Of TRBA, being a ‘Versatile Blogger’ and some random bits

Now, I have thanked IHM and the judges already for choosing my post as one of the winning entries for the Tejaswee Rao Blogging Awards , have even expressed my heartfelt delight on Facebook, have eaten R’s head almost daily and my Ma’s too with the constant mention of this honour, have put up the badge on the post which got me this award and also put it up on the side-bar of my blog…and yet…yet I feel I havent done enough :).

I want to shout from the rooftops about this wonderful honour conferred on me. Its not just because it has come from IHM- someone who is an epitome of courage and strength, and it is named after Tejaswee-a person who never ceases to inspire me to date BUT ALSO because this award has been given to a post which is immensely close to my heart and which, every time I go back to read it, makes me realize that I did something truly right for my daughter.

So IHM, this is an extremely proud moment for me and I cant thank you and the judges enough for truly appreciating the feelings and sentiments behind this post. Means a lot to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

To read all the other winning entries, do visit here for each one is a gem in its own right.

And it gives me immense pleasure to tell you all that there are efforts being made to compile all the featured posts into an eBook and also a printed book so that it reaches out to even those sections of people who dont have internet access. And if any profits made out of the purchases, they will be donated to charity. What better way to start the year than a noble thought like such, isnt it? Heres wishing IHm and everyone involved in this initiative all the very best!


Now on to another award which was bestowed by Shail and Pixie– the Versatile Blogger Award.

Now I am anything but versatile for most of my posts revolve around Namnam and the rest are mere gibberish but if such a tag comes from bloggers like Shail and Pixie whose posts never fail to stir me, move me and inspire me then its a huge honour :). Thank you so much, Shail and Pixie :).

Here are the rules of this tag:

  • Nominate 15 fellow Bloggers
  • Inform the Bloggers of their nomination
  • Share 7 Random things about yourself
  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your Blog Post

And here’s a bit of Deeps-ipedia in 7 bullet-points:

1. Let the first randomness be about the blogger in me- I like to read my archives a lot. Especially when I am going through a writer’s block, or feel low, I log in just to read through my old posts and feel better :).

2. One of the best things to have happened after moving to my current house has been my growing interest in gardening. Especially now when the weather is so conducive, I find myself enjoying the whole process of sowing seeds, watching them sprout to life, nurturing them while having little bit of conversation of my own with them( quirky, aint I πŸ˜€ ) and feeling elated like a child upon seeing my buds blooming into flowers :).

3. Unkept beds turn me off. Totally! I am finicky about even the slightest crease of the bedsheet πŸ˜›

4. Its been almost 3 years since Namnam started going to school and even today I feel overwhelmed when she pulls her hand off my grip excitedly to run inside the school and join hands with her friends while confidently surging towards the classroom. Gosh, I wonder when I will overcome this phase of letting her go of my hold :(.

5. Recently I had a sense of huge accomplishment when I managed to make a perpetually-sulking- yep, the ‘khadoos’-type lady in our compound smile :). Ever since we moved to our compound, I had been trying to crack up a conversation with her only to get the most disintersted look as a response. So I never really got a very positive vibe from her. But the new year seems to have had a good effect on her as she did give a good smile and wished me back a Happy New Year :).

6. Went for a girl’s night out y’day with two of my friends and had a blast of a time! It was so relaxing and addictive, for a change, to not stress ourselves about what to cook, or which activity to take our kids to or how to get them to do their homeworks or how best to tackle their tantrums for our respective spouses had ever so graciously volunteered to be the temporary-stay-at-home-dads and cater to them that we were even contemplating having such night-outs more often :D.

7. Now before you all even begin to ask me where we girls went for our night-out, let me not keep you guessing for the simple reason that i am too excited to let you even guess. I cant wait to tell you all- its as simple as that!! For those who have recently started reading me, let tell you that I am a huge huge tennis buff and more specifically a die-hard fan of Roger-Federer. And it has been my dream for as long as I can remember, to watch a live tennis match which finally got fulfilled last night at the Qatar Tennis Federation. What even better was that I got to see Federer play live! And needless to say it was an experience of a lifetime! The sheer respect he commands when he is right there on court is something that I cant express in words. He is dignity personified. It was truly a delight to watch him play so effortlessly with utmost poise and calm. I just hope he reaches the final so I can go back to ogle and drool at him some more! An icing on the ‘ogling’ will be if Nadal reaches the final too and gets thrashed out by Federer, what say, Swaram πŸ˜‰

With that I’m done with the tag and all set to slip into the weekend. Before signing off, here are the 15 bloggers to whom this tag is passed!











Pins N Ashes





Phew! Didnt know tagging 15 bloggers will stress me out so much!!

A lovely weekend to all! πŸ™‚

40 thoughts on “Of TRBA, being a ‘Versatile Blogger’ and some random bits

    1. Ale, mela scribby-dibby-doo, pixie has already tagged you, na! So I hve tried to tag all those who haven’t been tagged with this award yet πŸ™‚


    2. any way I’m first,yay!! okay that above buwaaah was a dramatic touch so just ignore πŸ˜‰

      #1-I too read my archives and sometimes it amazes me that I had written all that πŸ™‚
      D: Same pinch! πŸ˜€

      #2-sigh I can never be a gardener I guess despite my parents being so much in love with our garden back home!
      #3-Ditto Ditto Ditto!!! hehe so much that I can’t sleep if there is a crease on the sheet..I turn on the light and straighten it first πŸ˜‰
      D: Ha ha ha!

      #5-This reminds me of the man from the movie ‘under the Tuscan sun’ πŸ™‚
      D: Really? Havent seen that movie.

      #6-I’ve hadn’t had this night since ages now 😦 blame it on no girl friends in the town 😦
      D: 😦
      #7- πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      happy weekeneding to you 3!

      D: Thanks Scribby!


  1. 😦 mere ko bhi nahin kiya .. sadddddddd now

    D: Arre, Bikky, I tagged those who hadnt been tagged yet :D. You are already tagged by Shail, na. Chalo, here I declare..my next tag, you will be featured, pacca! Now chin up πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›


    1. yessssssssssssssssssssssssss.. its is true .. you dont get till you ask for πŸ™‚ he he he he ab dhakke se le liya na πŸ™‚

      yayyyyyyyyyyy… so when u doing the next tag :O


  2. Congratulations on the TRBA! I loved that post of yours! So so so delighted! Will go and read the rest of the winning posts soon.

    D: Thank you, Smits! You, for one, know, how much that post means to me, na πŸ™‚

    And you know what, I was doing this tag, and was hoping to tag you again – hoping that you would not do it before me 😦 Sob sob! Finding 15 bloggers to tag is driving me crazy πŸ™‚ I had you and Pix listed, now, I have to take both of you off and find others instead πŸ™‚

    He he, guess you haven’t read Pixie’s tag-post yet…you’re tagged in there too, madam πŸ˜€

    I so want to garden too! Your hibiscus is so gorgeous! But I suspect, that the next time I garden, it will be in Bangalore πŸ™‚

    D: And what a wonderful thing that will be to set up a garden in your Bangalore home! Am sure you must be looking forward to it :). Cant wait to see it! In case you haven’t noticed it, I am already laying foundation to get invited to your new home as soon as you have it set up!! ;).

    Federer-Nadal final will be best! Are you planning to go for that as well? Lucky lucky you πŸ™‚

    D: I do have a ticket to the final and I was really really hoping to see Federer again. But unfortuantely he has pulled out of the Open due to some injury and Nadal has lost already :(. Yet to decide whether to go or no.


  3. Congratulations on TRBA!! Very well deserved! πŸ™‚

    D: Thank you, Shilpa πŸ™‚

    Thanks for tagging… will do the needful ASAP! πŸ˜›

    D: Looking forward to reading your post πŸ™‚

    Ditto on No. 1… whenever I read my earlier posts, it’s a wonderful feeling and mostly wonder, did I write that??

    D: It is, isnt it? I feel really pepped-up to write again whenever I go back to read my old posts πŸ™‚

    Nice to know some more abt you!!
    Happy weekend to you too!
    Cheers πŸ™‚

    D: thanks, Shilpa, you have a good weekend too πŸ™‚


  4. Congrats on RBA Deeps!!! Could see how much it meant to you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    D: Thank you, Kanagu!

    And great that you have watched your favorite player in live!!! would have been awesome πŸ™‚

    D: It was it was, kanagu! Although I have met Federer once before at a watches & jewellery exhibition a couple of years back, it was the first time I had seen him play! Was like a dream come true, really!

    1. Very few times I read my older posts. Maybe I can do now to inspire myself πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    2. Gardening is a very good thing!!! It totally makes you feel you are doing something good and the curiosity with which we run to see whether that small plant has came up or those first flowers flowering.. πŸ™‚ Some good moments πŸ™‚

    D: Absolutely! You said it so beautifully! πŸ™‚

    5. Cool πŸ™‚ New year’s has its purpose πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Thanks for awarding me Deeps.. I am honored. I will try to do this tag at the earliest πŸ™‚

    D: Will wait to read your post. Hopefully this will get you to start writing again πŸ˜€


  5. CONGRATS!!! yaya to both the awards πŸ™‚

    D: Thanks, sweetheart! πŸ™‚
    1. I have never tried that…I should πŸ™‚

    D: Do do try, RM! Your posts are ever so wonderful to read anyway, am sure you’ll feel nice to read them again yourself πŸ™‚

    2. Gardening eh? most plants die when I touch them 😦

    D: Aww, dont say that! 😦

    3. Errr..just give me a days warning if you ever visit me will ya?

    D: Ha ha ha, will do πŸ˜€

    4. Awwwww!

    5. WAH! Congrats πŸ™‚

    D: He he πŸ™‚

    6. Sahi! thats like the best thing ever na πŸ™‚

    D: Hai,na!

    7. hahahhahaha

    D: Now why did you laugh…I was pretty serious about ogling & drooling at my Federer, ok!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    Hugs darling to you πŸ™‚

    D: Hugs to you too, sweets! πŸ™‚


  6. And here I was getting all happy about being tagged. 😦 πŸ˜› I wondered for a moment if I have been ghost-blogging from another address in a dream. πŸ˜›
    Ditto about unkempt beds. I can NOT stand a single crease either. Sometimes it earns me strange looks.


    1. Oops! Deboshree, I meant very much you when tagging your name, but mistakenly linked PNA’s blog. So sorry for the goof-up,re! Will correctly link you upon reaching home. Am outside now, replying from my phone! :). You better get drafting ‘cos you certainly are tagged! πŸ™‚


      1. Ha ha… no worries Deeps. Actually I figured that out when I saw PNA’s blog below mine. πŸ˜‰
        Thanks for the tag! I will certainly get drafting soon. πŸ™‚


  7. Heading off to read your post now .. and thanks for tagging me, Deeps. I am a huge Federer fan too.. and yeah, his humility and cool temperament makes him such a rockstar !

    D: You too! Yay..same pinch! πŸ™‚


  8. Congrats for the Tejaswee Rao Blogging award! Yes, it is a very prestigious award, Deeps!

    D: Thank you Sandhya. It is prestigious indeed πŸ™‚

    Thanks for tagging me!

    I can’t read my old posts! I find lots of mistakes and get upset!

    Gardening makes us happier people…experience!

    D: It does, doesnt it?

    I remember reading your post about Namnam’s first day school! Time runs fast!

    D: Time sure flies! Much faster than we want it to 😦

    I will find it difficult to find 15 bloggers to tag! All my friends are tagged already. Smitha also tagged me!

    D: Ha ha , Smitha tagged you too! Let me go and read her post πŸ™‚


  9. Congratulations on TRBA Deeps…. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the award and the tag… πŸ™‚

    Unkept bed…. Well mine is one of them… Now I know whenever you visit my place I have to keep you away from seeing my bedroom…. πŸ˜€


  10. Congrats Deeps πŸ™‚ Awesome achievement, as you say… and how I feel too! Especially that particular blog as you say!
    My my, aren’t you finicky!! :P! Me, I live in a state of disorder, and anything too orderly sometimes puts me off. Sigh. So much about being a teacher who ought to teach THAT to kids!!! πŸ˜€
    Congrats once, again, Deeps, and hoping for more to come this way, this year!


    1. Aww, thank you so much, Ushus! Always appreciate your encouraging words πŸ™‚

      Hee hee, now my bed is the only place I ensure I keep it in order, cant say the same for the rest of my house πŸ˜› :P.


  11. Congrats Deeps…..am so happy for u :-)!!!!!

    Know what u mean abt the gardening, after living in the desert for so long we’ll never take a new life sprouting b4 our very eyes for granted will we. Is the flower in ur header fr ur garden????
    It’s beautiful.

    And u watched Federer playing ‘live’ :-o….wow thats really something. Ur new year certainly began well huh πŸ˜€

    And heyyy thanks for the award and the tag….will do it soon :-)!!!!!


    1. Thank you so much, Nance πŸ™‚

      So right you are about not taking a new life sprouting for granted. Yes teh header-pic is of the first hibiscus of my garden πŸ™‚

      My New Year began wonderfully well with that Federer-treat πŸ˜€

      Will look forward to reading your tag πŸ™‚


  12. Touched. And my heartiest congratulations!!!

    And although I am no good at gardening, I love reading blog posts about gardening, stage by stage, the joys and the beauty of watching a garden yield results.


    1. Thank you so so much, IHM :). (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

      Oh I am not good at gardening too, still learning the ropes :). Fortunately my gardener is handy and always ready to help, so that makes it fairly easy πŸ™‚


  13. Oyy, congrats for all the awards ! πŸ™‚

    D: Tankoo, Vimmoos!

    1. Thats what I do when I get bored these days; enjoy the crazy comments you all had left in some of my previous posts ! Good old days ! Sigh 😦

    D: I know! I miss those days of fun so much! 😦

    3. I have a real nasty comment. No, I am not writing it here ! But thinking of it makes me already ROFL !! No, I am still not writing it here ! πŸ˜›

    D: You better not! I can sense the direction of your twisted mind already :twisted:. Nashoolam!

    5. Probably that lady laughed at something silly you wore and you thought she was smiling at you ! πŸ˜›

    D: Yeah yeah you’ve done Phd in reading a woman’s mind and smile, havent you?? Onnu podey! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  14. Congrats for the award πŸ™‚

    And as far as your Random facts are concerned, I laos do the 1st one & 5th one I also try cracking up people who are labled as “khadoos” dunno what hapiness I get out of it but I do πŸ™‚


  15. And all this time I thought I had commented here! Gee… I am turning out to be the most forgetful person around. Well…
    Congratulations on the TRBA win. Yours was a wonderful and quite pertinent post.
    Nice to read more about you. I noticed your Federer-love in FB too πŸ˜›
    Sometimes reading old posts sets you up for writing another. Of course at times I cringe reading some of my earlier ones πŸ˜‰


    1. Thanks so much, Shail :).

      Oh I cringe too at a lot of my old posts but mostly they make me feel good for actually getting into writing. Frankly I never thought I would or could write πŸ˜€


  16. Congrats deeps and loved that post of yours.A bit late in congratulating you.

    I was missing gardening in dubai,here i have quite a few flowering plants and i am enjoying gardening here.

    No 3 you sound like my sister.She never allows anyone to sit on her side of bed as she say if we sit her bedsheet will get disturbed.

    Thanks for tagging me deeps will take up the tag soon….


  17. Hey Deeps, My God I am late by more than a month, I am so so sorry dear.
    First.. CONGRATULATIONS.. you are getting better by the day and believe me I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.. everytime you do something like this I remember you and your sweet voice singing the morning prayers at school.. and automatically I remember Hema too.. welll I digress.. Thanks sweet heart .. thanks for the award and the tag .. after all its always you and only such things which gives me some inspiration to write and an extra thanks coz I really am not even a blogger in the true sense, ‘just one post once in a blue moon’, well.. thanks and HUGS to you… and nammu..
    take care


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