Celebs talk about the agony and ecstasy of 2017 and what they expect from 2018.
Healthy days - CR Omanakuttan
Everybody said Omanakuttan had cancer when I underwent radiation on the advice of Dr VP Gangadharan. There was a deluge of sympathy. Radiation was necessary because of a difference in PSA count in blood. After that the doctor said, Omanakuttan doesn't have cancer. So, my advice to those nearing 50 is to take a PSR test.
Will write a novel titled '1964'. 1964 was a happening year. The Communist party split. There were divisions in the Congress. I saw all these when I was a student at Kollam SN College.
For the refugees - Anita Nair
This is the year of the refugees. 2018 will see the suffering of stateless people. Not just Asia, Europe and Africa too are facing refugee problem. It is strange that people have no land or life of their own when countries are spending big on religion, defence and security. Had worked with a UN team that studied refugees this year.
The memorable event of 2017 is a bike ride to Kandaghat in Himachal Pradesh. It was an unexpected trip. Rode the bike up the mountain ranges. Felt like the mind was left open. Hope that 2018 will be a year of travel.
With the child, family - PR Sreejesh
Having to sit out due to injury was the biggest grief this year. Was out of the team when I was the captain. The bad time extended till six months. Couldn't play in the World Hockey League finals and Asia Cup. The agony of staying away from the ground was offset by the birth of my son. After being busy for years, could spend a lot of time with family.
Back in the team camp after injury. Expecting a strong comeback into the team. The New Year is starting with New Zealand series. Hope to find a place in the team for the series. The first hurdle is to regain form.
Inspiration from saint - George Joseph K
2017 was the year when I had to endure emptiness and rejections. Ailments added to the list of agonies. Overcame them through books.
A swami takes a dip in the Ganga. A man spits on the swami. The swami takes a dip again. This goes on for some time. But the swami is not at all angry. In the end, the man says sorry. The swami tells him, “I could repeat the holy dip because of you.” This story stimulated me. The rest of the year was that of positive energy for me.
Saw a dream the last day. I was sleeping on a globe. When I got up I was sleeping on Sri Lanka. The dream will take wings in the form of a novel. Will write that in 2018.