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The Other 6

So, since the feline has been purring, meowing, snarling and is on the verge of scratching my eyes out I have decided to toe the line and do the 6 pix tag.

The folder is called 2008-01 (what, you thought I wouldn’t follow an organized naming convention for all my folders??) and the photo is this. This was taken on my last India trip and my cutie pie cousin was playing with my camera and ended up taking a photo of his tiny little feet. I miss him so. 😦

 

There. Done! And I tag..Pavi and Pinku. Take it up girls and do The Lady of Lorien proud. Muah!

Me, me , me and.. you guessed it.. more me!!

Hello world! It has been a while since I posted. Work has been very demanding and I don’t get the time to blog from work as I used to. Other things have been happening, I will tell you one day, when I am ready. But as I was talking to Dewdrop yesterday I realized that there are some things about me that I wouldn’t want to change. And so, today, for the first time ever, I have decided that I will go all out and tell you guys things that I like about myself. Things that make me proud of who I am. To give credit where it is due, I lifted this off here.

  • I have a razor sharp mind and a wit to go with it. Sarcasm and a caustic tongue are the natural by-products of such a disposition. I am capable of very profound thought. I am also frank to the point of brutality. Put all that together, and you’ve got in me the best friend you can ever ask for.
  • I am fiercely critical of myself and I cannot accept things people say about me unless I am sure that if I were appraising me I would be saying the same things. This makes me my best and worst critic, except not best so really only my worst critic. This also makes me come across as very modest. πŸ˜›
  • There is very little happening around me that I am unaware of. I observe and assimilate everything that I experience. I also usually don’t let on about how acutely observant I am.
  • I have the ability to break things down – problems, circumstances, feelings – anything and analyze right down to the tiniest detail. I also have the ability to dichotomize. I can objectively separate out things that tend to get muddled up -the heart and the mind, especially.
  • I achieve what I want. I am capable of pushing myself to the limits. And then extending my limits some more. Consequently, I always end things on my own terms.
  • I am very good company, irrespective of my personal mood. I am fun, I have a sense of humor and if nothing else, I can make you laugh for the time that you are with me. I am also one of the few people I know who would never expect you to stop having a good time just because I am indisposed.
  • I am very adaptive and I can survive anywhere. I also learnt at a very young age how to be self sufficient so living away from family was not a problem for me. I am very efficient and can multi-task exceedingly well.
  • I have nice eyes. They’re always full of warmth and affection and will always twinkle when I see you (if I like you that is). You will always know what I’m thinking by looking into my eyes, quite literally the mirror to my soul. I also have long artistic fingers. And a winning smile.
  • I have no illusions about my looks. I am not beautiful. I am what most people would call attractive. And I know how to wear clothes that flatter my athletic build. I stand taller than many women at 5’6″ and so I stand out. If you see me somewhere, you would do a double take. I also have very clear skin (touchwood).

Wow, that felt good! And I could have gone on for a bit, but I think I need to stop.

Now, don’t throw stones at me if you really know me. *ducks out of sight until next post*

6 6 6 The Number of The Beast

SEV tagged me to write 6 random things about me. Here they are. Go read his blog for the rules. And I’m tagging the usual suspects – Rayshma, DDD, Preethi, Pixie.

– I cannot go to bed leaving dishes in the sink overnight. Now that shouldn’t have come as a surprise to you. Do you know me but at all?

– I always bite the nail on my right hand thumb before anything important. Usually, it’s before exams and I bite the nail off so deep that I invariably end up with a painful right hand especially when I need it to be most wieldy.

– I have a flair for languages. I taught myself how to read and write Tamil, since I was never educated in Chennai, so it wasn’t part of my school curriculum. I can speak at least as good, if not better Marathi than my Maharashtrian counterparts. Raj Thackeray, back off!! I can understand and read Kannada, I took French for about 2 years in junior college (yeah, I think I even topped the class in the subject, but don’t ask me anything now, I don’t even remember un peu).

– I always work my butt off to get what I want, and when I have it, I throw it away, knowing that the thrill was in proving that I could do it. It makes me end things on my terms, and walk away while I’m at the top.

– I need my bath water to be searing hot. I leave the cold shower knob almost unturned. Even in the summer.

– I have excessively dry skin. I needed to moisturize when I was in India, even during the summer. After coming here I moisturize twice a day in the summer with an intensive care lotion and during the winter I use baby oil (also twice a day).

Ok, you guys. I’m at work so I couldn’t link you up. Will do when I get home.

And the winner is….

… me! Yay.

 

Rayshma (who else right?!!) decided to nominate me for the award based on design (obviously she likes my design, I never change it without her damn approval hmph!) and content (pat on back :D) and I’m so kicked.. Yayyyyyyy!! Thanks babe.

Anyway, I’m gonna stop gloating and get on with it. I’m supposed to nominate 7 blogs for design and content (piece of cake eh? all 7 of my readers get the award… :P) and inform them of their nominations. So here goes (not in any particular order)…

1. Rayshma: Not because she gave me this award and I’m grudgingly giving it back to her. Not because she’ll bully me afterwards. But because hers is pretty much the most fun blog I’ve read ever. And it made me actually want to meet her and stay with her. And her husband is one of the most paavam creatures in the world. πŸ™‚

2. Angelus: Simply because he’s one of the cutest people you’ll ever meet. Just for his Fuse Bhai impression. And his amazing thrill after we took him to watch The Dark Knight. (Alright I know it’s supposed to be for blog design and content but have you met the guy?!!) And he writes very well too, unsurprisingly.

3. LostOnTheStreet: Man, she’s smart, funny and makes me laugh. Some talent, that. And her blog design is very vibrant and changes every now and then because of all the beautiful photographs she puts up. And because a lot of them are of her cute niece.

4. Alice: One of the first people whose blogs I started reading, and have continued to do so regularly. Her stories are wonderfully written, an example being here. A personal friend, she really does deserve this award.

5. SEV: When his posts are not about bashing the iPhone or super intelligent porn stars he writes brilliantly well. Take this, for example. Or this. He always manages to put a smile on my face. He takes utmost care of his blog and does a lot of CSS wizardry to make his blog look ubercool.

6. Preethi: Her personal blog was a recent discovery, but I’ve been following her poetry blog for the longest time. She’s funny and intelligent, her posts while having a touch of humor make up for a great bit of thoughful reading.

7. Pavi: She writes about the tiniest of things in such a way that they become very important. Her enthusiasm and excitement about the little things are what make her blog such an interesting read.

And now I shall gloat some more in front of everyone I meet! Ta!!

Se7en

Picked this up from Pixie. I’m going to talk about 7 things I absolutely abhor (Christmas is here early πŸ˜€ )!!!

  1. Men who sleep with/live with/use women and then just take off. I mean, stop being a coward and take responsibility for your actions, for chrissakes! You will live with her, make her cook for you, have all your fun with her, satisfy your dirty animal desires and yet cheat on her behind her back, sms other women, and get out under the pretext of “we were never committed, I never promised marriage, and whatever we did was consensual.” Everybody knows what a farce that is, no one’s buying your bullshit anymore.
  2. Women who sleep with/live with/allow themselves to be used by men and then are left to pick up the pieces of the broken relationship because “I love him and I forgive him of all his sins and I thought that giving in to his demands would make him be committed to me.” I mean, wake up and smell the shit hitting the roof. How daft do you have to be to see that the grade A bastard is using the crap out of you and isn’t promising you anything more than a lifetime of misery?
  3. Indian people who insult and humiliate the state of affairs in India in front of foreigners, making India look like a death hole. I mean, you’re living outside India to make money, stick to that. Do not go on bad-mouthing the country that has given you your life, your identity, your brains – the reason you are even making money in America anyway. And tell me the last time you weren’t racially discriminated in this “free” country?
  4. People who act like their cool factor increases by the number of white skinned friends they have, and would go to any lengths to be seen hanging around them (including copious amounts of flirting and drinking binges). Pray, tell me, when was the last time you actually hung out with a white guy/girl without alcohol involved? Better still, the last time you had an intelligent, heart-to-heart conversation with one of them? Or when you spoke to them about things other than the exotica you feed them about India? From my observation (and this is strictly based on my 2 years of being in a department full of non-Indians), you can be friends with these guys, hang out, do fun stuff (which mostly involves alcohol) but when it comes to emotional closeness, they simply do not understand us and the kinds of problems we might have. And it’s not a bad thing either, it’s just that their issues are very different from ours.
  5. Of course, my all-time favorite, people who cannot watch a movie/show/public performance without adding their 2 cents to every scene. And their 2 cents can’t be classified as constructive criticism either. More like destructive and sadistic pleasure derived from malicious intent. I think people who can’t handle A R Rehman singing and performing Tamizh songs (which is his native tongue and the reason why he’s so popular) also fall under this category.
  6. Back seat drivers (alright I am one too, but I’m working on it, I really am, I promise.. Pinky swear.) who think they come with a pair of invisible rearview mirrors and are blessed with Shiva’s netrikann (or Third Eye) which gives them 360 degree vision. Hmph!
  7. And, (drumroll) last but not least, people who don’t clean up their tables at a fast food place/campus center/any self service joint. I mean, how long does it take? Pick up–>throw in trash can (which has been strategically placed near all exits for your convenience, mind you)–>walk out. Bah, humbug.

Wow, that feels wonderful! πŸ˜€

Flickd

As usual, Rayshma tagged me to do this ridiculously complicated tag. And I did it. Because I can. And because I want to tell you guys exactly how jobless I am.

Here’s how you do it.

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

2. Using only the first page of results, and pick one image.

3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

The questions:

1. What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite food? right now?

3. What high school did you go to?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

6. What is your favorite drink?

7. What is your dream vacation?

8. What is your favorite dessert?

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?

10. What do you love most in life?

11. What is one word that describes you?

12. What is your user name?

Now, Rayshma’s a good girl and I am not. So I decided to spice things up a little. I’ve mixed up the order of the answer-photos and so your task is to guess which picture answers which question. Something to think about eh? πŸ˜€

P.S. a.k.a. hint: I couldn’t find any pictures for my insanely vernacular school, so I just put a search for my Junior College. πŸ™‚

And <drumroll> my answers:

 

 

 

The One With the Tag

Rayshma and Lostonthestreet tagged me to do this so here we go! I’m describing my most favorite characters from literature. Boy, does it feel like one of those ‘Sketch the character of..’ questions we used to have in English exams in school.

Huckleberry Finn: I admire the fact that he is so free, and he is the inspiration to the novel’s main character, which is saying something. He does as he pleases, without a worry in the world. His friendship with Tom is also quite admirable, and I somehow find it similar to that of Jay and Viru from Sholay! (Don’t ask me why, I don’t know.)

Mycroft Holmes: C’mon, how can anyone be smarter than Sherlock and be less effective right? Here he is, the smartest, cleverest and most inert of all detectives of all times. Just his sheer attitude, of not needing validation for his theories, of them being right by default, is what draws me to him.

Albus Dumbledore: I have expressed surprise at his sexual orientation, but there is no character I admire more than the greatest wizard of all time. His very presence exuding the magnetic power that so characterizes his vast experience and wisdom, is extremely fascinating and Rowling made sure this was one of the few perfectly characterized parts in the entire series.

William Brown: My favorite books as a kid, I only found out much later that Richmal Crompton was a woman. But the devious little child with the undeniably naughty smile, his pack of faithful friends, and his plots of inevitable destruction, made him a most enjoyable read. If anyone can tell me where I can find a decent box set of all the William books, please to let me know.

C E J Darbishire: Now, how can I mention William and leave out Jennings? Anthony Buckeridge brought a more innocuous William to the world along with a most innocent and reluctant right hand man. Darbi is sweet, always quoting proverbs and pretending to be very sage, all the while being drawn into some of the most hare-brained and likely-to-fail schemes devised by his most adventurous friend, Jennings. *Please refer to instructions following the previous character description about the box set.*

John Yossarian: This neurotic, paranoid, pseudo-hypochondriac with a daredevil mischievous streak is one of my most favorite characters of all time. His constant attempt to get out of the squadron and to prevent his seemingly imminent death, by bringing it upon himself, is so typical of all the Catch-22’s in the book.

Jo March: This is one of the few characters in literature that I can identify myself with, because she is so much like me. The quintessential tomboy and the later toning-down of her character, actually represents the changes I have undergone myself. Her passion, quite akin to mine and her belligerent nature, all perfectly mirror my own personality. No wonder then that I like her so much. πŸ™‚

Scarlett O’Hara: It is so difficult for me to decide whether I like her or not, because, at the outset she may seem vain and shrewd but her actions during times of hardship show a deeper, more profound side to her character that it makes it hard for one to detest her altogether. Her undying love for Ashley sometimes seems like an obsession she harbors for so long that it is now difficult for her to get rid of it, but it still makes me wonder, if it is really possible to love someone with a burning passion that stands the test of time and lives on forever.

Ford Prefect: It would have been impossible for Arthur Dent to have had all his adventures if it weren’t for the timely explanations of Ford Prefect. He is such a vast source of knowledge and yet, his only aim in life being to get wasted, seems somewhat of a paradox to me.

I tag Sudipta, SEV and Alice to take up this tag. I know they’ll do great justice to it.

Edited: I also tag my dear friend Prashanth to do this. Maybe this will wheedle a post out of him? πŸ™‚