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  • Ekta Kumar

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“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

On a very quiet Friday night at home, a very cool song began to play and I started to go round and round, literally spinning on my toes, wondering how fast could I go. The Milky Way takes hundreds of millions of years to complete just one round. The earth, twenty four hours. Time, as a reference point is notoriously hard to pin down. And yet, we try.

Counting rotations, counting hours, counting lives.

And thus 2023 comes to a close.

solar system art vintage

Ellen Baker's 'Solar System' Quilt, 1876

2024 will be welcomed with open arms, and hope. There will be a big fuss around it. Most of us will try and stay up, like Cinderellas tied to midnight. And when the clock ticks and we shall chant – 10, 9, 8, 7…

But what is going to happen?

ladies drinking gin on girls night out vintage europe

The Gin Shop - Anonymous 1765

We turn to the clock in anticipation of change. Perhaps there will be new things. But I see the sun, unfazed, it will quietly set and rise again. 

Some things don’t change. Some do.

claude monet sun painting sunrise impressionist

Sunrise - Claude Monet, 1872

2024! Are you making promises you cannot keep?

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Amadeo Modigliani, 1915

Wishing you happy days, some filled with sun.

See you on the other side.

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