In India, there is this saying ‘karm karo phal ki chinta mat karo’ which means do your duty without thinking about the rewards. Well, let me just say that it’s easier said than done. It’s been very stressful at work lately. I have worked hard, really hard on some days without even the slightest acknowledgement. When it happens once, it can be ignored. Twice too. Maybe even thrice. But when this becomes the norm, it’s hard to not get affected. So, you can say, I have been a little disappointed. And since most of the posts on the blog also tend to become serious, I thought this is as good a time as any to take up the ‘anything but book’ tag. In fact, if you had noticed, I also did the I’m Weird Because‘ post recently for precisely the same reason.
I have actually been meaning to do the ‘anything but book’ tag ever since Shantala tagged me perhaps a month ago. But I couldn’t get around to it earlier. Still, better late than never, right? So, here I go.
Name a cartoon(s) that you love.
Well, let’s see. When we were young, my sister and I would watch the Cartoon Network the whole day during winter breaks. There wasn’t a cartoon we would leave. Yes, we stayed in glued to the television and we loved it. Till today, that is one of the best memories of my childhood; remote in my sister’s hand, both of us on the bed with the room heater near us while the cartoons kept playing on the television. Johnny Quest, Centurions, Captain Planet, Swat Cats, Flintstones were just a couple that I now remember. Sometimes we would also watch Duck Tales. There were also some Japanese Cartoons that we loved which would come on AXN but I can’t recall the name now. I wish I could be a child again and just worry about what cartoon to watch next!
What is your favourite song right now?
Well, let’s just say when you have a toddler at home, the chances are rhymes keep playing on repeat throughout the day. Believe it or not, I sometimes find myself humming ‘When you’re happy and you know it’ or ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ while walking to the washroom at work or even while fetching something from the canteen. I don’t have the time to listen to any songs these days. At work everything good is blocked so there goes that option too. There is no music on my phone as well because who has the time to add music to iTunes and then get it on the phone? I don’t. The only song which can be called a song and is played at home these days is ‘Lakdi ki kathi’. So, I really don’t have any favourite song right now unless you consider ‘Row, row, row your boat’ as one.
What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
This is a tough one because other than cooking, feeding and taking care of the little one, I’m occupied doing one of the three things – busy at work, writing or reading. I don’t think there is anything else I can do for hours. Maybe watching a movie but then again these days a movie takes days or rather weeks to complete. So, I don’t know, sleeping maybe, if my daughter permits?
What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Eating Spicy non-vegetarian food. Does that qualify? I don’t know. You all already know about my love for dipping biscuits in tea and watching FRIENDS repeatedly. So, I don’t think there’s any element of surprise left.
What is your favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
Well, I don’t know. Perhaps, finding more and more books written around the Second World War. I can browse Goodreads or any other book related website for this. Yes, I’m a bit crazy that way.
What is something unusual you know how to do?
Well, does catching a mouse inside a polybag qualify? If yes, then I had done that long back in college while living in a hostel. And I’m not afraid to do that again.
Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).
If this is related to art, then I must tell you that I have not one artistic bone in my body. When I was a teenager, I would watch or rather fleetingly notice my mum work with fabric paint or make flowers out of organdy or colourful stockings but I had no interest in those things. In fact, I was elated moving to high school for not having to pretend to do arts and crafts anymore. So, to answer the question, no. I haven’t made anything that I can tell you about or show you.
What is your most recent personal project?
Well, I’m going to pass on this one.
Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
That why did I go for engineering. Why didn’t I think about what I wanted to do when I was just a little girl? Why did I not listen to my heart? Well, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I have a job that lets me be independent and do what I want. But somewhere I’m not sure if this is all that I wanted to do.
Give us something that’s your favourite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favourite food, but like your favourite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.
Have you tasted the Chicken Biryani from Meghna? That is one of my favourites when I’m upset or down. And there’s nothing some spicy chicken curry cannot cure. Every weekend, S and I try to take some time out and watch a part of a new movie with some chicken curry and rice. It’s one of my absolute favourite things to do.
Well, that was me. Hope you enjoyed reading it. If not, I promise the next one is going to be a serious post. Feel free to take up this tag and tell us more about you. Leave a link in the comment so that I can read too.