Like I remember mentioning in another post, few things are as exciting as an award. The Zodiac which Dad read out the other day promised grand things like foreign travel and scintillating moments with loved ones and spouses. I am not sure if any of that is working out, but I do have two little packages here, gift-wrapped in silver by Usha Di.
Saddi Delhi gets the ‘ABC Blogger Award’. What an alphabetic-al honour! 🙂
So the rules say: “You have to describe in a word or two, the first thing that comes to your mind, about you, when you think of the letter of the alphabet.”
Okay, here goes:
A – Awed at the amount of gossip some people seem to know
B – Book Lover
C – Cute. Or didn’t you know?
D – Darr-ling. R’s of course. 😀
E – Eccentric.
F – Fish-Non-Eater
G – Gorger of Palak Paneer
H–Huge Foot-ed. I don’t get shoes my size.
I – Idiot Bargainer
J– Junglee Billi Lover. Even the dogs.
K– Kaleiodoscopic Wardrobe
L – Little patience if you’re too loud
M – Moody
N – No aptitude for crossing the roads
O – Oranges-are-the-best-fruits believer
P – Punctual
Q – Quality over quantity in most matters
R – Routine oriented
S – Silent treatment meted out on occasions 😀
T – Travel lover!
U– Ultra sensitive about certain issues
V – Vanish into my hole when stressed
W – Wood-floor enthusiast
X – X’massy. Complete with the golden stars, jingling bells and green paper.
Y – Yours, truly. And loyally.
Z – Zestful
Next in queue: Saddi Delhi gets ‘The Elevenses Tag’. Eleven questions in one shot ain’t bad at all!
This time the rules are:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!
First, my answers to the questions Usha Di set me here.
1. In one word, what have you gained, in life, that you hold most precious? (there, that rules out “weight” )
2. In three words, a pet peeve?
Gossiping overstuffed aunties.
3. A word you think you use a lot, unconsciously?
4. What is it that you love to do, most, and would rather spend your time doing it?
Write! I wouldn’t mind interesting venues though. For instance, by a blue-water beach where I can sip a cool drink and steal glances to check what is it that R is reading. 😀 (This post by Ashwathy is to be blamed for my afternoon mania.)
5. What do you think others think of you?
I really have no idea. There was this random person who told me I sound very mature. But R gives me this look when I giggle about earrings. I have a bed full of soft toys and they are all christened. My best girlfriend says I am a good listener. So you see, I can not say.
6. Who would you say made you who you are today (other than your parents, if that is what you would answer )
I would say, Matthew Sir. He was my English teacher in school and is now a part of our extended family. Very warm gentleman. He taught me how to maintain a notebook for vocabulary, one for phonetics. I still have them and the first word is ‘somnambulist’. He encouraged me to write, to speak, to narrate stories of people and places. Every time I tell him about a piece I am done with, he is all smiles. He gets me a big plum-cake every Christmas. I am at it for days.
7. What gives you joy?
First rain! Big and rounded rain drops that wet my skin from the sides of my umbrella and mist up the windows at home. The green leaves that flutter in the breeze and the birds that flee to their nests. The monsoonal sky that announces night-time way ahead of schedule. R asking me if I would like onion pakoras with coffee. Going round and round with outstretched arms and my favourite songs on the radio.
9. If you could go back to one moment in your past, which moment would it be?
The first time we went to Mussoorie, a ten year old D told her Dad that she had never been to the hills before. Neither had he, he told her. D dressed up as Tipu Sultan in Jhoola Ghar and nibbled on a sugar candy. She fell asleep early, tired out with her long day. The quilts in the hotel were nice, warm and pink.
10. Do you believe in alternate lifetimes? If so, what is the you there doing now? (It’s actually one question, with two parts )
Nope. But I believe in alters. For instance, there is one D who wants to order pizza this very moment. There is another D who is very stressed about what is going to happen next month.
11. What makes you you?
The genes, I guess. Coupled with experiences and the intriguing people life brings my way.
And now, the fun part. My questions and list of awardees. 🙂
1. Which is your favourite blog post? Why is that so?
2. If you could choose again, which is the profession you would choose for yourself?
3. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, briefly tell us about an encounter.
4. If it could be anywhere at all, where would you want to win a paid-vacation to? (I am not sponsoring it by the way.)
5. How do you ward off an irritating customer care call? Or do you straight away press the End Button?
6. Which is the best book you have ever read?
7. Do you have a dream in the closet? Something you wish you could get back to doing / start doing?
8. What scares you the most?
9. In one word, what is your current state of mind?
10. How do you ward off anxiety? Or, what is the one stressbuster that mostly works for you?
11. What do you ask people to initiate small talk, say on a long-haul flight or a train ride?
The Awardees, in alphabetical order (for both awards / tags):
Do line up soon with your award speeches so I can ask the shutterbugs to leave. 😀
And once again, Usha Di – thank you. 😀