PHOTO MOMENT: Anjali’s New Year’s Greetings

with Anjali Shah (image designer & contributor)

Hey heeeeyy!!

This is not only the Half-Eaten Mind’s first Photo Moment of 2014, it is also our first article full-stop, and today it comes courtesy of piZap whizzkid, little sister and loyal contributor Anjali.

I was expecting New Year‘s Eve to be a quiet one for me. The weather was atrocious, with the streets sodden with rain and a horrible wind blowing all over. Just as I had finished dinner, I got a text from one of my brothers asking me to come down his place. As I had already eaten and as I knew that public transport would largely shut down for the New Year’s holiday, I was not going to go. but luckily a family friend who had a car was also visiting, and immediately I got ready, left the house, trudged through the rain and rode on of the last buses heading towards Canning Town tube station. Once I got to my mother’s house, we had some quality family time. I watched them all have a hefty takeaway order of pizza and chicken burgers. I felt a bit hungry again so pinched a quarter of Mum’s chicken burger. We watched EastEnders ( a soap opera set in London’s East End) and a comic puppet show on Comedy Central, while me and my friend Yousaf had a comments war on Facebook concerning Justin Bieber (He’s a fan, though he denies it, I am definitely not!). Our family get-together culminated in a small fireworks display in the back garden. Though the rain by now was heavy, it didn’t dampen our spirits. The fireworks went off with a bang, we saw a solitary Chinese lantern drift past like a bright orange UFO and we welcomed 2014 in with smiles and cheers. It was a lovely and memorable evening.

As part of the New Year’s celebrations, Anjali created a special piZap image which she had scheduled to release on her Twitter account at exactly 12:00 GMT – the first minute of 2014. I was able to preview the image before she put it on general display, and what can I say, It was stupendous, an amazing shock of colour, detail, and all the party atmosphere a New Year’s beginning entails, concentrated into a few pixels. Now I know my sister’s design talents well, and regular readers will know too, but I was genuinely shocked into silence here. The caption she enclosed with it was just as great. It must be said though, like all good things, it must be seen to be truly appreciated. So here it is below.

(c) A. Shah/piZap

I think she has captured the spirit of New Year’s perfectly. The bright flashes and noise of a million fireworks festooning the night skies. The beginnings of a new start, new ventures and new friendships. The dissemination of kindness and the desire for prosperity. It’s time to let bygones be bygones, and to let old grudges and difficulties be blown to fragments like the casings of the assorted pyrotechnics that are launched heavenwards at every New Years.

Let’s hope 2014 can be a wonderful year for all of us…..

******:):):) 2014:):):) ******


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Posted on January 1, 2014, in Photo moments and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. :O Thanks for sharing my picture! It was fun with you all yesterday:) Happy New Year!๐Ÿ˜€ xxxxx


  2. Gleaner Hall Ltd

    Happy New Year!
    beautiful design and yes, it captures the Ambiance of the New Year perfectly!


  3. Hi Vijay,
    you must also forgive me for my English but I reciprocate the effort of translation you did when you left me a comment on my blog. Hopefully this coming year better for everyone despite the global crisis in which we are immersed not stop we remember the phrase that one day someone said:

    “Life gives you a thousand reasons to mourn, shows that you have a thousand and one to dream. Make your life a dream and your dream a reality.”

    ย Happy new year 2014!

    Francisco Javier Tostado


  4. A very friendly uplifting post Vijay๐Ÿ˜€

    Glad to know you brought in the New Year with warmth and happiness – thanks for sharing the sentiment!

    Brilliant work Anji – All the best to you and yours!

    Happy New Year to all the friends of the HalfEatenMind – Cheers!


    • Hi Michael, thanks for your comment.
      It was a beautiful occassion spent with my wonderful family.
      I’ll be sure to pass on your compliment to my sister.
      I wish a very happy New Year to, its fans, friends, contributors and of course, especially yourself:)



  5. This blog post is fantastic, a perfect way to ring in the new year, very descriptive and completely detailed. An excellent blog post very well done Vijay ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ!!!!!!!

    -Mother Nature | Life at the touch of a button.


    • Alex, thank you so much for your appreciation of this article. Your words help keep me motivated to keep writing great content, as compliments and understandings are essentially the fire that keeps the furnace of creativity burning. We certainly brought out the New Year in style!!:)



      • You’re welcome, a way to ring out the old year and in with the new year, and thank you for the kind gesture Vijay, I really appreciated it ๐Ÿ˜Š!!!

        -Mother Nature | Life at the touch of a button.


  6. With all my heart I wish you all a splendid new year 2014.


  7. Very colourful!! Have a wonderful and blessed Year 2014, my friend!



  8. Hi Vijay. Nothing like family to make us feel good. Please check out what I said about you on this post:
    If anything doesn’t fir for you please speak up so I can change it. All the best for 2014.


  9. Te he nominado para e Blog of 2013 the Year, es un honor para mi. Un prospero aรฑo


    • Hola Pastiva,
      Muchas Gracias, pero ya he completado todas las estrellas de Blog del Aรฑo 2013. Sin embargo Aprecio su consideraciรณn de mi blog. Les deseo un muy feliz Aรฑo Nuevo.



  10. Just the nicest way to start the New Year. Have a happy 2014 Vijay:)


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