know you tasted a lot in this decade & wish more flavours & fragrances in coming decade too.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Pragun…where are you…I am already preparing the Chai…Humor n Chai…deadly combo…
      Thank you for those aromatic wishes 😉
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  31. Monika says:

    Good to know your journey . It’s always sad and very emotional to loose our dear ones from our life . But you have still tried to keep your life happy and energetic . I liked fun part of your mom – chapatis and she finding strands of hair . Good to know about your travel goals . Btw which international trips have you completed as yet ?

    • Manas Mukul says:

      thanks Monika. I have been to UAE, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, SriLanka…and 1 2 aur…
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  32. Arushi says:

    Wow!!! That is a honest and heart warming post for sure. I loved the way how you have combined facts with humor and also some fiction ;)That is a brilliant post to kick start this blog hop.

    A beautiful recap of your decade. Like everyone you have had your share of downs but I like it how you have stayed happy and not forgotten the ups. Loved your attitude and your writing, Wishing you a great 2020 and an awesome decade ahead. I am sure your writing will be loved by people and you will reach new heights in your blogging career.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for liking the write up and for you lovely wishes Arushi ji
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  33. Haha I love your ‘being single’ graph…
    You’ve had an eventful decade indeed!
    As for your father, I can completely understand what you went through. I too lost my Mum in 2019.. may God give you strength.
    Wish you all the love and luck in the next decade too!

  34. Manas, I love your single graph!
    As for your dad, I can totally understand – I too lost my Mum in 2019 🙁
    May God give you strength. And wish you all the love and luck in the next decade

  35. Amrendra Sinha says:

    Hi Manas, Loved your happening decade journey. Keep rocking like you do. Best Wishes

  36. Aanandika says:

    It takes a brave man to bare his soul like you have here. Good luck for the times to come. May you find love and more varied cuisines in the decades to come.

  37. Meera says:

    I love this Uncle, oops the bhaiyaa.
    This definitely made me laugh and relate in several ways, where a Didi and a bhaiyya turns into an uncle and aunty. And here’s a congratulations to you.

    It indeed was roller coaster ride through your journey of words.
    35 places before 35,
    Do share that journey too.

    Also the IT job after that graduation and that MBA,love the humourous take.

    Should I talk about, “Russian connect!”
    Oh! Let the words do the game…

    Keep writing

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahaha…I am glad you like the post..
      I do keep sharing travel posts… You can read them under JokerNama.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  38. Srivalli says:

    What a start to the event! You’ve balanced various emotions and aspects of your life with light touches of humor. I can see each reader relating to so or other aspect of your post. Personally, I do too, with the suffocation in the corporate industry. Couldn’t last even a week. Ugh!
    Let’s hope someone is going find a cure for hair loss (girls do face a lot of hair loss issues :/ )
    Success will invariably come one day. I’m a firm believer of that statement.
    Good luck on exceeding your target of 35 countries. 🙂

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating the write up. Hoping to read your post soon. 🙂
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  39. vidhya29 says:

    andd this iss amazingg!! loved how you expressed.

  40. aditi says:

    What a lovely post to kickstart the blog hop. Not everyone is blessed with the quality of laughing at oneself. Those who do have the ability to create magic. Good luck 👍🏻

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Laughing at oneself – that’s what a Joker does.
      Thank you for liking this post 🙂
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  41. Srivalli's Kitchen says:

    What a start to the event! You’ve balanced various emotions and aspects of your life with light touches of humor. I can see each reader relating to some or the other aspect of your post. Personally, I do too, with the suffocation in the corporate industry. Couldn’t last even a week. Ugh!
    Let’s hope someone is going find a cure for hair loss (girls do face a lot of hair loss issues :/ )
    Success will invariably come one day. I’m a firm believer in that statement.
    Good luck on exceeding your target of 35 countries. 🙂 

  42. Eligible bachelor garnering female following? Jokes apart…detailed write up of the decade gone by shows how we veer from the highs and lows in life and gain a lot of learning through it all.Every decade will have its charm and hope that the next brings with it all the happiness u deserve and more and ur tribe grows . God bless always.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Harjeet ji for your heartfelt wishes. Glad that you could join the hop.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  43. Supriti says:

    Manas… looks like you poured your heart while writing this. This would be one post that says a lot about you and your life. It is action packed like a Rajnikanth movie. No not literally.. But just when i feel like jumping a few sentences, you come up with another incidence and another punch..(aka humorous wala) 😉 I don’t know if i should pity your single-hood or cheer it for giving birth to a wonderful writer like u. but whatever it is I hope and wish that you achieve whatever you desire for. Your Maa ka pyar for you will definitely take you to the top of the world and till then i will root for you.

    PS: I am curious to know what is the y axis on your singlehood chard? You just tickled the management graduate in me. 😉

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahaha nice to know that there is a management grad here. Same Same.
      I just had to come up with something to explain it. what better than a graph. Lets get technical. That’s like the percentage of singlehood which starts from 50 and goes till 95. 😀 😀 😀
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  44. Wow!!What a decade!!! I salute your never give up attitude..It was great to see how you overcame it all to find your true calling..Am highly inspired to follow my dreams..Thanks for sharing..

  45. That is quite an honest recap of the decade, Manas. Enjoyed reading it. The singlehood chart is quite amusing. Being single is not bad…. take it from a veteran 😉

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I definitely take your word. I like this phase too. 😀
      Thanks for liking it.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  46. Love the self-deprecating humour and honesty in this post–you have such a clear writing voice, Manas. Thanks for sharing this slice of life with us.

  47. Amazing read Manas Ji! Seriously, kullhad… Loved it! And also the way you put across many difficult issues so humoursly! So many feelings described truly. Great start to this decade. Wishing you all the luck… you will fly through this decade with happiness and clarity of thought.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hehe…Thank you Srishti ji for loving the write up. Hope to bring more smiles in the future.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  48. Swathi C says:

    wow , lovely . I enjoyed the part where you emphasised brother sister relationship

  49. Facts and truths of your life have been presented very nicely in a humorous note, its not an easy task to make fun of self…enjoyed reading. Wish you complete your traveling goal very soon.

  50. Anupriya says:

    I have been contemplating myself about what to write for this blog hop. I thought writing about my life would be too boring for others to read. But if I could write it all the way you have, I would have no reason to worry. I am really sorry for the loss of your father, and really do wish that he would be proud of you from wherever he is watching you. Kudos for organizing this mega blog hop.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Anupriya ji for gracing our Hop with your presence. So lovely to have you on board. Thanks for liking the post.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  51. Richa says:

    A bittersweet memoir that bears the hallmark of a life lived full and well. More power to you Manas. Great, honest post👍🏽

    • Manas Mukul says:

      RSM finding time to post a comment on my blog. You already made my 2020. Batao kya khaoge…
      On a serious note…thank you so much dil se for liking the post.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  52. This was so relateable. The absolute tryst with life and it’s truth. The falling from glory to finding your calling, I particulary enjoyed the disclaimer 😜 Bitter Facts and Humour all penned down together. Definitely it’s a GOOD BYE from me😊

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the post Zenobia. Keep visiting. Waiting to read your post. Thank you so much.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  53. Varsh says:

    You sure have a sense of humour. Not many people can state uncomfortable facts of their lives in such a funny way. Seen a lot and done a lot and lot more to do too in life, Manas. Writing is one thing that never deserts you. Der aaye, durust aaye!

  54. Just one question ….why the Joker as a theme for your blog ..

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Even though you feel you never made your father proud during his lifetime, parents are generally content with the smallest achievements of their children. So don’t feel guilty about it.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      That’s a long answer Aishwarya ji…if you want I will share a post…an interview…where I have explained in detail why Joker…batana…will share…
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  55. It was such an honest and intriguing post, Manas. You are already Premchand with super duper hit blog hop and trending hashtags. I am so glad to be a part of this blog hop and meeting a lovely host who has a very good sense of humour. Wish to meet u in person someday. May this decade gifts you your soulmate and help you find true love. GOOD LUCK!!👍

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Debidutta..for enjoying the post…Na na premchand ban gaye to nirvana prapt ho jayega…
      About humor…i guess was born that way…Would love to meet you too….Panchkula me table book karke rakho ap…
      What if I already met the soulmate in the last decade…and may be she is with her soulmate 😀 😀
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  56. Disha says:

    That has been a balanced decade for you with the ups and downs. Loved the conversational tone of the post. And, commitment ka laddu jo khaye vo pachtaye jo na khaye vo bhi pachtaye. 😉

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hmmmm….matlab shadi ka laddoo se commitment ka ho gaya hai…ab to us platform ki tarah hai…trains aati hai rukti hai…aur fir chal deti hai…
      Thanks for liking the post.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  57. If this is what you call an unpolished post then I do not know what you mean by a Polished one. This is what I call a ‘Dil Se’ post. I could feel that funny bone, the hidden serious tone in this.
    As I read your post, I recalled one moment in my life when I was young. It was when I had asked my father his Autograph for the first time in my life. I must have been in my teens then. He wrote just one line and I felt sad that instead of filling the page unlike others, he had written just a sentence.
    “Live your Life LIVE” it said. The younger me didnt understand the meaning then but now, as I stand on the threshold of entering into the next decade of my life…I understand what he meant.
    Your life has had ups and downs, happy and sad moments, easy and tough phases but as I read your post I could only think this – ‘You Manas Sameer Mukul have lived your life live’ and M so proud to have come across a lively human being like you.
    Cheers to your lively life and may it be more wonderful and glorious in the decades to come.

    PS: And as for the fictional part..if it was a fiction then I advice you to make it a fact ASAP…Russians are really cute ;PP

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahahahaaa…thank you so much for this amazing reply Preeti. I enjoyed it as much as writing this post. I would focus on EACH advice that you gave me 😀 😀

  58. Shraddha Mukul says:

    Kisi ne kaha hai… jo kuch nahi karte wo kamaal karte hai… so when u set out to leave the parameters of world behind …this is what you do… create magic… like u with your words… awesome write up… i wish i could hear more of it

  59. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Such a beautiful recap of your last decade..I had felt that I am watching an interesting movie that have lots of heartwarming had described all ups and lows of your amazing journey in an unique humurous style. wish you all the best for upcoming decade. may your all dreams come true and you get what you actually want from life.

  60. An intensely personal journey of the last decade! Yet it has important takeaways forall your readers. Persistence and a never say die attitude!

  61. Love the humour element that you incorporated even while talking of your lows. Sorry to hear about your father. I am sure he is proud of you now.
    I am so glad you mentioned that stereotypical nomenclature of uncle and aunty, just because you’re a certain age. I have imposed the same rule too. No one dare call me aunty. 😀 😛
    All the best for the next roller-coaster decade!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      eeeee….sorrrryyyy…just kidding..
      Thank you so much for your lovely wishes and loving the post.

  62. If this was the unpolished post, I have to wait to read your “35 countries before 35” travel book. Canvasing a decade experience of love, loss and adventures (including the fictional one) in a striking comic relief was commendable. Hopping on the train for next read.

  63. OneLife says:

    This one’s as interesting as bald you are. Life is indeed a rollercoaster ride but you have managed well despite the road blocks being faced. I am sure aane wale decade mein kranti hi machyega, so all the best and live life as you want.

  64. Geethica says:

    Hey Manas, I guess we bloggers have the best medium to talk our heart out. It was emotional to hear you losing your father and a glory that you survived the decade gone successfully. Wish you loads of luck for the life ahead.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes Geethica ji and even more heartfelt wishes for being a part of this hop.

  65. 35 international destinations before 35! I am jealous. Travelling opens one’s mind. At least that has been my experience

  66. mahekg says:

    A heartfelt post for sure.. Sabse pehle toh I will wish a change in the graph, on a lighter note. I too discovered the travel kheeda if I have say in the last decade and I love to explore and agree that we may or may not be able to share it in the best ways but it teaches us a lot. I hope this decade gives you ample opportunities to make your father and family proud and is a fun filled roller-coaster ride and enriching one.

  67. Parul says:

    There are a very few bloggers who have the art of writing on a serious topic in such a fun and humorous way. I loved reading every bit of it. Also you would become an uncle in this decade, I already am addressed as aunty by my daughter’s friends. And that been there in my life from the last decade. 🙈

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahahhaa…We will see about the uncle and aunty part this decade…Thanks for appreciating the write up. Means a lot.
      #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  68. What a lovely way to kick off the blog train, Manas. A very heartfelt and honest post, direct from the heart. I love how you sprinkled humour and made your not-so-easy journey look easier to us. I really wish you all the very best for the coming years and by the way, wo fiction wali baat pe doubt hai zara mujhe 🙂 Keep rocking mere dost 🙂

  69. Mukul! A deeply personal post. You have been very candid about your emotions. I found the typos a bit jarring in the flow of the narrative. – Rohit Verma

  70. Lavanya says:

    Aren’t all moms the same? Kudos on a honest and emotive post. here’s some wishes from me for a great decade ahead!

  71. Loved your post. It was RAW. I could feel your emotions flowing through your words.
    Just remember “Picture abhi baki hai mere dost” and keep the good work rolling.

  72. Wah wah!! Hearty applause Manas for a rip-roaringly funny, scathingly honest and heartwarmingly real write-up. Jab Russian wali line padhi, toh I actually did a double take (before reading that it was a joke!!) Haahahahaah! Too funny Mr. Joker! Twinkle Khanna, move to the side- Mr. Funnybones is in the da house!!

  73. Neha Sharma says:

    Best of the best life journeys are those which have ups and downs, successes and failures but when you recall those years it only brings a smile to your face. And you have brought a smile on face of your readers too with your sense of humor embedded in your style of writing. Congratulations for the self hosted blog, wish you all the very best for the coming years.

  74. Prerna Wahi says:

    I love your writing style Manas. Simple, heartfelt and witty. Your decade seems to have been quite interesting with lots of promises for the next one!

  75. surabhi19 says:

    I enjoyed your adventurous roller coaster ride and your honest writing style.wish you all the best for your up coming life and may you find everything your heart desires.

  76. My God such an honest post. I enjoyed every detail and every happening. The biggest achievement I see in your story that you did what you liked. No pressure from family or society can pull you back to the routine life of a typical man. And that why you are still on the way to make yourself happy. Kudos to you 😊

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Hahaha…thank you Shipra ji for loving the post…about the pressure all I can say is that it is always in one’s hands to let it affect or not.

  77. Priyal says:

    Hats off to your style, how in a serious note you can bring humorously act too. Only a few can do this. And beta toh Maa Ka Laadla hi Hota hai 😜 saying this because I am seeing this in my home too :p. And sorry to know about your father, more power to the young man and best wishes for this decade

  78. Hey Manas, what I liked is the humorous tone of your honesty about yourself.
    Well I definitely agree about hairs strands the biggest deserters of my life also in past decade.

    The subtle transition that you made from your experiences to an idea for all of us to do something more meaningful like 35 destinations b4 35was cool.

    And I think you are more of a Dharamveer Bharti instead of Premchand since you accept your flaws and improve rather than PC style rock solid unchangeable personality.

    Well done n well posted.

  79. Rashi Roy says:

    What skills man! I know how hurriedly you have written this post and just look at you, this is brilliant. Does that chart means you started the decade as 50% single & now you are 95% single? Means there’s still chance… who’s in that 5% … curious 😛 Anyone from the long list of cuisine you shared?

    Because it’s Joker’s post, I can’t even say jokes apart but on a serious note I must appreciate your use of words, especially in depicting your loss and how much you miss him. He’s proud of you.

    If fiction is to be believed, your one-liner bestseller has already become the talk of the town! How about coming up with 35 before 35? That surely is a feat 👏👏👏 I completely feel you at the mention of ‘uncle’ I am shocked too … kids nowadays… aunty kaise bol sakte hai 🙄 Moms are just adorable and my mom says, when you have more money, you have less hair! So, hello Mr. Millionaire 🤩

    I wish I could write something this wonderful. The univerrse has certainly blessed you and am lucky to have met a gem like you… and … and … and … this hop wouldn’t have been possible without you. Am the happiest 🤗 Cheers!

    I know now you’ll say itna lamba to tumne khud ka post nahi likha 😅😅😅

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