On Changes and Allied Themes

Sunil Sharma

The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.

---Josiyah Martin

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

---George Eliot


Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true

---Alfred Lord Tennyson


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Setu family.


Welcome, 2022!

Exits, an old year.

Welcome, New Year!

A ritual. A strategy---ongoing.

Old memories---or certain ones--- to be cherished for some time, then they fade in.

New ones to be created and preserved for coming months.

Life moves on, along the predictable patterns and grooves, end of the year…start of another.

Despair to be overcome and change stoically accepted, in crises, manufactured or divine.

Let us pray for the best and prepare for the worst in uncertain times.


The special section deals with this enduring theme of the old and the new, cyclical in nature: What is new, what is old? Time to revisit the year that was; time to find hope in the year to come.

Select writers interpret it broadly and come up with their responses to this yearly review and planning of future pathways.

The given theme addresses the main foundation of human civilization---hope; hope that can never be extinguished by the worst winds of misfortune. It is an emotion, an ingrained part of psyche, a tool---common, yet unique--- that keeps us afloat, despite the setbacks and adversities.

Hope compels us to stare defeat and death in the eye---and often come back triumphant!

The present edition documents this sentiment and mood.

Elsewhere, there is also a fresh call for the January edition.

You are welcome to send through email your properly-formatted works for consideration.


With Omicron looming ahead as the latest stalking killer, the threat of pandemic continues across the nervous world but humanity marches on dauntlessly, trying to discover fresh ways to fight the monster that refuses to be tamed. The struggle continues to find cures.

Nothing can keep humans down for long.

This will also pass.


We wish you all the very best for the coming months---health, wellness, well-being, calmness, an overall happiness and prosperity.

Let us usher in a brand-new 2022: Hoping for a better future…and become what we wish or intend to become by adopting the annual resolutions on the eve of the upcoming year, some remembered, some forgotten.

Always better to try than give up easily.

The deep desire to change for improved version burns bright in each bosom---and propels us forward on the terrestrial journey.

And bring in eternal flame of bright hope---the mainsprings of further human progress in every age!

Together, we can make the difference in the community and nation.

Take care!

Do write in, please!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks to the contributors too.

Sunil Sharma
Editor, Setu (English)
Toronto, Canada

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