Anything but books… #MondayMusings

What? Really? Anything but books? How can I get this done? Such were the thoughts I had when I chanced upon this tag at a couple of blogs (Modern Gypsy and The Bespectacled Mother) in last week’s Monday Musings hop. It felt like a fun tag to try, so I decided then that this would be this week’s #MondayMusings post.

When books play a big part in life, it is difficult to answer the given questions with anything but books, or related to them. But in short, that’s what this tag is about. So without further ado…

1. Name a cartoon that you love.
It has been ages since I last watched cartoons, but I remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers a lot. It was interesting and with lessons that children could absorb at a young age. When many TV shows still repeat on channels, it’s sad that such cartoon shows do not repeat.

2. What is your favorite song right now?
Music depends on the mood. There are many favorite songs that I can listen to over and over again without getting bored. My current favorite song, on repeat, is Locked Away by Rock City feat. Adam Levine. It’s not so much the video, but the lyrics and the meaning that has got me hooked to it.

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
Since a few weeks, Star Sports Select HD has been airing The World Darts Championship 2017 matches. I love watching that. It’s amazing to see the players hit such a small target so accurately. My favorite player is The Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson. I could watch the darts games for hours and not get bored. I also found episodes of Mind Your Language, one of my favorite TV shows, on YouTube. That’s also fun to watch for hours.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I love to cycle. Not something my followers (I do have some left, I hope) might expect me to love. It’s an interest I have rekindled of late, though only at office (because there are cycles for using within the campus). It’s a nice exercise and kind of motivates me to try and get back to morning walks too.

5. What’s your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
I love researching about football. I’ve been following the sport since nearly two decades now, and I’m fascinated by it. I talk with one of my friends about it, and as something comes to mind, I try and find out more about it. Records that not many might be aware of, rumors of new players being bought by a club for the next season, club history related to things as vague as kit color. Even many football fans might not be that interested in such research, but I love it.

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?
I don’t know if I do anything unusual actually. What might be usual for me might be unusual for another. And what might be unusual for me, others might find usual. Not sure what to answer. I know how to write more than ten different forms of poetry. I guess that’s pretty unusual, given very few have that kind of passion for writing in poetic forms with rules and rhyme and meter and what not.

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us if you can)!
I made the schedule and co-ordinated the sports event at my office. It’s not as easy as it sounds. I have also made banners for a couple of friends to use on their blogs (though they have since changed the design).

8. What is your most recent personal project?
My most recent personal project is to lose weight. It has been a resolution that recurs year after year, but this time, decided to put my foot down and do something about it. Controlling the diet, drinking lots of water each day, some decent exercise… it has helped. I have lost around 6 to 8 kilos since April. That’s decent. I’ve returned to the mid-80s from the 90s. The target is to lose another 8 to 12 kilos, but I’m being patient. I know it will happen if I continue the project as is, continue cycling and also restart morning walks.

9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
I like to observe. So if I’m staring out of the window (mostly while traveling to and from office), I observe people, new buildings, advertisements, spelling errors on signboards etc. etc. I also love to think about how these may become part of a future blog post I might write. It helps when describing the setting in a story. Such nuances add to the story too.

10. Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific (not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.)
When I have not had food for most of the day, and feel very hungry after I alight from the office bus, my favorite food to have is pani puri from the chaat shop near the stop. I find it difficult to walk when I’m THAT hungry, so absolutely have to eat something. The shop makes delicious bhel puri, cutlet chaat, pav bhaji and such, and I might buy some to take home, but I must have pani puri first!

I leave this tag open for anyone to attempt and have some fun on their own blogs!

Join #MondayMusings with Everyday Gyaan with your own musing this week. I’m linking this musing there.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
17th July, 2017)


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.

22 thoughts on “Anything but books… #MondayMusings”

  1. I have not even heard about the cartoon you mentioned. I am on the verge of extinction, I guess. I used to memorise all Tennis related trivia when I was in school/college. But I completely lost interest after my favourite Mr. Becker, retired. You should give some suggestions on how to lose weight. It is good progress and keep at it. I have not been able to reduce even few grams of weight.

    • It was one of the best I’ve seen, Lata. Environmental awareness it was. With heroes and villains and such! Brilliant.

      I’m good at Federer related trivia. 😉 He’s amazing. 😀 I hope I don’t lose interest after he retires.

      Best suggestion I’ve got so far, and found good, is drink 4l of water a day. 🙂

  2. This is like a different side of you Vinay. Infact I have heard a lot of book talk from you and this seems really a nice thing. I love to dream while I travel, I do that so well that I have actually turned a lot of my dreams into successful enterprises.

    • Oh. Books are a big part of my life, Menaka. So maybe that’s why you’d have heard a lot of book talk from me! 😉 Glad to share a different side of me. Good to know your dreams have become successful. Wishing the same for your future dreams too.

  3. Two years of researching something makes you appear quite old Mister 😛
    Also, I love panipuri too 😀
    Used to love Dexter… specifically DeeDee who went “oooohhh.. what does THIS button doooo” in her brother’s lab evertime she entered it 😛 You could say that i used to irritate my brother, so she was easily relate-able :D:
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    • Oh no, Miss. I research as and when needed only. 😉 Not been researching for two decades. 😀

      Panipuri sync too? 😛 Doesn’t surprise me anymore, Ishi :mrgreen: And yes, loved Dexter’s Laboratory too. My sister and I would watch it together. 🙂

  4. This is most of what someone needs to get to know you. Quite an intriguing write up Leo. I can relate with observing people and surroundings and get inspired to write the next post! That’s so like me. And of course I share the mutual love for pani puri

    • Welcome to my little blog, Akshata 🙂 Glad to know we have some things in common. I don’t think I know many people who don’t love pani puri! So yumm it is. 😀

  5. Hi Vinay, after reading your questionnaire, I got to know that we have some similarities. I loved watching Captain Planet and the Planeteers. I like gazing out of the window into nature for particularly no reason as such.

  6. Oh, I want to have paani puri like right now. Absolutely love it!!
    I am working on losing weight too, though it is just a 18 day old project as of now. Hope I am able to stick to the diet and walks. Good luck to you for your personal project Vinay and good to know a bit more about you.

  7. Hi Vinay, This post reflects your other side who always rants about books books books… I felt very different by reading this post. I love Pani Puri too. And, I always observe spelling errors in the signboards when I stare out the window. Congrats with the weight loss resolution.

    • Yeah! 🙂 It compliments that side perfectly, I guess. Thank you, Suja.

      Good to know we have some things in common other than the love for food! 😀

  8. Loved reading this and tempted to take it up next. Hi five on the weight /fitness project… it’s my thing to do at the moment too. I don’t think I have heard of these cartoons…. fascinated to hear about Darts championship- is that still on? I would love to watch too.

    • Hi5 and all the best to you too! 😀 There might be a few episodes on YouTube, I guess. Check them out. You might like!

      Not sure about the WDC telecast. It doesn’t come regularly. 🙁 Last I saw was Round 3. So I’m guessing they will telecast the rest too. 🙂

      Do try if you feel like, Shalini! 🙂 I enjoyed the tag.

  9. I love music with meaningful lyrics – Leonard Cohen was a master at it! His songs are more like poetry.

    There are some really cool competitive sports – I recently watched the World Dirt Biking challenge, which was really interesting.

    And I LOVE pani poori! Been a while since I had some, though!

    Thanks for taking part in the tag and for the shout-out, Vinay!
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    • Hi Gypsy.

      I will check out the songs of Cohen. 🙂 Is there any you’d recommend in particular?

      Not very fond of dirt bikes, but it is fun to watch. 😀 X-Games in particular is interesting.

      Have some today then. 😉 Panipuri is the best. Very wholesome.

      Thanks for the tag, glad to have done it too!

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