Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My kind of heaven

Suddenly I am all the more obsessed with books and bookshelves!

One day when I have a house of my own, I want to make a cozy and comfortable study/library in it, with huge plush armchairs and couches (I am not a fan of bean bags!) and huge french windows (for plenty of sunshine!) and the room filled with bookshelves crammed with the most amazing books ever written. And the huge french windows would lead to a brilliant garden outside. Ahh.. Heaven!

True, ain't it?

I adore bookstores and the smell of bookstores.. how I wish I could capture that smell in a bottle and spray it around in my study! :D And I love online book stores too. It's another charm to order books through the Internet and then wait for them to arrive. And when I open the bubble wrapped slice of heaven, I get as happy as a kid opening his birthday presents!


So in the evening, I am waiting for the lift in the foyer of my building and my brother joins me. He's just come back from office. He reaches into his bag and handles me out a packet wrapped in bubble wrap. I scream out loud with joy. It's the birthday gift I've been waiting for!

The Book Of Awesome!
Here's my copy of the book nestled in bubble wrap :)

I am not sure if I can express exactly what this awesome book is about. This is something which every one needs to read to know how awesome it really is. It started off as blog called 1000 Awesome things by Neil Pasricha. 
As the name suggests it talks about the little things of everyday life which make us feel awesome, like
  • A really cold glass of water on a really hot day
  • Getting something with actual handwriting on it in the mail
  • High fiving babies
  • When the dentist says you have no cavities
  • Seeing someone laugh in their sleep
  • When you’re sitting in the backseat of a packed car and the driver takes a turn really fast
Awesome, ain't? ;)
Yes I do!

My slice of heaven!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Women Only!

I thank the DMRC for putting up a 'women only' coach in the metro (usually the first coach of every train). One gets saved from being touched and pinched and ogled at from the male junta. But not really. The ogling still happens. Coz the second coach is for men and so is the third, fourth, fifth and sixth. But one won't see so much crowd in the latter coaches as compared to the second coach and that too at the entrance of the second coach (more so the area where the first and second are joined). That place, between the two coaches is hogged by men. Men who stare blatantly at the female crowd. Men who stare with their mouths open (oh yes, literally!). Men who could've easily found a seat had they moved their lazy a**es to the subsequent coaches. But no they don't, they like standing and giving dead stares crammed in the small area!

I do not mean that the women only coach is filled with goody two shoes women who follow all the rules. I once saw a 45-50 year old woman, who opened her lunch box, unwrapped some aluminium foil and picked up a piece of pickled raw mango and started licking it!!! The whole coach was smelling of pickles and there she was, nibbling away her pickle to glory. 

Once after a tiring day, I was glad to find a  place to sit in the coach. It was a two seater (which means two people with average or small size derrière could fit easily) and I was happy to have it all to myself. I had just heaved a sigh of relief, and then I saw this women getting up from her seat farther away in the coach and moving towards me. She smiled at me as she got near and then next thing I know, she has plonked herself on the same seat! The process of plonking her derrière (which was neither average nor small sized) with such force, got my a** (which is average sized) push out of the seat and I gave her a mean look. She smiled again said, ''Oh, it gets so crowded during evenings!''

Apart from the few annoying incidents, traveling in a metro can be very interesting. You get to see all kinds of people ( It is one of my hobbies, people watching :] ) and one can never get bored. It is also a place, where you can compare see all kinds of clothes and shoes and make up and what not. From fashionable wear to drab wear, it's all there! Once in a crowded coach, something bright pink caught my eye. On close inspection it was a pair of baby knickers lying abandoned on the floor. Poor baby, who had to probably go on without his knickers!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's Sunday. Don't forget to have a good time!

Are you happy with your given name?
Yes I am.

What is your guaranteed weeping movie?
I'm not a very weepy person when it comes to movies, but certain movies do give me a lump in the throat, namely; My Sister's Keeper, The Kite Runner, Rang de Basanti.

What is the one thing you like to do alone?

What do you carry with you at all times?
Cellphone, hand sanitizer, wallet, keys, sunglasses, a book.

How do you eat an apple?
I rinse it and bite into it :D

What kind of first impression do you think you give people?
Hmm.. I think some find me arrogant when they meet me for the first time.. but of course their opinion always changes :P

What should you be doing instead of this?
Right now? Nothing really.

Who was the last person who called you?
My dad.

Are you ready?
I'm as ready as I can be!

What is the last gift you gave someone?
A coffee mug to a friend on her b'day.

Does everything happen for a reason?
I say that to myself to make me feel better. But no, not everything happens for a reason.

What color is your bedroom?
Off-white walls, off white doors, beige and sheer maroon curtains.

Do you consider yourself to be a nice person?
Nice as in nice to others? Well I am nice when the people are ;)

What’s one car you will never buy?
Lol, there are many!

Would you die to save the life of someone you dearly love?
I would.

What was the last thing you typed before this survey?
A text message.

What is the little physical habit that gives away your insecure moments?
Chewing my fingers :-/

Name ONE trait you hate in a person.

What’s one thing you’re a loser at?
C'mon, why embarrass me on my own blog?

Do you like the rain?
I love it. A lot.

Who was the last person you talked to in person?

What are your plans for the weekend?
Saturday's over. Sunday, meeting friends.

How much money would it take for you to give up the Internet for a year?
If you have money lying around uselessly, give it to me anyway!

How long have you known your best friend?
Twelve years for one. Sever years for another three.

What are you listening to?

The humming of the AC!

What was the last thing you laughed at?
Some TV show.

What do you wish you were doing right now?
Reading an amazing book!

What musical instrument do you wish you could play?

What's the greatest thing that happened to you today?
Blackcurrant frozen yogurt with white chocolate and oreo cookie crumble!

What's on your bedroom floor right now?
You know... stuff! ;)

What's currently bothering you?
I can do without listing all that here.

Are your toe nails painted pink?
No, my toes won't look good in pink.

When were you last outside?
About three hours back.

Look to your left. What is there?
The door.

What time did you go to sleep last night?
2:00 am :(

Why did you kiss the last person you kissed?
I don't really remember :P

What were you doing at 8 am?

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Typing this out.

Do you like your life as of now?
I'm working on making it more likable.

Last text message from?
C'mon... every time?!

Are you happy right now?
I try to be so all the time.

Do you wear the seat belt in the car?
Always. That is when I'm driving or shotgun.

What are you going to do tomorrow?
Going to spa for a massage. Bliss!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When my mind weaves a tale...

For his novel, "The Kite Runner", Khaled Hosseini Says:
''I've always written for an audience of one. For me, writing has always been the selfish, self-serving act of telling myself a story. You know, something grabs my interest and compels me to sit down and see through it.''

And how easily can I relate to that! (I'm sure almost every writer of any kind feels the same)
As it pleases a writer to write, so does it pleases him to read. For me at times it has been a random thought that struck a chord, or a certain person or sometimes a memory. And my mind starts weaving a tale on its own, I don't need a pen and paper or a computer in front of me. I see certain characters in my head, I see them living and interacting, thinking and evolving. They live their unique lives and they catch my attention. And that is when I feel the urge to write my story down, so that I can get can get deeper into my story, so that I get to know more about the characters I saw in my mind.
But when that doesn't happen, when I don't get to write it  as soon I see it in my mind, the characters soon perish and their lives fizzle out. And they become a distant memory, like a half forgotten dream.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.
- Paul Valery

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.

It's Meme-day!

When was the last time you saw your best friend?
End of March (I think).. and another one just this morning!

What were you doing at 8:00 this morning?
Sleeping, while there was a storm outside

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Searching for a new meme ;)

How do you feel about the person who texted you last?
She's a big part of my life.. that girl.

Three words to explain why you last threw up?
I can't even recall when did I last throw up.

How's your heart lately?

Pumping blood through my body at a steady pace.

 Where did your last hug take place?
In my living room.

Who was the last person to hold your hand?

A new friend.

 Did you have a good birthday this year?
A pretty good one!

Are you tired right now?
Sleepy.. yes.

Three days from now will you be in a relationship?

How old will you be in 11 months?
25 thankfully

Was yesterday better than today?
Today's more pleasant!

What does your last text message say?

Hmm.. I just found one link tht I clickd on. It got me to d video. Thx hun :-*

What month is your birthday in?

When was the last time you saw your dad?
Just in the afternoon, on video call.

Relationship status?

What is your favorite color?
Blue, Green, Yellow

Do you like coffee?
Oh yes I do!

Do you like iced tea?
Oh yes I do do!

Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
Not really, any side is fine with me as long as I get to sprawl :)

Do you know how to play poker?
Not yet.

What were you doing at 12:00 last night?
Eating chocolate truffle cake.

Do you smile a lot?
There are days when I do a lot. But then there are days when I do little.

Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
Books, Food, Accessories, Clothes (in that order)

Do you wear any jewelry?
Yep, just a little.

What time did you go to sleep last night?
Didn't sleep last night, but dozed off around 2 in the morning.

Where did you sleep last besides your own bed?
Last night, for a sleep over at a friend's place.

Have you ever kissed someone?
Yes I have. Haven't we all?

Have you ever done yoga?
I do yoga (Present tense).

When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
I think I should doze off again.

Do you know any foreign languages?
Quite a bit of Japanese and a tiny bit of French.

Are you crushing?
I ain't crushing anyone.

Who was the last person you had in your car?
I do not own a car!

What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
Ragini MMS.. *creeped me out*

How are you feeling?

Who do you text the most?
My close friend PB in Mumbai.

Are you going on vacation this summer?
I wish :(

Where did you buy the shirt you're wearing now?
Flicked it from Mom. She got it from Marks and Spencer.

What is the closest purple thing to you?
A few postcards pasted on my cupboard.

If you were abandoned in the wilderness, would you survive?
I would, but I can't say for how long.

P.S. So the meme thing is supposed to be a Sunday thing. But what the heck.. and anyway it's going to be a Sunday in just an hour :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A meme for sunday!

1.       Can you see a phone right now?
Yes,  my cellphone
2.       What can you hear right now?
The television
3.       Where is it coming from?
The living room
4.       Last thing you ate?
Sprouted lentils for breakfast
5.       What was the last thing you saw on TV?
Some random movie
6.       Who was the last person other than family you saw?
My yoga instructor
7.       Are labels/stereotypes good?
To each his own
8.       Favorite flavor of lip gloss?
I am more of a lip balm person, and favourite would be cocoa butter
9.       Song stuck in your head?
Stairway to heaven
10.   Acoustic or electric guitars?
11.   Do you dance while getting ready for whatever?
I do!! *does a little jig*
12.   What are you wearing right now?
Bro’s tee
13.   What is the greatest number of people you've preformed in front of?
Umm.. I don’t know... 200-300?
14.   Have you gone skinny dipping?
No.. and I don’t think I would
15.   Favorite city?
Mumbai, Tokyo and  my home town (I haven’t travelled much.. yet)
16.   Would you eat human flesh for money?
17.   Can you play an instrument?
I think I can
18.   Have you ever sat on a roof and looked at stars?
I have also slept on a roof under the stars :)
19.   Favorite type of sock?
Ankle length
20.   Have you ever shoplifted?
No, nor do I want to
21.   Have you recently gotten someone pregnant?
Haha.. I don’t think I could!
22.   What scent are you wearing right now?
Body Shop Cherry Blossoms EDT
23.   Are there any animals around you at the moment?
24.   Drinking anything at the moment?
Just had some lemon iced tea
25.   Would you ever go rock climbing?
Yes I would
26.   Last person who told you they loved you besides family?
One of my friends
27.   Have you ever pulled an all-nighter?
Loads of times!
28.   Would you ever have plastic surgery?
If there is one to reduce the size of feet.. I would!
29.   Favorite comic strip?
Calvin & Hobbes, Between Friends
30.   Cat person or dog person?
Dog lover!
31.   Is there something else you should be doing at the moment?
Probably fold up the laundry
32.   How is your hair right now?
Tied back in a pony tail
33.   What type of phone do you have?
A smartphone.. (lol)
34.   What do you want the most?
A long holiday on a beach :(
35. Are you a lover or a fighter?
I’d say I am a fighter for love ;)


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