In the end it was all a maya. The world did not come to an apocalyptic end on December 21 as was predicted by doomsday-mongers, after ‘deciphering’ ancient Mayan hieroglyphs. The world is still alive and kicking! All the more reason to go all out and celebrate life, say a bunch of young achievers from Kerala. They talk to MetroPlus about the phenomenon and their hopes and dreams for 2013. Here’s what they have to say…

In the end it was all a maya. The world did not come to an apocalyptic end on December 21 as was predicted by Doomsday-mongers, after ‘deciphering’ ancient Mayan hieroglyphs. The world is still alive and kicking! All the more reason to go all out and celebrate life, say a bunch of young achievers from Kerala. They talk to MetroPlus about the phenomenon and their hopes and dreams for 2013. Here’s what they have to say…

Deepak Ravindran:

(CEO, Innoz Technologies)

Everything is maya! I admit I am a tad superstitious about these things. I mean, I believe that if a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere! And now that the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world, bring on the iPhone 6, I say! In 2013, Innoz’ goal is to give people more reasons to smile by our innovations, as we believe this leads to positive things in the world. On a personal note, though, I’ve resolved that in 2013, I’ll stop considering other people's feelings when they so obviously don't consider mine – if that unwashed fellow sits next to me again, I’ll tell him he stinks.

Fahadh Faasil:

(Actor)

If it was the end of the world, it would mean the end of everything. What’s the fun in living in the world after that? I plan to embrace the coming year and carry on doing what I’ve been doing - nothing much. Although, I must admit it is an interesting concept – this end of the world thing. In fact, I had talked to a couple of people about a possible movie based on the Mayan calendar, which would tell the tale of how a bunch of guys spend the last day on earth. Imagine the possibilities…We were actually planning for a December 20 release. Obviously, it didn’t work out; maybe, before the next doomsday; when was that again?

Hibi Eden:

(Member of Legislative Assembly)

Well, to be honest, I was totally unaware of the whole doomsday drama! I was so caught up in my own work that the buzz escaped my notice. In fact, I heard about it the very next day when the world was supposed to end and I had a good laugh over it. As for 2013, I want to improve upon my performance as a people’s representative. There are no big promises, but I’d like to thoroughly follow up whatever activities we’ve initiated. On the personal front, I’d like to devote more time to my family, now that I’ve become a father.

Sreenath Bhasi:

(Actor, musician, anchor)

I wasn’t worried about the prophecy. But then, you never know what is going to happen, isn’t it? Even when we claim that we know everything, actually there are many things about which you can’t predict. So, instead of worrying about that, you have to take the present as a gift and live on. Regarding 2013, I’m waiting to travel as much as possible. Probably, somewhere outside India.

Ranjini Haridas:

(Television host, newbie actor)

When I first heard that the world would come to an end on December 21, my initial reaction was ‘I wish I had not invested my money in fixed property. How will I find the money to spend and chill before the end comes?’ I knew, though, that the world would go on; I had a gut feeling. There was nothing happening in and around to prove otherwise. I am a kind of person who believes in living each day to the fullest. For 2013, I plan to travel more, not for work, but for proper vacations.

Anna Katharina Valayil:

(Singer)

Oh, was it supposed to end on the 21st? I thought it was on the 23rd! When I first heard of the doomsday prophecy, I was like ‘Oh No, the date clashes with my wedding plans!’ However, I was so busy planning for my engagement in November and now for my wedding in February, 2013, that I completely lost track.I am glad the world did not come to an end though, because, I am getting married! My fiancé, Ranjesh Chandy, is a caterer based in Kottayam. As I am a bit of loner and my work takes me away from my family most of the time, this new year, I plan to spend more time with my family.

Aparna Nair:

(Actor)

Not at all… I wasn’t worried about the prophecy. Regarding 2013, something which I really want to do is restart my dance classes. My dance had taken a backseat owing to my film commitments and so this year I want to devote more time for it.

Jomon T. John:

(Cinematographer)

Yes, I did hear about doomsday but wasn’t worried about it. There have been quite a few predictions like that earlier. In fact, I read recently on how a person predicted that the world would end next year. But if the world were to end, I would like to spend the days before it did, with my family and friends. In 2013, I would like to explore the world, the various cultures. I would also like to spend more time with my family and try out new techniques in cinematography.