Award, award and award

I am ashamed to admit that whenever I am awarded, I do not accept it immediately. It stays in my mind that I have been tagged/ awarded and when I get nothing novel to write about I dust the archives of the sweet bloggers who presented the precious awards to the unworthy me. I was thinking about writing a post on Zack, since I felt Moo has stole the limelight from him in this blog off late :lol:, when I saw that I have been awarded. Not wanting to cursing myself again, here I am, accepting the awards from the gracious and lovely presenters.

MonkeyMind, our ever lovely MM presented me with the Sunshine award way back in April which I am accepting now, in monsoon. Please forgive me MM, but hey, this sunshine can help me dry out the clothes which I am unable to do since 2 days because of the rains πŸ˜€ According to the rules, I have to display the award and mention ten interesting things about myself. Here I go.

(1) I love listening to new languages. Even if I do not understand them, I like to see and hear people speak/ fight/ laugh/ revel in a language.
(2) I always sleep on the right side of the bed. If I am sleeping on the left, I am not at peace. I fiddle, plot, scheme, plead – do anything to cross over to the right side.
(3) I can concentrate on whatever work I am doing while the TV is on full volume or the music is blaring out of the loudspeakers.
(4) If I like a movie or a TV show, I look up the biographies of its actors and directors.
(5) Anything new, I am game for it. Be it electronics, website or social media.
(6) In any kind of gathering irrespective of the age group, I can churn out new games which everyone can play or be involved with.
(7) I may take three hours to do online window shopping, but in the real world, I am out of the shop in less than fifteen minutes with the shopping bag in hand.
(8) I can eat daal and rice daily for lunch/ dinner.
(9) I choose clothes for others really well. I have never had a rejection in my selection ( show off alert).
(10) I deliberately keep an empty bottle besides me, so that I walk to the kitchen every time to fill and drink it.

Thank you so much MM, for awarding me. Whoever I read have been awarded this, if you have not though, kindly consider yourself awarded πŸ™‚

Next, I thank Sanity Vows and TandooriPanipuriLife for conferring on me the Liebster Award. They find me worthy enough of it, even though I talk about nothing apart from the going ons in my mind and my surroundings. Interestingly, I have to answer the same set of questions to me, though I would give it to Sanity Vows to have come up with this set of 11 questions. So dear SV and N, here are my answers.


1. What made you start blogging?How is blogging different than keeping a diary for you or is it the same?
One fine afternoon when I had finished my set of tasks at work and reading the news online, I entered ‘ time pass’ in Google. Of the first five links which showed up that day, two were blogs. I read them one by one, finishing all their archives in a matter of days. One link lead to another and I was reading blogs whenever I had time. I think I stalked blogs for an year before starting this blog. I like to write, and blogging was the perfect answer for a break from work and home. My place, my words, my thoughts.
The difference between a blog and diary is the audience. Not if the blog is private, of course. I can gain other reader’s perspectives through blogging, which is not possible by maintaining a diary. That said, some days it is therapeutic to put words into paper.

2. Do you have a pet? If yes, which one? And if not, why?
No. We tried having a dog for a pet some ten years ago, but it didn’t work out. The dog whined and barked whenever it was near me and I used to think it hated me. And since then, haven’t ventured to change my opinion.

3. Which city do you think is the best to settle down in India? And why?
I have lived in only two cities for long periods of time. And my vote goes for my hometown, Gandhinagar. The greenery, zero pollution, everyone knows everyone phenomenon, street food, quietness, calmness, clean roads, etc

4. What is the one thing that you ordered in a restaurant and it turned out to be totally yuck and expensive?
Zack took me out to this Chinese restaurant in Bangalore once, boasting of its authenticity and taste. I looked for Hakka noodles with Manchurian on the menu, my favourite, but nowhere was there a mention of Hakka as well as Manchurian. The walls had some Chinese symbols and that was the only thing ‘Chinese’ I found. Since we both were very hungry, I ordered veg noodles. It was so bland than I had to finish it with oodles of tomato sauce. Such a waste of money, sigh.

5. If you see your enemy (or simply somebody you dislike) in a helpless situation, will you go forward and help them? Or leave them and enjoy mercilessly?
I would help, but not directly. I would have someone help them.

6. Have you ever been caught by your parents doing something totally inappropriate for your age?
Nope. I was the model kid who would cover her tracks and not get caught πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

7. What is that one thing that you criticize publicly, but do the same in private?
Nothing. I do not voice my opinions in the family or work unless asked. So ‘public’ criticism is out of the question πŸ˜€ As for the criticism part, I see the reason in every action and thing, so am not much of a critic.

8. Do you like water sports? Which one?
Unfortunately, I haven’t participated in any kind of water sports 😦 So whether I like them or not remains to be experienced.

9. Have you ever thought (or actually did ) of harming somebody very badly in order to get back at them? How?
Nope, never. The maximum I have done is shouted at them, that too in my mind.

10. Do you fart and behave like the other person is guilty of the crime?
The smile on my face saves me from any kind of questioning πŸ˜›

11. Have you ever been caught by the police ( or worst locked up)? For what reason?
Not technically. As a part of a protest rally during college, have been herded into the police van and transported from one place of protest to another.

It was fun answering these SV and TP πŸ™‚ Again, who all I wanted to tag these questions with, have been awarded the same. But if not, please to take this up πŸ™‚

Leibster’s eleven

ZM from My Cooking Adventures and Techie2Mom tagged me along with a bunch of awesome bloggers here to answer few questions, also awarding us the Leibster award. Ever enthusiastic and always ready to help, she was the one who cleared all my doubts related to microwave baking( I am never gonna leave bugging you though :mrgreen: )

( 1 ) What do you cook when suddenly some guests appear at your doorstep?
Open fridge.

Is the dosa batter box in there? Yes. Does it have enough batter? Yes. Make dosa and coconut chutney.

No batter or not enough to feed all?

Close fridge.

Check the potato basket. Does it have potatoes? Yes. Make aloo parathas.

No potatoes? Make tea and make rava kesari.

(2) How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
Get surprises all day long.

(3)Your favorite book?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

(4) What are the qualities that you admire the most in people?
Humorous. Open-minded. I especially like the ones who bring life into the gathering or party.

(5) How did you meet your spouse?
Technically, I heard him first. That happened due to a phone call.

(6) Do you plan for future? If yes, then what do you see yourself doing in after 20 years.
My plans for next week only don’t materialize and you are asking the scene after 20 years!!

(7) What do you like the most about yourself?
I like two things the most – first is my will power, second is I always see the good out of bad.

(8) What do you like the most about your spouse?
Again two things here  – his way to manage any kind of crisis and a calm and practical solution to what-the-hell-do-I-do-now kind of situation. Second is his humor quotient.

(9) Would you like to change something about your life? If yes, then what’s it.
I wish I had the experience of living in a hostel.

(10) Do you easily get angry or are you one of those saints? Whats your trick to keeping a calm mind
Oh I am the grandmother of all the peaceful saints. I always see myself in the shoes of the person trying to make me angry. And seeing the opposite person’s point of view makes me realise how much he/she needs a head massage and a good sleep actually.

(11) what is your favourite comfort food?
Steaming hot rice, dal tadka and aloo fry or bhindi masala(whichever is available, if neither – mango pickle).



Dear ZM, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this year’s first interrogation :mrgreen: 😈

Three cheers

Long ago, there were three award functions which yours truly could not attend. But the hosts being patient and nice knew I would come for sure. I say so, because when I went to claim it today, my award was still lying in their showcases – pretty and shiny.

Lovely, inspiring, creative. My very own L-I-C award πŸ™‚

Who gave me the awards?

Techie2mom – I address her as ZM cause she is mom to cute Zini. An awesome cook, who also regales us with Zini’s tales, she has conferred me with the lovely and inspiring awards.

Kismitoffeebar – Now we all know Toffee, don’t we.Β Her posts are so bubbly and effervescent, not to forget – enriching. I got the lovely and inspiring awards from her too.

Tinu Menachery – TM blogs at Same Old New Stuff and her stories are marvelling and captivating. The way she delves into theΒ psycheΒ of her characters surprises you. Creative blogger award comes from her.

Thank you ZM, Toffee and TM πŸ™‚

The last time I got an award, I did not comply by the rules fully. And thus was labelled a cheat by Scribby. Since I cannot have the same label branded onto me again by these sweet ladies, I will share with you 7 things about myself.

(a) I have a OCD of checking the manufactured and expiry date of each product I buy. The products should be latest, for example – between an option of choosing cooking oil with the manufacture month as July 2012 and August 2012, I will choose the latter.

(b) I address people elder to me by their title and not their name. So that makes me the odd one out who addresses family members as bhaiya, jijaji, didi, etc.Β when the rest of them call out each other by the names irrespective of the age difference.

(c) I used to have a sweet tooth, but I lost it after living with Zack. Now I love spice and my fondness for sweets has been passed on to Zack,ex sweet-hater πŸ˜›

(d) Looking up sitcom and movie wiki’s is a favourite pastime.

(e) Am allergic to cocoa and chocolates. So I get royally treated by an alternative pie or pastry when there is an office party πŸ˜€

(f) Absolutely love all kinds of dry fruits – cashews being the favourite.

(g) I like using my camera at the most mundane moments. Like this time, when it was raining one night and there was nothing special about it. But still, the lone rose getting drenched was enough for me to lay my hands on the lens.

Conferring these awards to already awarded blogs seems repetitive, many of whom I read have already these awards – it’s just me who is redefining the word – late *shamefaced*

Want to have some entertainment? Watch this πŸ˜€