10 things about me – Honestly

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This is the toughest possible tag for me. I mean, me telling 10 things about myself!

Errrr.... it goes against all my instincts. I find it rather narcissist to talk about myself.. It would have been bit easier if there were set Qs...

I almost never get tagged.. and this one is from sweet Tanu, so now I gotta rant.. so here I go.

The Rules –

1. You must thank the person who gave you the tag/award and list their blog and link it

Tanu tagged me

You will be putting mine ;)

2. You must list 10 honest things about yourself
yeah yeah...

3. You must put a copy of Honest Scrap logo on your blog
putting in this post

4. You must select at least 7-8 other worthy bloggers and list their links
done at the end of this post

5. You must notify the bloggers of the award and hopefully they will follow the above three requirements also.
will do once I am done with this post

10 things about me – Honestly

1. Commitment phobic
Strings scare me. It has always been insanely difficult for me to commit myself to anything, be it a relationship or even something I love to do, like writing. When I do make a commitment, I have to fight the urge to break-free.
I must have an escape route. A way out. This is why I tend to stay aloof... But then, there are a few exceptions to this rule :)

2. Claustrophobic
I think it’s just an extension of me being very possessive about my personal space. I absolutely hate being in a confined space. I can’t travel in fully closed elevator and can’t work in windowless offices. When I go to a restaurant, I must sit somewhere near an exit.

3. Addicted to reading
I can give up on watching movies.. or even sports.. But I can’t live if I don’t have access to books. I am always reading two books .. One thriller, to be read in breaks/travelling etc.. and one Classic, to be read before sleeping or when I have a few hours alone at home.
Right now I am reading The Brothers Karamazov (a Classic) and Bad Luck and Trouble (thriller – Jack Reacher series)
My 3 fav literary characters are Yevgeny Bazarov (Fathers and Sons), Howard Roark (The Fountainhead) and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
I don’t read romance novels.

4. Can’t stand profanity
Being a writer (at least in my heart), words are precious to me. Words that have to be replaced with special characters annoy me. I can understand when someone is very agitated, but making them a part of your everyday language, using them like an adjective (or adverb) in every other sentence just shows that you lack in vocabulary. Sorry. It isn’t cool. Not to me.

5. Movie themes
I don’t watch Rom-Coms. I can watch an out and out comedy, but love stories or chick-flicks, I can’t. I prefer movies that are intense, with a dark twist to it. Martin Scorsese was and remains my favourite director, followed by Tarantino and Chris Nolan. In Hindi (my mother tongue) I prefer Gulzar as his movies are based on basic human psyche.

6. Favourite Superhero
I am in love with Batman! I can actually write a full length post on it. A man who is a superhero without any superpowers. He fought his biggest fear and made it the icon of his own strength. He has genius level intelligence and a ruthless nature to go with it. I especially like Batman because he is not perfect. He has his weaknesses; he has his own dark side to fight. He does not mind being worse with bad people. Basically, I love Batman, and I know I am repeating myself :D

7. Fascinated with firearms
I don’t know how I got this fascination with firearms. I am not a violent person. Perhaps it’s from being almost an army brat. I have got too many combat soldiers in my family and then a few friends. I love the way a gun smells.

8. Rather tough
I am the elder child with no brother. I guess this is the reason that I have always been rather tough. I was never a tomboy. I never dressed like guys, climbed trees or beat other kids etc but I have no problem with blood or injuries and I can take care of the chores generally assigned to the male members of a family.
I almost never cry. (I can sense Pete coming up with his line :D ) and its not a false bravado. Its just rather difficult to drive me to tears. I can handle a lot.

I am a happy person. Really happy in my skin :)

9. Hate those who snoop
I always respect the personal space of others and expect the same in return. I can never go through someone’s cell phone etc or ask Qs I have no business asking. I firmly believe that every person has a right to his/her privacy and if someone is a rather private person, it does not mean s/he has a giant skeleton to hide. Some people just prefer to be rather aloof and their choice should be respected.

10. Can never say no to any insanely tough riddle
You might have read my post – Ecstasy. If you did then you know what I mean by this. I can spend hours solving these riddles. Logical puzzles give me almost as much pleasure as an awesome book!

I thought about touching up on me being a loner who is never lonely.. but that would mean writing a lot (yeah, even more than i have, in this post :P ).. so some other time!

I guess this is the longest I have written about myself. Still feels weird!

I am tagging – (u may skip, if u have already been tagged by someone else)
Vittal , Vidya , Sorcerer , Karthik , Underdog , Oxymoron , Yvonne , Swapnanjali


Mahesh Sindbandge January 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

All are shocking to me...Most of them Actually ;) I dont have any friend who has so many specifications to fill her space and may be that's why i am a little surprised.I don't know much but do tell me what makes classics, a classic?? I couldnt sink myself much while reading Jane Eyre..

I wonder if Vittal would write.. :)

Chhaya January 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

@Mahesh : i tend to surprise ppl.. but didnt know i wud en dup beig shocking to u. haha.

jokes apart, i guess i shud have mentioned that i am very aware about my likes and dislikes. I have always been very particular about life. i am always looking to find something new, but i dont follow rules or go agianst them by default. It depends on how i take to the given thing :)

PS: i m waiting to read what Vittal has to write in response ;)

Chhaya January 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM  

@Mahesh again: i will write about what makes a classic.. wait for it :)
btw, Jane Eyre was Fab! did you try to read the layers of the character of Mr Rochester? I mean, the dude was so damn interesting :)

Brian Miller January 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM  

batman is the bomb. and not a big fan of confining spaces either...congrats in the award.

Mahesh Sindbandge January 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

Well, I tried reading it..After 220 pages i felt it got on my nerves...I loved jane's character very much but then her later role couldnt keep me interested. I am not known for my patience and may be that element took off by then :P

That is the reason I asked what makes a classic, a classic..I should know prehand what to expect from a classic..

Chhaya January 27, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

@Brian : :D Batman Rocks!!

@Mahesh : ppl often confuse Classic with Awesome. It depends on a persons taste. U might hate them. :)
btw, u do need tons of patience to read them cz they are full of intense character sketches. life as it goes.. and most of the time, life is full of ordinary things that may tire an observor :)

more abt it later

Karthik January 27, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

High five on everything except 1, 2 and 8 (I'm a guy na, so I dress up like a guy). And add Guy Ritchie to point 5) :D :)
Very interesting answers.

By the way, what's the fuss about Classic?
@ Mahesh - "Classic is something everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read" ~ Mark Twain.
Simple. ;)

And about the tag; though I like to read tags, like I've done now, doing them myself is very boring, Chhaya. :( Will take it up when I don't have anything to do or write. But thank you very much for remembering me while tagging. :)

Chhaya January 27, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

@Karthik : High fives!!
btw, Guy Ritchie? Seriously? :P

abt the classics - i actually love reading them. been hooked to em since i was in 6th grade.

abt the tag - i guess now i will pray for u to run out of topics to write on :D

hee hee

pilipka January 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

every bit of it seems to be truely written.the fastidious narration of yours keeps me and everyone amazed...

Ankesh January 28, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

Nice honest post... u have some unique trait uncommon to gals...
Brave Girl.. One of my friend claims to be same as u have described urself.. she too is very comfortable n shoulderig wid men and do the boys job very efficiently... I feel some time she is very vulunarble at her emotional level and in puting a brave face as expected of her she hurt herself a lot... I am writing this as want to know is d same wid u or u are realy a tough super gal..

vidya January 28, 2010 at 3:45 AM  

Classics and Batman were the 2 unknown things:)
You could add - ' I am a loner who is never lonely..' phrase to point (1) :) Love this line of yours..I see myself that way too!

Its nice to read but to write when tagged,I agree its tough!Thankyou for thinking about me while tagging. Will hopefully post mine soon:)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

@Vandan : each word of this post is true, after all, I was supposed to be honest.
thanx for reading me for last 3+ years. I feel honoured to have such dedicated readers :)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

@Ankesh : As I said, me being tough is not a facade of false bravado. I have always been like this, Teflon coated. When pushed really far, I believe in the mantra of I am rubber, you are glue. Whatever you say bounces off me – and sticks to you! . :D

When I am pushed even farther, I hit back. and I hit back real hard.

I don’t say this because I think I m better than others. No. Everyone has his/her own personality and I respect those who have a softer side.

Being vulnerable is not bad. it proves that you are willing to take chances. It makes a person with a softer side much braver than I am.

If someone is willing to take a chance, knowing that s/he might get hurt then I guess that person is surely tougher than I am, isn’t it?

I recommend reading my post titled Temptations (its filed under short stories)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

@Vidya : waiting to read :)

Karthik January 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Oh, yes, I'm serious about Guy Ritchie. He's a genius, just like Tarantino. :)

And you've been reading classics since 6th grade? Oh, boy! I only started reading novels when I entered college, let alone classics. :P
That's really great, yar. Waiting for your post on Classics. :)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

@Karthik : :D
and yeah, been reading Classics since i was in 6th grade. my first was The Idiot.

will surely write something on this topic!

swapnanjali January 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

hey chhaya , nice to know about you...i like all your honesty points but that reading addiction and snoop one i like the most...oh yes that superman one too :)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

@Swapna : thank u :)
btw, its Batman, not Superman. i dont like Superman at all.. he iss way too perfect :Ps

swapnanjali January 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

ok ok sorry for mistake i'll take care in future ...Do you know one day my kid just made few mistakes in her Rhymes said Monday instead of
one day etc...see i did the mistake here replaced superman in place of batman :)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

@Swapna : hehehe. its ok yea :D

and kids really make some really cute mistakes..

btw, i am tagging you too


Ketan January 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

You might like the IQ tests on highiqsociety.org

Eon Heath January 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

that was cool....something really difficult i guess....
but do you know what i feel is the best part of it???

will tel you sometime.....

will soon be coming up with something....

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

@thesillhouette : u bet :)

waiting to read u

swapnanjali January 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

ok chhaya dear i'll add my post soon :), today it's time to leave ...bye for now :)

itsyvitsy January 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

Why am I not surprised by anything you said? I feel like saying "Tell me something new". :-P Well, that was very mean of me to say that. I can sense you type out the emoticon "x-(".

I liked this tag post. I don't like taking up tags. But since it is you, I will take it up, but I shall add it as part of a regular post. And please pardon me if I don't tag anyone else. Because, 'don't do unto others what you rather don't others to you'. I know I got it all wrong, but what the heck! You got the message I am sure. ;-)

Chhaya January 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

@Ketan : what has IQ got to do with any of this?

@Vittal : come on, dont take undue advantage :)

its ok if u dont tag others, but do follow other rules, its a format one has to honor :)

Tarun Goel January 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Honesty is the Best Policy.
Batman is immortal.
Reading two books is always good.
Snoop | Snoop :D

санжог January 29, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

Hey...good to know you...and thanx for tagging...will try to write that...it's kind of tuff...if you know what I mean!!

swapnanjali January 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

added the post ...visit in your free hr :)

vicious January 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

quite a lot ....:D

twas nice knowing about uu

Chhaya January 29, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

@Mahesh : does Vittal know, what u know abt him? ;)

@Swapna : athank u for picking the tag :)

@vicious : thnx for commenting

Chhaya January 29, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

@Tarun : Dude, u r sorely missed at my blog! i miss ur comments!

High five to all points and Box ur ears on Snoop :P

Batman for Prime Minister!!!

Ashley January 30, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

Hey Chhaya..Real nice knowing you a little better.
I was a Spiderman fan..After reading this it turns out that I knew very little about Batman! :)

Tongue Trip January 30, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

sorry about the discomfort zone but this is rather enjoyable. yeah, batman always, way above any other man or superman, also for the reason that one will never find him wearing chuddeys(undies) over his costume. you know who does.

Pete January 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

This IS revealing Chhaya :)

"almost never cry." Use to be plain "never cry". You are making progres :D

"I love the way a gun smells." Could we venture "love the smell of napalm in the morning"?

Its hard to write about oneself, I agree. So I think you did well (especially in not tagging me ;)

Chhaya January 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

@Ashely : You are encouraging me to write that full length thing on why i love Batman ;)

btw, Spidey is my second fav. i dun care for Super Man :P

Chhaya January 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

@TT : Batman rocks ;)

and glad to have a reader who understands me :)

Chhaya January 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

@Pete : hehe. i was just being honest :D i did cry when i was a kid. Not too often, but sometimes i did. :)

Oxymoron January 31, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

well..interesting tag...
no wonder you like batman....he is all dark and mysterious...i am not a big fan(loved dark knight though but it was more because of joker)...
you like guns huh...hmmmmm....hope i never did anything to make you mad... :D

i have never been tagged before....will give it a try....

A1 January 31, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

really incisive from someone that is so good at absorbing the essence from life around them. maybe mirror on the wall?. wish i knew me like u know u :D

Tan January 31, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

Hi Dear,

I was a lil busy with work. So, I could not comment before. Than-you so much for doing this. Great knowing about you.

I share your 9th point. I also like privacy and really get irritated when some people pry into my personal space and try to be too inquisitive.

Anonymous,  March 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

hiez again ..!!
i can see a new style of your blog(especially blog theme jo mene last time dekha tha wo change ho gaya hai aur your poems GHAYAL, AKELI, HORROR, PAINFULL poems - jisko padhne me mujhe bahot darrr lagta tha.. wo sab kahin dikh nahi raha..

kisi new jagah pe ghum raha hun aisa laging mereko.. so as usuaL dhyan se do chaar baar read karunga fir ku6 comment likh paunga.. ;)

notice : han lekin ye post padhne ke baad I FEEL JEALOUS OF BATMAN.. x-(

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