Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Me,Myself and Tagged

Well talk about Murphy’s law. "If anything can go wrong, it will!"
The last week started off ominously with a trip to emergency as my headache of 4 days continued to dog me, followed by laptop crashing on a Sunday night, just before I had to send out reports on a Monday morning. So I spent the next 24 hours recreating reports for the postponed meetings, and it ended with K & I being locked out of the house, because both of us in a haze of colds left our keys behind.

But the above week is nothing compared with what the folks of New Orleans have gone through. Three years after Katrina thrashed their city to pieces, they started rebuilding their homes only to find storm Gustav threatening to do the whole thing again. What shocked me into silence was the courage of the city folk of New Orleans, to leave behind their homes to board buses and planes, with no idea where they are going takes not only courage but a sense of utter belief,that if they did it once they can do it again. As a CNN anchor spoke to New Orleans who were driving out, leaving behind their house, I didn’t see one person break down or even waver. The mayor speaking about a forced evacuation, had me holding my breath. Gustav however turned into a smaller storm and not too many people were affected by the storm and its water level. So God is watching out after all!

This week seemed to be the silver lining around my cloud. I got an award from Keshi (Thank you sweetness).

And I was double tagged this week
Tag 1 Days of my life : courtesy Priya
Two questions in each category answer them and then tag your friends from the blog-o-sphere Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been tagged and you are all set.


-Your oldest memory?

-What were you doing 10 years ago?


-Your first thought today morning

-If you built a time capsule today what would it contain?


-This year

-What do you see yourself doing 14 years from now?

Oldest memory:
When I was 4, my parents had kinda dozed off, and I really wanted to watch Di- Di( a comedy show ,translated from German) on TV. So I got up and put the switch into the socket, the shock sent me spiraling to the sofa. Even now I can feel the zing on my fingertips (but funnily enough that didn’t put me off from watching tv all night long, after the hullaballoo had died down )

10 years ago:
I was in an internship, so it was 18 hour days, but the evenings were fun when the gang got together for 12 am ice-cream, in the only shop open in Chennai during that time.So if you remember a whole lot of noise in Egmore, Chennai at midnight , it was probably me.

First thought in the morning
I hate CR for keeping a meeting at 8am in the morning.. grrr

If you built a time capsule today what would it contain:
Books ,my grandma’s crochet and moms recipes . Though are the stuff for me that last through time.

This year…

Shopping during Thanksgiving.. this year is going to be extra special for my shopping list and really bad for K’s wallet.

14 years from now
Back home in Chennai, hopefully teaching and writing a book… But definitely blogging :) !

Second tag Wonderful Quotes: courtesy SMM

This was the really really hard one. I love books, the feel , the scent and mostly the characters. A book is a land that I live in for the time I’m reading it, so its really hard for me to select my favorite quotes and the worst part is most of my favorite books are back home. So these are the rules
Wonderful Quotes" tag. “The rules are
a) jot down 5 of your favourite quotes from the various books read
b) Tag 5 people at the end. If you don't have the books, then google them.

So now the hard part of my favorite 5 quotes

1.“When humor goes, there goes civilization. –Erma bombeck”
I bought “I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression” for my sister after her first daughter was born, but spent my supposed hours babysitting , reading and laughing . I think Erma epitomizes what I would like to be in an author – humor combined with human emotion is hard to write, but ensures that everyone reads with a smile and a thought.

2.” This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”- Polonius, Act I, scene iii – Hamlet

My mom being an literature major, used to give us abridged versions of Shakespeare plays from Scary (Macbeth) to Romantic (Midsummer Nights Dream). But I guess I fell in love with Hamlet at the age of 5 , and every quote from that play has a deeper significance now as an adult. Though as a child, I used to picture my self as the perfect Ophelia who lost her mind over her love , now I know Ophelia would have dumped him for a different prince given half the chance

3. "It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, Man had always assumed that he was the most intelligent species occupying the planet, instead of the *third* most intelligent. The second most intelligent were of course dolphins who had long known of the impending destruction of earth” – Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy
I’m not into Science fiction, but a pal sent me the eBook and asked me read it, which I did during my first month on the job. This book had me laughing so much, that I had to convince my boss that I had tourette syndrome and did not really find the training manuals which I was supposed to be reading hysterical :D !. I still wonder, what my colleagues thought of me that first month, when they were doing their 16 hour days!

4. "I'll thcream and thcream 'till I'm thick — I can, you know"- Violet Elizabeth Bott -William series
This was a series of children’s books which I loved. Enid blyton had already captured me with her English countryside and scones. This series of books took it to a higher level. This quote in particular is dear to me, as it was what I tried a couple of times on my family. From being cute the first two times it became annoying the third time, and my sister threatening to throw me out of the train the fourth. But its still ranks high when I am not going to get my way :D !

5. “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted” – Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture
Randy’s lecture for me was more a direct conversation. It addressed a lot of spots in my life which I had previously seen as unfair . This book is filled with quotes I love and use in my life. It changed my perspective and the way I looked at people around me.

I have to end with another quote of Randy’s which I think rings true for every situation

“Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out”

So for the tag - I choose Ani D, Uma, MIP, Vignesh, Priya (Quotes)/ SMM (Days)
Have fun people

Tthe joke for the gals (guys don’t hate on me :D)

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed: 'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'

Poof! . God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim
Across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twi ce.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river'

Poof! ... God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: 'God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river'

Poof! ... He was turned in to a woman. She checked the map,
Hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

Keep Smilin

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Blogger ani said...

thank u for tagging..

hehe will try to do it up soon.. :)

2:25 PM  
Blogger SMM said...

Hey thanks for the tag Anu...will be doing it soon.

Btw I enjoy Erma Bombeck too. have you read her "A Marriage Made in Heaven ... or Too Tired For an Affair". Priceless and oh so true. What she writes holds good universally.

Ah Sheakespeare. I read the Charles & Mary Lamb abridged versions in school and got around to reading the unabridged ones only in college. can you imagine I was supposed to be cramming for a Contract paper and would be sitting and reading Taming of the Shrew instead :P

I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide yet but I did catch the movie :)

Woohoo William';s stories were the funniest. My dad got me hooked on to those and gave me his books from his childhood. Do you know these just aren't available these days. i wanted to get them for a nephew, but didn't get them anywhere. Have you read the Chalet School series about a boarding school in Switzerland. Landmark & Crossowrd have never even heard of it, let alone stocking it.There is way more to children's books than only Enid Blyton - unfortunately not many people know that.

Haven't read "The Last Lecture" too. Should get hold of that. Thanks for introducing me to it. btw I like your concluding comment from this book - its true but its awfully hard to wait long enough to find out the good side of some people don't you think?

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4:18 AM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

welll...just did Priya's tag a few days back...was nice reading...and as for the quotes, i loved the 5th.. the one abt!!! was really good...

Nice tag btw...

P.S: Blog updated

10:50 PM  
Blogger Anu said...

@Ani: waiting to check your tag

@Smm: I am so glad, there is another person who has read william.. people look at me blank when I mention it. You should definitely read Hitchhiker- its a hoot. And about the last quote.. I really dont stand around and wait, I just imagine, that the person has a good side, that they really dont want to show me :) !Also if you want to see Randy pausch talking, its on U-tube and even as blog post "JustListen" on my archives..


@Rajesh: Will check out your post..and do read

8:00 AM  
Blogger Vicky a.k.a Vignesh said...

Done with the tag:)

PS:thanks 4 tagging:

7:16 PM  
Blogger SMM said...

Btw did your tag too. Will check out Randy Pausch sometime

9:19 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

great quotes, loved em all Anu!

**So I got up and put the switch into the socket, the shock sent me spiraling to the sofa

haha u notty kid! Im glad nothing serious happened to ya. HUGS!

In 14yrs u'll still be blogging? how nice to know that. Altho Im not sure abt me :(


9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anu,
That was a very interesting post there. Though the topics weren't all connected, it made a lovely read.
Keep writing!

3:56 AM  
Blogger uma kumar said...

hi anu,
done the tag!had to really work on it...quotes part i ll do it later.
the joke was very good

11:14 PM  
Blogger uma kumar said...

about randy pausch quotes...
i read his book recenltythis one is good and there are few more too

11:17 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

Hullo! hope you're doing well and not down like me with work.. And A smile crept into my face on seeing Erma bombeck's name. which reminds me i shud send u the article and Missed your last post! will read that. its on olympics.. And the quotes selection was nice.
And good luck for your teaching career! hope we meet one day as profs in some seminar :)
and paavam K. His wallet. God!!!!

7:53 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

and Saw The last lecture book. I already did a bulk book shopping and looked at that longingly! made a mental note to drop that book often in conversations about how that makes a good gift so that some dumbo friend of mine will gift it one day!!!!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

thanks for the tag ...will do it soon :)

I love erma bombeck too , & adam douglas is cool isnt he ? dolphins and mice being more intelligent than men :D . . Loved the ice cream quote , i can eath thatthh much ice cream too :)

9:23 AM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

One of the best tags that Ive read in a while...and yes, I love hamlet too

8:24 PM  

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