Thursday, January 31, 2008

Meme on 'Five things'

Got this from UL's page .
I am completing my answers on this Meme now.

Here are my answers:
Five weird facts about me
1. My wardrobe is always a mess
2. I am not a clean freak. Enjoying life comes in priority before cleaning.
3. I avoid getting into debates. So if I differ, I keep quiet.
4. The biggest celebration always translates to eating out.
5. Over years, I changed in many ways, but still cannot bring myself to eat non vegetarian.

Five Places I would like to visit or visit again
1. Places we visited as part of All India tour in college (especially the small restaurant in Delhi where we drank Coke and felt 'big' - yes, Coke was so new to us then! A luxury!)
2. Las Vegas/LA (with B)
3. Singapore (never been)
4. Thailand (never been)
5. Europe (same thing, never been)

Five things I never imagined at 25
1.Drinking alcohol in any form was a sin to me at 25 .Not so now.
2.Dancing in parties - trying to do that sometimes
3.Watching Indian movies and sharing the experience with my 6 year old son...little things we share, never imagined this would happen when I was 25.
4.Concept of togetherness at 25 was always doing things together. Never imagined it would change to 'you do what you want to and I will do what I want to'. We all need sometime to ourselves - it was so hard for me to understand this. Even now, at times, it is.
5. At 25, life was all about friends. Never imagined the life where friends would come behind family.

Friday, January 25, 2008

On blogging

The stream of thoughts and confusions that struck me when I started to think of blogging. That is what this post is about.

The bunch of blogs that I frequent are typically authored by Indians and sometimes South Indians. Majority of them are ladies, some are guys. I am amazed at the courage demonstrated by all those ladies in sharing what is going on in their lives. I am very doubtful if I will be able to share all that is going on in my life with such openness and boldness.

Here is a list of questions I would like to collect answers from bloggers out there.

Do you feel comfortable writing things as is? Or do you leave the unpleasant parts out or tailor the posts to be more polished?

Do you feel compelled to write everyday? Or does it come to you naturally?

Would you write what you want to write on against what will receive more comments/responses?

Do you establish contacts and try to maintain it with the people who comment on your blogs?

Is there an element of competition/comparison with other bloggers that you feel sometimes?

Have you had any personal problem/argument with anyone related to anything you posted?Just yes or no and how you dealt with it.

I am yet to commit to regular blogging due to these questions in my mind. FRANK answers, please!

Hope to hear from some!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tagged by Laksh

Tagged by Laksh.

A-Available? Yes, for friendship!
B-Best friend: Not one to name. Some.
C-Cake or Pie? Cake
D-Drink of choice: Coffee.
E-Essential thing used everyday: Cellphone
F-Favourite colour: Lilac
G-Gummi bears or worms: None
H-Hometown: Trivandrum
I-Indulgence: Blog-hopping
J-January or February: February
K-Kids and names: Nikhil,Nithin
L-Life is incomplete without: family and friends
M-Marriage date: March 16
N-Number of siblings: None
O-Oranges or apples: Oranges
P-Phobias: Driving in snow
The only good thing about punctuality is that it usually gets you an apology
R-Reason to smile: Love and humor
S-Season: Summer for sure
T-Tag three people: The last time I tagged, I did not get a response.So I am not doing it this time.
U-Unknown fact about me: I am scared of roller coasters
V-Vegetable you do not like: Turnip
W-Worst habit: Leaving one task incomplete and jump off to another (especially at home!)
X-x-rays you have had: Thyroid
Y-Your favourite food: Puri masala
Z-Zodiac: Aquarius

Monday, January 14, 2008

Express it!

I got a Fedex package today morning. I wondered who on earth will send me a package.It was marked with H's name.

H is my colleague from India who came to help us out at the US office during last winter. She is a bright girl and she is proud of everything that made her what she is (the country, the culture, the family and the customs). I see a positive spirit in her that she passes on in her deeds. The efforts that she is willing to take to make people happy brings to my memory that I was like that too.

She had sent handwritten greeting cards and some gifts to three of us who helped her during her stay in US. Needless to say, we were all thrilled and surprised. The fact that she remembered to wish us a Happy New Year this way, made me think that I should do the same for someone else.

I had expressed thoughts along similar lines in my greeting cards post. What you send or buy for someone need not always be a pricey. It could be something simple. In today's busy world, taking the time out and sending a handwritten card can be such a big surprise. Sending a simple gift is hard enough to do in our busy schedules. If you have website open, and you finalized what to get for her, you are stuck at a point where you don't have the person's address handy. That happens to me all the time. Then someone calls you for something and you walk off - 'may be some other time'.

Next time, please determine that you will do whatever is needed to express it! I am sure those efforts become fruitful when the receiver smiles upon receipt. I am sure your efforts will be appreciated. Please do not hesitate to express your 'thanks for being my friend' feelings - even if it is in a simple way!

We just did that for someone's birthday (inspired by H) - it is a good feeling at both the ends if you put that bit of effort!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dance and me

Yesterday, when I went to my new GYM (no, the Gym is not new, it is me that is new to it!) to attend my first aerobics class there. I was taken aback to hear that the class for the evening has been changed to Latin Dance Class! Nevertheless, I decided to try it. If it is too much for me, I can always run away in the middle of the class faking some urgency to get somewhere!

It was not bad. The lady coach was very cheerful, energetic and she looked so good dancing! Every girl in the hall seemed to do well. I liked the exercise part of it and got some work out - but I wish if I could 'dance' like them. Dance is not just imitating the steps, I can do that, but the grace and the lachak (Hindi term!) has to be congenital.

Here is my dance history!

When I was in primary school, we had the dance class as part of the school curriculum and it was the same song every week. My dad till date remembers that song 'Velli mala thazhathu..maanathu' and we burst out laughing even today. Then in middle school, I remember I practiced in the Thiruvaathira team for school day celebration. Thiruvathira is a Kerala group dance for girls. When the day neared, the teachers moved me from the dance team to the team that sings for it! Was it because I was a better singer, than a dancer? Obviously. Dad and mom kept teasing me for being removed from the dance team!!

I did successfully dress up and take part in Thiruvathira in high school. Probably they needed me for making the count!

When I started working, it was the official parties that killed me. The company hosted parties where there was music and dance.Those had me hide behind the pillars in a chair and take a sneak peek at the bold guys/gals who danced. I was always the one who will get pulled for being a slacker - 'come here and dance, you cant sit there!'.I enjoyed watching people who danced, but never dared to be in that group.

Dancing as a couple - oh God, I dread those too. When you are dressed in suit/dress, with those fancy shoes, I cannot bring myself to swing and sway. I don't think he is big on it either, so we did not have a problem. But I think it would be good to go train for a formal couple dance once in our life!

Recently, it has become a norm at some parties to dance. Here is my logic now - I can dance if the group of friends I am with are really close to me. I can get rid of the inhibitions and do whatever I do coz I know they will accept me as I am. I can also dance if I dont really know them all very well and it does not matter what they think of me. The easiest thing to do is to stand in the floor and clap. I get away with doing that for some time.

I am still fighting the inhibitions and am not 100% comfortable at the thought of dancing in the parties. It does not matter how you look when you dance (especially when the crowd around is half drunk), it is about how happy you are! I realize that all that matters is having fun. I am trying to do more of that.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

My internet addictions

During the last year, I did not even realize how I got addicted to these.

1. Orkut - when I logged in there for the first time, I was cursing whoever sent me the invite - who has the time for all these, don't people have anything else to do, how many such websites are being created and for what - as cynical as I can get. Before long, I was there hunting for my old friends from school and college. I would type names of lost friends and click on the results - alas, so many hits, but none with the picture resembling my friends. I was angry at those profiles without any real picture.However I did get a lot of old friends. Not that I am touch with them every day, but having them in friends list, at least gives me a feeling that I can reach them at any time.
Seeing the updated albums of friends is the easiest way I can get a glimpse of their families.

I recommend orkut. Use it with caution - applies to anything in the world.

2. Blogs - I should say, I got into this also via orkut. Landed someone's blogs and found it interesting and searched for more. It is interesting to see what other people think and how they express their ideas. I am inclined to read more of those I can identify myself with.

3.Youtube - catching quick glimpses of Mallu or Vivek comedy scenes or watching the songs of the movies I watched recently is something I enjoy.Thanks, Youtube!

Thursday, January 3, 2008


I was tagged by Laksh about publicly announcing my new year resolutions.

1. Join a gym and improve fitness level - try to go there at least twice a week.
2. Establish contact with lost old friends (at least 3)
3. Organize get together at my place for old withering groups/friends.
4. Do more of things I want to do and not be afraid of anybody's reaction.
5. More frequent blogging.

I tag Vrinda and Deeptea and Minerva