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As 2013 is getting ready to go down the lanes of history with a cosy wrap of memories engulfing it, the brand new 2014 is gearing up for a grand entry tomorrow. As is the rule of the universe one leaves to make space for the another, here’s a quick look at the year that was 2013 – that was ridden with so many conflicts, changes, and life-changing decisions.

While there were both good and bad news that dominated the media this year, 2013 was a year that numerous upheavals – whether it was Aam Aadmi Party forming a government in New Delhi, escalating prices of daily consumption commodities, judgement on Nirbhaya’s case, or the final outcome of highly sensationalised Aarushi murder case, or the numerous voices were raised in relation to women safety issues.

The year also saw a regressive decision from Supreme Court on gay/lesbian marriages being illegal, thus generating another round of opinions from experts. The year also saw some of the talented and veteran people breathing their last and bidding adieu to this mortal world for their heavenly abode, while some took retirement from their respective fields to make space for younger generation.

Some of the renowned personalities who left for their heavenly abode this year include Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Peter O’Toole, Pauline Friedman Phillips aka “Dear Abby,” Lou Reed and Hugo Chavez. For a detailed list of notable deaths in 2013 click here. The year also saw the tragic death of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker.

Coming to India, the 2013 spelt doom for many celebrities from Hindi Cinema! Actors like Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan and comedian Rajpal Yadav were found guilty and were put behind the bars. Some of the popular personalities in Bollywood who bid adieu to us include Jiah Khan, Pran, Jagdish Raj (an actor who played a cop in 144 films), Farooq Sheikh, director Yash Chopra, legendary singer Shamshad Begum, Director Rituparno Ghosh, renowned photographer Jagdish Mali, and legendary playback singer Manna Dey. Talking about singers; Reshma – that charismatic singer who sang the ever-popular number Lambi Judai in the film Hero, also passed away this year.

This year was also not good for religion of Indian Sports – Cricket, as three key players of IPL were arrested for spot fixing and betting. And then the God of the Indian cricket took retirement from the game. (Detail post to follow soon).

2013 was indeed a year of common man in India, as he chose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over experienced Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party. And with all that noise the country welcomed 2014 with open arms hoping that new year will bring with it lots of positive changes in their lives as well.

And on that note here’s wishing everyone a great year ahead!