I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore, but the one thing I resolved to do was start writing afresh, on a blank slate. So here I am, after spending a couple of hours trying to come up with a fancy username – and found them all taken. I would have loved something with a tree in it, especially Peepal, or Banyan – something precious and sacred. Kalavata is a portmanteau of two words with each many meanings, and together meaning not much at all.

Here’s to an interesting new year.