It is that time of year again to share with you our adventures in the year gone by. 2010 has been another year of magic and wonder…

Taran and Roshan turned 6 this May. How time flies! They have continued to do well at chess winning the State Championship and several other tournaments. The boys joined a new school for first grade. They are happy learners and have made many new friends. They did their first stage performance in school and are now busy interviewing agents to represent them in Hollywood.

Ritesh started the year with additional responsibilities at work. But magically somehow found time for events such as the Australian Grand Prix, golf at St. Andrews, “Making your own scotch” event at Scotland and enjoying the verdant rainforests and white sand beaches of Rio. We are a little confused about his profession – it seems he is employed by Lonely Planet rather than Infosys. We will update you when we have more clarity on the same.

Nidhi had set a goal for herself this year to learn swimming. She is so proud of finally learning the skill (at about the same time when the boys learnt it). Finally, neither of them needs a life jacket to swim in the deep. Ritesh, on the other hand, continues to swim (or in his case, fly) in the oceans of outsourcing. One blog compared him to George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air”. Ever since, Nidhi has been very receptive of his travels. George Clooney, even vicariously, is always welcome! Ritesh, on the other hand, is more interested in the Vera Farmiga part of the equation! Good luck to him!

Sports were a big part of the Idnani family this year. The whole family bonded over the Football World Cup (soccer) this summer when Taran and Roshan were ardently following Brazil, wearing Brazilian T-shirts and growing their hair “just like Kaka”. However, the moment Brazil lost; they changed their allegiance to Spain and quickly got a haircut. So much for loyalties! They are now fast becoming NFL fans following on their dad’s footsteps. Nidhi hopes that their enthusiasm for the game doesn’t lead them to following Tom Brady’s current hairstyle.

The Idnanis were able to squeeze in a bit of travel this year. They started in the Prairies in South Dakota, were completely taken by the beauty of the Black hills and Mount Rushmore, were enchanted by the Badlands, visited Minneapolis, Canada, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Jersey shore, Miami and Disney World. The Idnanis spent the bulk of the summer in India visiting family and friends. Ritesh and Nidhi knew that the vacation in India was truly successful when by the end of the trip Taran and Roshan were singing Hindi songs and were imagining themselves to be Tendulkar and Sehwag while playing cricket. This was complete indoctrination!

We can’t help but feel a sense of excitement for the wonderful year we just had and the year that is ahead of us now. As we welcome 2011, we hope it will bring good luck, good health, prosperity and happiness to you and your loved ones.

The Idnani Family

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