Inspired posts

Every now and then, I read a post elsewhere and my mind goes on its own track. It could be a meme like the one Preeti has here or the rather serious one by Usha here. All day the idea wraps and unwraps itself in my head. A slow repetitive process. The thoughts crystallize and sometimes burst out with a speed that has to be captured immediately. Sometimes they percolate. Drop by drop they add up. Sometimes it distills into a morphed idea I pin down here. Sometimes I let it go. The idea evaporates without a trace.

I realize writing is cathartic. I visualize everything I write. Ideas form pretty patterns in the canvas of my mind. They are abstract. Till the very moment the words come spilling out, I have no clue what form or shape they will take. So, when I have to work against a deadline I am my own enemy. Ideas stall, the process grinds to a halt. I fiddle with the words but they never quite feel alright. I feel depressed and end up writing for writing’s sake.

Why am I saying all this? Preeti’s meme got me thinking and I wanted to share a part of what happens in my head as I weave a post from my everyday life. I often get asked how I manage to blog consistently. I never quite knew the answer. Today it all made sense. It just happens. I don’t do it consciously or on a schedule. I do try to write often but its not like I force myself to write.

Sometimes I also wish I did this for a living. Something I enjoy. Something that comes naturally. Sigh!

Before I lose sight of what I actually wanted to post, here it is. A list of 30 questions Preeti distilled from elsewhere. My answers below. If you find it fun like I did, copy paste the questions and key in your answers in the comment space or email me.

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?

6. What are you wearing right now?

7. Do you label yourself?

8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?

9.Bright or Dark Room?

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?

11. What does your watch look like?

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?

14. What’s a word that you say a lot?

15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)

16. Last furry thing you touched?

17. Favourite age you have been so far?

18. What was the last thing you said to someone?

19.The last song you listened to?

20. Where did you live in 1987?

21. Are you jealous of anyone?

22. Is anyone jealous of you?

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

24. What’s your favourite town/city?

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

26. Can you change the oil on a car?

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?

29.What is your current desktop picture?

30. Have you been burnt by love?

And the questions again with my answers:

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

Ugg! My face looks like a battlefield!

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?

Nine 1$ bills

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

BORE

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?

Village Boy

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?

Xylophone

6. What are you wearing right now?

Desi style nightie

7. Do you label yourself?

Blogger first and foremost

8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?

Champion

9.Bright or Dark Room?

Bright!

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?

A person I would like to meet.
11. What does your watch look like?

Ornate

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?

In deep sleep

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?

y in the world did I buy??

14. What’s a word that you say a lot?

Invariably

15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)

My childhood friend Vidhoos

16. Last furry thing you touched?

Dog

17. Favourite age you have been so far?

23

18. What was the last thing you said to someone?

No touching

19.The last song you listened to?

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

20. Where did you live in 1987?

Madras

21. Are you jealous of anyone?

Every mother I know

22. Is anyone jealous of you?

I wish!

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

Cell phone, watch, hair band

24. What’s your favourite town/city?

Coimbatore

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

Don’t remember when but it was to my best friend Akay

26. Can you change the oil on a car?

No.

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

He died.

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?

My throat

29.What is your current desktop picture?

Picture of my niece lost in thought squatting on a grassy patch.

30. Have you been burnt by love?

Yes.

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13 thoughts on “Inspired posts

  1. to answer 22: i confessed few times in my comments here that I am jealous of you: about your writing skills, about you cooking skills, about the opportunity to live with amma and do things for her( including making kaapi) so on and so forth..

  2. 1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

    Not enough sleep…

    2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?

    RM 60

    3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

    Pour

    4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?

    My office mate

    5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?

    😦 nothing

    6. What are you wearing right now?

    Chudithar

    7. Do you label yourself?

    (I dont understand this question)

    8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?

    Sembonia, Vinci, Polo

    9.Bright or Dark Room?

    Is dim equals to dark room?

    10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?

    Sometimes she puts my thoughts into words…

    11. What does your watch look like?

    I dont have a watch

    12. What were you doing at midnight last night?

    Crying

    13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?

    Digi(service provider) asking me to download games.

    14. What’s a word that you say a lot?

    God

    15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)

    Vixy

    16. Last furry thing you touched?

    Nothing

    17. Favourite age you have been so far?

    15

    18. What was the last thing you said to someone?

    Jom pergi kantin (let’s go to the canteen)

    19.The last song you listened to?

    I seldom listen to songs

    20. Where did you live in 1987?

    At home

    21. Are you jealous of anyone?

    Not really

    22. Is anyone jealous of you?

    I have no idea

    23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

    Chain, ring, earing

    24. What’s your favourite town/city?

    Cameron Highlands

    25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

    Last year

    26. Can you change the oil on a car?

    No

    27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

    He dumped Katrina Kaif and going out with that asingama asin now…

    28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?

    No

    29.What is your current desktop picture?

    Home

    30. Have you been burnt by love?

    (Again I dont understand this question)

  3. I agree writing is cathartic. That is why I write a post when something disturbs me like the topic in the post you mentioned. Thanks for linking.
    And yes I admire people who can blog so consistently. It demands a certain discipline I lack. Keep going.

  4. A lot of my posts can be classified under the percolate variety. It takes a while to assimilate my thoughts, and find the words that can emote my thoughts. Posts around Atul are the ones that are spontaneous, mostly because they involve narration and less thinking. I don’t think I will be able to make a post a day.

  5. 1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
    “i look cute don’t I?”
    2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
    $10 bill.
    3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?CORE
    4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
    SEARS home delivery.
    5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
    My daughter singing slogam.
    6. What are you wearing right now?
    T-shirt and shorts
    7. Do you label yourself?
    A mom.
    8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?
    naturalizer.
    9.Bright or Dark Room? very bright.
    10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
    A writer who can elegantly pour her thoughts into words.i wish i had been her collague
    for a bit longer …
    11. What does your watch look like?
    a bangle.
    12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
    sleepless wishing this pregnancy works…
    13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
    from hubby”did the nurse call?”
    14. What’s a word that you say a lot?
    vibha chellam
    15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)
    none
    16. Last furry thing you touched?
    bambi
    17. Favourite age you have been so far?
    21(when i got married )26(when i became a mom)
    18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
    ‘don’t forget to get rice?” to hubby.
    19.The last song you listened to?
    Jillinu oru kadhal
    20. Where did you live in 1987?
    Madurai.
    21. Are you jealous of anyone?
    not that i know of
    22. Is anyone jealous of you?
    i have nothing to be jealous of
    23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
    Thaali chain,ring,bangles
    24. What’s your favourite town/city?
    coimbatore
    25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
    today .to my Best friend’s daughter wishing her Happy birthday
    26. Can you change the oil on a car? no way
    27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
    aravind swamy .
    28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
    no
    29.What is your current desktop picture?
    vibha holding her fav doll.
    30. Have you been burnt by love?
    yes.

  6. 1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
    I need to get a dermatologist’s appointment soon.
    2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
    $21
    3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
    chore
    4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
    Some Junk call 
    5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
    Marimba
    6. What are you wearing right now?
    Sweats and T-Shirt
    7. Do you label yourself?
    Oh Yes, and I hate that I do that.
    8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?
    Nike
    9.Bright or Dark Room?
    Dark
    10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
    A really wonderful person from what I can sense from her blog spots 
    11. What does your watch look like?
    Titan
    12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
    Sending a heartfelt email
    13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
    A text from my SIL who had picked my daughter up from her preschool.
    14. What’s a word that you say a lot?
    Oh Gosh!
    15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)
    A friend’s mom
    16. Last furry thing you touched?
    Dumbo (our stuffed elephant)
    17. Favourite age you have been so far?
    25
    18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
    Eat your dinner fast, Kanna (to my son)
    19.The last song you listened to?
    AayarPaddi Maaligayil (Krishna Ganam)
    20. Where did you live in 1987?
    Kanpur
    21. Are you jealous of anyone?
    Of people who have a very high rate of metabolism.
    22. Is anyone jealous of you?
    No clue
    23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
    iPhone, Thaali, handbag
    24. What’s your favourite town/city?
    Santa Cruz, CA
    25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
    Last month, to my son’s teacher
    26. Can you change the oil on a car?
    Heck, NO!!!!
    27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
    He is happily married and settled
    28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
    Legs
    29.What is your current desktop picture?
    HP standard waterfall picture
    30. Have you been burnt by love?
    Yes

  7. 1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
    OMG no kajal today.
    2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
    2500 Rupees
    3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
    FLOOR
    4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
    Prakash
    5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
    Anbe En Anbe from Dhaam-Dhoom
    6. What are you wearing right now?
    Blue Chudi
    7. Do you label yourself?
    No
    8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?
    Durable
    9.Bright or Dark Room?
    Bright
    10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
    A lovely and talented person
    11. What does your watch look like?
    No watch
    12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
    Battling to put my toddler to sleep 🙂
    13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
    A long msg from my friend Sangitha, telling me it was fun to chat with me yest.
    14. What’s a word that you say a lot?
    I think
    15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)
    I don’t remember
    16. Last furry thing you touched?
    Labrador
    17. Favourite age you have been so far?
    23
    18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
    My house address
    19.The last song you listened to?
    Innum Ennay enna seiya pogiraay from Singaravelan
    20. Where did you live in 1987?
    Chennai
    21. Are you jealous of anyone?
    All mothers who are able to maintain a good figure !!!!
    22. Is anyone jealous of you?
    Many i guess.
    23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
    My hair clip, bangles and chain.
    24. What’s your favourite town/city?
    Paris-France
    25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
    To my fiance when i was in banglore 10 yrs back.
    26. Can you change the oil on a car?
    No
    27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
    Happily married and settled in chennai.
    28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
    My throat
    29.What is your current desktop picture?
    My son Jai
    30. Have you been burnt by love?
    Very much

  8. @koolRaaga: Thank you very much!
    @Shy: 🙂 Thanks for sharing that. I have something to smile about.
    @Selvi: Thanks for sharing. I hope you are feeling better now.
    @Usha: I enjoy your posts simply for the honesty that comes through. Would love to meet you some time.
    @Suman: 🙂 I understand. I try hard. Too hard sometimes and thats when I end up with stupid posts and my mom goes “Yen bore adikare ellarayum” over the phone.
    @Hema: Thanks for sharing. You will be in my prayers.
    @Devi: Thanks for sharing. LOL at 21. I am too. I take it you have an iPhone? 🙂
    @SSQuo: Its a moniker our friend chose for himself. He considers himself as a “gramathan” 🙂
    @Sindu Chawla: Thanks for sharing dee. Smiled at #10. 🙂

  9. Only Selected questions:
    3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
    MORE
    7. Do you label yourself?
    Why do I have to label myself? (My wife thought me this trick, if you dont understand a question, ask them back another question)
    9.Bright or Dark Room?
    Daytime – Bright, night – Dark room
    10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
    Like me he/she also has nothing to do at around 2 PM at work.
    11. What does your watch look like?
    A Cell Phone
    12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
    How do I know, I was sleeping
    20. Where did you live in 1987?
    Kovilpatti
    24. What’s your favourite town/city?
    Same as Q20
    26. Can you change the oil on a car?
    Yes,if it is your car,then I charge $20
    27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
    That she is happily married to a smart guy (that’s me 🙂

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