- I am a pain when I have to shop alone! Because, I appear
confusing to a lot of people I meet, especially vendors and shopkeepers. For instance, many shopkeepers get
intimidated by me, when I ask them to show me stuff (all of it most of the times) and I pick up something
they assume, I will not because I would have told them to keep it back and that, I would like to have choices! That quite explains, why I do not like to shop alone.
I swing between being extremely indecisive and being utterly tasteless, when it comes to shopping. My mother is my eternal guide in this, as I blindly select what she picks on and it is always a 100% hit!
- I do not like groups. Worse, I hate cliques. Although I like to talk, go out with people, and also love to make friends, I just cannot fit in a group. And, the more number of people, the more irritable I become. At such
times, I feel like running away somewhere and drowning my head into a book or a
pillow. No wonder, I hate to attend weddings, socials and parties.
- There was a time, I believed with all my heart that there was a rabbit who lived in the moon and that, all those stars shining above, were made of ice that was green in color. I have had recurring dreams of falling stars and in many of them, I have tasted the stars! Damn Science! You killed all my imagination!
- I am not religious in the sense, I am not a big
fan of temple hopping, although I do it for parents many a time. But then, I do visit temples which is, when I want to. And, when I do, I just love to sit there and do
nothing. I may be spotted closing my eyes and listening to the chants. That
said, I love to recite shlokas coz I
just love to (also, I feel a calmness that descends upon me when I hear Vishnu Sahasranamam and Hanuman Chalisa) I am not spiritual in the context of quoting from the Gita and the Upanishads.
But, I love the concept of live and let live approach of life which I believe is what
spirituality preaches. To seek the good within and, in the others!
- I am not much into fashion stuff. I have limited number of fashion accessories, maybe a few pairs of pear sets (which I got as wedding gifts) and some pairs that my mother gets for me from time to time. Also, I don't like to accumulate them because I cannot maintain them as I lose them more often. (I have one from each pair that I can find!) I stopped
getting facials and face packs a couple of years back, right after my recovery
from an auto immune disorder (Something that did change the course of my life)
Prior to that and before having a baby, when I was working, a visit to a saloon cum spas was a must for me and, how I loved them! I loved the aromatic smells of
the packs, shampoos and the cleansers and the scrub. Somehow, since the past two
years, I have stuck to just waxing and trimming of eyebrows. Why did I leave
all that, I do not know. I just felt like leaving it on an instinct. All I know
is, I have felt better since.
- I am a big time Net addict. I love social
networking. Not because, I love to see updates on my timeline, but because I
love those minions that pop out to give me advice on attitude and life. I am a
fervent reader of certain blogs and wish that I blogged too, with the same
- I love hot dal chawal with
desi ghee/fresh white butter and with rasam, vegetable upma and fresh curd. I can survive on this comfort food
all my life. And, I love almost all vegetables (okra, spinach, beans, carrots,
pumpkin, beet root and raw banana are hot favorites!) I am not a fruit person. There was also a time when I detested mangoes. After I conceived, I binged on them. I could not imagine a
summer since 2011, when I have not gorged on kesar and aplhansos.
Needless to say, my son loves them too! Besides mangoes, bananas and water melons are other preferences.
- Since the past two years, I have lost interest
in pizza, burgers and pasta! Although, I make pasta occasionally when son wants!
As for pizzas and burgers, the craze has almost died. Not that, we do
not have them at all, but our visits to pizza and burger joints have reduced to like
twice or thrice a year. Rest of the time, we relish Mughlai food (my all time
favourite) and all Middle Eastern cuisines.
- I am very much a milk person. I love flavored
milk, malted milk (name all the brands – Horlicks, Boost, Bournvita, Maltova,
Ragotin, Ovaltin et al), milk with sugar, milk without sugar, hot milk
with hot jalebis at Bhavrilal’s (Mhow) and also, milk with turmeric and honey and then, all milkshakes. But,
I hate milk sweets! And, I am not very fond of chocolates, although I like drinks like hot
chocolate and cold cocoa. Occasionally, I eat cakes and pastries
(which is only if I am not going to make dinner) and love to eat the carrot
cakes, cheese cakes and pies made by my adorable neighbor cum friend Nav (from the
previous station). Besides that, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Son and
hubby compensate for me on that!
- I love to dream a lot. Day dreaming was like a
hobby to me once, until my mother would jolt me out of my dreams and bring my
vigilante acts to a standstill, back to the boring world of differential
equations, laws of thermodynamics and what not! And, I used to look up and sigh
to God, “If only you made me a super
woman, all your woes about the Earth going brown shall end!” Well, now I
have gotten over those weird day dreams, although I still love to dream. Only
that, I don’t have much time for it now, as my son keeps me on my toes all day.
As such these days, I don’t remember much from my dreams.
- I have had a crush on every Hollywood actor I know of! Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Dame, Arnold, Al Pacino (I still find him
very sexy), Gabriel Byrne, Will Smith, Keanu Reaves, Robert Redford, Gregory
Peck, Omar Sharif, Christopher Lambert and name them all! Those days, I just couldn't bring myself to watch the Bollywood crap with people going gaga over
them. With all that effervescent craziness for the ‘kkkk....kiran’ SRK and
appallingly long haired Akshay and Saif, I would wonder what on earth is wrong
with these people! Not that my tastes have changed now. But then, there are
some inconspicuous ‘taare zameen par’ in Bollywood too who do make me go weak on
my knees with their acting and attitude. Like, Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin
Siddiqui, Vidyut Jamwal (I wish this actor gets a break in his movies), Jaideep
Ahlawat (this man has a killer personality), Rajeev Khandelwal and so on.... I
wish these tornadoes of talents replace the Khans once and for all!
- I love to watch horror/sci-fimovies/epic movies a lot,
some of which explore the unseen frontiers of the universe and bring a third
dimension to many of the existing beliefs and cults. That said, I don’t watch
every horror movie. Just the classy ones! Loved the 1976’s Omen, 1968’s
Rosemary’s Baby, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (I read the
book too!), The Craft, Insidious (with the chapters), Conjuring, Orphan and
many more. Besides, I am a sucker for all science fiction and cult movies.
Resident Evil series happens to be my all time favorite! Also, loved the Clash
and the Wrath of the Titans. Ok! You get the drift!
- I am not a big fan of make up. There was a
time, when I owned every possible
cosmetic of every brand. But, that was about 4 years back! Now, I just survive on herbal kohl, a comb, a lip balm, a lip gloss (if I am going out) and an Olay
Moisturiser. What I deduce, I am happier with lesser stuff now. My fetish for
designer stuff waned long back! My fancy handbags of Esbeda and Gucci have
been gifted away in 2012 and now, a small leather pouch serves my purpose. I
own exactly 3 pairs of sandals, two pairs of floaters and one pair of sports
shoes. And, I don’t like to add more to the list, as I have realized, comfort
supersedes desires any day! Not to mention, I get ready in about 5-10 minutes when we go out for parties, whereas hubby and son take their sweet time! ;)
- I love departmental stores a lot. Even though I
may not shop, I can spend hours going through the various rows stacked with
ingredients from around the world, countless number of times! I guess, that
quality is inherited from my mother. We can happily reside in a departmental
store like Dorabjees, given the choice!
- I procrastinate a lot and go into a shell
instantly! Like, a new place, a new neighborhood, a change in weather, new
faces bring out the worst possible introvert in me! Post marriage, when I
shifted from a happening suburb of Pune to a conservative yet buzzling
Somwarpeth smack in the middle of the city, and worse, with hubby posted in a war zone, I retreated into a shell and did not go out of the house for two
weeks, until my parents came and rescued me from my ennui. Later, I got a job
and the routine kept me busy. I just loved it! But yes, I still procrastinate!
- Of the many house hold chores, there are two
things I just cannot bring myself to do. Folding clothes and stacking them in
the wardrobe and kitchen cleaning. And for some reason, I have never been able
to let the maid do the former for me! At times, I am scared of being ever dependent
on a maid. (especially after the #mychoice thing doing the rounds).
- I do not like to chat a lot on whatsapp. Nothing
like calling up, or meeting the person face to face. There was a time when my
school friend and I wrote letters to each other. (she was in Bhopal then). We
were in sixth grade. I loved those times. Writing letters and posting them with
hand made greeting cards were laced with personal touch. Modern technology makes the feelings more pretentious. You get what I am implying, right?
- The first impression people (who don’t know me
yet) get about me, I am silent. I am cordial. I am somewhere between warm and
cool. I am a little held back. I appear to be very conventional, traditional
whatever you can call me! I do take a lot of time to mingle. I cannot smile or
laugh with a person whom I have just met maybe, a couple of times or have
conversed with, a few times. I connect with few people and those few people
know me the way nobody does! But then, there have been times when I have
connected with strangers too. And it amazes me, how! Those are few, but when I
talk to them the first time, there is already a connection. Did I tell you, I met my husband like that? How I met my husband deserves a separate post!
- I was a ‘very angry young woman’ once upon a
time! I was attracted to debates, arguments and discussions (mostly on politics
and feminism) just like bees to a hive! I am not sure, if I am still. My
college mates and school friends feel, I have changed. They are surprised when
I shy away from picking on arguments (something I could not resist way back!). That
does not mean, I don’t get angry. However, I don’t like to be a part of futile
arguments with no results, except in the case, when I feel the need to be heard.
- I am my son’s sibling more than his mother. And,
he treats me like one too. Sometimes, we take long walks together and he shares
his imagination, stories, incidents from school and what not, with me. I love
to pull his cheeks hard and see him cry as he complains to my mother about the devil I am! And, once the granny has reprimanded me enough, he runs back to me and asks me to pull
his cheeks harder this time! There are times, when I feel like gobbling him up........yummm......slurpp....burp.......! OK! I am not a monster! That was just an expression! But still, I am such a brat of a mother who loves her naughty little munchkin to the moon and back!
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