Saturday, March 20, 2010

Me Me Me!

Ten days ago, I completed a quarter of a century as a living being. In this lifetime, that is. I have no idea how long I've spent as a living being with all my lifetimes put together. Or even if I have had other lifetimes. Which really isn't the point of this post.

What is the point of this post, you ask? I'm not entirely sure myself. I got a new laptop you see (and before you start, that is PURPLE, not pink - the lighting was poor). And I wanted to put up a post from it simply because I can.

Anyway, so as I was saying, I turned 25. Now as a rule, I love birthdays. This year, for some reason, I was totally depressed about my birthday, to the point that I didn't even make my usual very detailed wishlist handed over to the family two months before the day arrives for them to treat as a shopping list.

I mean, 25. Isn't there something just so... milestone-y about it? Shouldn't I have done far more than I have by now? Or at least figured out what the hell my life is about? A bit?

Well, whatever it was that I was supposed to have done by now, I clearly haven't. I am therefore going to instead write this post. 25 facts about myself. Which you didn't know. Or did. Depends on who you are.

You may leave now, you know. If you're still here that is.


  1. I love Hrishikesh Mukherjee's movies. There is no other film-maker in the world about whom I can say that I have loved each and every movie made by him/her. My life's ambition is to get hold of the DVDs of every single movie he ever made.
  2. My one regret in life is giving up singing classes as a kid.
  3. Gmail's Label feature is the best thing that ever happened to me. I label everything. I have two Gmail accounts - one official, one personal. The official ID has just short of 250 labels, and the personal one has 450-odd labels. Seriously.
  4. My favourite colours are blue and purple. Hence the laptop. Dell's blue option was too electric for my liking.
  5. I know nothing about English music. Or any music actually. Unless... Does Bollywood music count as a genre?
  6. I perpetually feel cold. The family hates having meals with me in the summer because I whine about the fan being on.
  7. I have had a godawful allergy since childhood as a result of which I get these awful marks on my arms and legs. The dermatologist once described it as "hypersensitivity to mosquito bites". I call it a curse.
  8. I love numbers. And Excel sheets with numbers in particular. Playing with them gives me a joy like no other. Back in school I used to get this joy when I would solve a particularly tricky math or accounts problem.
  9. I wanted to be a teacher as a kid. Nursery teacher. Mainly because I thought Rani Ma'am, my Nursery teacher was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
  10. As a teenager, this ambition changed to being a librarian. I thought it would be awesome because I could sit and read all day long.
  11. I am not a people person. By which I mean the company of others annoys me no end. Spending more than a few hours with even my closest friends exhausts me. Which makes my choice of career a mystery to pretty much everyone who knows me. In my defense, I hadn't realised how much of a non-people person I am till I took it up.
  12. If it wasn't for the fact that I love my near and dear ones, I wouldn't like them much.
  13. No one, but no one, is allowed to criticise my family. Other than me. Even if you are my best friend, and I have spent two hours cribbing about them, you do not say anything against them. Ever.
  14. As a kid, it was instinct for me to look at every single vehicle passing by on the roads, add up its license number, and check if it's divisible by 3. I still do it sometimes.
  15. Sanjeev Kumar is the greatest actor to have ever lived. In my very humble opinion. Exhibit A: Koshish. Exhibit B: Angoor.
  16. I'm a sucker for spoilers. The only two things I have always refused to look up spoilers for are the Harry Potter books before they released, and Lost. Yes, I'm a huge fan of both.
  17. I hate yellow gold.
  18. Equality of the sexes is a huge deal for me. Not just in terms of women getting the freedom to do what they want, but also in terms of men contributing more when it comes to household matters. I think it's important, and I have been known to get onto a soapbox about this issue fairly often.
  19. The moon, butterflies, and rain are the themes figuring in most desktop wallpapers or site templates I choose. Which I'm guessing you know if you've been following my blog for a while now - you may remember the trauma I went through when I had to give up my rain template when "New Blogger" came into existence. I had to choose between keeping the labels option or the template - toughest decision in my blogging life so far.
  20. Rounded off numbers are the most awesome thing ever. My obsession with rounded off numbers was at one point so intense that I would SMS friends last thing at night just so my pre-paid balance would be a rounded off number. Even today, the radio and TV volume has to be a rounded off number, and I refuse to stop the microwave till it's showing a multiple of 5. In fact, the only blessing I see about turning 25 is that not only is it a rounded number itself, but it's the square of a rounded off number. How cool is that?!
  21. I have never quite got used to the whole concept of telling the whole world who you are, where you are, and what you do via your blogs and your tweets. It's something I'm still uncomfortable with, and most of my friends know that I'd prefer they didn't use my real name in the blogosphere.
  22. I have a thing for tall and fair guys. And lawyers. I think it comes from watching way too much of The Practice growing up.
  23. Imtiaz Ali's movies, in some ways, remind me of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. I have no idea why.
  24. I can't read or write Bengali. In fact, when I visit Calcutta, my cousins make fun of my accent when I speak in Bengali. I am, in some ways, to Bengal what an ABCD would be to India. A born and brought up probashi, forsooth.
  25. I have gorgeous hair.
You're still here? Wow. And you're not one of the two people I force into reading my blog everytime I put up a post? Double wow. And I thought I didn't have a life.


The Seeker said...

Wow, I really like the new layout... really really cool! (and it's not easy getting me this enthusiastic about stuff)

How can excel sheets inspire joy in you? That's like taking a genuine interest in the Financial Times.

Anonymous said...

lambe, gore log? firang kahin ki!


Anonymous said...

butterflies and flowers? GIRL kahin ki!

*hides some more*

a traveller said...

What. Flowers. Are. You Talking. About?

I haven't mentioned flowers anywhere in this post, you pot calling the kettle black.

Runjoo said...

a BIG yes to 1, 5, 12, 13, 15, 23. Substitute singing with dance class in 2 and bangla for tamil in 24.

lovely read (and congrats on the purple laptop!)

(at times i marvel at how similarly we think...)

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...




a traveller said...

My soul mate! Muah!

Now if only you were tall and fair. And a lawyer. Oh well.

Ann said...

of course bollywood music counnts! and I realize yours is the blog I enjoy reading rara! btw does rara count as one of your real names??

Anonymous said...

OH I just realised - I forgot to mock you for this.



ok happier now :)

NotFunnyNotFamous said...

I do the divide by 3 ritual with dates. And the rounding off thing was awesome. That is the kinda crazyness I wish for. And high five on the ABCD to India is to Bengal thingy.

Anonymous said...

That is a very elaborate 'about you'!

a traveller said...

@NotFunnyNotFamous: A more unsuitable handle I am yet to see. But high five anyway.

@blog: Heh, it is, isn't it? And yet so much got left out! :)

Anonymous said...

Shoot.. why is my name shown as "blog" here!
Anyway, I am Aditya, and I "blog" at

Chica said...

I think im quite inspired to do a 25 post too !