It’s Time to Introspect…
through a Tag!
I saw this in Geets’ blog, and thought it’d be nice to do this once again. It is fun to introspect and it also gives the reader a better idea of who I am.
- How did you get one of your scars?
The scar has faded, but I had got them in the Workshop at my college. That’s what happens when the instruments are ‘purana zamana’.
- How did you celebrate your last birthday?
For a change, I went out with a friend for lunch, bought books and had a fun time. I plan to celebrate the next birthday like that too. Most birthdays have been spent in college or office, and I’ve missed having fun. I plan to change that.
- How are you feeling at this moment?
Happy. It’s Saturday, there’s a good book waiting to be read, a yummy mom-made lunch waiting to be devoured, friends online to chat to, and friends to meet tomorrow at a book launch. Weekend is set. 🙂
- How did your night go last?
It went good. I read a book till 3 in the morning. I made travel plans that involve reckless driving in a state that I’ve not been to yet, and with friends I’m yet to meet. I made lemon tang after that, and watched Need for Speed on Hotstar while sipping the drink slowly. I did most things except sleep. It was fun.
- How did you do in high school?
I did well. Except for Hindi, for which I needed tuitions. Other than academically, I began to come out of the introvert shell that I had been in till then. Made more friends, became starting Goalkeeper for my class team, was part of the Disciplinary Committee, represented my school at inter-school poetry meets…. yeah, lot of good memories in high school. =^-^=
- How did you get the shirt you are wearing?
I got it from an Indiblogger meet. It says ‘Indian by Birth. Blogger by choice.’ I am. They’ve stopped giving away T-shirts now though. I hope the start again. Some friends used to say, “We’ve come to the meet to get the T-shirt.” Maybe an exaggeration, but it was a nice souvenir to take back home.
- How often do you see your best friends?
I meet one of them once a month, another once in six months, and there are a couple of them I’m yet to meet. There are some who I’ve met virtually, and they understand me as well as I do myself, and at times, even more. So I hope that a day comes when I do meet up with them.
- How much money did you spend last month?
I don’t know the exact figure, but would be around 2000, I’m guessing. Mostly food for the bookworm, but then again, I don’t shop for much else. I preordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, added a few Agatha Christie novels too, bought some gifts for a friend’s birthday etc.
- How old do you want to be when you get married?
30 or 31 would be the ideal age. I was looking to get hitched much earlier, but the stars weren’t aligned, I guess. Not that the stars make a lot of difference to me, but the parents seem to value it, and hey, who am I to say no to a few more years of being single? 😎
- How old will you be on your next birthday?
29. God knows how the time has gone by so quickly. But it’s been a roller coaster time I’ve enjoyed a lot.
- Your mother’s name?
She likes her privacy, and I don’t want to get disowned. So not likely to invoke that wrath.
- What did you do last weekend?
Last week was quite tiring for one reason or the other. I mostly slept, but I managed to read some books, went to meet the grandparents, did some shopping to help them out because life is hectic these days for them, talked to friends on the phone, started taking an interest in food photography (nothing very professional)… and that’s not necessarily in that order.
- What is the most important part of your life?
My friends. They matter to me the most. They’ve been my saviors on more than one occasion. I’m alive because of some of them, actually. And then my bookshelf, which I’m proud of. Some books on that shelf matter even more than friends, actually. Family comes a close third, but that’s mainly because I know they are important without needing to be the most important.
- What would you rather be doing?
Other than what I do now, you mean? I’d rather be writing stories for a living or reading a lot of books every day. And I wish there was a job where they’d pay me for doing it. Fingers crossed, it might happen one day.
- What did you last cry over? :'(
There was a time where I’d cry a lot for many things, but the tears seem to have mostly dried. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad one. I last cried over the ending scenes of the movie Titanic. (Yeah! I’m like Joey.)
- What always makes you feel better when you’re upset?
Chocolate, and re-reading Harry Potter series. Both are quick fix remedies for the blues. I’ve re-read the series almost a couple of dozen times, but it doesn’t get old to me. And I feel that talking to my sister helps lift the mood too, but we’re running on different timings now, so that’s a little more difficult.
- What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other?
Understanding and a sense of humor. I like making people smile, and I pull my friends’ legs at times. So a sense of humor is quite important in life, I feel. And they’d have to understand that though they will be part of my life, they can’t be the only part. Also, it’d be wonderful if they loved reading too.
- What are you worried about?
Ah. At the moment, there are too many things to worry of, but I’m trying to be carefree. If I try to please everyone in life, I end up losing my own voice, so I hope to succeed in tuning out the noise from the music.
- What did you have for breakfast?
Chapati and some vegetable curry; it was delicious!
Eight “Have you….?”
- Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend?
Yes. When an old girlfriend got married, so that counts I suppose.
- Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yup. Many times. A few people say they can still see the cracks/scars.
- Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes, but only through my imagination. 💡
- Have you ever done something outrageously dumb?
Duh! At times, it feels like doing something outrageously dumb is my daily routine. 😉
- Have you ever been backstabbed by a friend?
Yes, but then again, were they really friends in the first place, I wonder. 🙄
- Have you ever had sex on the beach?
Nope. Not likely I’ll share the details even if I do in the future. So don’t wait with bated breath for an update. 😛
- Have you ever read an entire book in a day?
Many times. It’s a part of my life that I love. My favorite memory is reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, cover to cover, without missing a word, in five hours and twenty one minutes. 😀
- Have you ever dated someone younger than you?
Yes. Quite a few times.
- Who was the last person you saw?
My neighbor’s darling little daughter. She was playing hopscotch outside with her elder sister. 🙂 Reminded me of my own childhood, carefree and fun, and driving the parents up the wall with my tantrums. 😀
- Who was the last person you texted?
Pins, when she wasn’t keeping well.
- Who was the last person you hung out with?
My colleague; we played table tennis for an hour. There’s a table at office, and we try to have a few games during the lunch hour. It’s relaxing, and gives me some breathing space. 🙂
- Who was the last person to call you?
The courier person from Amazon, asking if I’m there to take delivery of a book. It’s not something I’ve ordered, so I wonder what it could be. Waiting to find out who has sent me a surprise. If it’s you, do speak up. 😉
- Who did you last hug?
My mother. Felt like she could use one at that moment. She’s a bit stressed, and it felt nice to give her a hug. 🙂
- Who is the last person who texted you?
Sreedeep. He was trying to wake me up to watch the EURO 16 quarterfinal (Belgium vs Wales). I watched the match and it was a shock to see Belgium lose it actually. Then again, this tournament was about surprises. 🙁
- Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to?
I can’t remember, actually. It must have been my mother, when I gave her that hug.
- Where do your best friends live?
At their homes, thankfully. 😛 Jokes aside, they’re spread across the world. A couple in the USA, a couple in Bangalore, in Mumbai, in Kochi… Wonder what it’d be like to have a best friend get-together. Friends of friends might not be our friends, so a few will feel lost at that get-together I suppose. 😀
- Where did you last go?
I last went to the nearby pastry shop to buy a White Forest cake, but unfortunately, they were fresh out. I settled for having a chicken mini-sandwich instead, and it was quite delicious. It hasn’t ruined the appetite for pulao though.
- Where did you last hang out?
At the table-tennis room, when I hanged out (or is it hung out?) with my friend yesterday during the lunch hour game. He won eight games, I won two. I’m still learning the game though, so hopefully, I can reduce the margin in the coming week. 🙂
- Where do you go to school?
Shouldn’t this be “Where did you go to school?” Anyway, I went to school in Bangalore. The name doesn’t matter for the purposes of this tag.
- Where is your favorite place to be?
No particular place. The place where I am with people who I love, and who love me, that place is a favorite. <3
- Where did you sleep last night?
I didn’t fall asleep, but I was at home, lying on the bed and reading a book.
- Do you think anyone likes you?
I most certainly hope so. Tell me if you do. Then I can confirm the answer. 😀
- Do you ever wish you were someone else?
Yes. There are times when I hear something hurtful about my life from someone who matters a lot to me, and in that moment, I do wish that I wasn’t who I am. But when the thoughts are calm, I do feel that I’m the best version of me at that moment. 🙂
- Do you know the muffin man?
No, no muffin man in my acquaintances. There are a few gals who make excellent muffins though. And I just realized this question makes me hungry. It’s 2 in the afternoon. No wonder.
- Does the future scare you?
It usually does not, because I live in the moment. But yes, some parts of the not so distant future make me a little anxious these days.
- Do your parents know about your blog?
Yes. They like that I like writing, though on some level, I think they want me to not write as much. They don’t discourage though, and my mother is proud of whatever I’ve achieved and how much ever I’ve grown in writing. 🙂
- Why are you best friends with your best friend?
No matter how rarely we talk, when I connect with them, we pick up like we have just spoken the previous day. And some of them know me inside-out. Spooky, at times, how they know how I’m feeling without me revealing it.
- Why did you get into blogging?
I needed something cathartic, and a friend knew poetry was what would do it for me. And it worked out well.
- Why did your parents give you the name you have?
I haven’t asked them. I’ve no complaints, anyway! I’ve a sneaky feeling they did inky-pinky-ponky while selecting it though. I’ve heard grandma say they had a list of names ready to choose from.
- Why are you doing this survey?
I’ve done it before and had fun. So I’m doing it again to have some fun!
- If you could have one super power what could it be?
A memory as good as Sheldon Cooper’s, so I can remember what I’m supposed to be doing, or what happened a while back, or conquer a few dreams that’ll be aided by that memory! I maybe a jumbo sized person, but unlike an elephant, I do tend to forget.
- If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you?
Yes, I will. I’ll make sure I don’t stop writing after high school. Then I’d be in a different line of work, where I may be happier. But then, I may lose some friends I found on this journey which was because of that decision. So now I’m not that sure I’d change it.
- If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring?
A book that tells me how to make a boat and get out of there. 💡 I don’t do well in solitary confinement.
Two “Would you ever…?”
- Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you?
No. I would not.
- Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love?
Yes. Without hesitation. Just as long as the quantity of hair doesn’t matter im saving them; I don’t have that much to give, you see. >:D
One last question!
- Are you happy with your life right now?
Sometimes Yes, sometimes No! And that’s as simple as I can put it. There are things that are happy, and things that scare me about what is to come.
If you want to take this tag up and have some fun, go ahead and do so!
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 23rd July 2016)