Arjun Basu
3 min readDec 16, 2021

Was a year that happened

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash

The plague has rendered time moot; we live in an age of timelessness and timefullness, one where the passage of time is both felt and not felt, where we are unaware of its passage and completely aware of how it diminishes us.

In 2021 I left the province once (recently) and travelled aboard an airplane. I had not left the province since early 2020. Needless to say, I have not left the country in that time.

In 2021 I started a business.

In 2021 I finished another manuscript and then divorced my agent when he was incapable of selling it (and the two I’d already completed the previous year).

In 2021 I watched many movies (but only once in a proper theatre, and that was to watch Dune, a cinematic event that managed to both underwhelm and overwhelm at once, so very of the moment) and television shows and read a lot of books. Many of the movies I watched, shows I binged and books I read were good, some excellent, and some not so good.

As in 2020, I spent 2021 cooking quite a bit. I became adept at cooking some things and continued to need to consult recipes for others. Some of the recipes are crutches and I don’t really need them.

In 2021 I stopped paying attention to most news, especially the news industry as disseminated by television. I’m not sure quite when it…



Arjun Basu

Writer. Complainer. I drink bourbon. I work in content, branding and strategy. Next novel, The Reeds, out in 2024. @arjunbasu in many places.