Tag time

Its been a while since I’ve done a tag. I normally reserve it for occasions when I dont have anything interesting to share otherwise. And this is one such occasion :).

Amrita has tagged me to share a few tidbits about my life. So here’s how it goes…

1. Indebted to someone for life:

Jayanti, without a doubt. Many of you know who she is. In fact I’ve even written a letter telling her how indebted I’m to her. She has been with my parents for close to 4 years. She is not just a care-taker or a helper to them, but a daughter in many ways. Someone who is very sensitive to their needs, who knows what their likes and dislikes are, who looks after them like her own parents.

Everytime I leave Delhi with a heavy heart, my only concern is Achan & Amma’s welfare. But its her ever-smiling face that gives me an assurance that I’ve nothing to worry.

No amount of thank you’s will be enough for what she has been to me and my family. I’m eternally grateful to her for being there for us.

And today and everyday I pray to God that she is blessed with all the happiness in the world that she so rightfully deserves.

2. A gesture that left me speechless

This was in August 2007. We lived in Muscat. R was away on a business trip. Namnam was suffering from fever. Although she had a history of febrile convulsion, it had been a while since it had relapsed as we had been able to regulate the temperature whenever she had fever. So it never struck me that she could have her bouts again.

I still don’t know what went wrong that day, but she had her convulsions again. It was late evening. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to drive, who to call for help as some of our friends were either out-of-town or lived away. I was as helpless as could be. I took her in my arms, ran to the next door and rang the bell. I couldn’t even wait for the person to answer the door. I rushed to our landlords’ house who lived in the ground floor.

To tell you a bit about out landlords, they were not a very favorable bunch of people to be around. They were a rude lot who had had at least one altercation with whoever came in contact with them. They were very difficult people to handle. Our friends from Muscat would vouch for that.

But your landlords’ behavioral problem is the last thing to cross your mind when your child is convulsing in your arms.

Anyway, when I went down for help, what I got to see was not the rude, brash side of my landlord, but a noble and kindhearted one. When he saw Namnam’s condition, he immediately called for his driver(who, thankfully stayed in the same house), and asked him to take us to the hospital. He even told him to wait in the hospital so he could bring us back home once she was treated.

That one gesture has stayed with me ever since. Thats when I realized the true worth of having good neighbors. They were truly God-sent for me.

3. Say ‘Sorry’ to someone

To all my friends from whom I’ve drifted apart for whatever reasons- be it my childhood friends, friends I made in school, college and at work, those I made in Muscat and Doha, all of them. I want to say sorry to even those virtual friends who I ‘met’ through the beautiful medium of blogging, but with whom I lost track as I moved on in this journey making newer friends.

I want them all to know that even though time and circumstances may have drifted us apart from each other, yet I treasure each of the friendship close to my heart.

4. Say ‘Thank you’ to someone

To God for giving me the most precious gift. My Namnam. My family and most of my friends know how much I yearned to be a mother. I remember spending many a nights crying my heart out for not being able to conceive. There were days when I’d pray endlessly for that one signal from Him that would quash all sorts of unpleasant doubts creeping into my mind.

And then after much yearnings and prayers Namnam came into our lives as the most precious gift from God.

5. Most cherished possession till date

It’s a wrist-watch gifted by my father when I passed my 10th class board exam which was way back in 1992. And it has been with me ever since.

6. A special moment that brings a smile to my face

Now that’s a tough one! Only recently I was going through some of the old snaps of Namnam and I realized each one of them made me smile. So let me share one of them with you.

This was taken in when Namnam had just turned one. She was at a stage where she had begun to identify her body parts. We had taken a whole sequence of pictures where she identified her ears, teeth, eyes,etc.

The image I’m sharing below is one where she responds to us when we asked where her nose was πŸ™‚

Did that make you smile too?? πŸ™‚

I’m leaving this tag open to anyone who would like to take it up. In case you do pick it up, please share a link too πŸ™‚

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Guilty or Innocent

Oh no,this is not a crime post like you’re gauging.I dont blame you for thinking on those lines though.What with Masood and Swaram getting ‘murder’ous and going for the ‘Kill’ with their posts respectively!
This is just a straight forward tag that a friend passed on to me on Facebook.As I head towards weekend I thought I’ll close the week by sharing my version of the tag.So here I go.

The rules are thus…

RULE 1
You can only say Guilty or Innocent.
RULE 2
You are not allowed to explain anything unless someone messages you and asks! πŸ˜›
RULE 3
Copy and paste this into your notes , delete my answers, type in your answers and tag 20 of your friends to answer this.

Asked someone to marry you? Innocent

Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty

Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent

Ever told a lie? Guilty

Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Guilty

Kissed a picture? Guilty

Slept in until 5 PM? Guilty

Fallen asleep at work/school? Guilty

Held a snake? Innocent.

Been suspended from school? Innocent

Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent

Stolen from a store? Innocent

Been fired from a job? Innocent

Done something you regret? Guilty

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Guilty

Kissed in the rain? Guilty

Sat on a roof top? Guilty

Kissed someone you shouldn’t? Innocent

Sang in the shower? Guilty.

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent

Shaved your head? Guilty

Had a boxing membership? Innocent.

Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty.

Been in a band? Guilty

Shot a gun? Guilty

Donated Blood? Innocent

Eaten alligator meat? Innocent!

Eaten cheesecake? Guilty

Still love someone you shouldn’t? Innocent

Have/had a tattoo? Innocent.

Liked someone, but will never tell who? Guilty

Been too honest? Guilty

Ruined a surprise? Guilty

Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterwards? Guilty.

Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty

Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Guilty.

Joined a pageant? Innocent

Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty

Had communication with your ex? Guilty

Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent.

Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty!

That was fun!And now I tag

Renu,
Sandhya,
Solilo
Indyeah
SJ,
Sakshi(people if you dont hear from me for a long time after this,just know that I’ve been hunted down on charges of tagging offense by Sucks Budhi 007 . πŸ˜› )
VJ
Hitchwriter
Masood
Nazish
Mishy
Rekha
Sujata
Saritha
Crafty
Pixie
Pal
Suman
Bedazzled
Amrita

On that note,those of you living in the middle-eastern part of the world,have a great fun-filled weekend!And rest of you have a great remaining week ahead πŸ™‚ !

The A-Zzzzz tag!

According to UMMON this tag is to be done when one has time to kill! Since I seem to be having just that,with R away on tour and Namnam in school,here I am,with my version.

A
Available: for family & friends
Age: 31
Annoyance: Unmade bed,giving out the ending of a movie even before I’ve watched it,farting publicly,scratching your private parts in public(have even ranted about it here)!
Animal: is what we all have in us in some form or the other,dont we?

B
Beer: No,thanks!
Birthplace: Delhi
Body Part on opposite sex: Eyes
Best feeling in the world: Namnam calling out to me with a smile and a hug,the minute she wakes up in the morning!
Blind or Deaf: God forbid,neither.
Best weather: right now rain,rain and more rain is all I’m craving for!
Been in Love: Yes
Been on stage: Yes
Believe in yourself:yes,at times when I’m sure of myself.
Believe in life on other planets: Yes
Believe in miracles: Yes
Believe in Magic: not really,although I like watching those magicians make people’s eyeballs pop out in astonishment with their tricks,yet at the back of my mind I can sense the fishiness in those tricks!
Believe in God: Yes

C
Car: Mercedes Benz ‘E’ class is what I’d like to own!
Candy: Dont like it much
Color: Pink&Blue.
Cried in school: Yes,when I blacked out on stage while singing one of my favourite songs.I was inconsolable.
Chocolate/Vanilla: Chocolate…anytime of the day πŸ˜€
Country to visit: On top of the list,Mauritius

D
Day or Night: Day
Danced: in school functions…after that I’ve mostly stayed away from dancing and making a complete mockery of my moves!
Dance in the rain: yes yes yes

E
Eggs: Omelettes or boiled with salt & pepper sprinkled on top…YUM!
Eyes: give out your true feelings
Everyone has: to have an opinion even if that means agreeing verbatim to what X,Y or Z says

F
First crush: when I was in class 3…I even vowed that I’ll marry him until he flunked in that class and lagged behind!
First thoughts waking up: Noooooo,want to sleep some more!
Food: Poori/Aaloo ki sabzi(Potato curry) and a typical Malayali sadya!

G
Greatest Fear: Losing my loved ones
Giver or taker: Giver when it comes to love and taker when it comes to money!
Goals: To bring my daughter up to be an assertive woman who knows her mind.
Get along with your parent(s): Yes,very well.

H
Hair Colour: Mahogany Red from L’oreal πŸ˜€
Height: 5ft4in
Happy: when I’m with my family.
How do you want to die: in my sleep!
Health freak: beginning to be as I realize my clock is ticking!
Hate: people who are pompous,hypocrites and who swear too much!

I
Ice Cream: Hot chocolate fudge
Instrument: Violin…my all time favourite is Conversation by Dr.L Subramaniam & Stephane Grappelli
Here is one of the pieces from the album..hear it to know how the duo simply made the instruments talk!

J
Jewelry: Pearls and Swarovski crystals
Job: currently jobless,unless motherhood is considered one!

K
Kids: are angels personified!
Kickboxing or karate: Karate
Keep a journal: No.I’ve a scribbling pad though which a friend gifted me with,to make notes for my blogs,as and when words form in my mind. Thank you,V πŸ™‚

L
Love: has/should have no barriers,but sadly,that isnt the case still in this world!
Laughed so hard you cried: Yes
Love at first sight: Nope

M
Mooned anyone: No
Marriage: Jo khaaye woh pachtaaye,jo na khaaye woh bhi pachtaaye!(one who tastes it will regret and one who doesnt will regret too)…in nutshell-A NECESSARY EVIL πŸ˜‰
Motion sickness: not lately,thank god!

N
Number of Siblings: 1
Number of Piercings: 2

O
One wish: this world were devoid of any negative elements or thoughts and in turn ensured a safer tomorrow where we could fearlessly raise our children.I know I’m wishing for Utopia!

P
Place you’d like to live: Delhi,my city.Despite its shortcomings,I’d still want to go back and live the latter part of my life there.
Perfect Pizza: Sausage,capsicum,onion with lots of cheese!
– Pepsi/Coke: Neither

Q
Questionnaires: Cumbersome

R
Reason to cry: anything…as minuscule as getting an ant crushed underneath my foot!
Reality T.V: Rigged
Roll your tongue in a circle: Cant!

S
Song: cant pick one…there are so many!
Shoe size: 40
Slept outside: Yes
Seen a dead body: Yes
Smoked: No
Shower daily?: Yes
Sing well: Yes

In the shower?: Didnt understand the question..if it means if I’m in the shower right now,then NO and if it means if I sing in the shower,then,ALL THE TIME! Why has this question appeared in S category,by the way ❓ ❓
Swear: No
Strawberries/Blueberries: Strawberries
Scientists need to invent: how to bring about rains even when its scorchingly sunny outside!

T
Time for bed: 11PM
Thunderstorms: Yearning for them!
TV: FRIENDS, Desperate Housewives, 24 and lately,Balika Badhu
Touch your tongue to your nose: No

U
Unpredictable: No

V
Vegetable you hate: Brinjal
Vegetable you love: Beans,Potato,Carrots
Vacation spot: Kasauli

W
Weakness: Namnam & Music
When you grow up: decides who?what if I dont want to grow up??
Worst feeling: When Namnam falls sick and I realize she is going through so much pain and discomfort.I just feel so helpless then!
Wanted to be a model: Yes,for a very brief period of time,until the reality dawned on me that the profession was so not my cup of tea!
Where do we go when we die: I wish I knew!
Worst weather: Hot humid summer!

X
X-Rays: make me feel naked…I so dont like them!

Y
Year it is now: 2009
Yellow: is what my Ma looks most beautiful in!

Z
Zoo animals: caged and my heart goes out to them
Zodiac sign: VIRGO

Ok,people,wake up! I know you’ve dozed off by now.Trust me I’m done with the tag.I’ve finished.I’m not tagging any of you,so smile :). However if anyone of you is clueless as to what to blog about next,do feel free to take up this tag πŸ˜€ !

Picture tag

I’d been tagged by Naperville mom & Renu eons ago to attach an image from the picture folder of my computer and share the story behind it.So with out any further dilly-dallying let me proceed. Terribly sorry for this delay,NM & Renu.

Since I spoke so much about the mounting expectations and pressures meted out to my child by me in my previous post I thought I would share these two snaps that I felt,befitted my current predicaments. So,enjoy!

I took the snaps for the sheer way Namnam held the newspaper as though she genuinely found an interesting article to read.This was taken in july last year.

Namnam was so engrossed in knowing what was happening around the world that she was oblivious to the fact that I was clicking her photos!

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And then it was as though she suddenly realized that lying down and reading was not something that Amma professed.Hence the pose!

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Now do you really blame me for being so paranoid about sending her to a school?C’mon she was the one who asked for it πŸ™‚ .

EDITED TO ADD : Oops!I forgot to pass on the tag as is the norm. So,A,Sakshi,Amrita,Goofy Mumma,IHM,Indyeah,Nancy,Piper,Sindhu,Ummon,VJ, please take up the tag and let me know when you have done it. If its a tag you’ve done before do send me the link. Would love to see what you had to share.