Archith’s Year in Review: 2020

December 2020

1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before?

I cancelled a friends trip to Mexico (Cancun and Tulum) after coronavirus infection rates surged. Instead, my friends and I took a safer approach and did a beach cabin trip to Alys Beach instead!

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Two of my best friends, Khanjan (Kuki)/Prateek and Deepa/Yogi had their first babies this year! I am so excited for Baby Anya and Baby Siddharth — the first official piglets in our group!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

One of my AAJA mentors, Maria Mercader, died from coronavirus complications. I meet her every year during our AAJA journalism conferences and and beyond grateful for her support and guidance over the last few years. After a certain point, you get so numb to the numbers until you can put a face to it. It was absolutely shocking and devasting to hear about Maria’s passing earlier this year, but I am grateful for all the memories with her.

5. What countries did you visit?

India – friend’s wedding, Sri Lanka – first solo trip

6. What would you like to have this year that you did not last year?

A better physique!

7. What date will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 30, 2019 – my brother’s wedding day!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting a new agent, booking a great role, starting a great job in my home city!

9. What was your biggest failure?

I think not figuring out what my biggest failure was!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No but despite being better about yoga and orange theory, my cholesterol needs help!

11. What was the best thing you bought

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of last year?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating out as often as I did but hey #archEATS needs content! ha ha

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

21. Did you fall in love in 2003?

22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
I still love Desperate Housewives!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
The Actor’s Life (Jenna Fischer)

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

27. What did you want and get?
A new job in my home city

28. What did you want and not get?
A photographer

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My “pigs” dinner at Osterria Matone, and a friends masquerade party at Avalon

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?

33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ryan Seacrest is inspiring as he was during American Idol – this guy can do it all!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The division in America over politics and race
36. Who did you miss?
37. Who was the best new person you met?

38. Your favorite social media memory:

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned last year:

40. Three words to describe last year: