Times have changed !
We have rung out the old year and ushered in the new.
I was going through my pictures last night and came across the pictures of my trip to Egypt in 2008. Tahrir Square – at that time – was a quaint old square, smack in front of the Egyptian Museum. People came, sat and saw the world go by.
Never did we expect that the people’s revolution with its epicenter at the same Tahrir Square would force Hosni Mubarak out of power in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters there, intensified pressure on president Hosni Mubarak to step down. The square – according to the media – was flooded with an estimated 500,000 Egyptians clamouring for change.
We were not destined to see history in the making. May be it was better that way. The picture last night brought memories flooding back.
Tahrir Square circa May 2008
The world has changed since then. Starting with the Tunisia, we have seen revolutions across across Africa and the middle east. Whether the regime changes will work out for the better or the countries make a slow descend into a quagmire – only time will tell.
As conflicts rage on and with a few more wars on the anvil, how the world shapes up in the new year remains to be seen.
Anyway, lets wish the best for everyone. . .
Here’s to wishing all my dear readers a very happy new year.