Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The 'Love' tag

Damn! Another tag. If there's anything I hate - it's doing a tag post. It feels so much like work :(

But this one I couldn't refuse. So here goes.

The rules for the tag are:

RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

RULE #2 Tag 6 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.

1. If your lover betrayed you what would your reaction be?

He is dead meat. He will surely not get away with it easy.

But since there’s a reason why I am with the guy in the first place, I’d probably give him a chance to explain things and I’d genuinely try to put things back in place. But I’ll try the forgive-and-live-with-it therapy only once. The next time he cheats on GWBE or inclines to, I’ll first spend all the cash in his bank account on a luxury cruise trip around the world for myself and some friends to get him out of my system and yeah, I’ll give the lawyer a ring to get him off my life pronto.

2. If you have a dream come true, what would it be?

Author a book, get it published and voila! It's a bestseller!

Well, is that one dream or three? :P

3. If you could, whose butt would you like to kick?

All people who have lied to me to get what they want. Some have come clean but some still don’t know that I know that they lied to me. It’s the second category I’d really like to cream.

Also, all the HRs who have blamed the bell curve for my lousy end-of-year raise while they suddenly seem to be able to afford a vacation in Australia and a new luxury car.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

I’d invest all of it in risk free low yield bonds and live off the interest! :)

That’s what the Capricon in me would want me to do!

But I guess I’d really start a publishing company and publish my books and my friends’ books! :)

10mn to support education and basic necessities for needy kids in India.

A million dollars to everyone in the first few pages of my good books.

Recruit a fund manager to manage whatever’s left!

A post-nuptial agreement to take care of scenario 1 :)

Write a will. Over here I’ll take care to mention each and everyone in my good books. Including the post man in Trichur who’s about to retire.

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?

I did. Worked for me.

But nope, not again. I’m set for life.

6. Which is more blessed: loving someone or being loved by someone?

Loving someone and getting it back from the same person.

After a point, it strains when it’s just one way. And it holds true for all flavours of love – among couples, mother and child, siblings, friends – it’s best when it’s reciprocated.

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love?

Duh! If he isn’t smart enough to realise my love and ‘asks for time’ to decide, I’ll show him the door! If you’re not on the same page in the beginning, you may never be!

8. If the person you secretly like is attached, what will you do?

Won’t happen with me because I don’t ‘secretly’ like anyone. If I like someone, I ensure that they and everyone around me know about it!

9. If you could root for one social cause, what would it be?

Free and compulsory education for all. That should take care of everything else.

10. Do you lie?

I try not to. Exceptions are when the truth might hurt someone. And yeah, I lie to myself everyday that the weighing machine is broken.

11. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Right here where I am. A little fatter, a little wiser, a little humbler, in a bigger house with a vegetable garden where I grow my favourite veggies and fruits, probably given up corporate life and doing something more satisfying that gives me more time to fill out tags like this. :)

12. What’s your fear?

That there’s Alzheimer’s in my future. Whenever I forget a commonly used word or forget a name, I relive that fear.

I also fear that I’ll die from a snake bite in my vegetable garden. :(

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?

She’s different from everyone else I know! She’s one of a kind. She’s a little weird in a curious way and I’ll never be able to predict her actions. :)

And I think there’s a totally different person buried deep inside the exterior she’s been showing to everyone in this world.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?

Married and poor. I am confident I can make the guy work enough to get us rich in a couple of years. Till then there’s the credit card and the lottery tickets! :)

15. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously who will you pick?

If I ever did, I guess I’d pick the one that gets along with my friends and family better.

16. Would you give all in a relationship?

Of course! If you don’t, you haven’t bought it, you’re still ‘trying it out’. I believe relationships are like finite state machines – you’re either in it 100% or you are not. There’s no in between state.

17. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done?

I’d forgive. But I’d never forget. Until I get Alzheimer’s that is.

18. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?

Relationship! I hate coming back to an empty house. I hate cooking for myself. I hate waking up alone. I love sharing the uglies and the lovelies that life brings with it. I’d explode if I don’t!

19. Your all time favourite song. Only ONE. And why?

Unarumee Gaanam- Moonampakkam
It’s a song from a simple yet powerfully emotional movie in Malayalam. Every time I hear/see this song I well up – it reminds me of the carefree childhood days and all the people who’d loved me unconditionally. Realisation that slowly but surely, these people will be taken away from you looms large. Memories can be cruel, can’t they?

20. I TAG these 6 people because…

Ajith, cause he’s having a great time at K, which I miss!

Virdi, cause I am sure he’ll be in a great mood for some days now and I hope that enthu will rub off in the tag!

Meghna, cause I think maybe she needs some food for thought to revive her blog.

Nikhil, cause I know he's busy and that he's gonna say 'Damn! One more!'

Abhi. Tit for tat! But hey, your tag’s next! Coming up soon!

Vids cause I’d like to hear her side of the story!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Real thing?

I've been dreaming a lot lately. Actually, I've been dreaming every moment I am asleep. It's such a strange feeling when the dream feels so real when you are in it.

In my dreams usually I get up to a beautiful sunrise, get dressed and go to work, bitch about the commute with my colleagues, get bored at work, flirt with the guy in the cafe, miss my husband, get back home, cook, eat, read blogs, watch a movie and go to sleep! It's like living your life all over again - one when you are awake and another one when you are asleep.

How do we know for sure which is the 'real' real life? I am not so sure anymore.

At least, I don't have any bills to pay in my dream life. As of now, everything seems to be free! My fridge is always well stocked. And I seem to be in great shape too. No worries in life B. So far so good.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Back again.

If you were wondering where I was for the last two months and were concerned about me, well, you should have done something about it other than just leave comments! FYI I was holed up in this tiny apartment held hostage by my evil landlord for the last two months. My husband weighed his options for a long time and in the end decided that he would rather not pay the ransom! And I thought at least my faithful blog readers would come to my rescue! I waited for 60 days and the end of it I was let go on the only condition that I would cook Indian curry for my landlord every single day! That’s how much the British love the curry!

Ah well, who am I kidding! I’ve had the sinfully lazy vacation in the last two months. Anything that required me to lift my tiny little finger was put on hold. Sometimes life screams at you so much that you just have to put a stop to everything else, sit down and listen to it.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. Absolutely nothing. Oh that isn’t entirely true as I did travel around a bit and managed to take some snaps.

Third visit in the last 12 months!

A street performer in Royal Mile Edinburgh.

Up above my head somewhere in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Botanical gardens

I wish I could make myself tiny enough to crawl into this flower and sleep tight in there.

Spring time!

Banana flower?

You cheer me up anyday!

Sparrow inside the glass house. Easy access to a warm nest.

Designs of nature

Glasgow Science centre

Once a geek, always a geek. How can one be in Glasgow and give this a miss?

My hot hubby!

What? You don’t see the penguins? They are everywhere! For once, stop looking at the big picture :)

London Zoo

The lovely Okapis. Half horse, half zebra.

Golden headed lion tamarin who decided to tour the zoo himself.

Blackfooted African Penguins sharing a kiss. Or maybe a worm.

Kensington Palace

A pissed off duck at Kensington Palace grounds.

Kids in action!

Notting Hill Carnival

I dreamed in a thousand colours that night.

London Soho

A plugged-in building


Roman Bath

Romans watching over those who came to have a bath.

Royal Crescent

Roman architecture on the wall at the marketplace.

Wise and majestic

Crystal web

I-am-different flower.

Kerala, God’s own country

Vallachira temple in Trichur