Monday, April 28, 2008

TMI--Too much information!

First Dhanya tagged me with this tag, and then Prats tagged me with the very same tag.Actually there was soneone else too who had tagged me (really sorry--forgot who you are) and I have been promisng everyone that I'll do it soon. So here it is--Personally I think its TMI. But still, you wanted to know! (I can't imagine why!)

Last Movie You Saw In A Theater:

Last movie I saw in a theatre was TZP. Last movie was ‘Scent of a woman.’ Al Pacino is splendid!This is the full video of one of the scenes I liked.(There were many good ones.) If you want to just watch the dance, search for Tango scene in 'scent of a woman' on youtube.

What Book Are You
Reading:


Favorite Board Game:

Chess and Scrabble

Favorite Magazine:

Any that I have written for :) (How vain!) –To be honest I’ll read anything.

Favorite Smells:

Smell of rain, Smell of my daughter’s hair, Smell of Eternity by Calvin Klein and ‘Red Delcious’ and Versace for men.

Favourite sound

Laughter



Worst Feeling In The World:

When someone who meant the world to you dies.

What Is The First Thing You Think Of When You Wake?

Will there be a mail for me? :)

Favorite Fast Food Place:

Anthing that serves good chaats.

Future Child's Name:
It Must have to be in my next birth. Already named TWO in this one
:) Unless I decide to have a love child in my forties, I shall remain ‘Just a mother of TWO’ :)

Finish This Statement. "If I Had A Lot Of Money I'd...”::

Still blog !Heh heh. Honest! I would!

Do You Drive Fast?
Very. Mostly. Always.I love it.

Do You Sleep With A Stuffed Animal?::

LOL. No. By no stretch of imagination can S be referred to as a stuffed animal. Animal –may be sometimes! ;-) Stuffed? No way!

Storms-Cool Or Scary?

Way too cool.

What Was Your First Car?

First one I drove was an ambassador. First one I owned was a Maruti 800.

Favourite drink:

Vodka. I also like Black coffee.

Finish This Statement, "If I Had The Time I Would .....” ::

I do have time for everything that I really want to do! If I tell you I have no time I'm just making an excuse because I don't want to do it .:)

Do You Eat The Stems On Broccoli?::

Yes

If You Could Dye Your Hair Any Color, What Would Be Your Choice? ::

Green.

Name All The Different Cities/Towns You Have Lived In.:

Long long list . Have lived in eleven places so far.

Favorite Sports To Watch:

Basketball.

One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You:

Really considerate, kind practical.

What's Under Your Bed?



Wish I could say George Clooney was hiding there—but no such luck.


Would You Like To Be Born As Yourself Again?

To be honest, no. I already know what is it like and I like surprises!

Morning Person Or Night Owl?

Night night night owl. I HATE waking up in the mornings.


Over Easy Or Sunny Side Up?

Depends on my mood.

Favorite Place To Relax:

My hammock.Here is a pic.

Favorite Pie:

Don’t like any.


Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:

Vanilla and chocolate.

Of All The People You Tagged This To, Who's Most Likely To Respond First?

A good friend once told me about WTO’s most preferred nation—so I shall use the same and say “I really don’t know!”

I am tagging the following though: (if anyone else wants to do it too, i'd be happy to read)

Rohit

Gillian

Vinni

Black Coffee

Guru

Friday, April 25, 2008

Guest post by Satish!!

We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary on 27th April. I wanted to make this post a memorable one.So I asked Satish if he would write a guest post on my blog--and he liked the idea! So here is the first post written by him.
We are heading for a beach resort to celebrate. (Just the four of us--somehow we both didn't want to leave the kids behind. ) See you all when I get back and have a great weekend!
Cheers

Ps
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PS. It’s 13 years since I got married to her. 13 years is indeed a long time and in legal parlance one more year and that would amount to life imprisonment.

This is indeed life imprisonment though in a very pleasant way and yes there is one, regret that I do have.

Why didn’t I meet her earlier! Sounds clich├ęd indeed. But when you have a friend as good as her and the best companion one could ask for such questions are logical. The 13 years have had their share of ups and downs, no doubt. However when I look back I can only remember the ups.


What can I say about PS?! She is the most straightforward and honest person I have met – calls a spade a spade and at times brutally so and I like that. She is bubbly, vibrant and full of life. Motivates you and brings out the best out of you – made an artist out of even a lousy guy like me. The saying 'Behind every successful man is a great woman' is so apt. She is the best friend one could ask for – loyal and makes an effort to ensure the friendship is kept alive. She is a radiator – radiates energy and acts invariably the agony aunt on whose shoulders everyone including me seems to cry on. She writes beautifully and brings out thoughts and feelings in a unique manner.


A wonderful mother, a fantastic wife, great human being and a superlative friend – that sums her up.


One gets so caught up in day to activities and sometimes tends to forget small things such as just saying ‘Thank you’ to someone who does so much for you and contributes so much to your life – you just take it for granted. Guess there is no better way of doing so than by telling it directly in front of the whole world (PS’s blog is indeed a big part of her world and a large part of the world also seems to think likewise). Thank you my friend!!!!.

And while on the topic of world as I once said to PS a long time back


“To the world you may just be a somebody , but to somebody (me) you mean the whole world.”

Thank you PS for everything.

--Satish


Sunday, April 20, 2008

A-ha moments



Really sorry--I have had to remove this post as it will soon appear in a book. Making it available online would have been very unfair to my publisher who has placed so much trust in me. I hope you enjoy the other posts as much as you enjoyed this one. A heartfelt thanks for your support and understanding.Thanks for continuing to read what I write.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Things that matter

Poetry Pen

Are you like me? Or am I the only one? I suspect many are like me, except that they don’t think about it as much as I do, and don’t analyse and dissect things as much as me. I don’t know. Or maybe they do, but don’t talk about it.

Two great things happened to me.

1. I got a mail saying that my poem ‘Who killed imagination?’ had been shortlisted and will soon be published in a Poetry book series, being launched by Sulekha, in the month of May. I was asked to send my contact details, full name and a short bio about myself.

I was excited and happy. I shared the news with three of my closest friends(non-bloggers), who were happy for me too. But somehow I felt blogging about it would seem like boasting. Then I spoke to Guru . He was excited as well, and said I MUST blog about it and that he would definitely buy a copy of the book.(Thanks Guru!) But of course, I have to dissect everything—and he is a man after all. (Sorry Guru!) So I mentioned it to Prats. And she was delighted as well. She said that of course I MUST share it on my blog. (Thanks Prats!) And so here I am, telling you all. The book will be out in May—and can be bought online. I shall put up details when it is launched. Even if you don’t buy it, please flip through it if you come across it—and please look at my name in print, in a book. :-) Thank you. :-)



2. I met this wonderful guy called Rohit Srivastwa.(Yes that's his picture) Now, now—don’t jump to conclusions. It’s not what you think (or don’t think!). Rohit is an ‘ethical hacker’. His expertise and knowledge completely bowled me over. I was interviewing him for a newspaper article, and we ended up spending about 3 and a half hours talking. The kind of things he told me about hacking and about other things were a real eye opener. Rohit assists the cyber crime cell in Pune (It was fascinating to hear the kind of cases he has handled) and is also the visiting faculty at Asian school of cyber law and Symbiosis. He has set up this community called Clubhack and his mission is to make security a matter of commonsense. He had read my blog and seen my paintings. For very long I had wanted all my stuff (My newspaper articles, paintings, articles which will be published in books etc) in one place. And guess what – (Yes you guessed it right)—Rohit set up my own site for me. (A BIG Thanks, Rohit!) (Click on the coloured words to go to the sites)

I am so thrilled to have my own domain name.

It is preetisatish.com (Click on it and tell me if you liked it. I simply loved it.)

Rohit tested it first—kept asking me what I want and kept making the changes. Then it went live today afternoon. I was delighted and emailed S and Niall. They responded almost instantly).Then I texted three of my closest friends.Only one responded. Maybe the other two were really busy (I know everyone has their own lives to lead and I know it does not mean that they don't care)—but somehow it disappointed me a tiny bit that they did not even reply to my text saying they will see it when they log in.

Do small things like these bother you?

Sometimes I feel I am still mourning for my dad. If he was around, I would have called him up first and told him and he would have been as happy as me. I would not even have bothered to tell anybody else. Here I feel, subconsciously I am looking for some kind of affirmation like he used to give me.(Yes, I dissected why I felt disappointed. And if I met you, I'd probably have dissected each and everything you said too, and why you said it.)

It was this deep need filled with a kind of despair to reach out that made me start blogging in the first place. I am so glad I did, and it has opened up a new path for me and made my life so much richer.

Thanks for reading—and most importantly thank you for responding.

It matters.

Such a lot.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A lifeskills coach for wit & sarcasm

Sarcasm
Really sorry--I have had to remove this post as it will soon appear in a book. Making it available online would have been very unfair to my publisher who has placed so much trust in me. I hope you enjoy the other posts as much as you enjoyed this one. A heartfelt thanks for your support and understanding.Thanks for continuing to read what I write.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why men stray

Why Men Die Before Women 1
Really sorry--I have had to remove this post as it will soon appear in a book. Making it available online would have been very unfair to my publisher who has placed so much trust in me. I hope you enjoy the other posts as much as you enjoyed this one. A heartfelt thanks for your support and understanding.Thanks for continuing to read what I write.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Lazy Crazy Sunday


Really sorry--I have had to remove this post as it will soon appear in a book. Making it available online would have been very unfair to my publisher who has placed so much trust in me. I hope you enjoy the other posts as much as you enjoyed this one. A heartfelt thanks for your support and understanding.Thanks for continuing to read what I write.

Friday, April 04, 2008

IF tomorrow comes


Most of us go through life running away from what we really want to do. How many of us can say “Oh—what a wonderful Monday morning. I am so looking forward to going back to work?” You can? Then I suspect you are having an affair either with your boss or your secretary or a colleague (added after J's comment! :-))—or you must belong to that rare breed who really love their jobs!

Often a brush with mortality is what it takes to serve as a wake up call. If you are in your twenties, things like death and ‘living life to the fullest’ will probably be the last things on your mind. You are busy in your first or second jobs, buying a home, a car, finding the right person to spend the rest of your lives with. If you are in your thirties, you probably have a home, maybe kids and are trying to raise them. If in, forties and fifties maybe you have established yourself in your chosen career (or at the very least decided what you want to do) and maybe coping with a myriad issues, realizing fast that youth does not last forever and you better start exercising if you don’t want age related problems catching up.

Do any of us really do what we always wanted to? Do we love (and no, its not a typo) like today is the last day on earth? Most of us don’t. It is hard to shake ourselves out of the comfort zone and patterns that we have got into.It is easier to not think, and to just continue with life as it exists.

When my dad died suddenly it was a BIG wake up call for me. I realized that life can end—just like that in a matter of seconds. It is so unpredictable. Suddenly a lot of things fell into perspective. There was now an urgency to do things that I always wanted to do, but kept putting off, due to the daily business of living.

That weekend, we went paragliding. It was exhilarating, invigorating, thrilling. For the first time in years, I felt truly alive. I had blogged about it here. (in case you want to read) Those are pictures of me getting ready to take off.

I was so happy that I did something that had been on my list for ages.( I now have a list of 100 things that I must do before I die and I am ticking off items as and when I finish them.)

Nobody can predict tomorrow. One can meet with an accident or get an illness. Today if one is hale and hearty, one has to grab life. Really GRAB it—otherwise it will slip away.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do? Think about it and tell me.(Tell me at least 5 things) I would love to know. (It is also a great thinking exercise and it puts a lot of things in perspective.)

Then live each day, as if it really was. Trust me-- Happiness is guaranteed.