Anything but books Tag

Anything but books Tag

I am loving this tag doing the rounds introduced to us by Shantala.  It has been fun reading other’s responses.  For a change, this one is not about books but a little more about me.  Read through and pick up the #AnythingButBooks tag.  I would love to read yours too.

Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

I grew up at a time when there was just one hour of cartoon shown on Sunday mornings at 9 called Mickey and Donald which I loved.  Then there were the video cassettes of Tom and Jerry we used to watch for endless hours.  Among the recent cartoons,  I love binge-watching Shinchan.  I have to watch it,  I have 2 boys.

What is your favorite song right now?

It is a not so current song.  But, I have been listening to this on endless loop as I discovered it recently.

Kehte hain khuda ne is jahan mein sabhi ke liye
Kisi na kisi ko hai banaya har kisi ke liye
Tera milna hai us rab ka ishara maano
Mujhko banaya tere jaise hi kisi ke liye

For the non-Hindi speaking,  here is the translation –

“It says God has created someone for everyone,

Finding you is a sign from Him,

That I am made for someone like you.”

I love the way the music goes around in circles. If you loved the lyrics,  the music is even better. Here is the link

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

I can spend hours walking.  I love to go for long walks,  walk in a market, shopping, walking to anywhere.  All I need is a pair of comfortable and strong shoes.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love to spend time in Museums and in ruins.  I can spend hours and hours going through each and every exhibit and reading all the notes written below it and I can remember them too.  On my last weekend in London,  I spent the whole day,  yes the whole day, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Natural History Museum.  It was pure bliss.

As for the ruins,  I stay near Bassein fort and I love to walk around the ruins of the fort.  The fort is used for movie, music videos, ads and TV serial shootings too.  It helps to maintain this historical monument.  But, it could also damage the original features of the fort.  I wish our Archeological department does more to protect this fort.  You can see the fort in this famous song from Heropanti.  Ignore the foreground dancers,  just see the beautiful fort in the background.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

I want to learn about editing videos. Why? To create book reviews with videos.  I don’t want to be staring into a camera and showing people book hauls.  But, more like an edited video which will show what the book is about.  Anyone help me with where can I start?

What is something unusual you know how to do?

There really is nothing unusual I know that the rest of us doesn’t know.  In fact,  there are too many things I do not know to do.

Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).

Well, last year I made this website.  I used tutorials on Youtube to understand how to customise the themes, how to add code and lot of nitty-gritties.  I am a techie and code loves me.  It was pure bliss to seep through endless code after ages.

What is your most recent personal project?

It has to be growing capsicums.  It did grow, I posted the pictures on Instagram.  But,  now I want to create a fairy garden or a miniature garden.  All my time is now spent in watching their videos and Pinterest is full of ideas.

Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).

When I look out of my window,  it is to a main road which is 100 feet wide.  So,  loads to think about like cars, clothes, signals. Just before the road is a peepul tree inhabited with birds of all kinds.  Their morning activities are fun to watch.  There is also crow’s nest and I love watching their antics.  Beyond the road is an unkempt open ground.  It is green now due to the first rains and a delight to watch.

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.

I am not really a foodie but I love to listen to music when studying or working very hard. If it needs me to concentrate and stay awake,  music is the best.  It helps me focus.

Now that you know me a little more,  tell me about yourself.




“How extraordinary the ordinary really is, a tool we all use to keep going, a template for sanity.” ― Cecelia Ahern


I took this picture during one of my evening walks.  It was about 6.30 pm and in the twilight zone.  In the evening light,  this looked like a doodle.  It was perfect in its asymmetry and even leaves. Do you think so too?

Linking this with Parul’s #ThursdayTreeLove post.

Reality checks    #MondayMusings

Reality checks #MondayMusings

I wiped my work table with a dry cloth to remove the dust accumulated on it.  I gingerly took out the laptop and its accessories from it’s bag and placed it on the table.  It has a month since I worked on this laptop due to my vacation.  With a heavy heart tinged with boredom,  I connected the laptop and started it.

As I sat in front of the laptop and waited for the 1000s of unread emails to load,  I felt even more disillusioned.   I had taken this vacation after two years and the month had just sped by.  I had planned to write everyday,  research a bit of history,  work on some outlines.   But when I reached Kerala,  I realized there was no internet connection where I stayed.  Mobile internet was negligible.  It would connect sometime in the middle of the night and load my messages.  I thought about the endless hours stretching in front of me due to no internet.

The boys had serious withdrawal symptoms.  They were appalled that there was no wi-fi,  but not able to connect on the dongle was the last straw.  Everything happens for a reason,  I thought.  I hoped the boys,  and I,  get over the no internet phase.

I put my blog posts on the backburner and plunged into the lazy joys of the vacation.  With nothing hanging over my head and no deadlines to meet, it was a breeze.  Soon,  I was too much involved in the day to day living.   The cousin’s house we were parked in had about 20 people across all age groups between 82 and 7.   No internet meant, the kids got along with each other and played.

But,  they did spend a lot of time speaking to their friends on their mobiles and I wished,  if only the network was also limited.

I can promise you I did not learn anything new,  or did anything significant.  I just lived.

And now I wish,  I can turn time backwards and relive the holidays again.

The e-mails are still loading and I start filtering to read only the relevant emails as I get back to work mode.

When was the last time you went on a really long holiday?


Guess my Sun Sign   #FridayReflections

Guess my Sun Sign #FridayReflections

Winter is too cold,  summer is too hot.  I love the heavy rains,  but a hot summer ends up with the most beautiful rains.  Does that help you understand my sun sign?  Maybe not.  Let me try a bit more. I will speak up on what’s on my mind and tell you directly whether you like it or not.  But,  it will be with the sweetest smile on my face.  And,  I will not hate you.  As, life is too short to hate anybody but there is lots of time to love all.  Got it?

Hmph!  Let me give you another chance.  Or why don’t you tell me,  what can you not understand?  Let’s see if there is a way to arrive at a solution.  Now,  did you get it finally?   Continue reading