It’s been a while since I blogged here; 15 days nearly, I think? Well, it’s been a rough two weeks and I could be better. But I couldn’t pass up this lovely tag from Shantala Nayak. And I needed to write something light-hearted to break out of this fatigue.
The ‘Anything but books’ tag, as you may have guessed, is a bit of insight into this blogger’s life that’s about anything but books. If you’re the kind who likes these insights, do read further. I promise I’ll try and make it as interesting as possible. Fair warning: I am a very boring person, but I haven’t let that stop me. Yes! Positivity seeps through my pores.
So, here goes, folks. Grab a mug of tea/coffee and a pillow maybe. This could take a while.
Name a cartoon(s) that you love:
Oh, there are so many! But if I had to absolutely choose, I’d go with the Walt Disney classics of ‘Chip N Dale’ and of course, ‘Tom and Jerry’. I love animated films even today.
There’s something about their total innocence and joy that takes me back to my childhood, a time I enjoyed to the hilt. Weekend mornings were dedicated to waking up late, eating breakfast in front of the TV and watching cartoons for 3 hours. (Please don’t tell my daughter that!)
What is your favorite song right now?
There are always too many songs that I love dearly, but, at the moment, one of my favourites is the title track from the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘. I’ve fallen in love with the mellifluous voice of Arijit Singh and if you haven’t heard him yet, I highly recommend you do. Darn it! You’ve got me listening to it now, Shantala!
What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
Honestly? I’d blog or write. If I had the time, that is. Nothing makes me happier than when I am writing. A few years ago it would have been something else, but today I can tell you it’s writing that calms me, soothes my anxiety and helps me relax. It’s precisely what a good book does for me.
Alternatively, I’d sing. I used to sing regularly and teach music too. Now I don’t have the time and I do miss singing. (Okay, this tag was supposed to perk me up. Sniff. Moving on)
What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Do I have followers? You mean they aren’t my adoring fans? You’ve crushed my hopes. Jokes aside, I can’t think of anything. I’m a pretty open book.
Hmm, okay, here’s one. I hum to myself and sometimes out loud when I am reading a book. And it can get pretty annoying very quickly for people around me. A cousin dubbed me ‘hummingbird’ for this reason. But, for me, that’s the mark of a good book. It means I am totally involved in it. I can actually concentrate on the book while I hum. Go figure.
What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I’m going to copy Shantala’s answer here. I’m an eternal learner. I cannot claim to know everything really. It’s what keeps me going, as a blogger, a parent and a person. Specific thing, you ask? At the moment, it’s Pinterest. I am putting a lot of energy into learning about this platform and enjoying it tremendously.
What is something unusual you know how to do?
Ideally, I should have read these questions carefully before taking this tag! This involves a lot of introspection. Not sure if it’s really unusual, but I can recall an entire song’s tune together with its background music after listening to it thrice. In my head, I am actually singing the background score while singing the words out loud. I ought to do okay in karaoke then!
Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can)
I promise you I am going to read these questions carefully if I ever take up a tag again. This is mortifying! I can’t make stuff. I am hopeless with my hands, except when it comes to writing. I did start doing rangoli/kolam again and shared it on Instagram recently. Be warned: It may scar you for life.
Link here: Design that may cause you to faint
What is your most recent personal project?
I’d love to say what it is but am keeping this one under wraps for now. I hope to be able to talk about it real soon, though. Promise!
Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
The way life goes on, despite everything we see and read about. How there is kindness in the world, the smile on my watchman’s face as I leave the apartment each time, rain and how it impacts my mood, gratitude for a roof over my head, a longing for people to get along in spite of their differences and finally, love and how it’s a silent yet powerful force in my life.
Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.
My digital albums of my daughter as a baby are my go-to favourites soon after I’ve had an argument with her. I just need the reminder that she’s this young, sweet, vulnerable creature I held in the crook of my arm just like it was yesterday. They keep me grounded. Always.
Oh and look at that, the tag’s done! I did enjoy myself while I wrote this and I hope I haven’t bored you too much!
Would you like to take up this tag? Please do and leave your link in the comments. I’ll hop over and read.