Thursday, June 21, 2007

Just to keep things going...

Saw an interesting tag at Chandni's.

1. Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it.

I’ve got a couple of scars on my face- on the right side of my forehead and another on my right temple slightly below my eye. Both have the same story- as a child, though I was not particularly naughty, I did try leaping from cots, school desks- and landed without using my feet. And then blood, tears , stitches, scars…

2. What is on the walls in your room?

One austere looking “Mathrubhoomi” calendar scribbled with the b‘days of friends and relatives . A picture of Radha and Krishna bought from the streets in Udupi.

3. What does your phone look like?

Err…it looks like any ‘phone’ is supposed to look like!

4. What music do you listen to?

Classical songs sung by B’bay Jayashree, Aruna Sairam
Old Hindi film songs.

5. What is your current desktop picture?

Picture of a reddish sun burst on the horizon.

6. What do you want more than anything right now?

Nothing in particular.

7. Do you believe in gay marriage?

Well, I do believe in ‘To each his/her own’.

8. What time were you born?

At noon.

9. Are your parents still together?

Well, Divorce was never an option on their cards.

10. What are you listening to?

Right now, only to the hum of the pc.

11. Do you get scared of the dark?

The absence of light does not scare me, but I do consider it an inconvenience at times.

12. The last person to make you cry?

My brother and his family. Let me explain .
The last time I cried was when I said Goodbye to my brother and his family as they were returning abroad after the hols .

13. What is your favorite perfume/cologne?

Night Magic.

14. What kind of hair/eye colour do you like on the opposite sex?

Thick, Black ,wavy hair with random streaks of grey, eyes that glint with mischief (on a particular member of the opposite gender to be specific).

15. Do you like pain killers?

While I’m not overwhelmed with affection for them I do find them rather indispensable at times.

16. Are you too shy to ask someone out?

Doesn’t apply to me.

17. Favorite pizza topping?

I dislike Pizzas.

18. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?

Feeling rather full right now after a sumptous breakfast of Uthappams, still I think I can have Hot spicy samosas followed by Butterscotch Icecream any time.

19. Who was the last person you made mad?

Of late , My elder son at any point of time.

20. Is anyone in love with you?

Oh sure.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Me? Thinking Blogger?!

Since coming home after the summer holidays spent with my parents in Kerala, I had been overcome by a kind of apathy wrt my blog. I just did not feel like putting thoughts, feelings into words. I’m not sure as to what could be the reason. Perhaps there is so much of clamor within me that to put them into words would be sheer torment. I just could not feel inclined to sift them, sort them out or even dwell on them. I was left with an overwhelming sense of futility wrt expression of my thoughts and musings. Its not that I’m particularly down or unhappy, just felt that the whole exercise was kind of pointless. Fleetingly I even considered deleting my blogs, and then decided I couldn’t be bothered to do even that. I just let it be suspended in a state of limbo- doubtful if I’d ever feel like resurrecting it.

However, this indifference wrt to blogs was restricted only to mine and I was actively catching up with others’ blogs. Most of the time I came away without leaving any footprints. Some days I did not even check my page and was sure I was slowly sinking into oblivion in cyberspace. Did I care? I don’t think so.

Today was different though, I clicked my page to visit the blogs on my blogroll and I see new comments on my last post. I saw that Gauri had tagged me and that too with the Thinking Blogger award! My first reaction was that of disbelief. Now I had seen this award doing its rounds in blogdom and it was one tag I was sure that I would not be tagged with. It had not occurred to me that my musings would ever be considered as a ‘thinking blog’. Nevertheless, I’m pleased. Thank you Gauri. My ego has been pampered. :- )

Now that Gauri has honored me with this award, I decided to break through my cocoon of apathy. The other bloggers on her list would’ve been on mine too, but let me now consider other options. There are many blogposts that have made me ponder, wonder at various occasions…still let me stick to five here as per the requisites of the tag.

Srijith Unni

I stumbled into his page on blogdom from another blog and have been a regular reader of his posts since. I’ve found his words – be it prose/commentary/ poem very sensitive and thought provoking. I like the way he thinks and expresses. I even like his replies to the comments.


Got to read him first through Sulekha. His posts- stories/ random musings/ nostalgic memories are disarmingly simple and touching. The kind of earnestness throbbing in his words startles one by its sheer intensity of feeling sometimes. His posts have often made me wonder about the persona behind the words and thoughts. His stories have a wistful tone about it and sometimes make me wish I had a magic wand with me.

On The Ganga Mail

This is one blogger whose posts I’m eager to read- I’m eager to know what topic is it that he is going to write about next. His honesty and forthrightness is so refreshing and charming. His posts are laced with mischief which sometimes makes the reader chuckle, at other times one wonders if he is daring the reader to refute…there is definitely a zing to his posts! And then there is that random poignant post which touches the reader and compels one to pause and wonder…


Her posts, I find it hard to define or categorize. She talks about so many things presenting facts sort of objectively- mostly that she encounters in the daily business of living- she adds her own perspective and then leaves the reader to his/ her own interpretation. I rarely comment but her posts most often gets me into a self- conversation mode.


His poems astonish me with the clarity and spontaeinity of thought. The flow of words are sometimes so spontaneous having that impulsive raw/casual touch to them that for a moment one is almost deluded to thinking that they might have spurted forth from one’s own heart . The characters in his stories are often so well etched with details- physical/ emotional – that one tends to feel that one knows them. The theme keeps running in the back of my mind and I find myself toying with the possibilities and probabilities getting sucked into a vortex of ideas…

I’m not sure if the above bloggers would be interested in taking up the tag.

If you choose to pass this award on, these are the Thinking Blogger Award rules:
This award was started here.
You have to award five others whose blog you think deserve this award.
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging.
If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.
Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all — blogs that really get you thinking!