Thinking in Eights

Linking this with the Half Marathon at The Blog Chatter, Day 9.

Thinking in Eights

As Dashy said to me, it seems to be the season of tags. I found an old one in my archives, and thought it might be fun to retry!

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Eight TV Shows I Love to Watch

  1. Masterchef Australia
  2. Shark Tank
  3. Criminal Minds
  4. Impractical Jokers
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. The Big Bang Theory
  8. My Kitchen Rules

Eight Favorite Places to Eat and/or Drink

  1. Home Sweet Home
  2. Church Street Social
  3. Cafe Coffee Day
  4. Amma’s Pastries
  5. Dominos
  6. McDonald’s
  7. Calcutta Victoria Chaats
  8. Local Darshini restaurants

Eight Things I Look Forward To

  1. Trying new forms of poetry
  2. Writing long fiction
  3. Watching MUFC matches on TV
  4. Visiting Blossoms Bookstore with friends
  5. Playing with my two neighbor babies and my godson
  6. The first rain after the summer
  7. Taking an off from work to have fun with friends
  8. To August, with Rakshabandhan on the horizon

Eight Things that Happened Yesterday

  1. Attended the launch of a book to which I contributed a story
  2. Added the Harry Potter Illustrated copy to my bookshelf
  3. Met a friend after a while and had fun talking to her
  4. Finished filing my tax return
  5. Went to meet the grandparents
  6. Read a lot of poems via a poetry site
  7. Decided to take an off today as I was feeling a bit feverish
  8. Went to sleep at 4am and woke up at 9:30am

Eight Things I Love About Winter

  1. Not much to sweat about, which is good for me.
  2. Christmas, which means presents and Secret Santa games
  3. Imagining the snow elsewhere and writing poems about it
  4. Morning walks in the mist, when it feels like I’m smoking
  5. Even mom sleeps in at times, so no fuss about me doing that
  6. It’s quite cool, but I still need the fan switched on to sleep
  7. Hot pakoras made at home or the nearby eatery feels more yummy
  8. It doesn’t last years like in A Song of Ice and Fire

Eight Things on my Wishlist

  1. For my ideas to be heard at work; right now it seems to be bouncing back
  2. To write a short story collection of my own, now that I’ve published one in another book
  3. Blogging more regularly, and not getting into writer’s block
  4. Catch up on pending reviews before they get out of hand
  5. Restart morning walks and keep it regular so I can lose 15 kgs before it affects my health
  6. A few books that have been on my book wishlist for a while now
  7. Strength, for the life seems to be headed toward slightly turbulent waters
  8. Peace; both peace of mind and for the world, which seems to get more violent each day

Eight Things I’m Passionate About

  1. Reading books; I manage to read 8 to 10 books a month, which is a decent number
  2. Writing stories; though they’re short these days, I enjoy each word I pen down
  3. Shopping with my friends; mostly for books, but at times, other trinkets as well
  4. Playing badminton with my sister; been ages, but it is fun every time we play
  5. Listening to music; not very recent songs, but old is gold, and so is my playlist
  6. Talking about books; there are few groups with like minded book lovers, and I spend a lot of time there
  7. Photography; it’s a new found passion, but I love clicking nature, books and food
  8. Eating chocolates; once upon a time, I used to have a Dairy Milk each day at college

Eight Phrases I Use Quite Often

  1. Hmmm! (This is the most popular by far)
  2. OK! (mostly when I’m irritated)
  3. Oh pinne?! (when talking with Mallu friends)
  4. Oh really?! (English equivalent of #3)
  5. Had dinner? (A very common question, as I chat mostly at night)
  6. Any new post? (When chatting with bloggers I regularly read)
  7. Nothing much (The usual reply to “Wazzup?”)
  8. Always (referencing to Harry Potter)

Eight Things I Learned from the Past

  1. Be it joy or pain, this too shall pass!
  2. If I’m determined, I can break writer’s block.
  3. Some people are passers by in my life.
  4. I know where to find hope in the darkest of times.
  5. Some pretend to be friends for their own benefit.
  6. Money talks, but I can choose not to listen to it.
  7. Memories don’t vanish, but can be prioritized by me.
  8. I have it in me to bounce back up when I fall down.

Eight Places I’d Love to Visit/Go/See

  1. Manchester; the home of Old Trafford, the Theater of Dreams.
  2. London; 221B Baker Street, Hogwarts Set, Big Ben, The London Eye… so many wonderful places.
  3. Ooty; for its weather, beauty, and home-made chocolates, which I hear are delicious.
  4. Kolkata; for meeting few friends there, and to try its cuisine with Ilish dishes and yummy desserts.
  5. Mumbai; mainly to meet friends.
  6. Melbourne; to visit the MCG, the Masterchef Kitchen, the harbour etc.
  7. Dallas; but only if I get tickets to watch the Dallas Mavericks, who are my favorite team in NBA.
  8. Beijing; in the hopes of seeing a panda.

Eight Things I Currently Need/Want

  1. A Miss Marple novel; one that I have been hunting since over two years.
  2. Peace; for my family and I have some things that are worrisome.
  3. A Pizza with a lot of toppings; I skipped lunch and I’m famished right now.
  4. To go home; it’s almost quitting time, and I’m waiting to reach home.
  5. To watch the latest GoT season; though I have watched some episodes.
  6. To not think of people who buy books without thinking of what they buy.
  7. To talk to a friend again, and make things right between us.
  8. To let go of the past which I cannot change, and I need to accept that now.

Eight Friends to Tag

  • I leave it open. Anyone who wants to try this can do it. It’s fun to do.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 20th July 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

6 thoughts on “Thinking in Eights”

  1. Another tag? And new set of questions?! I’m lovin it! 😉
    Game of Thrones, Freinds, Big Bang Theory are always fun to watch!
    Watch out for tomorrow, my post will be live with these questions 🙂 😀

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