It’s been a long time that I have done an ‘about me’ kind of post, and this is one tag I have been meaning to do ever since I first saw it floating around BookTube, which is why it seemed like the perfect fit.
As the name suggests, it’s a list of questions that are about anything but books. And I felt like it was a fun way to get to know folks outside of their literary preferences, so here are my answers, and I hope you guys will answer some or all of the questions in the comments, or take up this tag in a post of your own, so that I can get to know you guys better too.
Name a cartoon(s) that you love.
I am definitely dating myself here, but back when I was growing up, my favorite cartoons were Tom & Jerry, Flintstones & Jetsons. Sidenote – I have come across many people who liked either Flinstones or Jetsons, because they were based on such diametrically opposite ideas (Flinstones took us back to stone-age and a simpler life, while Jetsons took us into the future, where robots were a part of our daily life & humans flew on hovers instead of driving cars) but I found both these concepts extremely and equally fascinating, and so I loved them both.
What is your favorite song right now?
This is a tough one. I don’t listen to very many songs these days, but there are a few that I have been listening to on a loop, so they can qualify as current favorites, even though the songs are not current necessarily.
Top of The World by The Carpenters; Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra; Bolna from Kapoor & Sons; Moh Moh Ke Dhage from Dum Lagake Haisha
What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
Oh this is easy-peasy. Binge-watch Netflix. I’ll even tell you two of my current favorite shows –
Friday Night Lights – The TV Series. I tell you, this one super addictive! The story is centered around a high school football team, but don’t let that put you off, if you aren’t into these kind of shows, because typically that description is enough for me to stay away too. As I don’t particularly enjoy watching sports-centric movies/shows, even when it’s a game I understand, and I don’t understand American football at all.
But surprisingly, in this particular case, it did not matter. It was the people I was invested in, and yes, I eventually got hooked on to the game as well, but it was still the cast of characters that was the main draw. Especially Eric & Tammy Taylor, I adored them, they are easily among my favorite television characters of all time.
Which is why, ever since I finished the show, I have hunted the internet and longed for a sequel of some sort, but since it is extremely unlikely to happen with the same cast of characters, I am settling for binge-watching this start to finish, every few years.
Quantico – This is just all around awesomeness. The first season was an interesting combination of intriguing character study & edge-of-the-seat thriller. Which is why, I am looking forward to binge-watching season 2, which is now available on Netflix since yesterday, or the past few days, I am not sure.
What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Surprised by? I don’t know. I have a YouTube addiction. I am subscribed to & follow about 50-60 channels across different genres (genres!! sigh, but you guys know what I mean). Does that surprise you guys?
What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
This is a difficult one, because I am an eternal learner. I am constantly trying to learn about something or the other, related to blogging, or otherwise. Having said that, I guess the one thing that I am focusing my energy on right now is learning food photography. More specifically, the impact & use of lighting for food photography.
What is something unusual you know how to do?
I don’t know how to answer this. I don’t feel like I know how to do anything unusual. Also, unusual depends on perspective. For instance, I know how to drive a stick shift (very poorly, but still), which is considered unusual in US, but extremely common in India.
Also, speaking of perspective, when I was not able to come up with anything unusual that I know how to do (because whatever I know how to do, I don’t find unusual) I asked my hubby, and according to him it’s unusual that I (know how to) write blog posts.
And when I said that it’s not unusual at all, he argued that it wasn’t common either, so I think it all does depend on perspective, and so I am going to go with my former pick, which is driving a stick shift car. Though if you value your life, never have me drive any car you are in. You’ve been warned!
Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).
This is easy. I haven’t made any thing. In the past year, or the past decade even. I would like to say that the last thing/craft I made was in school, but I can’t even say that, because even back then, I had a barter arrangement worked out with a friend of mine, who did all my craft projects for me, in exchange of me writing her English essays for her.
What is your most recent personal project?
Oh several things, really, but they can all come under the broad umbrella of home decor, which is to be expected, as we recently bought and moved into our new house.
Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).
I am not the staring-out-of-the-window type, but I get what this means. Something that I think about often is my non-existent food blog, and the many details I need to work out, before I have it up and running. However, these days I am making a conscious effort to stop thinking and start doing.
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.
Studying for hours & forgot to eat?! Okay, that’s not something that would ever happen to me. I never get busy enough to skip food. Okay maybe sometimes, when I am reading a really good book, but not while studying, studying always made me extremely hungry all the time. Anyway, I digress.
To answer the question – I love to eat Maggi/Chings Instant Noodles, whenever I am feeling low. Even better if it is paired with coffee, chips & a bottle serving of Chings schezwan chutney. It’s a great pick me up, and a very effective anti-depressant, as far as I am concerned.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Especially your answers to some (or all) of these questions.
I also tag these folks to answer these questions on their blogs/social media (whatever is convenient) – Tulika, Sreesha, Mithila, Ashwini, Ruchi, Devika, Shalini, Sanch, Inderpreet, Shailaja, Rachna, Soumya, Mayuri, Rajlakshmi, Nabanita, Hema, Kala, Lata, Anamika, Tarang, Roshan, Aarti V Raman, Ramya Abhinand, Shilpa Halwe, Shilpa Garg and Maliny Mohan.
If I have missed tagging you, and you would like to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged, and tag me (too many tags!) when you post your answers. I would love to read them.