How old do you feel now? A throwback to 2011 in 10 pictures | Condé Nast Traveller India


We know how it’s ending. But how did it start? As the decade draws to a close, we have this little throwback to the year 2011, and all the big events from the year that would go on to shape our lives: 

Arab Spring flows in full force

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Photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images
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What started out as the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia in December 2010 develops into the Arab Spring in January 2011, when protests take over Tahrir Square in Egypt. The summer of discontent would then take over much of the Arab world that year, with regimes toppled in more than one country. No one knows it yet, but this decade would be marked by a wave of public protests on issues ranging from corruption to climate change.  

Game of Thrones comes on air

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The first season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO on 17 April. GoT would go on to become one of the most-watched shows in history across its eight seasons and 73 episodes. It also sparked off a tourism boom for several destinations including Croatia, Spain and Ireland. 

The world gapes at the Royal Wedding 

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Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Just 12 days later, another chapter in the centuries-old game of thrones would play out in front of the world. Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding is livestreamed to the world, which wakes up or stays up to watch the Royal Couple. The live viewership numbers are staggering, beating the Oscars, the FIFA World Cup and, well, the Game of Thrones. The scene-stealer though is the 3-year-old bridesmaid who becomes an Internet sensation as the “Frowning Flower Girl”. 

A tragedy strikes Japan

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Photo: Nicolas Asouri/Getty Images

On 11 March, a devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Japan. The quake and the tsunamis that follow end up killing 15,840 people. Nearly 4,000 other persons go missing. This follows another tragedy a month ago, when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 180. 

Dhoni & Co bring India the Men’s Cricket World Cup

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Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images

On a balmy night on 2 April, a boy from Ranchi sends a leather ball into the stands at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The country erupts. The story of small-town India making its mark on the world stage now has a mascot. 

Osama bin Laden is killed

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On the night of 2 May, terrorist Osama bin Laden is killed by US Marines in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The event came A decade after the September 11 attacks in the US, which changed the world in many ways, including how we travel. 

A new country is born

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Not every day, or every year, is a new country born. On 9 July, South Sudan formally separates from the Republic of Sudan and becomes an independent nation. It will see several civil wars and much strife in the years that follow, but for now, the world has a new name on the map. Quizzing buffs: the capital of this country is Juba.

Steve Jobs signs off 

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Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The man who set new benchmarks in design and technology retires as the CEO of Apple on 24 August. Jobs would die of cancer later that year. Filling his shoes is Tim Cook, who comes out three years later, making him the first openly-gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. 

The Occupy movement spreads across the world

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Photo: Andrew Holbrooke/Getty Images

Another one in a decade marked by public protests. The anti-consumerist, anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement kicks off on 17 September. It draws upon the Arab Spring, with demands for America to have its “own Tahrir Square”. The demands are many—too many and too vague, as some would say. The Occupy movement spreads to 80+ countries over the next few months before fading out. 

Formula 1 comes to India

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The ultimate glamour sport arrives in India at the Buddh International Circuit. On 30 October, Formula 1 race cars lap the circuit marking a historic moment for motorsport in the country. But the Hermann Tilke-designed racetrack would run into legal and financial troubles and F1 pulled out after three seasons.



Updated: December 29, 2020 — 11:18 am

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