Wednesday, March 21, 2012


1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post & then create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag 11 people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Okay - the folks I know have been tagged already. So I'll just tag Saumya and Shoefiend for this one.

And I do have a suggestion Shyam you can answer my 11 questions!! (Ha Ha).

1. Which city did you visit during your first visit abroad?

2. What was your first impression of it?
I visited Dubai way back in 1993 before it became the futuristic looking maze of skyscrapers. The very first thing that hit me - was the warmth of the air combined with a fragrance I can only define as being uniquely "Dubaian"- perhaps from the desert?

3. Your most favourite mode of transportation, and your least?
Most favourite would be train and least an air conditioned bus. I suffer from motion sickness and HATE travelling by bus.

4. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Wow! That's interesting - it has set me pondering. I'll have to get back on that one.

5. Good or bad, what memory from your childhood stands out the most in your mind?
There's not just one memory. So let me talk about some of my earliest memories - waiting at the dining table for my Mom to make raagi malt; plucking tree tomatoes (tamarillos) straight out from the tree and eating them, being given my first doll, spending cold evening painting by the fireplace...

6. Do you like soft pillows or firm ones?
Firm - firm - firm. Out here you get those darn, soft, fluffy pillows that are too high to boot! GAH!

7. Did you like school?
Pretty much I guess. Had its good and bad parts.

8. What would you tell your least favourite teacher, if you were to meet him/her now?
"Grow up!" Looking back I can see how that guy was so immature and silly- everything a teacher ought not to have been.

9. Do you like your name? If not, what name would you give yourself?
When I was a kid I always felt my name wasn't as cool as those of my classmates. Later I realized how lucky I was not to have been saddled with a fuddy-duddy old-fashioned name or an ultra-modern one either!

10. Your opinion of fund-raising balls/parties/dinners organised for/by celebrities?

Hogwash and other synonyms.

and finally

11. Got any advice for me? :)
Nope. And that comes from a person who writes instructions all day for a living!!!

1) Which is your favourite Enid Blyton book?
2) Did you ever see an UFO or see something you thought was an UFO?
3) Which was your least favourite subject in school?
4) Where did you meet your spouse/ significant other?
5) Which childhood friend have you kept in touch with?
6) Are you still good friends?
7) Who was your least favourite boss? And why?
8) If you could change jobs what would you rather be doing?
9) Which book have you read as a child that you would like to re-read but can't find a copy anywhere?
10)Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby or Daniel Craig? Which one do you consider best suited for James Bond?
11)Your favourite poet?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Faking It...

...with my new black running shoes - that look like polished leather and my longer-than-usual trouser hems. So it looks like I am wearing formal shoes, while my feet are high-fiving for being able to wallow in comfort!

A Random Memory

There was a time when we used to frequently visit a small restaurant every weekend. It was small ans cozy and more importantly fit our budget those days. I used to observe two Sikh families that came every weekend too. There was an older couple with a teenage daughter and a relatively younger couple with a little baby (less than a year old). I remember one particular incident where the teenage daughter pleaded with the younger couple to allow her to feed the little one some Seven Up. The dad said, "Alright, just a little." And the girl was so pleased. I can recollect the pink of the mother's salwar and the fact she had her hair fashionably cut, but the daughter was in a long braids.

Funny how you can remember something so clearly after so many years and yet forget where you placed your car keys last evening!