Know thee, know thy tag.

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! πŸ™‚

ABC Award

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. πŸ˜€
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 πŸ˜€
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 thenΒ 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 β€œweight” )


2. In three words, a pet peeve?

Gossiping overstuffed aunties.

3. A word you think you use a lot, unconsciously?

Per se.

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. πŸ˜€ (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. πŸ™‚

The Questions:

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):

* Aditya,Β Bikram, Bhavia, Bhagya, Chica, Deeps,Β Nimue, Novroz, Pepper, Shree, Zee *

Do line up soon with your award speeches so I can ask the shutterbugs to leave. πŸ˜€

And once again, Usha Di – thank you. πŸ˜€


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  3. I finally made time to complete a reply to this tag. And guess what- you got tagged again. But in case you wouldn’t like to have two questions and answers poat on your blog, then you can well skip it. thanks again for the tag. πŸ™‚

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  6. I finally read your answers properly, very interesting…I know you more than b4 now πŸ™‚

    I like that Matthew sir, I wish I had such teacher for my English teacher. My school’s English teachers were useless…I learnt all through my alternate teachers, they were movies, musics and books.

    • Aha… I like your alternate teachers. They must have taught you a lot over the years.
      Glad you enjoyed reading some of my madness… thanks Novroz. πŸ˜€

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  8. Wow, enjoyed reading and knowing a bit more about you! Loved the way you did the A-Z tag. * same pinch on ‘Travel-lover’ bit :D. LOL @ your pet-peeve :D.

    Thanks for tagging me Deboshree, now I have 11 qs from Usha and another set of 11 qs from you to counter…grrrr at you two 😈

    • Thank you Deeps! πŸ˜€ Good to find a fellow traveller… will keep that in mind!

      Ha ha…. so lots of questions for you to tackle. *rubs hands* Looking forward to seeing you answer all those. πŸ˜€

  9. Congrats Sweetie πŸ™‚
    And thank you for the tag πŸ™‚
    I really liked this funda behind the award..I am going to take it up..i will post you the answers soon πŸ™‚

  10. Thanx for the tag. Wonderful post I must say, quite entertaining, esp. the A-Z thing. Even the questions and answers were interesting. Got to know you a bit! The rain-drop thing, as I have mentioned earlier is so amazing. Would try my best to answer your questions as soon as possible. πŸ™‚ tc.

    • Delighted you enjoyed reading Zee… πŸ™‚
      Indeed, rain drops are amazing things… so playful, so cheerful. Thinking about them makes me wish it was monsoon already.
      I look forward to your answers Zee… thanks for taking it up!

    • Thanks Rituparna. πŸ™‚
      I know, intriguing aren’t they? And so very cute. Next tag, you are going to be in the limelight so prepare accordingly. πŸ˜€

  11. Congrats on the award, you really write like a seasoned writer. Loved the banter about the over stuffed aunty part. Sometimes I feel i should tie them to a treadmill along with their plate of pakoras.

  12. Hahah so my photo inspired you eh? πŸ˜€

    This is a cute tag!
    Erm…but I think you’ve forgotten that it was supposed to be answered in a word or two, NOT five or six! πŸ˜› :mrgreen:

    And whatever is “fish-non-eater”? πŸ™„
    Pet lover eh? Me too!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Oooh…you love travel?? Me four!! πŸ˜›

    Pet peeve: Gossiping overstuffed aunties…sigh 😑 I totally agree! πŸ™„ πŸ˜€

    The answer to question 7 reminded me of mumbai monsoons!! Ah! πŸ™‚

    • Totally! πŸ˜€
      Oh come, that’s only a few words here and there… that’s in case the system swallows a few up I will still be good to go. πŸ˜€
      A fish non eater is someone who doesn’t eat fish. Hee haw. πŸ˜€

      Mumbai monsoons are pretty. But Pune monsoons are awesome!
      By the by, it seems like you and I should high-five! πŸ˜€

  13. Loved the questionnaire and your answers – crisp and candid. Your idea of alters is very intriguing. Means there’s another Ajay (I assume it’s not just a namesake you meant) and God knows what he’d be doing right now. πŸ˜€

    I feel like taking up the tag. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Ajay! Ha ha…I think he’d be blogging too. Probably about his own juxtaposed universe. πŸ˜‰
      Ok, I don’t know if you will believe this but I had tagged you. Right there at front. I don’t want to tell you who took that place after the blog URL I linked failed to load. πŸ˜› You changed something didn’t you?

      Anyhow, point being, please do take the tag up. It would be great to know a bit more about you! πŸ™‚

  14. I loved the tag, especially the ABC .. I will do it soon , I alreayd got some post on timer so let them come up then this one will come up for sure πŸ™‚
    and hey thank you so much for tagging me πŸ™‚ yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  16. Really nice answers. Loved the Mussourie tale.

    And totally with you on No.7 πŸ™‚

    Awesome dedication to Matthew Sir πŸ™‚ Plum cakes are good, aren’t they? πŸ˜€

    Congraaats on the awards πŸ™‚

    • # 7 no? Rains are indeed magnificent. And all some cynics can think of is traffic. I tell you. πŸ˜€
      Plum cakes are awesome! On Xmas, I prefer them to our typical wet cakes.
      Thanks a lot Priya! πŸ˜€

  17. Woohooo… beatifully done, both the Award Acceptance A-Z, and the Tag πŸ™‚

    Loved the moment of your past revisited πŸ™‚
    Loved the dedication to your English Teacher πŸ™‚ Salutes, Mathew Sir πŸ™‚
    LOL @ pet peeve, and alter you s πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    And your questions, interesting πŸ™‚

    Non-fish eating? πŸ˜›

    Thanks Deboshree πŸ™‚ I liked reading this. Glad to know you a bit more πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Usha Di, the tags themselves had a lot of potential. πŸ˜‰
      Ha ha… no seriously I tell you. You will find so much gossip around where I live that sometimes it gets on your nerves. I avoid it brilliantly for the most part and for the rest, I try to stock it up for some blog post.

      Yes. Non fish eating, queer Bengali girl. πŸ™‚

      Thank You Di, I loved taking up both these tags. Keep them coming. πŸ™‚

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