2019 was not exactly the best year for a lot of us, but we're hoping you will treat us better. We had ups and downs and sometimes the downs outweighed the ups. I wanted to talk to you on the behalf of young Indians in the country so you know what we're expecting from you.
My friend, Pranav 24, wants 2020 to be a better year for him work-wise. He's bored of doing the whole "work for exposure" nonsense. He wants work that helps him financially and allows his creativity to be recognized.
Darshana, 21 wants fewer rickshaw rejections. This year she thinks she has been rejected at least a few thousand times. She wants to take the auto without re-evaluating her whole existence every few minutes.
Rajas, 34 wants to tell people that One Direction is a great band without being judged for it - he tried using the phrase "It's 2019, grow up" but it didn't work. He wants to blast "Steal My Girl" on the aux without hearing the "oohs" and "aahs" from everyone.
Asmita, 16 wants to stop biting her nails finally, but she needs to be less stressed. All she hopes for is a low-stress year so she can wear some nail polish without looking like she has baby hands.
Artist and part-time singer, Varun, 23 wants to use shampoo as a body wash, face wash and hair wash without being told he's crazy. He hopes in 2020 people will stop pulling his leg for being a 3-in-1 kind of person.
Aprtim, 27 wants WhatsApp to come with a fact-check filter because he's tired of all the fake news and badly written forwards that he gets.
Karshini, 20 wants an alarm clock that violently wakes her up because nothing, not even throwing a bucket of water on her, works. As much as she loves her sleep she wants to wake up on time and get her shit done.
Chinmayee, 25 wants a huge soundproof room where no one except her can come in because she's an introvert who needs her space and 2019 has been one huge social gathering for her.
Anushka, 19 wants an unlimited supply of fairy lights so that she can pretend she's in a starry world and not feel so anxious all the time. She also wants to take her grown-ass labrador everywhere she goes so that she's never too far away from her 'baby.'
Junaid, 23 wants you to legalize weed so that he won't be considered a criminal and can still calm his nerves without regretting it legally. He wants to carry his weed everywhere he goes so he's not overwhelmingly anxious all the time.
Akshat, 27 wants to start reading more because he only read three pages of "The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck" and he still gives just as many fucks because he never finished reading the book.
Rudraksh, 31 wants to understand the world of online dating because the real world hasn't really worked out for him all these years. He hopes tinder will finally find him the woman of his dreams.
Juliana, 21 wants to understand her sexuality better because she kissed a girl this year, and she liked it. She wants to kiss more girls (and boys) and figure out how she feels about it.
2020, we're all hoping you will bring us the smallest of joys and the largest of opportunities. We can't wait to have 2020 vision and feel better about ourselves, we're just a little excited because this could be "our year." We hope you can hear us out and help us with our tiny little requests.
A bunch of hopeful young Indians.