A time travel tag

Sunday Stealing had this really interesting Time traveller meme going. It was hard to resist :-) It was written by Emily Barton from telcommuter talk.

Sunday Stealing: The Time Traveler Meme
Emily's Rules:

1. Depending on your age, go back 10, 15, 20, or even more years.
2. Tell us how many years back you have travelled and why.
3. Pretend you have met yourself during that era, and tell us where you are.
4. You only have one "date" with this former self.
5. Answer these questions.

Okay, as we start, what year is it and how old are you?

My answer:  It is  January 1995 and I am 23 years old. I have gone back 15 years because that is indeed a good amount of time to go back in, and  it is indeed very good to ruminate over what a long way I have come.

I am in Mumbai, working at a Corporate job, really enjoying it, and have been made another  job offer  which I am considering hard. I travel by Mumbai local trains to office. I have to take a bus and then change two trains  to get to work. I am immensely enjoying my independence (and my  ahem--boy friends :P ) but still waiting for the right man to marry :-)

1. Would your younger self (YYS, from here) recognize you when you first meet?

No way. My YYS would wonder who this  smart  woman is :) And OMG, she has two children too. That too 12  and  9!Not kidding.My YYS would have never thought I'd turn out like this.

Here is a very recent photo of me with a good friend.(Picture clicked 3 days back. one of my favourite pictures)

2. Would YYS be surprised to discover what you are doing job wise?

Very. My YYS would have never thought  I'd be a published author (working now on my 3rd book!) as well as a Portraiture Artist. (Click here to see my portraits.)

3. What piece of fashion advice would you give YYS?
Please don't wear shapeless stuff. Be proud of your body.

4. What do you think YYS is most going to want to know?
Am I making the right decision by deciding to give up my corporate career?

5. How would you answer YYS's question?
It is one of the best things you have done.

6. What would probably be the best thing to tell YYS?
I would tell my YYS to memorise the following:

On Marriage
 Kahlil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

 7. What is something that you probably wouldn't tell YYS?

Heh heh heh heh. I probably wouldn't tell her  how much natural childbirth really  hurts , How hard breastfeeding really is yet how you will do it for your children,  how bringing up toddlers and having children  changes you in ways you have never imagined.

8. What do you think will most surprise YYS about you?
 YYS will be most surprised to know how much a mother really  can endure.

 9. What do you think will least surprise YYS?
That I am still in touch with some of my childhood friends.

10. At this point in your life, would YYS like to run into "you" from the future?
I think so. She would then be assured that it will all work out just fine.

I totally enjoyed doing this tag. I tag the following people:
 Suma   (i would love to hear her answers)

Nancy  (I so miss her posts)

Gillian (i love reading her)

Prashant ( he will scream blue murder for tagging him as he has decided to minimise his online time  :P But he writes so well  and i want to meet his YYS :) )

Ajay (He always has an interesting take on most things and he is one of my closest friends. How can i not tag him? Besides I want to meet his YYS too (and laugh my head off)  :P  :D)

and finally my very good friend (whom you see in the photo with me) Tony who does not have a blog, but he can use my comment box.  (Tony joked with me saying he would love to meet 200 gorgeous Indian women through my blog when I mentioned to him that my blog has more  800 subscribers and gets more than 400 page views in a single  day)
So here is your chance Tony :-)

(I really hope Tony does not kill me for this when I mail him the link tomorrow morning. :P  He has no clue about this post. If you don't see me after 3-4 days, please alert the Police. It might mean I have been murdered by Tony ) :-)

If anyone else wants to do this very interesting tag, please consider yourself tagged and  do leave me a comment after doing it and I will surely read.

 Travel back in time--it's a great pep-up :) (you can use my comment box if you dont have a blog)

Wishing you a happy monday to kick start the week.


  1. Lol.
    Good one :)
    I wish my future 'me' could come and tell me what it's gonna be like! or maybe suspence is better ;)

    If i go back 10-15 years in time I'll be a skinny kid making up stories and silly games and well, I wouldn't disturb her :P

  2. suspense*

    haha. something is wrong with me!

  3. Hi...I'm also a blogger and I stumbled upon your blog as it was listed in another blog. Surprisingly my answers to most of the questions is exactly the same as yours. If I posted this in my blog, it would look very similar to your post :)

  4. Great answers as usual. Your tag posts are fun to read.

    Can we see a picture of YYS? :)

    I'll probably do this tag when I get a little older :) I'll check if my dad wants to take up this tag.

  5. Hey P.S,
    Remember me??Am 99% sure that you have forgotten me. I am one of the earlier followers of your blog :)
    You de-lurked me..!!!Now you remember?Ok no need to try harder..:)

    I was out of touch with the cyberspace for over 10 months and now am back..Very good to see your posts and snaps:)You havent changed a bit.
    Best wishes.


  6. Anonymous9:59 PM

    I loved reading about YYS Preeti...isn't it wonderful this process of aging? How we become so refined and wise and self-accepting?
    I would be honoured to do this.
    Enjoy the day! Good luck with your move back to India. :)

  7. Anonymous9:59 PM

    I loved reading about YYS Preeti...isn't it wonderful this process of aging? How we become so refined and wise and self-accepting?
    I would be honoured to do this.
    Enjoy the day! Good luck with your move back to India. :)

  8. I did the tag and link is http://gagandeepparas.blogspot.com/2010/10/time-travel-tag.html . Hope you read it and find it interesting.

  9. Gagandeep: really enjoyed your answers. read and commented too :)

    Gillian: Very true. Only at this age do we realise how 'naive' we were 15 years back.

    Geetha: Wellllllllcommeeee back :) I do remember :)

    Varun: I have to scan! You can do it too. You are just 25/26 right?

    Sheila: Welcome to my blog. Same pinch same pinch :)

    Sucheta: heh heh. Let the skinny kid be :) and best to not know future :)

  10. First things first, your 'now' self just looks so much young and beautiful in this pic that I'm sure YYS will continue to be envious ;)

    Loved reading the tag and I feel your 'now' self is so you. I guess this is how I know you, whatever little that is...a mom, a writer and a whole lotta sunshine :)

    Have a good day.

  11. very intresting tag....
    I will definetlly take this...

    After reading your answers I really felt that how much we change with time. :)

  12. Sweta: Do let me know when you do. I'd love to read.

    Saprkling:Thank you thank you :) How have u been? Will visit u :)

  13. hey preeti,
    As i said, I finished this tag.
    have a look here http://www.swetatiwary.com/2010/10/time-travel-tag.html

  14. U've done this tag beautifully....enjoyed reading it:-).

    Thank U for tagging me, I'll surely do it....whenever I get back ie:-)!!!


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