A month ago, Shantala of Shanaya Tales tagged me to take up this ‘About Me’ post where I have to talk about myself but without mentioning books. In my capacity as a blogger, I must have published numerous posts talking about myself. This is actually what I do consistently every Monday with my Monday Musings post. For this reason, I have started declining award nominations where I am required to answer questions about myself because there is nothing more to write. I am, just, out there.
Now, what prompted me to take up Shantala’s tag?
One, I have to be creative to carve out my life without touching the bookish part. Not easy, especially since when the life in questions revolves around books.
Two, the questions are interesting unlike the ones I have seen until now, and
Three, after 15 days of continuous blogging for Bar-A-Thon, I got terribly bored and I needed something to get out of my blogger’s block.
So here I go.
Name a cartoon(s) that you love.
My childhood was marked by 5 cartoon shows – Spiderman, He-Man, Tom and Jerry, Ducktales and Talespin. Out of these 5 shows, I loved Ducktales the most but only until I watched Popeye, the spinach eating sailor. There is one episode of Popeye, I vaguely remember, where he builds different houses one after another but every time the ants come and destroy his houses. At the end, he eats spinach and makes a house of metal and is delighted that the ants could not eat but then it falls down as a pack of cards. How? I don’t know. This was my all-time favourite Popeye episode which I could never get hold of again.
Ducktales, Popeye and most recently Peppa Pig are my favourite cartoons.
What is your favorite song right now?
I do not keep track of new songs and by songs I just mean Hindi movie songs because I don’t know anything else. However, I have a head full of old songs from the black and white era. If you ask me my favourite song, at this moment, as I stare outside the open balcony door from where cool breeze is blowing into the room, the song that comes to my mind is ‘Abhi na jao chodkar ki dil abhi bhara nahin‘ from the movie Hum Dono.
I am sure if you ask me my favourite song another time, I will tell you a different song from the same era.
What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
There is nothing which I can do continuously for hours, not even reading. At a stretch, I can only manage 2 hours of anything, at a time. Still, to answer this question, I would say I have taken to watch short films on You Tube these days. Else, I would spend the same time watching movies on Sony LePlex, my favourite ‘go-to’ channel these days for English movies.
What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I am not at all sure if I have left any surprise element about me in the eyes of my friends and the readers of this blog.
Okay. Let me think.
Every one who know me well is aware how much I dislike cooking. Yet, there is something which is not distantly connected to cooking and that is I love to clean, cut, chop, dice and shred vegetables. I keep 2 days in a week when I sit with a decent stock of vegetables and tend to them. My favourite is cleaning the green leafy veggies like methi, chaulai and dhaniya, doing which is akin to pursuing meditation for me.
What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
Unnecessarily specific thing to learn! I hope I get the meaning right.
I like to explore more about other countries, more so the history and the present demographics specifically. Currently, my most recent Google searches are about the Scandinavian countries, also because of the fact they have ranked highest in the list of world’s happiest countries.
What is something unusual you know how to do?
Now, this one you all will find amusing. I have already mentioned above I have a head full of old, black & white era Hindi movie songs. I have discovered I can sing a song, from the 50s and 60s era, for any random Hindi word Dhruv might drop in. Yes, most of the times. Many a times I even surprise myself when I start singing a song I hardly remember having heard at any point of time.
Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).
If you are talking about craft, for one, I will tell you lots, with Dhruv.
But there is something more important that I have made in the last year and that is I have made myself lighter by 6 Kgs and this is a real accomplishment for me. However, this endeavour has not been put to rest as I type out this post.
What is your most recent personal project?
Well, I am not required to talk about books. Since my most recent personal project is related to books, I am forced to keep mum.
I will be making the declaration when the appropriate time comes.
Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
I often find myself staring out of the windows. And what I think? A lot of things. An ocean of thoughts pass by. I delve upon the need of so many loudspeakers blaring at a lapse of a few seconds or minutes, at each ‘Azaan’ time from the mosques in the neighbourhood. I wonder how close do loudspeakers bring the mankind to God?
I also re-visit the old, happier memories in these moments and smile to myself. I sometimes twist the events in my mind, giving them newer perspectives. I think about how better can I get in understanding the personality and needs of Dhruv.
Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.
When it comes to a specific favourite, I can think of nothing else but of the colour red. I am clear in my choices. If there is anything which I am looking for and is available in several colours, the instant you show me a variant in red colour, I will take it without a second thought ever.
In food, my favourite is ‘Pyaaz ka parantha‘ with a mug full of ginger tea. My Sunday breakfasts are sorted with pyaaz ka parantha. After following a diet plan and mindful eating for whole of the week, this is the saviour for my taste buds.
With this, the questions end here.
I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this post. I hope you also had fun reading it.
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