Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 2: 9 Loves

So, on to Day 2 of the 10 Day You Challenge !

Day 2: 9 Loves of the 10 Day You Challenge

Today, its 9 loves. Here goes.
I love my family and that is a given. I cannot imagine thinking otherwise so I am not even going to list down my family or any specific family members here.

1. Desi Music
Absolutely love Indian music. And I don't mean just Hindi or Bollywood. I listen to a lot of Tamil music, mostly movie stuff, but Hindi classical compilations too. I love singing and have always harboured a strong fascination for songs with a classical tone. Sometimes I have gotten so obsessed with certain songs that I played them back-to-back for hours and days so much so that it would exasperate my roommates. I have listened to English songs in school/college, mostly boy bands and even now, I do listen to some once in a while (and I used to be a huge fan of those boy and girl bands while in college) when M plays some, like Black Eyed Peas, but it does not appeal to me. Indian music will always be my true love.

2. Indian Chaat Food. 
Paani Puri, Dahi Batata Puri, Daabeli, Ragda Pattice, Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Vada Pav, you name it, I love it. I absolutely cannot imagine a life without having chaat. Having been in the USA for 6 years now, I miss it like crazy and that's probably why I love it even more. Everytime someone moves back to India I ask them to have a plate of paani-puri on my behalf. When I was in India for a short vacation, whenever I walked into my colony, most times my legs would automatically take a left turn towards the Mafco chaat waala. Mom knew the time I would be home from work every day and if I was even 5 mins late, she knew exactly where I would be !

3. Books, Books and more books (and now my Kindle)
Most days, I cannot fall asleep without a book. That does not mean books make me sleepy. I am so addicted to reading and now to my Kindle, I carry it along everywhere with me. If I have to wait at an oil change, work late or wait for someone at work, before the start of a cricket match, I automatically start reading. Kindle has made me read more than I used to. I think it was the initial years of my life which moulded me into being that way. Lots of encouragement at home. Dad used to bring loads of books from his office library every Wed and Fri and I was hooked. Tintin, Asterix and Obelix, Malory Towers, all of Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tinkle, Champak, Chacha Choudhary and of course later on novels, thrillers. Not a fan of current affairs or magazines or newspapers though. Proud to be a voracious reader.

4. Colours.
Yep. Just colours. In all shapes and sizes and items. I love colourful clothing and a lot of friends know that to be a typical trait of mine. Shopping for colourful stuff. When I was in school/college, I and a dear friend of mine Ms. M, used to love buying colour pens and pencils and write with those. Purple, Pink, Green - we loved those ! I still have a 50 colour pencils set that I bought to doodle around but haven't even opened yet. I think the sight of colours soothes me.

5. The Wind on my face.
Be it rolling down the windows and opening the moonroof while driving or standing at the door of the local train, I have always loved feeling the wind on my face. I used to think the train part in India was because of the humidity but I have since realized I just love the feeling of the cool breeze. A lot of folks I know would rather roll up the windows and turn on the AC when its hot which makes perfect logical sense but where do I think logical !

6. "Sporty" Stuff
I cannot bear being home all the time or being the "gharelu" type. I love being outdoors and mostly engaging in sports activities. I admit that I don't usually get company to do it and end up trying my best to adjust with what I can. I play volleyball with the guys now sometimes and if I don't get to play I watch. I played table tennis at college and at offshore, carrom sometimes, cricket, throwball, frisbee (I know people might be wondering how does frisbee tie in with sports) but me and my friends have played all sorts of sports with the frisbee as well. But games like Chess or Golf are not for me. Its probably got to do with my ultra-low patience level.

7. When M cooks - one of the rare days which makes it all the more lovely.
Both him and me are not big fans of this activity which reflects in our cooking. I still cook regularly and with M its been more like 3-4 times a year. And I mean actual cooking, not Maggi or making tea - for which he would set the water to boil and let me do the rest.  I consider myself an average cook. But when M cooks, one of those rare days, I really love it. It makes me feel pampered. When I landed in the USA from India, after a vacation, he had cooked up some real nice food - I still fondly recollect that !

8. Travelling and Exploring.
I admit I haven't got a chance to really tour the world yet but I still love the idea of travelling to all places far and beyond and I am glad M has similar thoughts too. Its difficult if only one of a couple has such desires. I have roamed around a lot in India and the USA as well. But I am still yearning to go explore other countries. Worlds less seen, less experienced. Life has gotten in the way at times, practical realities, priorities but we do hope to quench the thirst someday.

9. Going for walks at dusk / post dinner.
Spoken like a true Cancerian I suppose, romantic at heart. Romantic as the word defines. Fanciful, impractical, unrealistic. I will go with fanciful. Even when I was young, I used to go for walks after dinner with Mom-Dad, they still go to this day. I loved the moonlight, the trees swaying around me, meeting other people on the way. And I haven't let go of that till this day. I still pull M out for a walk every once in a while as the sun sets. Sometimes he's all gung-ho about it too, other times maybe not so much.

Thats all I have for 9 loves. Or rather that's all I could fit (when I had to pick and choose) for my 9 loves.

A short summary about 9 loves in the 10 Day You Challenge

Next weekend's going to be 8 fears. Stay tuned.

I would love to hear your views!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 1: 10 Secrets

So, my 3 friends and I - are taking the 10 Day You Challenge. Its not a contest. Its just an activity where we  blog about one common topic on 10 consecutive days (well, we tweaked it to 10 consecutive weekends) but we thought this would be fun. So, here goes Weekend 1. 

Day 1: 10 Secrets of the 10 Day You Challenge

1. Michael Bevan and me !
This is one fond memory which is still fresh, even after 11 years and will continue to be so for the rest of my life. It was when we were in the 2nd year of college, enjoying tension-free lives and having a gala time for the most. Sports Day. Girls Cricket between us and the seniors - 4th year folks. We managed to play fine and drew the match leading to a short 2 over rematch - 4 balls per over. Last ball. Am at the striker end. We need 2 runs to win. 1 to tie. It was a complete heart in my mouth situation and we had guys from our class, our coaches come in every second and provide advice. I can still close my eyes and see the bowler pitching me the ball, my arm raising as the bat connected with the ball and it goes straight for a cover drive rushing past a fielder, every single image etched in my mind. A friend even referred to me as "Michael Bevan" that day - someone who hit a 4 on the last ball and his side won - we all moved on to better and more fun activities later through the years but thinking about that last ball still has me tingling every time !

2. When my sister thought that an eraser was food !
This was even earlier - my younger sister - 6 years old then, was at school, when I got a call from her school - her teacher or someone who spoke to me saying that she had swallowed an eraser. I was all of 13 then, neither emotionally nor mentally strong and I remember breaking down, crying loads and finally calling my father at his work. He rushed home to calm me first and then took me to her school with him. I was so scared and frantic. Well, she was perfectly fine and looked peachy. The little imp !

3. My Love-Hate relationship with my Dad's field of work and Anushaktinagar 
When I was young, I was almost a rebel against my Dad's field of work and Anushaktinagar. Dad had dreams of me joining him there. I, as most teenagers, only wanted to get out of there and Anushaktinagar as soon as I could. I think in my own way I knew I didnt have the brains or the calling to get into that field. College didnt help either - it was a 20 min walk. I hardly knew Bombay. College friends called my colony "The Lost World" and I can still recollect a friend asking me if they close the gates at 7 pm ! But I have been away for 6 years now and I can't miss it enough. Its been home to me for so long, I can't wait to get back now ! I miss my Anushaktinagar friends, the Garuda, the fields where we used to play the frisbee, the Mafco, the chaat corner .. everything !

4. Law and Order Season ?
If I got a chance to do it all over again, I would never pick Engineering as my college option. I have always been interested in Law and recently someone brought it up that its only the TV making an impression on me ! I agree that I love watching all the crime shows like Law and Order, Criminal Minds, Not without a Trace etc but then that set me thinking and I remember when I was in the 11th grade or so, I used to discuss this with my Mom. But then the sad fact of India/Bombay, was that IT was the "hot" field. There were not really many career options or good job prospects elsewhere. Everyday we would see dozens of lawyers dressed in black coats walk aimlessly outside the Bandra High courts. Well, that was the end of that topic !

5. Mechanics, Electronics and other brainy stuff ! Stay away from me ! 
I just don't get it. Its the sad story of my life. I scored 41 in Mechanics in my 1st semester at college and 42 in my 2nd semester. Well, that was an improvement ! I can spend hours trying to read up and get my head around all of the basic concepts but I still wouldnt get it ! Sure, I might be average smart and can get stuff done, I might be a hard worker and I can get by day to day, but throw mechanics or those laws like the Newton's laws at me or the questions where they talk about a train travels at x km/hr, the front of the train reaches the station at 9:55 AM, the train is Y feet long so what time would the end of the train reach the station? I give up !

6. A complete Disney Princess !
I can totally lose myself in fairy tales, mushy romantic love stories, I wouldn't even mind the ones that might leave me teary eyed ! Its been a childhood legacy starting with Grimm's Fairy Tales and since then I have been hooked ! The Princess Cinderella's coronation at the Disney World, Florida left me speechless. Once in a while, I don't even mind watching the Karan Johar flicks (I know people are going to peg me hopeless) !

7. Solitary Food Intake? Hell No !
I can never eat alone in a public place. NEVER. If I am ever in that situation I would just pick up something and go home to eat it. I cannot sit by myself even in the cafteria to munch on breakfast. I have to, have to, absolutely have to have some company ! I have had food by myself, atmost twice in the cafeteria at work - when I was absolutely out of options and I couldn't bring myself to sit at my desk, but I hated it !

8. Asthma Attack ! 
One more memory that I would rather forget because it shows us as mean kids ! Giggle. When we were in the 11th grade and got bored with the Biology lecture, or wait, was it just Botany? !! The teacher was in the front of the room and a bunch of guys decided to play sick. R started wheezing and A and K said he got an asthma attack and R then promptly fell off his desk making all sorts of actions down on the floor. The teacher ran out like crazy hoping to get help and only then did we notice the guys shaking with laughter. We, the partners in crime, didn't say a word.  It was a mean trick to play because the teacher was scared for a while after that. Poor thing, she was also a very innocent naive person ! Well, again, it is a fond memory.

9. My subconscious connection to fall down at the time !
I haven't done this in a while, but up until a couple of years back, I used to fall down and embarrass myself all the time ! Be it in school, on the playground, in workshop class, even in college ! I had to fall down. It was an annual activity. No exceptions ! A year was up, and my subconscious alarm would go "Ting"! Hopefully, the lack of this activity would indicate I have finally grown up !

10. Born Wild !
People who I have only met in the recent years find this surprising, but people who know me from my childhood know me to have been a very agressive wild kid always picking fights with others. I remember I once had collected stones to throw at an 'enemy' then (well, so did she too!) - this was probably when I was 10 or so.  Me and my 'enemy' A have both become good friends since. I once even got pushed into a stream by another girl G, at school, because there was this thin bridge to cross over to the other side and I refused to let her go first. I have upturned food, scaled walls, jumped from the first floor, got hit hundreds of times always coming home with a grazed knee or elbow or a cut somewhere. I guess my folks and friends are glad that I have finally sobered down ! *hehe, giggling*

I would love to hear your views!
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