Bubble Spinner

Found another one of my old-time favorite online games - Bubble Spinner.

This used to be a toughie back then, but with diligent practice, I did eventually manage to reach the third level (if I remember correctly).

Today, though, I was as hopeless at it as Abhiroop is at Color junction!

Actually, I'm quite bad at all the other variants of bubble shooting too! (My sister plays them all like a pro though!) So maybe aiming and hitting moving objects is not really my cup of tea? Come to think of it, Physics never was one of my favorite subjects in school!

Anyway, here's Bubble Spinner for you all...

Bubble Spinner

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Make Someone Happy

While I was sick the last couple of months, I watched a lot of movies on my computer. In fact, I ended up watching most of the movies saved on my hard drive... and downloaded some more too! I usually prefer action movies, but after I ran out of my stock of action flicks, I had to make do with the rom-coms and other stuff.

Watched Sleepless in Seattle again. After a very long time. Many many years, I guess. Loved this song in it... "Make Someone Happy".

Here are my favorite lines from this song...

Make Someone Happy, Sleepless in Seattle

Make someone happy,
Make just ONE someone happy;
Make just one heart, the heart you sing to.
One smile that cheers you,
One face that lights when it nears you,
One girl you're ev'rything to.

Once you've found her,
Build your world around her.
Make someone happy,
Make just ONE someone happy,
And you will be happy, too.

And here's the video of this song...

"Feel good" kind of song, isn't it? :)

But, does this concept work in real life? Do people actually find happiness by making just that ONE special person happy, for whom they mean everything? That ONE heart to which their own heart sings?

I'm not so sure about that. At least, I don't see it happening in India...

Anyway, what's new around here? I've been gone for quite a while... what all did I miss? And how have you all been doing?

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Wordless Wednesday: Caged!

P.S. - When pigeons fly free and humans are caged!
Goodbye, photographs of beautiful sunsets from my balcony! :(

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Silly Saturday: Stupidosaurus!

An ex-schoolmate shared this on Facebook a little while ago. It's just TOO GOOD to not be shared ahead! Filing it here under "Silly Saturday" for some future laughs!
(Thanks for sharing it, Sandeep! :D)

Six most STUPID questions people usually ask in obvious situations... that probably make you see RED on this meter!

Picture Credit: http://maritimecatholic.blogspot.in/2011/01/today-i-was-riding-bus-as-i-often-do.html

1. At the movies:
Hey! What are you doing here?
Me: I sell tickets in black here. Don't you know?

2. In bus:
A fat lady who steps on my feet: Sorry, did that hurt?
Me: No, not at all. I'm on local anesthesia. Why don't you try again?

3. When I get woken up at midnight by a call:
Sorry! Were u sleeping?
Me: Na! I was doing research on whether monkeys in Africa marry or not. You thought I was sleeping? You stupid fool!

4. When they see me with shorter hair:
Hey Have you had a haircut?
Me: Nah! It's autumn. My hair's shedding!

5. When someone calls on land-line and asks where are you?
Me: Am in market with the telephone around my neck...!!!

6. When I'm washing my car:
Neighbor: Hey are you washing it?
Me: No, I'm just watering it so that it grows into a big bus.

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10 Smells From The Memory Lane ~ Ten On Tuesday

Little things have a way of triggering long lost memories. It could be a look, or a smile, or the way someone talks. It could be a picture shared by someone on Facebook, or someone's post in this blogosphere. It could be an object in someone's house, or a random book we come across. It could be anything really... even a smell.

Indiblogger has teamed up this time with Ambi Pur, to give us bloggers a brand new contest - "Smelly To Smiley!" In this contest, we are required to share the nostalgic memories we associate with different smells and fragrances in our home.

I still haven't recovered completely from my illness, but tomorrow was the last date for posting our entry for the contest. Also, today happened to be a Tuesday, which made me want to do a Ten-On-Tuesday on this topic. I figured it would make a good journal entry for my personal blog... a post that even I would probably enjoy reading later. So I decided to take help from my blog buddy, OB. Since I didn't have the stamina to type out such a long post by myself, I dictated the post to him on phone, while he typed it out and then emailed it back to me. (Thanks dude! I owe you a big pot of Aloo Jhol for this! In fact, forget Aloo Jhol, I will make one of my special treats for you next time you're in town! :D)

Coming back to the post now... here's a list of ten smells, from my home, that I grew up with. If I ever happen to come across any of them even now, after so SO many years, they take me right back down the memory lane... transporting me back to the 1980s and 90s!

1. Mom's perfume.

Intimate-Musk by Jean Philippe. This was my mom's most favorite perfume. She used it whenever we had to go out for parties. Since my sister and I were not old enough to have our own perfume bottles back then, we would stand in front of mom, with our arms raised, our faces glowing with excitement and anticipation, while she obliged us with tiny sprays of Intimate-Musk on our armpits and clothes. Oh, but this was a "special treat", reserved for the absolutely rare occasions... i.e. the BIG parties! Incidentally, those were the occasions when we also got to apply lipstick, blush-on and various other stuff from her make-up kit. In short, the really BIG days for us little girls! Even though I'm not very fond of this perfume... i.e. it definitely wouldn't make my top ten perfumes' list... the childhood memories associated with it are priceless. Hence, it makes the top of my list today.

2. New books and brown paper.

This used to be an annual memory for 12 long years... 12 years of my school life (not including the years spent in nursery school). Towards the end of March every year, we used to go shopping for a new set of schoolbooks. Those smooth pages with shiny text, bright illustrations and the promise of a hundred new mysteries that would be revealed to us during that year... along with those crisp sheets of brown paper! That is one smell combination that I have sorely missed for the last 17 years! Not to forget the added smell of Fevicol too, that we used, to cover those new books with those brown paper sheets before the new school-year started!

3. Benadryl Cough Syrup.

Most kids look forward to staying at home and in bed, sedated with their favorite cough syrup. That includes one of my cousins in Patna, who once downed half a bottle of an older brand of that syrup! It was called Fancydryl, if I'm not mistaken. Hahahahaha! Dad just tells me it was called Phensedyl, NOT Fancydryl! ROTFL! What was I thinking! Anyway, I never got addicted to Benadryl. I had to take it so often during my entire childhood and early-teens (I seemed to be perpetually suffering from cold and cough back then!) that this particular memory is one I'd rather forget if possible. (Think: partial amnesia. Think: the movie Paycheck, in which selective brain cells of Ben Affleck are "fried" after completion of his assignment.)

4. Cantharidine Hair Oil.

Just like "Singhania's Traditional Aloo Jhol" is our family dish, Cantharidine Hair Oil is perhaps our family hair oil. Or at least it used to be, till the pre-cable-TV-era. Throughout my school and college life, this was the one hair oil that provided nourishment to my gorgeous hair. My dad used the same hair oil for as long as he had enough hair to oil. My dad's dad used the same hair oil... or maybe he didn't... but my dad's mom most certainly did. My grandma, who passed away in July this year, used only this brand of hair oil for as long as she lived. And she didn't have a single white hair on her head! They were all jet black till her last day! She even had less hair-fall problems in her 80s than I have in my 30s! Now I'm not saying that this hair oil is responsible for it, and I'm not saying that this hair oil is not responsible for it. I am simply stating some facts. The oil smells good, by the way. It's smell isn't strong enough to put you off from using it, neither is it so mild that you'd forget to shampoo your hair before going out of the house! (Does anyone actually do that though? Forget to shampoo their hair because their hair oil doesn't smell?)

5. Cartons of dusty and musty old books.

This was another annual memory. Every year, during Diwali cleaning, all the stuff from our attic was dumped out on our huge terrace. I've written in detail about it... the entire annual "ritual" and the "treasure hunt" for my sister and me... in my previous post, titled "Nostalgia Strikes Yet Again!" Among the "treasures" revealed every year were three cartons of very old books... my Dad's legacy to me. I say "me" because my sister has never been that much into books. So nobody else touched those three cartons. It was only my responsibility to take the books out, clean them, sort them and rearrange them, in new cartons, if necessary. Depending upon my age at that time, I could also keep a few books out for reading. The smell of those books and the silverfish scurrying about in them and the afternoon winter sun... ahhhhh! Heaven on earth! Unfortunately, I had to part with this "legacy" eventually! Due to our frequent relocations, a new home had to be found for those books! :(

6. Wet wood wool.

This reads like a tongue twister, doesn't it? LOL! I'm talking about the material that is used to make those cooling pads of old-fashioned metal-body desert coolers. I actually called it "ghaas" all these years... "cooler ki ghaas", to be precise. Only found out today that it is called "wood wool"! :P Well, these desert coolers became dysfunctional when we moved to Patna, because it is very humid there, but back in Kanpur, they were more effective than an air conditioner. And the smell of this wet "cooler ki ghaas" in the scorching North Indian summers... boy! Do I miss it! We had 2 of these desert coolers in our house in Kanpur - one in Dad's room and one in the drawing room. My sister and I used to sleep in the drawing room in summers. The drawing room also had our old gramophone record changer, on which we'd play our favorite record -- a collection of children songs played on the sarod by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan -- on repeat mode! We'd also roll-up the carpet in the room and then practice "cat-walking" on it! Girls... what can I say!

7. Rooh Afza and Maggi.

These two smells are not only associated with each other, but they are also associated with the smell of the wet "cooler ki ghaas" mentioned above. I don't really remember the exact year, but there was this one particular summer vacation when my doting uncle in Kanpur brought one carton of Rooh Afza (6 X 1 liter bottles) and one carton of Maggi noodles (24 packets X 4 each). Needless to say, meals for my sister and me, throughout that summer vacation, consisted primarily of Maggi and Rooh Afza! Sitting on the heavy-duty headboard of my parents' bed, with our plates and glasses placed between us on the same headboard, directly in front of the window where the desert cooler was installed in their room... you could say that was our "summer of '69"! Of course, I got so saturated with Rooh Afza that summer, that now, I can't even stand the smell of it! :|

8. Diesel generator.

You're probably wondering what a diesel generator is doing here in my list of smells. If you'd been a resident of Kanpur anytime in the last two decades, then you wouldn't have looked at this point with a question mark in your mind. As we Kanpurites say - "Kanpur mein batti jaati nahi, aati hai." In other words, Kanpur doesn't have power "cut offs", it only has power "switch ons", specially in summers! After 48 hours or so of no power in our colony, KESA (now known as KESCo) would finally have mercy on us for maybe 4-5 hours, until yet another transformer blew out, throwing us back into the stone age! So the diesel generator was a must in every household, at least in my colony. We were perhaps the luckiest of the lot, for we had a good next-door neighbor, with whom we did "generator pooling" (like "car pooling", you know). For 6 hours, our generator would run and both families would share the connection, and for the next 6 hours, theirs would run while ours got time to cool down. In this way, those 48 hours didn't seem as long to us as they did to the rest of the colony. Sighhhhhh. What days. Who'd have thought back then that this "memory" (more like a nightmare, I'd say!) would one day make it's way into my blog.

9. The "tabela" (cattle barn) next door!

I have just told you about one of our next-door neighbors. On the other side of our house, there was an empty plot. When I was very young, this empty plot had been illegally occupied by the local cattle owner, who had a fairly big livestock, as he used to supply milk to a major part of our colony. He had his whole dairy barn running there illegally, with cows and buffaloes and a lot of hay and water tanks and stolen electricity and yes, the key ingredient of this nostalgic smell... heaps and heaps of freshly laid, steaming cow dung! Since this barn was exactly next door, i.e. sharing the same boundary wall with us, we had absolutely no escape from the smell. Unfortunately, even our driveway and car parking was located on the other side of our plot, towards the other boundary wall! So there wasn't even a few feet to separate us from that smell! Thankfully, the plot owner got to know about this encroachment soon enough, and this "tabela" was pulled down after not too long. The plot remained empty after that though, for as long as we lived in that house.

10. Old Spice Original.

My old blog readers probably remember this one. I have already written about it in my old post, "The *Man* Smell". This was the aftershave that my dad used in those days. Yes, the very same one that I picked up from the bathroom shelf every now and then and took a random sniff! You know what I think? I think I probably started this silly practice to clear my head of the smell of all that cow dung from the "tabela" next door, and then I guess it became a habit and stuck with me. Anyway, I don't think any "axes" or "hammers" or "swords", or whatever else they might come up with eventually, could ever dream of standing in competition against this particular "Man Smell"!

These are the ten smells from my home, from days gone by, that I still remember, not just for the stimulation they provided to my olfactory nerves, but also for the memories attached with them.

What about you though? What are your nostalgic smells? Do you recall any such smells or fragrances that take you on similar trips down the memory lane? If yes, then please DO share them in the comments below. I would love to read about them. Oh and don't worry if your comment gets a bit long... I luvvvv long comments! :D

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Unknown Calls?

How does one give blank calls to someone from a phone that shows up on the receiver's Caller-ID as "unknown"? I.e. no name, no phone number... just an "Unknown" in the received call log.

Ok maybe the "blank call" bit was courtesy BSNL... it keeps doing that with me for even known callers who are in my phone contact list. But how do we pull-off the "unknown" stunt? Is it even possible to completely hide your number from the person whom you are calling? Or is it just a technical glitch?

I got 2 "blank" calls from "unknown" last night. Most probably, it was some technical error, but if it was a genuine person calling, then I must say... that person was a definite winner of the "Bad Timings Award!"

There I was, all snuggled up in 2 blankets, just drifting away into the warm embrace of sleep, after a long and tiring day of fighting my severe illness, when my phone's vibrator started buzzing... at 11:35 pm! Yes, 11:35 pm! And that's when I don't even do night shifts these days!

In fact, on normal days, my phone is usually switched off by 10:30 pm. It's only because I'm so unwell currently that I have to keep my phone on so that I can call Dad from his room if I need something during the night.

Anyway, I told Dad about that call in the morning today. He asked me to check my pre-paid balance in the phone! :P The balance was there alright, but we're still suspicious that my phone might have got hacked by that "unknown".

Is that possible? Is it advisable not to answer calls from "unknown"?

Technology is mostly a blessing, but at times it does seem to become a curse, doesn't it?

Silly Saturday: Food Map Of India

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Wordless Wednesday: 8 Stages of UBC

Day 31 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Wordless Wednesday: 8 Stages of UBC

P.S. - Normal life resumes from tomorrow, after 4 months of daily blogging!

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This is my 31st (last) post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Ten On Tuesday: 10 Favorite Harry Potter Quotes"

10 Favorite Harry Potter Quotes ~ Ten On Tuesday

Day 30 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Ten On Tuesday: 10 Favorite Harry Potter Quotes

And it's another brand new Tuesday here! Time for a brand new "Ten On Tuesday"! Hope you enjoyed going through my 10 Favorite English TV Shows last week. This week, it's time for one of my all-time favorite books - the Harry Potter series.

It is said that authors who connect with their readers the most, are also the ones who are quoted the most. J. K. Rowling is perhaps one of the most quoted authors I've read. Here are my 10 most favorite quotes from the her Harry Potter books.

  1. ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  2. "Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
    "Yes," said Harry stiffly.
    "Yes, sir."
    "There's no need to call me 'sir' Professor."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  3. "Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again.
    "So he can sneak up on people," said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking..."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  4. "I don't believe it! I don't believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful! A prefect! That's everyone in the family!"
    "What are Fred and I, next door neighbours?"

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  5. "Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  6. "The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  7. "Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  8. "What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  9. "I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  10. "Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect."

    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

There you go. Some funny ones and some thought-provoking ones. What are your favorite quotes from the Harry Potter series?

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This is my 30th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "When I Worked At DELL"

When I Worked At DELL

Day 29 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : When I Worked At DELL

Those of you who have been following my blog for some years now must be aware of my 2-year stint in DELL technical support. I learnt a lot of things at that job, most important of which were patience and improvisation.

I was in their voice support division, and we used to get calls from all kinds of people. Some were techie, but most weren't. In fact, I have personally taken a call where the customer used his CD drive as a coffee tray, spilled some coffee in it, and then called up support asking for advice!

Now, the kind of warranty we dealt with required that customers troubleshoot with us on phone, and if any parts needed replacement, then a technician would go out to their place with the parts. But they HAD to do the troubleshooting on phone first, in order to identify if any parts needed to be replaced or not. This step could not be avoided even if we had a 60-year old female on the line!

I once got such an old lady on one of my calls, who, unfortunately, had to open her PC in order to do the "mandatory troubleshooting". She didn't have anyone to help her with it. On top of everything, she didn't even have a screwdriver to open up the CPU cabinet!

These are situations when my natural calm and confidence take over. I automatically switch to a problem-solving mode. I start thinking out-of-the-box... improvising. I asked her if she had anything else that could be used to unscrew the cover from the cabinet... anything... even a nail filer.

I don't know if she eventually used a nail filer, but my suggestion got her thinking, and she managed to open up the chassis somehow. By then, she was in an adventurous frame of mind herself. As long as I went slow and kept my instructions clear, she was able to do exactly what I asked her to. And she was over 60 years old!

That's when I learned that with patience and a little creative thinking, you can demystify modern technology for anyone.

And that lesson is coming in quite handy now... after all these years.

I have a student on my hands currently, who has absolutely no experience with computers. Not only that, she's majorly scared... rather overwhelmed... by the whole thing. As a result, she couldn't even dare to learn how to turn it on! But she needed to have some basic computer skills for job purposes. So I had to design a customized course for her. And let me tell you, if it wasn't for my experience at DELL, I would have never been able to figure out how to make computers seem less scary to her!

She's currently practising using the mouse, by the way. I found this cool website for her - http://minimouse.us - that has simple mouse games. I currently have her on the flying pigs one. It's really cute. Do check it out sometime. It's kinda like that old flash game we used to play a decade ago... was called "Eggs" or something. Do you remember it?

This is my 29th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Just Dragging Along"

Just Dragging Along

Day 28 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Just Dragging Along

I've been blogging daily since 1st of April this year. Finally, it has started taking a toll on me. The following picture can best describe my state at the moment...

First of all, I'm seriously behind my reading schedule on this UBC challenge. I've got so many unread posts in my feedly that I'll probably end up reading and commenting on them long after the month is over! That's quite okay with me though. I have a feeling that all my fellow UBC participants are going to take it easy next month. So all these "carry forwards" in my feed reader will give me something to read next month. Besides, I really don't like making a rush job of the reading and commenting part on my favorite blogs. So I'll get around to it when I'm in a state to genuinely enjoy what they've written.

Secondly, I'm even slacking in my replies to everyone's comments here! I think I haven't replied to a single comment in the last 3 days! Shame on me, no! :(

On top of everything, I'm also running out of ideas to blog about! Correction: I'm out of *short* ideas to blog about! Life got a bit busier than usual this month with other stuff... (i.e. the non-hobby stuff... the priority stuff!)... but that's how life is, right? It happens to us while we are making other plans.

(That, by the way, has been one of my favorite quotations since I made my first email account.)

Anyway, since I don't have the time to pen-down my usual length posts, I'm on the lookout for topics that I can do justice to in few words, but, as I mentioned at the end of my second daily-blogging challenge here ("November 2010: Random Ramblings"), it is always more difficult to blog daily without a pre-decided theme in mind, or a set of fixed daily prompts (like in the case of those photo challenges I did in May and June).

Good news is that the month is more-or-less over now. Just 3 more days left, and then I can plan how to celebrate my 800th post here.

Any ideas, anyone?

This is my 28th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Silly Saturday: Single & Looking"

Silly Saturday: Single & Looking

Day 27 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Silly Saturday: Single & Looking

If you belong to a family where people are always losing one of a pair of socks, then this is something you might want to try! :D

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This is my 27th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Death"


Day 26 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Death

He was visiting his Chote Baba with his parents. Chote Baba was the youngest brother of his own grandfather, but he didn't understand that yet. At 6.5 years of age, he only knew that this man was called "Chote Baba".

They weren't the only visitors at Chote Baba's place this time. There were all the other Babas and Dadus there too, and all his Chachas... even "Bombay Chacha" and "America Chacha"... and his Chachis... and all his cousins.

He was told that they had all gathered together there because his "Dadu" (great grandma) had died.

"Died meaning?" He asked his Chote Baba.

"Meaning she has gone to live with God now." His Chote Baba replied to him.

He mused over it for some time. Next day, he took his Baba's mobile (i.e. his own grandfather's mobile) to his Chote Baba, and asked again - "Tell me one thing, Chote Baba... if I call Dadu's mobile number now, she WILL answer it, won't she?"

Chote Baba showed him Dadu's mobile and replied - "How will she answer? See... her mobile phone is here only..."

Couple of days later, his Chote Baba asked him if he liked it here, with the whole family. He said - "Yes, I do like, but not that much, because Dadu is not here na."

He didn't fully understand where his Dadu had gone, but he was clear about one thing... she wasn't coming back.

Disclaimer: I've written this as a short story, but this happened in real. My grandma, Yuvraj's great-grandma, passed away a few days ago in Guwahati, where she lived with my youngest uncle (Yuvraj's Chote Baba). This was UV's first encounter with death of a loved one. I don't know what's going on in his mind currently. I have no idea how a 6.5 year old mind deals with such losses.

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This is my 26th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "What's My Blogging Personality?"

What's My Blogging Personality?

Day 25 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : What's My Blogging Personality?

Recent comments on this old post of mine - "Decoded" - led me to try out some more such funny personality quizzes at blogthings.com. Sharing my results here today, for the quiz "What's Your Blogging Personality?" (http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyourbloggingpersonalityquiz/)...

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful

You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.

Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.

A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.

You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!

It still amazes me how these seemingly silly online quizzes manage to give accurate answers most of the time!

Well, go on then... give the quiz a try... let's see what it says about your blogging personality. And don't forget to share your result in the comments below!

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This is my 25th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Royalty Speaks"

Royalty Speaks

Day 24 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Royalty Speaks

To celebrate the birth of Britain's "royal baby", Indiblogeshwaris have come up with this blogging prompt for us girls - "Tell us why you'd be the perfect royal baby!" (http://indiblogeshwaris.com/2013/07/that-tuesday-thingy-the-fourth/)

You see, royalty isn't just about the family you are born into, or the kind of clothes you're dressed in, or even the kind of "throne" you sit on. Birth is just a matter of chance. What really matters is the person within you... your spirit.

For example, look at this picture...

So what if this kid just has an ordinary sofa to sit on instead of a gold throne. So what if her designer velvet clothes have been substituted by simple cotton ones in this birth.

Look at that spirit though... the eyes, the mouth and the attitude with which Her Highness reclines, expecting people to wait on her. Now that's what royalty is all about!

You may take away the riches, but you cannot take away the royalty!

You want to know why I'd be the perfect royal baby? Heck! I already WAS one! And I still rule my castle like a queen! :D

This is my 24th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Ten On Tuesday: 10 Favorite English TV Shows"

10 Favorite English TV Shows ~ Ten On Tuesday

Day 23 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Ten On Tuesday: 10 Favorite English TV Shows

As promised in the comments of my previous Ten-On-Tuesday post ("Ten On Tuesday: 10 Pick-Me-Ups"), I'm listing my top 10 favorite English TV shows that were aired in India in the 90s. Which of these were in your favorite list too?

1. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Kevin Arnold takes us on a journey through his growing up years in the 60s in a typical American suburb, with his two siblings, parents, best friend Paul and childhood-crush-turned-girlfriend Winnie. This was one of the first English TV shows I saw, and I loved the whole concept of an adult Kevin narrating his early years. I was also impressed by the acting of the young Kevin Arnold.

2. Small Wonder (1985–1989)
An American science-fiction TV serial, featuring the family of a robotics engineer, Ted Lawson, who creates a robot, nick-named Vicki, that looks like a real human girl, and then tries to pass her off as his own daughter. The highlights of the show: Vicki's monotonous voice, inability to display emotions, her "cabinet" in her "brother" Jamie's bedroom, and their nosy neighbor's daughter Harriet!

3. I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Another American TV show with the best fantasy concept one could ever dream of -- having their own personal Jeannie! Loved this show completely! Jeannie's impishness was so visible in her eyes, and yes the way she would blink her eyes to materialize anything, and how she kept getting her "master" Tony Nelson, in trouble, because of her over-eagerness to help! Hilarious!

4. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
This was the first TV show adaptation of Hank Ketcham's comic strip by the same name, featuring the adventures of the child menace, Dennis Mitchell, and his usual victim - their next-door neighbor Mr. Wilson. I didn't watch it as regularly as the first three, but whatever I did watch, I liked it... especially Mr. Wilson!

5. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
The story of a widowed millionaire from Manhattan, who adopts the two orphaned black children of his late housekeeper. I used to really like this show back then, but couldn't watch too many episodes of it (don't remember why now). So the images are not as clear in my mind.

6. Full House (1987–1995)
Danny Tanner raises his three little girls - D.J., Stephanie and Michelle - with help from his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend Joey. This was by far our most favorite English TV show! ("Our" meaning my sister's and mine.) We followed it for the longest time I guess. The girls were too cute... so was Jesse actually! LOL! :P One of these days, I'm going to hunt down the torrents for all 8 seasons of it, and download it all!

7. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)
The story of the 16-year old genius doctor, Doogie Howser, and his best friend Vinnie Delpino. If we have teenage guys in the show, we will obviously also have their girlfriends, right? So there are Wanda and Janine in the show. My favorite part of this show was actually Vinnie. And yes, Doogie's parents were perhaps the most sensible parents I have ever seen, even in fiction! I downloaded this entire series earlier this year, so I have watched it completely.

8. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
This is yet another serial that my sister and I were crazy about. The entire concept of having a male housekeeper (and such a good-looking one too, sighhhhh!) was so novel that we fell in love with it from the very first day we saw it. Tony and his daughter Samantha, Angela and her son Jonathan, and the icing on the cake - Angela's man-crazy mother Mona Robinson! Funny and cute. I finished downloading and watching all 8 seasons of this show just before I started with the blogging marathon here in April.

9. Remington Steele (1982–1987)
Ahhh! One of those fictional characters I had a serious crush on! And to think that he was originally a fictional character in the show as well... the fictitious "boss" of private detective Laura Holt, who one day, to the surprise of his creator, shows up in real! Couldn't watch this one for too long either, but it's on my to-download list... if only I can find an active torrent for it!

10. The Crystal Maze (1990–1995)
An amazing British game show that, for some reason, didn't become quite as popular here, but I used to love it! It was a game show for the common people... no celebrities, no brainiacs, no physically-skilled people. Just common men and women. The puzzles were creative and stimulating, and most found me on the edge of my seat too. Richard O'Brien was brilliant as a host, with his harmonica and his "mumsie", and the theme music was so catchy, I still remember it after all these years! I have searched for this series for so long, but could only find two episodes! :( If any of you know where I could get the whole series from, please do let me know.

Apart from these top 10 TV shows, there were a few more that I liked, but didn't follow as religiously as the above. Two of them were Blossom (1990 TV Series) and Bewitched (1964 TV Series). I wish they'd dedicate an entire channel just for showing the re-runs of these popular old sitcoms. Wouldn't that be just great?

Here's more in "Ten-On-Tuesday"!

This is my 23rd post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Life Is Unfair"

Life Is Unfair

Day 22 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Life Is Unfair

It's one of those days when I don't feel like writing. Not that I've hit a creative block or something... I just don't feel like expressing my creativity in words today.

So I made this instead...


Haven't you ever had a Monday when you wished it was already Friday?

I am soooo tired today...

P.S. - If you like the "creativity" I pour out here on miss_teerious, please DO let me know at this link, via your Facebook account. Goodnight friends!

This is my 22nd post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Mission Padhyatra: Bloggers' Walkathon"

Mission Padhyatra: Bloggers' Walkathon

Day 21 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Mission Padhyatra: Bloggers' Walkathon

Remember that post I published in May - "10 Truths About Bloggers"? I made an observation in that post about how so many bloggers are dealing with weight problems.

Guess what! Earlier this month, this group of lovely female bloggers of India, who call themselves 'Indiblogeshwaris', came up with another daily challenge for us bloggers! And that "challenge" was to walk (or do any other form of exercise) for at least 30 minutes daily.

Since I'm so addicted to daily challenges these days (been doing them one after the other every month since April 2013!)... how could I not accept this challenge?

As such, I've been walking daily since the 9th of this month, with just one "off" every weekend, when I catch up on my beauty sleep. (Lack of sleep causes severe weight gain, you know!) I've missed only one day so far, due to some scheduling problem at my end, but apart from that, I've been quite regular. And in 10 days of walking, I've managed to shed one kilogram weight. Isn't that cool? :D

By the way, I love how these girls have organized this challenge. They have made a Google docs spreadsheet, which has a row for each participating member. We filled in our starting weight and target weight at the beginning. And each day has a dedicated column in which we fill in whatever exercise we did that day and for how long. At the end of every week, there is another column for updating our weight.

So it's almost like having your own exercise group, except that we are all in different parts of the world and we exercise at our own convenience, i.e. the timings, form of exercise and duration of exercise, are all as per our individual preference and stamina. Yet, we are committed as a group. The girls even share their tips, experiences and useful articles from the net. It is really motivating.

I probably won't be taking up any daily blogging challenge next month, but I sure do hope that this "Mission Padhyatra" continues indefinitely, because that's one daily challenge in the blogosphere that I WOULD like to take up every month!

By the way, I've got some really encouraging testimonials for miss_teerious, from some of you guys, and I must tell you, I'm feeling so loved and blessed! If the rest of you wish to say something too, then please leave a comment for me at this link, via your Facebook account. (It will mean a lot to me!) You can also click on the "Recommend" button there to share my blog with your friends. Thank you once again for all your love and support! :)

This is my 21st post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "When I Blushed"

When I Blushed

Day 20 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : When I Blushed

“Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” - Charles Darwin

That's the theme for this week's WOW on blogadda, and I'm participating once again.

Before I begin, let me clarify that I'm not the one to blush easily. At least not the grihshobha "hai main sharm se laal huyi" type blushing! I'm actually the one who's usually causing other people to blush. If any of my old school friends and *colony friends* are reading this, they're probably grinning right now and nodding their head vehemently! Some must have turned red even at the memories! (Yes, yes! I know... I still have that effect on you guys! :D)

So as I was saying, I'm not the blushing type personality. In my over 35 years of existence in this life so far, I can recall only two occasions when I have properly blushed, i.e. all the way through, and not mere feminine shyness. I will be sharing the first occasion here today.

This happened in my school days. In class 12th, to be precise. A day or two before the start of winter vacations, to be more precise. I was a force not to be reckoned with in those days. (I probably still am, I suppose.) I used to tease my friends (READ: "male classmates") left and right. We used to call it "chikaee". Silly word... I know. It suited perfectly for the kind of silly stuff we did.

We'd recently finished with our half-yearly exams, and inter-house volleyball matches were going on. In short, it was a relatively relaxed atmosphere in school. Some of the other girls and I had just returned to our classroom after cheering for our respective volleyball teams. Lunch break had just begun, but all the lunchboxes had already been emptied out long ago... as is the story in senior classes of most schools!

I was feeling very hungry. Ok maybe I wasn't *feeling* that hungry, but being the "drama queen" that I am, I was definitely *pretending* to be very hungry and trying to use feminine guile (that has always been non-existent in my case) to get some soft-hearted guy of my class to buy me a samosa or something from the school canteen.

In short, I was just fooling around. I wasn't really expecting any of the guys to fall for my tactics... but someone did! AND he bought a chocolate for me from the school canteen!

I know! I was more shocked than you are, but not at first. You see, initially, when that guy handed threw that chocolate bar to me, it didn't even register in my non-feminine brain that he had actually BOUGHT it for me!

In those days, every time a batch-mate had a birthday, I would go up to him/her, shake hands, convey my warm birthday wishes, and then demand a treat, i.e. the chocolate - Treat. Usually they would get it for me later, and give it to me during the lunch break. Sometimes though, my friends from the other section didn't get a chance to meet me personally during the lunch break. In that case, they used to give the chocolate to one of my classmates, who would then pass it on to me. (No, they didn't dare eat it without my permission. Told you I was a force not to be reckoned with!)

So when this soft-hearted gentleman gave me that Treat, I automatically assumed that one of the birthday guys or gals from the other section had given it to him, to pass on to me. I shouted across 3-4 rows of benches (he'd already reached his seat by that time), asking "Who gave it?"

He gave a confused reply - "I did."

I asked again - "Who gave it to you?" I thought maybe my voice wasn't carrying clearly to him over the din of the classroom.

He probably thought I was dumb or something, or had suddenly lost my mind... completely! He replied back - "You said you were hungry...!" - with a big "question mark" on his face.

And that's when lightning finally hit my addled brains! "He bought this chocolate for me because I was hungry!"

Unfortunately, my bench partner, who had been following our conversation all this while, was also hit by the same lightning at the same time! She instantly let out that musical "Ooooooooooooooooh!" that is a sure sign of *trouble ahead*. A prelude to some serious leg-pulling. (I would know, because I have also uttered that same "Ooooooooooooooooh!" so many times, at the start of a particularly rough leg-pulling session of one of my friends!)

She followed the "Ooooooooooooooooh!" with a "we all were shouting that we were hungry, but he got only one chocolate for you!"...

... and I blushed! A deep crimson red... right through my ears!

She even noticed that... can you believe it! "Kaddu, your ears are soooo red!" I seriously wished I could disappear into the earth at that moment! Phewwww!

Oh and I could never decide who I wanted to murder first... my bench partner or that guy who got that chocolate for me!

Charles Darwin was so right. Blushing really is a peculiar phenomenon. It makes you feel so tiny and so... vulnerable!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

This is my 20th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "When I Was Reiki-ed By Kaddu [by Abhiroop]"

When I Was Reiki-ed By Kaddu [Guest Post by Abhiroop]

Day 19 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : When I Was Reiki-ed By Kaddu [by Abhiroop]

On my previous post "Sunday Slumbers And Thunders", The Little Princess left a comment, in response to which, I asked Abhiroop to share his experience of receiving Reiki from me, as a guest post here. He has obliged. So today's post is from him.

Being Reikied by Kaddu is like being taken on a roller coaster ride with a drunk monkey at the controls.

Kidding. I was frankly skeptical of the entire thing. I did not believe that you could make contact, let alone heal, another person from a distance, using nothing but your thoughts.

I was seriously unwell last year. I was suffering from a whole litany of stubborn ailments and during an especially rough time, I turned to Kaddu, who was extremely kind to offer to perform Reiki on/for me. Gratis. Kaddu is a person I respect greatly for her straightforward, logical approach to things and if she's advocating Reiki, well, that's enough for me. Besides, she is practically family. The sessions began, an hour at a time, every afternoon. I would lie down in my room in Delhi and Kaddu would be in hers, 200 KM away.

I felt something.

It was spooky. At the end of a session, we'd speak on the phone for a while and discuss how it went. I was repeatedly astounded by how she could accurately tell me which part of my body was, to her, receiving Reiki strongly, because it was, invariably, the same part I'd felt a distinct tingling, or even a mild stiffness in. What was even more surprising is how drowsy I would be at the end of a session. I am not one to take a siesta, have never been, but Kaddu's session would, I don't know, do something to me that just made me sleepy.

We discontinued the sessions after a week as I had to go back to work. I did feel better. A significant bit mentally and some, physically too. While a part of me remains skeptical because I don't understand what was happening, the fact is that something did happen. There is definitely something in this Reiki thing. Whatever it is.

So that was Abhiroop's experience with Reiki. Of course, the experience and results vary from person to person. If you're interest in knowing more, there's a lot of reading material available on the internet about Reiki. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to share in the comments. I'll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge. :)

Oh and please don't forget to visit this link and let me know why you like miss_teerious. You just need to leave a comment there for me, via your Facebook account. You can also click on the "Recommend" button there to share my blog with your friends on Facebook. Thank you in advance for all your love and support! :)

This is my 19th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Memorabilia-XIV: Why Do You Like Me?"

Memorabilia-XIV: Why Do You Like Me?

Day 18 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Why Do You Like Me?

More than 17 years ago, I asked that same question to all my friends in school - "Why Do You Like Me?"

Just a month or so before we were about to pass out from school, when most students are usually bugging their friends about filling their "slam books", I was going up to each one of them individually, and shoving one of these spiral notebooks under their nose, asking them to write in it why they liked me!

Some were amused, some were most irritated, I know! :P But, they all wrote something for me. And over the years, this collection of "testimonials" has traveled with me wherever I went. You can perhaps get an idea of how important these testimonials are to me, when I tell you that during our relocation to Jaipur, these two spiral pads were not sent in the truck along with the rest of our stuff. Instead, they came with me, in the bag holding the rest of our important documents (bank passbooks, passport, certificates etc.)! Yupp!

You know why these handwritten notes from my friends are so priceless for me?

If you're familiar with the verbiage of Harry Potter series, then you can best relate to these notes as a part of my very own Patronus-charm. These two pads are the ultimate pick-me-ups for me... the last resort... kind of like corticosteroids in the modern medical world. I take them out in those rare cases of extreme blues, when nothing else seems to work to lift up my spirits.

Took pictures of some of the pages... parts of pages, rather... and made this little collage. If you find it difficult to read these notes here, you can simply right-click on the image and open in new tab to view it in larger size.

So why am I sharing these with you today?

Well, we're having our very first IndiBlogger Blog Awards this year (You know, just like the Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards etc.?) and I have nominated my blog in the category of "Personal blogs". The nomination page has a Facebook comment box where our readers can leave testimonials for our blogs.

These testimonials will not help me win anything, as they have an independent jury (with people like Rajiv Makhni, Gul Panag, Rashmi Bansal and Roshan Abbas) to judge the nominations, but they will inspire and motivate me like no award ever could!

So please spare a couple of minutes to visit this link and let me know why you like my blog - miss_teerious!

Whether you're a fellow blogger, or an email subscriber, or even if you just come here to play games! If you have an account on Facebook, please do let me know this once... whatever you like about this space.

Is it the content, or the originality, or my writing style? Has my blog ever inspired you or touched you in any way? Do you find it easy to navigate and access my content here? Do you find it easy to connect with me and interact with me if you wanted to?

You just need to leave your comment on this link via your Facebook account. That's all.

Please don't feel shy. Your words might just prevent me from sending this blog into a coma yet again! :)

Here's more in Memorabilia!

This is my 18th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "A Decade Of Blogging"

A Decade Of Blogging

Day 17 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : A Decade Of Blogging

Today, I discovered that I am acquainted with a blogger who has been blogging for a decade! Yupp! You read that right! 10 steady years of blogging! This lady had been blogging long before I'd even heard of the term "blog"! (Forget "blog", I hadn't even heard of "gmail" back then!)

Blogger in 2003

Picture Credit: http://googlesystem.blogspot.in/2006/08/blogger-turns-seven.html

Anyway, here's the part that's even more interesting.

In February 2003, Google acquired Blogger. May 2003 saw the first release of Wordpress as a blogging tool. And in July 2003, Vidya Sury published her first post (on blogger) - http://vidyasury.com/2003/07/okie-folks.html!

Do you realize that her blogging journey is as old as Google-Blogger and Wordpress themselves?

Amazing, isn't it?

I wonder if miss_teerious will see her 10th birthday. There's still a long time for it though. In the meanwhile, if you care to find out how my journey started here, do read my first post on this blog - "New Life Dawns a New Beginning..." ! :D

This is my 17th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Ten On Tuesday: 10 Pick-Me-Ups"

10 Pick-Me-Ups ~ Ten On Tuesday

Day 16 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Ten On Tuesday: 10 Pick-Me-Ups

There are times when we feel low... when we feel uninspired and unenthusiastic about anything in the world. But we cannot always depend on someone else to cheer us up. At times, we just have to do it on our own. And for those times, we all need to have some trustworthy pick-me-ups. Here are 10 of mine...

  1. Reading books
  2. Watching English action movies
  3. Watching re-runs of English TV serials from the 90s
  4. Walking
  5. Listening to music
  6. Cooking
  7. Pampering myself (putting on fresh nail paint, applying a face pack, or indulging in a home pedicure/manicure/facial)
  8. Completing pending chores at home (ironing, cleaning cupboards)
  9. Reading old letters from school friends (Yes, I still have them!)
  10. Painting, embroidering etc., or even adding some new functionality to my blog

These were my top 10 pick-me-ups for those times when I have to lift myself out of the blues on my own. What are your pick-me-ups for such occasions?

Here's more in "Ten-On-Tuesday"!

This is my 16th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "When We Received A Telegram"