Looking back and moving on!

Aditto tagged me, after asking me if I would want to do a 2012 round-up post. I said yes. Even though it meant breaking my “No new Post until the last one has 20 comments” rule. Yep, I have a ridiculous rule like that. And no, I do not define what the 20 comments can or cannot include. I do mark the “Man killed because of flesh eating bacteria” sort of spam comments though, so they don’t count (I get a minimum of 2-3 per post of these, does anyone else? I am getting worried now). Everything else does, even my responses to comments which might be just a grinning emoticon.

But it’s not easy you know. Getting 20 comments on a post? If you say “Yes, it is” I’ll be very angry with you. Even if you say it anonymously, because I know who you are, you super-popular blogging people who get 20 comments within the first 5 minutes of hitting publish. Yes, I am talking to you. You know who you are! *wags accusatory finger, the index finger*.

On top of it, I saw that whole Annual report thing that those WordPress monkeys make for you. I also just typed “monkeys” as “monkies” and it got highlighted as a spelling error. It says I wrote 26 posts in 2012. I think that is an achievement and then I saw people lament about writing “only” three or four times as many posts, so I decided to shut up. I also realised that if I keep having 20 comment rule, I will write maybe 2 posts in 2013. Then I told myself in my head that I do not get to complain about hardly any comments these days because I have been ridiculously lazy at commenting myself. So I decided to break my awesome rule. To make myself feel better,  I saw I had 28000 visitors in 2012, so I did some simple math, and came to the conclusion that this meant 1000+ views per post. So fine if you don’t want to talk to me, atleast you were here. And since you are here, let me bore you some more. Ok? Ok.

Now for the tag. Yes, that’s the main post, so even if you’re exhausted reading the post till now, too bad, you are expected to go on anyway. Please?

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? Grew up. No really. Apparently what 7 years of corporate life, and 5 years of marriage could not do to me, little Zo did, just like that. So one day I am lying on my lazy ass staring at the TV thinking bah, it’s only 10 PM, what do I watch next, and the next, I am only thinking of when I will watch TV next without doing something simultaneously. That next day was the whole of 2012. Really.

2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next? Yes Yes. Let me think. I lost weight, my retrospective resolution I came up with in the last week of December (refer last post for meaning).  And, I survived as a mom. This was a toughie, and is a semi-retrospective resolution I decided upon mid-way through the year.

3. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I don’t know, these days the only dates that matter are Zo’s vaccination dates. 

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I can now live with 6-7 hours of sleep (with multiple breaks in between)! A life changing realisation, and my biggest achievement of 2012. Even weight loss comes second to this.

5. What was your biggest failure? What failure? No failure. Failure is just the pathway to success. By the way, I might quote this as my retrospective resolution at the end of 2013, this whole positive thinking thing, not this obnoxious cliched self help statement quoting thing.

6. Did you suffer illness? No, thankfully. After a whole year of being called a “patient” at each Gynae visit in 2011 (what IS with that really!), 2012 was good to me. Touchwood.

7. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Thin people, “behaving” all thin,, and other mommies telling me how their baby “sleeps ALL through the night, and naps all the time  and needs to be woken up even for food”. Sob. That sob was brought to you by the latter category.

8. Where did most of your money go? Diapers. HAHAHAHA. Ok, no seriously, those things just vanish! Otherwise shopping for different sizes of clothes through the year. From Medium, to Large, to Medium to Small. Heh. That was fun. Oh wait, it still is.

9. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Oh that one day when Zo slep for 8 hours straight! Ok, I’m being mean now. But frankly, 2012 was all about “annoying-parent-syndrome”.  I was constantly on the “Oh my baby is so clever she pooped on time” mode. So there was a lot of excitement, you don’t want to know all of it.

10. What song will always remind you of 2012? Gummy bear – the first song Zo recognised. Chikni Chameli – Because she sleeps to me humming the interlude to that. The title track of Two and a half men – Because Zo says “oooh” when the song goes “ooo”. And Hookah bar, because I love it.

11. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Last year at this time I was worried. Happy but worried about how things would pan out. This year, I am a little more confident of handling life (by which I mean Zo, because life otherwise is so, seriously, simple) and by that equation, happier too.

12. What do you wish you’d done more of? Does you’d stand only for ‘you had’? Or can it be used for ‘you could’ also? Because I wish I “could” have slept more. Though I can’t say I wish I “had” slept more because trust me, that was impossible. Also, reading, writing, playing with Zo, and changing the world.

13. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying. But that’s not a 2012 thing, that’s just me.

14. Did you fall in love in 2012? Oh yes. Multiple times. With gummy smiles, and impromptu hugs, and “Awwooaa” kissies. 2012 was all about falling in love over and over again.

15. What/Who was your greatest musical discovery? Harmonies. If you have a group of people sing the same song at different chords, it can sound heavenly if done right. See, that was so technical right? Also, there is no H chord.

16. What did you want and get? Are the two related? Because I want a lot of things ok. Like a BMW, and a vacation in Antarctica, and to be able to eat all the chocolate I want without gaining an ounce. What I got however was a status quo on all the other already awesome things in my life. So yay.

17. What did you want and not get? What is this now? Ok, I did not get my BMW, or my Antarctic vacation, and I also had to work for getting thin. Bah. Rub it in now.

18. What was your favourite film of this year? My favorite film for this year is any film I watched because Oh My God I hardly watched films in Multiplexes. Ok, cynicism apart, I liked “Talaash”, because I am an Aamir fangirl, and also “The Dark Knight Rises”, because commercial films  with happy endings are nice. Just saying.

19. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 30. That’s what I did. Oh, and to celebrate that I went on a birthday week vacation, which was awesome.

20. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I did not have to strike out reading as a hobby from my list, I would have been a happier girl. And one who reads at that.

21. What kept you sane? The basic truth that at the end of it all, I actually have it all. That. was. so. deep. Touch the freaking wood man.

22. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. Sleep less. And also, you cannot eat  chocolate and be thin, so stop saying “Oh but working out doesn’t help me!” while holding a half eaten Bournville.

23. Which new places did you visit in 2012? Mauritius, Mysore, Coorg and Bidar . Oh,  Weil am Rhein in Germany, and Alsace in France. The latter within 2 hours because I went for work to awesome (NOT) Basel and it shares borders with the two countries.

24. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year –  This.
Yep, I wanted to be Everything at once. Do Everything at once too. Still want.

25. Tag some bloggers you would love to read these answers from.

Smartassbride – We want Proton, we want Proton, Subbu – Some cynicism, some sarcasm and a lot of wisdom at 23 , Preeks – Wake up call maybe? and Nu – For the feel-good factor. Take it up girls, the floor is yours.

And with that I can officially bid adieu to 2012. For me, it was a great year. Hope 2013 beats it at that.

It’s the time to disco

Today being Thanksgiving, is a day off for The Dude. So, what is the next obvious step? Yes, I work from home. Like he says, I do not like to give him time off at all. Poor guy. Only, love is above all, so he is busy with his first love, and I am here with my Laptop. Yes, he is drooling at the markets, and hooked to the TV and the computer, and I am in the bedroom, which has been darkened with all the curtains, and thankfully for the second TV and Wifi, I have sufficient entertainment.

So I thought I would give a shot at this tag that I have seen in multiple blogs. The one where you answer the set of questions using random songs from the player set to shuffle? Yes, that one. Only, my Ipod is dead, so I have to use my Itunes, which has this whole library of 2000+ songs. So expect some really weird music, and answers.

1. If someone asks you, “are you okay” you say:
Seekho na, nainon ki bhaasha piya – Shubha Mudgal
And then they never ask me anything, because I have scared them off. Or they will think I have some sort of hearing disability.

2. How would you describe yourself ?
Aaj main Khush hoon – Khamoshi
Well, now I will prove that I have a reading disability too.

3. What do you like in a guy/girl ?
September Maadam – Alai Payuthe
I am trying to read this as, I like people born in September or something, because that way it will tie to The Dude, otherwise, it will further reiterate what we found out in Question 2.

4. How do you feel today ?
Desh Mere Desh mere, meri jaan hai tu – Legend of Bhagat Singh
Yes, I am in a particularly patriotic mood today. And no, it doesn’t matter that the shuffle did not play the second song here, though it would have made more sense.

5. What is your life’s purpose ?
Soni Soni Akhiyon wali – Mohabbatein
Eep! That just doesn’t sound right!  No, no, there is no pretty eyed girl who is my life’s purpose. That’s just creepy. Eep!

6. What’s your motto ?
Nakhre – Action Replayy
Hmm, I would not disagree. Really. As in that is an important part of my life, but calling it my motto is taking it a bit too far.

7. What do your friends think of you ?
Kaash Koi ladki mujhe pyaar karti – Hum hai Rahi pyaar ke
Again, I think, this means that my friends think of me only when they are thinking of that song, as in they need some sort of an Agony aunt, and I do play that role pretty well!

8. What do your parents think of you ?
Maine Payal hai Chankayi – Phalguni Pathak
Eh? I don’t have an explanation for this one.

9. What do you think of often ?
Tohe leke Saawariya , nikal chali re – Soch
The question is not why I would think this. The question is, why is this song in my library? Does anyone know it? It actually is catchy, I heard it now. But it had Raveena Tandon, and Sanjay Kapoor in it. So, isn’t that a good enough disqualifier?

10. What is 2 + 2 ?
Jee le – Luck
Wow, I am so glad I did not do this before writing CAT. Or for the matter, any exam.

11. What do you think of your best friend ?
Aye Khuda – Paathshaala
I don’t know. And I don’t like this. God is definitely not my best friend (he knows it), so I cannot think why I would think this of my best friend.

12. What is your life story ?
Badmaash Company – Title song
Muhahahaha! I don’t know if this is right, but it is cool!

13. What do you want to be when you grow up ?
Stop and Stare – One Republic
I am grown up enough I think. And I have no time to Stop and Stare. Hmph.

14. What do you think when you see the person you like ?
Tujhe Dekha toh ye jaana – DDLJ
Awww. Though I wouldn’t want this to be my thought for every person I just ‘like’. I am sure The Dude wouldn’t too.

15. What will you dance to at your wedding 4th anniversary?
Gore Gore – Hum tum
Yes, because in 6 months time I would have lost my entire music collection except for this one sad song from Hum tum. So we’ll dance to it. No other explanation.

16. What will they play at your funeral ?
Maiyya Yashoda – Jhoota hi sahi
Ooh, I like the beats of this song! So if people are playing this, and dancing around, I wouldn’t mind it. As long as it doesn’t look like an obvious celebration.

17. What is your hobby/interest ?
Pee loon – OUATIM
What is with my purpose, and interested being this way? Not done.

18. What is your biggest fear ?
Ooh Lala la – Sapnay
I am too scared to say it! Ooh la la!

19. What is your biggest secret ?
The Dance of envy – DTPH
*Rolling my eyes* Yeah, that is my biggest secret. That when I am dancing, Karishma Kapoor will come and dance and undermine me. Yes. Or is it that I am the envious kind? Thinking.

20. What do you want right now ?
Baat meri Suniye toh zara – Kuch na kaho
People have got to start paying more attention!

21. What do you think of your friends ?
Enundrum Punnagai – Alai Payuthe
I really don’t know the meaning, so I will refrain from commenting about it

22. When you want to rush to the toilet, what do you think ?
Are are yeh kya hua – DTPH
Apt. In a weird way.

23. Person you hate the most is in front of you, what will you tell the person ?
Boss kaun hai – Jhankaar beats
Finally we have one answer that makes so much sense!

24. You have just won a lottery. What will you sing ?
Dil bole Shikdum – Dhoom
This too! I will actually sing this!

25. What will you post this as?
It’s the time to Disco – KHNH
I guess it is, tag over!

That’s done, and it is time to go and prepare a thanksgiving meal comprising of Onion Parathas. So Happy Thanksgiving people!

And the countdown begins – and ends

Did you know that pasting from Google docs to WP kills all the formatting? Did you? I did not. So I had sweetly italicised my answers, boldened the headings, and Bam! All is gone.
Anyway, enough of the complaining, not that I am doing anything useful right now anyway. And lunch is a half hour away, so I will fix this.
This tag, passed on to me by Nu, and then Nuttie, who knew it was already passed, but wanted to re-tag everyone anyway, has saved my blog from becoming extinct. Because a huge wave of laziness has taken over my life, and I am unable to post, and I am even delaying comments, which is pure sad. So this is like a come-back of sorts. Hopefully! So let’s start, shall we?
Ten hows:
  1. How did you get one of your scars? From an accident! A real one! The latest one I can tell. So I was at this concert last Saturday, and I was doing this pretty skirt wearing, high heeled walking around with a glass of wine, when, all of a sudden, I realised that I hadn’t been me for a while, and so promptly tripped and fell. Yes. And scraped my right knee on the carpeted floor. And trust me, going by the size of the wound, the scar is going to be bad!
  2. How did you celebrate your last birthday? At home, recouping after a long visit to Switzerland for work, followed by an awesome week at home with the parents, and then again getting ready to go back to God forsaken Switzerland the next day. Life is unfair at times, I tell ya.
  3. How are you feeling at this moment? I have changed this answer three times, because I started this on Friday, tried doing it on Monday, and now it is Wednesday. Anyway, to answer your question, I am hurting all over thanks to a short stint at the Gym, and I am having an extremely bad hair day, no, make that week. So, in short, I am feeling lousy.
  4. How did your night go last night? Whatchya wanna know ? No, seriously.
  5. How did you do in high school? Geekily well, I must admit
  6. How did you get the shirt you’re wearing? Max Sale, Jan 2010. I wrote some 3 answers to this one also. Damn. Why are these questions so day specific?
  7. How often do you see your best friend(s)? Not that often, all of them have ditched Swades and proceeded to Videsh. Oh, but the one Best friend I live with, all the time!
  8. How much money did you spend last month? Wrong timing to ask this, the answer will be, ‘A LOT’, hello, too many Sales happening!
  9. How old do you want to be when you get married? I wanted to be as old I was when I was married. And you get no more information.
  10. How old will you be at your next birthday? Ha, this I mentioned in the last post. Go check. And then you can probably also let me know what you think of that post. Thank you.
Nine whats:
 
  1. Your mothers name? What is this bias? Why do you not want my father’s or sister’s name? Why? Tell me now.
  2. What did you do last weekend? I got incepted, and then injured. Actually this was last-to-last weekend, but I started the tag on Friday and today is Monday. But I will keep it this way. Anyway, this weekend, I met up with a friend and his wife, and then met up one of Dude’s colleagues. The rest of the time was spent lazing around.
  3. What is the most important part of your life? Every part of my life is important. Hello. Ok, honestly there are some elements we can scrape off, but we’ll ignore their existance for now
  4. What would you rather be doing? I would actually be doing the exact same thing, doing this tag, but I would have loved it if it was back home, with my feet under a blanket and the TV playing some random music or a weird movie from the 90s.
  5. What did you last cry over? Wow, I am actually having to think. This is a first. I think I really cried-cried when that knee was hurting real bad last week. Yes, that should be it.
  6. What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Chocolate. A call from The Dude abusing all those who bugged me. And yes, some good music.
  7. What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? The ability to handle me. Oh that’s one big thing to ask for!
  8. What are you worried about? Let me list this. The fact that The Dude might travel for work soon. How our timings at work will get sorted out. Whether the steps in the right direction that were taken recently will in fact yield positive results
  9. What did you have for breakfast? Today, Oats. And I got macroni for brunch. Yes, I am a pig.
Eight yous:
 
  1. Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Assuming you mean ‘like-like’ nope. That was always a veto factor, unavailability.
  2. Have you ever had your heartbroken? I guess yes!
  3. Have you ever been out of the country? Yes, yes. Quite a lot of times. On vacation and on work. Been lucky that way!
  4. Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Do you even need to ask! Gah!
  5. Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Well, once backstabbed I wouldn’t really name them as a friend would I? But no, not by anyone who I would call a true friend. Touch wood.
  6. Have you ever had sex on the beach? *Rolling my eyes* Even if I did, I really doubt I would announce it here.
  7. Have you ever dated someone younger than you? Nope.Remember the F.R.I.E.N.D.S episode ‘TOW the ick factor’. Well turns out that the ick factor is pretty strong in my case.
  8. Have you ever read an entire book in one day? Yes. A number of times. Out of the top of my mind, Harry Potter 6 and The Da Vinci Code.
Seven whos:
  1. Who was the last person you saw? Saw? I can see my whole team in front of me.
  2. Who was the last person you texted? Mom. Asking her to pray for me.
  3. Who was the last person you hung out with? A couple of guys from the team, if you call a tea break hanging out.
  4. Who was the last person to call you? The Dude, to tell him that he had a good workout at the gym, and that he is trying chocolate powder and tea , and that I should try it too, because it tastes ‘weird’.
  5. Who did you last hug? The Dude, awwww!
  6. Who is the last person who texted you? Mom, saying that she will pray for things to work out the way I want them too. If you’re reading this, you too pray no?
  7. Who was the last person you said “I love you” to? The Dude again, but the number of people I tell ‘I love you’ is pretty limited.
Six wheres:
  1. Where does your best friend(s) live? I answered this already
  2. Where did you last go? To the breakout area, I am trying to forcefeed myself some water you see.
  3. Where did you last hang out? Timbuktoo
  4. Where do you go to school? Where ‘do I’ or ‘did I’. I don’t go to school anymore. I did go to school at a lot of places.
  5. Where is your favorite place to be? Home
  6. Where did you sleep last night? On my bed. Yes, I know, unbelievable

Five dos:

  1. Do you think anyone likes you? I am very modest, can’t answer such questions, really.
  2. Do you ever wish you were someone else? Nope! Oh I do wish I was the head of the site, so that I could fire certain people! Yeah!
  3. Do you know the muffin man? Yeah, we are good friends.
  4. Does the future scare you? No, I look forward to it, so much to do!
  5. Do your parents know about your blog? Yep. My mom reads it too. So.

Four whys:

  1. Why are you best friends with your best friend? I am just glad I am. So I am not analysing this.
  2. Why did you get into Blogging? Because everyone around me was, and I thought it was a good way to ‘keep in touch’ with the batch mates. Seriously.
  3. Why did your parents give you the name you have? Because it was short and nice and went well with my last name. I think.
  4. Why are you doing this survey? So that the world is enriched by getting to know someone so awesome. Oh freak, too much of Barney Stinson.

Three ifs:

  1. If you could have one super power what would it be? To eradicate the world of pests. And also get to define ‘pests’.
  2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you?I Actually, nothing. Which is very surprising. This tag is making me realise things I never knew, man, I am enlightened.
  3. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring 1 thing, what would you bring? The Dude. Then we will make Toddy off the coconuts there, catch fish, fry them, and have a life long party!

Two would you evers:

  1. Would you ever get back together with any of your ex’s if they asked you? Nope. I love my life the way it is right now.
  2. Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? If it saves them, then yes! Plus, I have come to realise that one can look uber-cool with a shaved head. You just need the right attitude.

One last question:

  1. Are you happy with your life right now? Such a philosophical end t0 this tag. Happiness is but, a state of mind. I can go on and on like this, but my point is, I seriously doubt someone would sit through this whole tag, write all this stuff, and then say, he or she is unhappy with his life. I mean, if I were, I would be passing trollish comments on others blogs, saying they have nothing better to do in life than these long tags. So yes, I am happy, very happy, thank you very much. And yes, Touch wood.

I doubt there is anyone left who hasn’t been tagged by these super taggers! 😮 So I am not re-tagging. Take it up guys, if you have the time and patience!

Edited to add : So apparently, Toddy is not made of coconuts, but of palm tree extract or something. While this little point does not render any change to my party plans on the deserted island, The Dude does not like such gross misrepresentation of facts. Hence, please ignore the coconut bit above, and assume that we did manage to get some sort of toddy/pheni/whatever made out of the ingredients available. Thank you.

She’s the man!

So once again it is the Fundamentally Fantastic Friday (Ok, don’t kill me), and so I decide to pay the new post section of my blog a visit. It will be a total lie to say I would have done it anyway, because I wouldn’t have, who am I kidding. Look at the weather outside, will ya. I mean, just look at it. It is 1:45 PM right now, and it looks like it is 7 PM for a regular summer day. It is dark, and grey, and gloomy. Just the way I love it! But it also makes me lazy, so if I hadn’t been tagged, I wouldn’t be here!  

First, I would like to thank Pinoo, Swaram, Piyu and Comfy, for passing on this very interesting tag, originally started by IHM. *Deep Bow*  

Now moving on to the tag itself, it is called ‘My Sins against Gender Stereotypes’ and the idea is to list down ten things which you’ve ever wanted, or done, which your gender essentially should not want. Or do. And then you have to tag fellow bloggers to take up the same thing. Fun? Yes indeed!  

1. We are two sisters. And our parents drilled in our heads the plan of our life which was Study –> Get a job –> Be financially independent. They never gave us an option, and not even a hypothetical situation where we would quit our jobs was ever considered. It still isn’t. The Dude feels the same way, and we contribute equally to every single thing that is for ‘us’.  

2. In class 8, my father taught me to ride the Scooter, a Bajaj Super.  I started going to school 8 kms away on a moped from Class 9. I have even test ridden a TVS Fiero once with The Dude, and loved it. In short, I love riding bikes. Even now, I think women who ride motorcycles regularly are the coolest.  

3. I walk like a guy. Period. The Dude tries to be sweet and calls it the ‘Meg Ryan’ walk, but seriously, I think that is enough said. If I were describe my own walk in one word, it would be ‘stomp’.  

4. ‘Abe’  and ‘Oye’ and even ‘Saale’ were staple words in my vocabulary when I was in school. A habit I continued after I moved down south and shocked the hell out of people. I have toned down considerably now, or at least I check out the target audience before I launch into my UP-ness.  

5. I have a deep, husky voice, and I love it. Of course, not when the tele-callers refer to me as Sir. But considering a deep voice does not feature in a girl’s must have list, I will put it up anyway. Oh, and I am considerably louder than girls should be.  

6. I used to play Gully cricket with boys in the colony. Then I used to run around with the boys in my bus, playing pranks on unsuspecting class/schoolmates, when the other girls my age, used to daintily sit under trees and talk. Some random person once called me and the group of boys ‘DI aur uski Vaanar sena’.  

7. Guys have always considered me one of them. I don’t know if this is a good thing, but once in K, we were a group of guys and three girls, having maggi, when one of the started narrating an ‘adult’ joke. He suddenly stopped, and when I asked him to continue, he said ‘ Bandiyon ko jaane de, phir batata hoon!’ I remember being very happy about it then, but while writing about it now, I am having serious second thoughts.

8. I love beer. Love it, love it, love it. Give me my chilled beer any day over the girly cocktails, vodka, rum, and even wine!  

9. I cuss like nobody’s business. From the sophisticated English cuss words, to the very Ghaati and gross sounding (but having the same meaning) hindi counterparts, I have said it all. If I said that the situations deserved it, it would look like I am making excuses, but then, they did.  

10. I have hit/punched/whacked/slapped people a decent number of times in my 27 years, though the concentration was more in the initial 20.  

That being said, though I have finished my alloted 10, I actually have more common ones to quote. My favorite clothes are comfortable jeans, shirts, and closed shoes and at home, I am always in tees and boy shorts. Infact, right now I am wearing my black jeans, a khaki colored short, with my sleeved rolled up, and closed leather shoes. And I am chewing gum. So by definition, I am dressed totally like a guy right now, and for that matter, most of the time. I also wear NO makeup, because it makes me feel icky. But I am not sure if these are guy-like things, because I think I look this way deliberately just because this look is my definition of a cool look. Or, probably, I cannot carry off any other look as convincingly. Oh, and I have an intense dislike for pink.  

Before I forget, I love Fashion magazines, junk jewellery, chocolates, shoes, handbags, perfumes and shopping. I love mushy, romantic movies, rains, pani-puris and puppies. All those being my definition of girly. But give me a choice between diamonds and a Mac book, there is no two questions about what I would choose.  

I am supposed to tag 12 fellow bloggers. But since I am crazy late to do the tag, almost everyone I read has already been tagged. So I will make an attempt at spotting the ones who haven’t been tagged (edited to add: by the 4 awesome guys who tagged me :D) and tag them!   I tag Rechristened, Subbulakshmi, Sagarika, Momofrs, Nu, SnS, Whiny mom, ATC and Candid   (And Piyu, seriously, no thanks to you for tagging everyone I read! You left me no choice at all! Poor poor me!)

And oh dear, I tagged just 9 people, looks like I will have spend the next 12 years wearing blue pants! As opposed to pink ones, I guess I’m not that unlucky after all!

P.S. If you have any doubts about my choice between diamonds and a Mac, either you’re new here, or you haven’t been paying any attention to all that I say. Bad, very bad.

And…we’re back!

From the trip to the Suisse, and to the blog world! It is amazing how much I missed reading my usual blogs. And my usual TV shows, and my usual movies. My usual life. The only thing I am thankful about was my schedule, which ensured I was busy from 8 in the morning to 11 in the night every single day of the week.

That and this.

View from room

That would be the view from my balcony. Where my balcony = the balcony of the super luxurious suite I was put up in. 3 of the 30 participants who were given this additional luxury, because they ran out of rooms. I being one of the lucky 3. Oh, and those complaining about bad picture quality need to understand that I did not bother taking a camera because I did not expect the real Alps and stuff. Going by historical evidence.  

Anyway, so I was not in Zurich-Zurich. I was in Weggis. A holiday spot 60 kms away from Zurich, which by the way was totally a good thing because it is set right amidst the mountains, and because of which we got the above displayed view. Plus, we also got to trek up one of these hills. And there, it snowed. Yes people, in the middle of summer, it snowed. That’s Switzerland for you, and no I am not complaining.  

All said and done, I am so glad to be back. I do not like travelling alone and you all know that by now. So I am one helluva happy person right now. I think the moment deserves a post much longer than this, and I think that gives us the perfect opportunity to do this tag Ajay passed on to me a couple of weeks ago!  

The rules need us to tell if we are innocent/guilty for each case and not explain it. But I will explain anyway, since everyone else has. So here we go!

Asked someone to marry you?  Innocent Erm, ego you call it? Anyway, I think I didn’t need to, so didn’t have to!

Ever kissed someone of the same sex?  Guilty Oh come on, so many cousins, my mom, my sis! See, this is what you get when you’re not very specific in your question!

Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent Because of the bar bit I guess. Table top dances were kinda common at the insti parties!

Ever told a lie? Guilty If anyone answers Innocent to this one, I swear that will be the heights of irony

Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Innocent Perhaps because I only believe in reciprocating!

Kissed a picture? Guilty Totally. Being a girl, it’s totally justified too

Slept in until 5 PM? Guilty So. Many. times. What do you expect from someone who tries to work on assignments till 10 PM, lazes in the night canteen till 2 AM and then watches F.R.I.E.N.D.S. till 7 AM? I mean, a girl’s gotta sleep right?

Fallen asleep at work/school? Guilty I was nominated for the ‘Sleeping Bag’ award at K. Didn’t win it, but I guess that explains enough

Held a snake? Innocent Touched one. Not held. I could have, in Malaysia earlier this year, but that would cost 6$ and I am cheap

Been suspended from school? Innocent No-no. I was a total geeky good girl in school. I wouldn’t even dream of it. 

Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent No. I have always lived in India remember? I used to find the concept cool though, thanks to Archie’s comics!

Stolen from a store? Innocent Cowardy-custard, afraid of heights and mustard Been fired from a job? Innocent Thank you very much

Done something you regret? Guilty Totally. Quite a few things at that. I am scarily impulsive, and we know that does no good to anyone

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty I am sure that would have happened sometime, cannot remember a particular time though

 Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent Because when I am there, it hardly snows, and the two times it did, there were too many work related people around for me to stick out my tongue. Hmph.

Kissed in the rain? Guilty Very guilty 😉

Sat on a roof top? Guilty Yes. Do it quite often with the Dude. Carry the beers along too. A wonderful experience that is.

Kissed someone you shouldn’t? Innocent I am impulsive yes, but not so much!

Sang in the shower? Guilty All the time. I am not too bad in fact! Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent No one’s dared, so far. I can’t swim by the way, so that is sure to scare the sh** out of me

Shaved your head? Guilty Yes, if you consider my visit to Tirupathi when I was a year old

Had a boxing membership? Innocent Really? Really!?

Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty During school yes. There were quite a lot of arguments and crying sessions back then

Been in a band? Innocent I wish I had been though.

Shot a gun? Guilty In some fair at those balloons and stuff. Only, I remember that something came off the back of the gun and hurt my face instead.

Donated Blood? Guilty A couple of times so far

Eaten alligator meat? Innocent No-no. I am a converted non-vegetarian, but alligator meat would really need a lot of guts and experience.

Eaten cheesecake? Guilty And not very impressed have to say. I am chocolate person people

Still love someone you shouldn’tt? Innocent No siree, I only love those who totally deserve it, and those who love me back. Selfish I am that way.

Have/had a tattoo? Innocent Waaaah! I want a tattoo now! I think it is SO cool to have one

Liked someone, but will never tell who? Innocent I guess I have always made it pretty obvious when I like/dislike someone.

Been too honest? Guilty Only because I believe that if I am dishonest, I am going to get it back much worse some day

Ruined a surprise? Guilty Oh the amount I get to hear for this. But I am useless like that!

Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterward? Guilty Oh yes. I have had these binge sessions a few times. Totally worth it! 

Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty Hmm, yes. Happens with all of us I guess!

Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Guilty Is it a big deal for girls at all? I mean of course I have worn jeans and a man shirt quite a few times, and carried it off real well!

Joined a pageant? Innocent Nope. Never thought I was up for anything like that. Plus I would hate to lose!

Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty Hehe, many times. And they better have meant it, else, er, they might have to face my fist of fury!

Had communication with your ex? Guilty Yes, we are being totally grown up about kiddie things from the past!

Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent First of all I tried alcohol only at the B school. And in those two years I really didn’t have the guts to be drunk-drunk, so before an exam is like a joke

Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty Yeah, that’s what I do when I am angry. Bawl. Gives a totally sad impression this, but I cannot seem to change it!

Done. Yipee! Now its your turn to spill the beans! Personally I tag SnS, Preeti, Rechristened, Piyu and Chinkurli. I think the rest have already done it, yes? Have fun, it’s the perfect tag to start a Monday with!

Contemplation special

I am back, and I am still snarky. But who says one can’t be bugged and annoyed, and still want to do a random post, just because it is Friday?

So, it’s time for a tag! Only, no one asked me to do, and I chose to anyway, because there is no rule that says you can’t do that right? This one seems to be doing the rounds everywhere, but I saw it first at Titaxy’s!  

  • If I were a month, I’d be December, because there are so many holidays, and that makes everyone so happy!
  • If I were a day of the week, I’d be Friday, ‘cos it’s Friday?
  • If I were a time of day, I’d be the evening, when you would sip your evening tea, and watch the sunset
  • If I were a season, I’d be winter, with the cold noses, and the afternoon sun, quilts, and bonfires!
  • If I were a planet, I’d be Earth, full of life
  • If I were a direction, I’d be confusing, because I’m challenged that way
  • If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a Lazy-boy, you know, the name tells you why.
  • If I were a liquid, I’d be water, because that way I get to be precious
  • If I were a tree, I’d be a Peepal, ‘cos that reminds me of my childhood
  • If I were a tool, I’d be hammer, knocking sense into the buggers!
  • If I were a flower, I’d be a chrysanthemum, just because I love that flower!
  • If I were an element, I’d be Argentum, because that helped me show off my 10th class chemistry
  • If I were a gemstone, I’d be Diamond, and be some girl’s best friend
  • If I were a kind of weather, I’d be the rains, the first ones of the season, bringing respite from summer!
  • If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a guitar, rock star like!
  • If I were a color, I’d be red, bright and happy!
  • If I were an emotion, I’d be happiness, everyone would want me
  • If I were a fruit, I’d be an orange, hunger or thirst, I solve both!
  • If I were a sound, I’d waves crashing against the beach, the best sound in the world
  • If I were a car, I’d be convertible Ferrari, lightning fast and super cool
  • If I were a material, I’d be denim, comfortable, tough and long lasting
  • If I were a food, I’d be chocolate, fat free if possible
  • If I were a taste, I’d be tangy, because I know how pani puris make me feel!
  • If I were a scent, I’d be the like the wet earth, intoxicating.
  • If I were an object, I’d be a book, with a lovely happy story.
  • If I were a song, I’d be so melodious, that one wouldn’t stop humming
  • If I were a body part, I’d be Eyes, fulfilling my own curiosity
  • If I were a place, I’d be home, because no place can win against that
  • If I were a facial expression, I’d be a Smile, making everyone pretty!
  • If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be high heels, ‘cos they are downright sexy! 

If I were to suggest an idea for a post, this would be it! Pick it up guys, I had great fun doing it! And have a Happy Weekend!

P.S. If the title led you to expect a philosophical introspection out here, well, I think this is about how introspective or philosophical I can get. So what if it is a flicked idea?

P.P.S. Ooh, and on a completely different note, there is this Telugu song playing in my head since yesterday, and I can’t seem to get rid of it. I don’t know movie/lyrics/meaning and all, but it also plays in one of these VJ Lola shoes on V. It goes Ringa-dinga-Ringa-dinga something. No, that doesn’t mean I’m happy or cheerful, it’s just that song is so catchy. So thought I should let you know.

Towards a Greener future

I know we don’t usually post anything useful out here, but Chinkurli passed on this lovely tag to me, and it just makes so much sense to do it. For once, the tag is not only about writing down stuff either, but actually expects you to do it too, and that’s gotten me thinking before posting. Another first out here, must say.  

You know that ad on tv, where this kid tells his dad that he has decided to open a cycle repair shop when he grows up? And when the dad asks him why, he replies in a very matter-of-fact way that there would anyway be no fuel left for anyone to drive cars? Well, I thought it was a good ad, but that’s about where I stopped thinking about it. The thing is, I am not all that wasteful in general, but neither do I make a conscious effort to conserve our resources. So basically, by doing this tag, I would hopefully be taking a small step in that direction.  

Rules of the tag :
1. If you’re tagged, you have to mention three resolutions you’ll take to save our depleting resources/energy.
2. Tag three more people and let them know.
3. Mention the rules in your post.

So my 3 resolutions for a better earth and longer lasting resources would be;  

1. Switch over to the bucket and mug bathing style, instead of my usual luxurious and much looked forward to 15 minute shower, for atleast 4 of the 7 days every week. Thing is, I have always known and felt guilty about how much water I use up each day, especially with our building already facing huge water issues; we get water only for 3 hours each morning and for an hour every evening. So I guess its time that I do something about it.  

2. Use the off timer on the air-conditioner judiciously. Hyderabad is roasting me alive, and I cannot swear off the ACs which are keepine me sane. Instead what I can do is ensure that I fix the timer to switch it off in say 2 hours, and again switch on for an hour or so a couple of hours later. I have done it in the past, and it’s been helpful. I just need to be more meticulous about it.  

3. This one I pick up from my tagger. Switching off the engine at the traffic signals. Knowing the traffic in the evenings here, I always know that I wouldn’t be moving ahead for a couple of minutes at each signal. I guess it doesn’t hurt to switch the engine off then.  

That’s good enough to begin with I guess. Other than that, I could continue with the smaller habits I have thankfully developed over time, like taking minimal prints, using both sides of paper, recycling old stuff etc. Now all I need to ensure is that I stick to what I said.  

And that being said, I will kinda break Rule no.2  out here, and instead of tagging anyone in specific, I would ask whoever reads this, and thinks it is worthwhile, to consider themselves tagged. Even if you don’t blog, no harm in thinking of what you could do, and making a note of it anyway. Afterall, by doing all this, we would be  doing a favor to our own selves in the long run!