RULES: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 24 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.Copy and paste my entry as a new blog entry delete my answers and write your own! When you write yours make sure you tag me and any more friends you’d be interested in learning about! Pass on the fun…. N-JOY!
24 Shtuffs About Moi … <3
1.) God and I have a very boisterous relationship with each other but I still cherish it. I question my relationship a lot. Sometimes I feel alone in this relationship. Sometimes I think it’s a force that is over powering my life. But it’s like any relationship, you have to constantly work at it.
2.) My parents and I never used to see eye to eye. I think we have a much healthier relationship today, I truly love them and I don’t know where I’d be without them today. I believe that we choose our parents when we come to be born and I never regretted my choice for parents. I feel like they are my real parents. I feel lucky to have smart parents who were able to teach me everything I needed to know before I stepped out into the world on my own. I am still learning from them everyday.
3.) I don’t know where home is. When I am in the US, I am homesick for India and when I am in India, I am homesick for the US. I absolutely hate it when people ask me which place I like better because to me it’s like comparing black and white. I am proud to be an American and also be able to fluently speak, read and write in my mother tongue (Marathi) and I feel lucky to be brought up with both my American and Indian cultures.
4.) I love typing. I am a pretty fast typer ranging between 53 and 58 wpm. I once reached 60 wpm as well! And it’s all thanks to AOL Instant Messenger. When AOL first came out, chatting with friends online was the coolest thing to do. But while chatting with many friends online, if you slowed down your time it takes to send a reply, they would get offended thinking you’re too busy to chat. So in order to talk to everyone at the same time I automatically learned to type fast!
5.) I am a VERY insecure person. My insecurities have prevented me from participating in a lot of things throughout my life and has affected my relationships with everyone. I am learning to overcome my insecurities and go out, participate and experience the joys of life without any inhibitions.
6.) I am a food addict. I think I seriously need to see a counselor for my unhealthy addiction to ice cream, guacamole, peanut butter, expensive chocolate, pudding, pizza, sushi, cookies, falafels, baba ghanouj, Jamaican jerk pork, jambalaya, hummus, Mexican food, Italian food, mughlai (Indian) food, the list goes on….!! (and of course how could I forget my favorite sandwich invented by my dad > Peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches.. they’re truly the best if you have the guts to try one.
7.) When I’m married and if I can comfortably manage, I want to have 3 children. I want to have two girls and a boy. My first child will be named after my grandfather: “Yeshwanti” if it’s a girl or “Yeshwant” if it’s a boy. It means one who is glorious or successful. I will also name one of my daughter’s “Farishtah” which means Angel. I want to have a boy and adopt both my girls. (I was adopted at 10 days old and will also adopt and continue it as my own family tradition to be passed on.) (I’ve blogged bout this in the past I think….)I want to have a girl someday as sweet as my niece and a boy as adorable as my nephew.
8.) I am a scaredy cat when it comes to exams. I love learning, but when it comes down to taking the exams I chicken out and don’t sit for my exams. But, inspite of my fears I managed to pull up my socks and get through college. I was always aced my homework and essays and projects though. I in fact helped a friend at Princeton by writing a final exam thesis paper (I got an A- for it!) I’m very proud of my one and only Ivy League accomplishment!!
9.) I love colors, designing, painting, drawing and dreaming… Imagination and creativity are the best things in the world which don’t need learning to acquire. It’s just pure instinct.
10.) I hate the taste of water at room temperature. I feel pukish when I have to drink it that way. I have to have it chilled or at least half cold.
11.) I think a sari is the most elegant fashion statement in the world. I have a passion for collecting them and wearing them. My favourite one is a silk striped blue and red one that was passed down to me by my mother. I think the traditional 9 yard (Navari) saris are pretty too but I don’t have the right figure or height to wear them.
12.) I LOVE to blog. I have realised the best way to blog is to blog anonymously. When people who know you read your blog I find that they tend to dispute or get offended by my emotions or my point of view. I then also refrain from writing things I really want to write about because I feel conscious about writing if people I know are going to read it. So I do blog but you can’t read it!!
13.) I have a tattoo of a dragon on my left shoulder. I have a tattoo of a koi swimming under a lotus on my right ankle. I want one more but I am going to think carefully for a couple years about what I want because I’ve decided it will be my very last tattoo.
14.) I think I’d put a bullet in my head if I couldn’t have music in my life. I do not leave home without my ipod. I feel naked without it. I wish ipods had bluetooth to transfer songs easily between ipods. Tool (lead singer Maynard James Keenan) is a major influence in my life. My parents (the hippies that they were) introduced me to the Beatles. I would have loved to be a DJ if I could have. But it really doesn’t sit well in your parent’s minds no matter how much you try and persuade them that being a DJ is the right career path for you… hehe.
15 I love to read though I don’t make the time for it lately as much as I should. I love to read about culture and about the experiences in other people’s lives, I enjoy fantasy, romance, adventure and interesting history. Shantaram, Where The Wild Things Are, The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, You Can Heal Your Life, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Memoirs of A Geisha, Trash (Amy Yamada) are some of my all time favourites.
16.) I love travelling. I feel blessed that my parents felt it important enough to make it a priority in my life. So far my cherished travelling moments with them I’ve gotten to see: Egypt, Kenya & Tanzania, India (duh!), Cancún Mexico, Florida Everglades, Boston, Disneyworld, San Francisco, New York City, Las Vegas. Places I look forward to travel to someday: Thailand, Singapore, China, Japan, Hawaii, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, London and Brazil.
17.) I used to hate cooking because I felt I was supporting the stereotype that “All women have to know how to cook.” I rebelled against learning how to cook for that reason. At one point I swore I would marry a chef just to prove this point wrong and so I wouldn’t have to learn how. But now that I’m living on my own and have friends over often I really look forward to learning how to cook my favourite foods and trying something new. I am an avid fan of the food network (I wish I had that channel in India), I regularly email my mom for her recipes. I consider each dish I make a work of art. My specialties so far are: white sauce chicken pasta, mini pizzas, banana bread, and a couple of different chicken curries.
18.) My sister is my best friend for life. Sometimes we don’t talk for months. Sometimes we talk every other day. Whether she is active or passive in my life she is always there supporting me in her own special way and has always stuck up for me when I needed her most. She understands me in ways that others don’t, like I understand her in ways that others don’t. Sometimes we completely disagree but we still respect each other’s right to have an opinion. We are the ying and yang of each others lives. She knows the importance of what good childhood memories are all about and I feel blessed to have her growing up as my little sister along side me. She is the reason I will make sure I have two daughters so hopefully they will have a relationship like we do someday and I can have the pleasure of watching them grow up the way my sis and I did.
19.) I was scared of ET when I was little, and I used to get nightmares about him being under my bed. I think it was my unconscious fear of aliens and the unknown. I used to hate watching scary movies because I used to get scared sleeping at night, now I can enjoy some scary movies like Mindhunters. These days I watch scary movies and if I get to a scary part I just mute the volume so I can see what happens without getting scared.
20.) When I’m at home alone I like playing air guitar with a tennis racket and bouncing around like I’m a rockstar. (I learned the joys of that habit from my cousin brothers)
21.) My favourite colors are bruise colors… dark blue, dark purple and black… I got into frosted pink in 2006. My mom feels my sudden interest in pink is like me going in for a sex change because as long as she can remember she knows me as a blue lover. Lol…
22.) I don’t like the idea that people buy pedigreed dogs when there are so many homeless dogs living in the streets of India… Just like how people would rather have babies than adopt an orphan who really needs a home. I have grown up having stray dogs around me my whole life and trust me, they are just as loving as pedigreed dogs!
23.)I want to work as a teacher for a one year non for profit project, where I live on bare necessities and just focus on helping needy children have a better chance at life. I wanted to initially work with the Peace Corps, but 2 yrs of working on a project ALONE I don’t think I could handle…I plan to embark on this project in 2011.
24.) I am alive today because of my cousin B. She is my rock. She is my chameleon. She changes into what I need at that moment in time. She becomes my mother when she has to be, yelling at me and correcting me when I’m wrong which even thought I don’t like it at first I know she cares and loves me, she is my sister when I need one, she is a friend when I need advice, she is my shoulder when I need to cry.. I would not be able to do the things I can do today without her love and support. She is my lifeline. I aspire to be the super mommy that she is
Currently listening to
How to Save a Life
By The Fray