Yet another meme. (Because I love questions! )

Yet another meme from Sunday Stealing! There I go, baring some more of my soul.

 1) Which TV character do you think you are most like?
It’s been ages since I watched TV. I wonder who I am most like.. I guess, no one. I am unique. Sorry, bad joke!
2) What time do you go to bed?
There is no fixed time.. depends on what dinner we eat, if I have work to do after dinner or I just feel like idling my time on the World Wide Web. It’s never before 10 pm, though.
3) What was the last meal you made from scratch?
The one I am going to have in ten minutes, my dinner. Phulkas and palak with green salad. 😉 My husband even set out a spicy dip for the veggies.
4) What is your favorite type of music?
I love listening to latest filmi songs, however ridiculous they are. They make me feel in touch with the world around me, no matter what the language. This is why I love the radio, latest songs and maximum anticipation! It is indeed a thrill to listen to the radio and suddenly, there  pops up a beautiful song… wistful and melodious. It feels like a surprise gift! I love country and folk music a lot too.
5) In what position do you sleep?
Like this :
6) What is your first memory?
 I remember a lot of things.. so what would be my first?
7) What is your least favorite smell?
 I hate the smell that inebriated auto-drivers exude.
8) It’s your round at the pub and your friends asked you to surprise them. What drink would you buy and why?
 I really do not know. Perhaps a vodka.
9) What was the last thing you read/watched that made you cry?
I will take a rain check on this one. For some obscure reason, my memory fails me.
 
10) They say that you learn something new every day. What was the last thing you have learned?
I learned that tomato seeds look cute when dry.. See this! 
11) Which Literary love interests would you snog, marry and avoid.
Hmmm… I would love to snog Mr. Darcy from the Pride and Prejudice(Jane Austen), marry the king in The  King of the Dark Chamber (Tagore) and avoid Rhett Butler from Gone with the wind.
13) Paperback, Hardback or Kindle? Which of these is your favorite reading format and why?
The paperback, any day! I can stuff into into my overloaded sac à dos, I can fold it while reading in bed; I can spill coffee over it and not worry too much; I can scribble in it, makes notes, highlight stuff.. the works! For a few special books, I would like a hardback.. for collection’s sake. My sister has a Kindle and I am not too fond of it.. I find it extremely difficult to read.
14) If you could bring back any canceled TV series for another run what would you pick and why?
There was a series on DD called ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfaam‘. I badly want to watch it again.  Or maybe Potli Baba. 
So there! Sleep tight and do come back with more questions for me, will you?

The Orange Girl

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

Are you sitting comfortably, George? It’s important that you’re at least sitting straight , because I’m about to tell you a nailbiting story…..”

I would not use the word ‘nail biting’ to describe Jostein Gaardner‘s book, The Orange Girl; yet, there is something about the book that you cannot put a finger on. A certain elusiveness, a certain restraint. Philosophy packed in little capsules that take their time to grow on you; that would be lost if you are not attentive enough.

The story starts out with a young father’s letter to his son, unearthed many years later.  Feelings, once well camouflaged, come out into the open, revealing old wounds and healing them at the same time. The father, aware of his short-lived time on earth, writes about his journey in search of the Orange Girl. It’s probably hard to imagine a similar thing happening around us – it would be termed too impractical”, but the magic woven into the story keeps you hooked.

“..after that brief meeting the café, my search for the Orange Girl began in its systematic and logical phase, for again there were many long days when I didn’t even catch a glimpse of her..”

Before you know it, you are caught up in the search as well; though at times you do not know what you are searching for.. the orange girl? Or the truth of Life? Or maybe, both?

“…but many people live their entire lives without realising that they’re floating through empty space. There’s too much going down here. It’s hard enough thinking about your looks. “

True.. The myriad trivial things we worry about.. our looks, our work.. rather than just living in the moment, taking in the world as it comes. At places, the book just silences with questions that seem innocent but can scare the living daylights out of you. See this :”

“….how much is a person worth? Are we nothing but dust whipped up and spread to the winds? “

Woven into the story are phrases that just so exquisitely beautiful, that you read them over and over again, feeling the words on your tongue, tasting every syllable like a refreshing sip of cold coffee, or the rich aroma of dark chocolate. 

“…the world was just one sparkling fairytale…[..] a roe deer suddenly leaps from a thicket, stares intently at you for a second- and is gone. What kind of soul gives motion to that animal? What sort of unfathomable power decorates the earth with flowers in every colour of the rainbow and adorns the night sky with a sumptuous lacework of twinkling stars? [….] Look at the world, Georg, look at the world before you’ve filled yourself with too much physics and chemistry..[…] Don’t tell me that nature isn’t a miracle.

The most important question that the book poses.. something that probably does not have an answer.. even if we send our lifetime looking for an answer.. is this :

“…What would you have chosen, Georg, if there had been some higher power that gave you the choice? […] Would you have chosen to live a life on earth at some point, whether short or long, in a hundred thousand or a hundred million years? […] Or would you have refused to join in the game because you didn’t like the rules? “

So, what would YOU choose? Whatever your answer might be, it sure is an interesting journey, through the pages of the Orange Girl.

Lucky you! 🙂 

The Madness Meme

I borrowed a meme from Sunday Stealing, just to breathe some life into my blog and to have fun, of course! Alors, Amusez-vous! 🙂

1.  Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work?

No, but I have wiped it with my dupatta to get it going!

2. What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated?

I haven’t dated anyone. I married the only guy I fell in love with. Sad, but true. 😛

3. Ever been in a car wreck?

Nope. Touch wood.

4. Were you popular in high school?

Yes and no. I was popular, and by consequence, had a few enemies too.

5. Have you ever been on a blind date?

Nope, I told you, I have NEVER dated!

6. Are looks important?

Yes, though not in terms of what the society accepts as good looks. But if I like someone, his looks have to appeal to me. Just to me. I do not care how the others grade him with respect to looks.

7. Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more?

Yes. two or three.

8. By what age would you like to be married?

I am already happily married!

9. Does the number of people a person’s slept with affect your view of them?

No, I am not judgmental. But if the person is my significant other, I would be insecure.

10. Have you ever made a mistake?

Of course! Who hasn’t?

11. Are you a good tipper?

I am an extremely good tipper! And I leave large comments if the service is good. I like to make waiters and managers happy! Unfortunately, I am equally affected when the service is bad. Then I do not tip at all.

12. What’s the most you have spent for a haircut?

Rs. 400.

13. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?

Yes. *ashamed look* . I craved a lot of attention from my male teachers.
14. Have you ever peed in public?

Ahem… Once. When I was a little girl.

15. What song do you want played at your funeral?

This one.. I just do not know why I like this song so much, but I do.

16. Would you tell your parents if you were gay?

Of course.

17. What would your last meal be before getting executed?

Curd rice and stir-fried vegetables. And yes, a cup of hot, strong coffee.

18. Beatles or Stones?

The Beatles!! I love them. And this is one of my favourites..

19. If you had to pick one person on earth to die, who would it be?

I do not wish for anyone to die. Even if I hate them to pieces.

20. Beer, wine or hard liquor?

None of them. Give me clear water.

21. Do you have any phobias?

A few. Some of them are weird and extremely unpractical. For example, I WILL not throw out anything from a moving train. And I will never answer a regular, ringing phone if I can help it.. (Not mobiles, though sometimes even with mobiles, I hesitate to answer.)

22. What are your plans for the future?

To write a book, to raise a baby, to grow a garden, to learn pottery. To die with a few of my questions answered. 🙂

“…But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.”   (Oscar Wilde, the Picture of Dorian Gray)