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