Thursday, September 22, 2005

Seven (or Less)

Thot I’d escape this tag but 2 people(Raju, Mitr) tagged me. So here goes…

I just couldn’t come up with 7 things for any of the categories. So rather than inventing things, I’ll just list the ones I did come up with. Makes it more spontaneous and honest anyway, doesn’t it? And in keeping with the spirit of this blog, answers are lighthearted but true nevertheless :-)

Things I plan to do before I die:

  • Travel to Australia, Europe and Africa (atleast see the pyramids and go on a wild life safari)
Things that I can do:

  • Completely entertain both my kids so they don’t get amma’s nenappu
  • Window shop at any electronics store for hours
  • Watch any Tamil movie beginning to end with Fast Forwarding :-)
Things that I can't do:

  • Take things seriously
  • Cook
  • Public speaking
  • Be a workaholic
  • Go on a roller-coaster that has a steep drop
  • Go more than a few days without eating thayir saadham and my mom’s thengappodi.
Things that attracts me to the opposite sex:

  • Pretty face (with that tough-to-define aspect I like to call ‘warmth’)
  • Smile
  • Sense of humor i.e. laughing at my jokes :-)
  • This is the one category I can actually come up with 7 things. But since my parents read this blog too, I’ll stop here

Things I say the most:

  • Shoot
  • Darn
  • Yeah right!
  • No, I will not fast forward this song/fight sequence :-)
Celebrity crushes:

  • Jo
Celebrities I want to meet:

  • Rajnikanth (no surprises here!)


At 12:45 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

welcome to the Jo Fan club.

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good ones, Balaji. Kids love to be with me too, since I entertain them well.. Have played with 5 or 6 kids until school days, so i know their psychology somewhat..

At 7:36 AM, Blogger Me too said...

How do you manage to get so much 'thenga podi'??

Hey, I did not have the 'celebrity crushes' category!!

P.S. - haven't you missed an 'out' in Point 3 of the 'can do' category

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting choices, looks like I have quite a few similiarities with you. I would like to visit all those places too, but feel a little bogged down when it comes to planning trips, booking hotels, executing everything etc. as I would like my entire trip to be hassle-free. And I end up thinking too much and not going out anywhere :-) I think even travelling requires some sense of adventure, which some of us desis lack. In our home, a picnic or outing would be to a temple withina few miles from the city :-) Americans do a lot of outdoor things like backpacking, rafting, skiing etc. I guess thats another cultural difference

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB, nice list...and even better answers...the thengaipodi+thayirsaadham one really touched a chord in me!!!!!!!!!

here's my list:

Things I plan to do before I die:

* Live Life to the fullest!

Things that I can do:

* Keep ppl. in splits with crazy jokes
* Laugh at myself...I actually dont have much of an opinion about that helps!
* Analyze movies
* Write Short Stories
* Chat on the phone for hours 2gether w/o getting bored...of course, dont know much about the other person's boredom...have never cared much abt that!

Things that I can't do:

* bury certain bitter memories
* leave Chennai airport without feeling xtremely heavy...
* control my hair-trigger temper
* mind-reading

Things that attracts me to the opposite sex:

* Pretty face (with that tough-to-define aspect I like to call ‘warmth’) --> I really think I know what you meant by that :-)
* Long, thick tresses
* Kavithai Pesum Kangall (pretty tough-to-define aspect too!)
* Empathy

Things I say the most:

* Saaptiya?
* Take care...
* Apaala Paakalaam
* Adan-gonniyaa...
* "Dey, adhu parama jukku daa, Maaps!"

Celebrity crushes:

* the ones who frequent bbthots will know!

Celebrities I want to meet (in this order):
* Kamal Hassan
* Jothika (I've already met Aishwarya Rai and Sneha...did that stoke your jealousy, BB?!)
* Sachin
* Dr. Kalam (After reading Wings of Fire)
* Madhumitha (After watching K-Mazhai on Sun TV)

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, welcomea??!! i thot i was already an honorable member(ever since 12B:-)

raju, yep luv being around kids. time poradhe theriyadhu :)

aparna, good catch. yep that should've been without :)

vijay, i absolutely luv travel. and i actually like the whole thing like planning, researching the destination, coming up with an itinerary, booking, etc. feel like its all part of it.
thats a good point on travel needing a sense of adventure. namma oorla, because of the infrastructure, those picnics/outings themselves become adventures!! that might be the reason behind the cultural diff. if we hadn't had kids, this blog would definitely have had a lot more trip reports :)

At 9:47 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-good list and nice answers. The Thayir saatham and thengapodi was really neat-me too am a great thengapodi lover.

Aparum, Jo fan-a. My husband is also liked Jo.

Thanks for the tag stuff.

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