one of my favourite bloggers had tagged me quite a while back, and it was only when i was tagged again, this time by shitrint, did i remember the first tag, and so when i went back to the older tag, i figured that they were both basically the same thing! which was quite a relief, considering the mundaneness of this particular meme 🙂
so here goes, folks –
3 Things That Scare Me:
there used to be lots of things a few years ago. then i met someone who inspired me to be fearless. his advice was to list down the fears of the mind and try and conquer them one by one. i was quite taken in by this idea. like, say, i used to be scared of getting beaten up in a street fight. for a long time, i just feared it. then, a couple of times, i confronted the fear (and the opponent!), got beaten up quite badly, landed a couple of blows too, and i don’t think i am as scared of it anymore. the only fear i haven’t been able to conquer is probably the death of loved ones, especially the parents.
3 People Who Make Me Laugh:
charlie chaplin – i will never get bored watching the same movies over and over again.
crazy mohan – a tamil film script writer and dramatist, among other things. doesn’t the name say so?
sidin – this was long ago, when i knew him personally, in college. his wit and presence of mind, were quite incomparable. somehow i feel his blog doesn’t retain the ‘zing’ anymore, but it still is witty nevertheless.
3 Things I Love:
kicks (like when u quickly down a double! *grin*)
home (in that order)
3 Things I Hate:
didn’t someone say hate is too strong a word?
3 Things I Don’t Understand:
the rat race – why is everybody so inevitably drawn to it? and what the hell is everybody running after?
love – meaning the ‘i have fallen in love with u’ kinda love.
underwear – why the hell are we making life so uncomfortable for ourselves?
3 Things On My Desk:
i’m at work, so i’ll exclude the usual pens, pencils, stationery and so on. well…
a flag of india (two actually – they’re crossed, like an ‘x’)
a framed portrait of sw.vivekananda
my helmet (its the third one. i’ve lost one, broken another in an accident)
Things I’m Doing Right Now:
wondering why i took up this tag in the first place.
waiting to go out for a smoke.
Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
scale Mount Everest – it isn’t meant to sound funny. i seriously wanna do it.
write a book – it’ll probably be a travel book. or philosophy. or inevitably both!
make a school – it may not be the conventional school. i’ll probably call it a centre for discovery or some such thing.
make a library – this is yet another one of those crazy dreams. i’d like to have a library with the best books i’ve read. and probably let people borrow books. also probably create a setting where people can choose to sit and read and probably have a cuppa or smoke a cigarette (smokers will definitely not be discriminated against :P)
3 Things I Can Do:
‘i can think. i can fast. i can wait.’ if that had been original, i’d left it at that, for i really can manage to do all of them quite well. but since those aren’t my own words, i’ll say the following –
cook up a decent south indian vegetarian meal (iyer aathu saapadu, if you know what i mean!)
sing. often, to myself.
bite my toe nails (bah! u already know that, don’t u?)
3 Things I Can’t Do:
spend my life working as a factory supervisor, computer programmer or some such completely lack lustre thing (no offense!)
have myself photographed – in most instances, i end up looking stupid. of course, it is natural that a photo will only reveal the true self, but why document my stupidity for posterity?
ski – i only tried it once. and i tried it for about an hour, fell about a trillion times, made an ass of myself and then finally gave up.
3 Things I Think You Should Listen To:
silence – it just tends to get lost in the midst of all the noise. even if its perfectly silent, there still are the noises in the head. there is nothing quite as comforting, profound and energising as silence.
the sea – just the sound of the sea moves me. it fills me with a certain glimpse of infinity. in fact, more often than not, when i am out at the beach, i don’t bother playing in the water, like many of my friends do. i just sit, and listen.
a live carnatic music concert – it is high energy stuff. among other things, the one thing that really fascinates me is that it is pure, and completely un-premeditated art – it just flows. no wonder the oldies usually say, ‘kutcheri nalla amaindadu’ in tamil. literally meaning, the concert fell in place.(tamils are welcome to provide a better translation)
3 Things You Should Never Listen To:
someone speaking ill of others, especially in their absence. Will Durant says, “To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say”.
the voices in our head – they are often our worst distractors. sometimes, it is best to go by our instincts. i believe a silent mind is an intuitive mind.
the dharmabum crying – it doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, he can just wail so hard u’ll think he’ll die of breathlessness or something 🙂
3 Things I’d Like To Learn:
high altitude mountaineering – its gonna help me achieve my lifetime ambition, right?
languages – the more, the merrier. i like languages, and discovered somewhere that i take to them quite easily. what i like most is to speak them, the way they are meant to be spoken, i mean phonetically. i like the different sounds and tones of languages. french, for example, sounds like a song to me. german, like someone’s cussing (hitler don’t take offense – this is just about my perception alright?). if u’ve heard assamese, u’lll agree that there can’t possibly be a faster language.
cookery – like i said, i can manage some basic stuff. but i’d like to learn cooking different types of cuisines and churning up exotic stuff. cooking for me, is meditative. the joy when someone enjoys something u have cooked is quite unique.
3 Favourite Foods:
just about anything vegetarian.
just about anything alcoholic (yeah, i know its a drink, but i just can’t help mentioning it, especially because like all foods and so there won’t be much to write here!)
just about anything sweet.
3 Shows I Watched As A Kid:
for a long time, there was no TV. and when it finally arrived, there was only TV. so its going to be hard to remember, but i’ll try anyways.
rangoli – my parents used to watch it every sunday, and i was inevitably drawn to it. i suppose its why i still like old hindi film music a lot.
the sunday morning 10 o’clock show – it was ramayan, then mahabharata, then ‘the sword of tipu sultan’ and finally ‘chandrakanta’ (thats when i quit it!)
the jungle book, disneyland and one other cartoon show called ‘molu’