15 August, 2012


A few days ago, I got tagged! Tagged by Jayashree of Jaish Writes. Now what?

The Rules -

    Link back the blogger who tagged you.
    You must post the rules.
    Answer the questions given by the person who tagged you.
    Tag 11 new bloggers.
    Set 11 new questions for the bloggers tagged by you.
    Inform them about the tag.

Lately I’ve been playing truant here on Odds and Ends. Now this is great way to get a post put up here. Jayashree who is fast making a mark as a great short-story teller (Read her stories here) wants me to answer these questions:

1) Is there any specific time of the day that you set aside for blogging?
2) Do you live to eat or eat to live? :)
3) Name some movies you would never mind watching again and again
4) Which is the best place you have been to on vacation?
5) If you are given an option of eradicating any one social evil in India which one would you pick and why?
6) Name one bad habit you have been trying to change
7) Whats your favorite cuisine and food items?
8) Share something which  a small kid said to you, the memory of which always brings a smile to your face.
9) What was the scariest experience you had in life so far?
10) When you are extremely confused about some decision what do you do?
11) Which is your most favourite genre in blogging  ?

And here are my answers:

    1. I prefer burning the midnight oil. First of all, I’m quite a nocturnal creature. And the best time to get some writing done is after I’m done with the dishes and everybody in the house has called it a day. That's when I get my ME-Time.
   2. Although some foods are really worth living for, I think everybody eats to live. Yeah, even excessive eaters; they’re probably trying to eat away some gnawing pain.
   3. I’m not too into watching movies over and over again. But if, I’d have to, it would be the old Mohanlal-Srinivasan movies. Probably every Malayalee would say that. This duo did several movies that specialise in classic Malayalam humour; the kind that you can laugh for, every single time.
   4. Can’t pick one as such, as far as my best vacation is concerned. I can’t seem to narrow it further so it will have to be RAJASTHAN, NEPAL and HAWAII. Why? -- because these places proudly showed me their culture and threw in a handful of one-of-a-kind of attractions too.
    5. Social evil that I would pick out -- definitely Child Sexual Abuse. It’s silent suffering, the reason being the kind of rules that we Indians are brought up with. (Read about them here.) It time to set up new rules for our kids. Not all ‘good old rules’ are really GOOD old ones.
   6. I’m a late riser. I've been trying to become an early bird and it’s just not happening. Habits are really stubborn; they just don’t go away that easily. A nun at the school I went to, used to say remove the H and ‘a bit remains. Remove ‘a’ and bit remains, remove ‘b’ and ‘it’ remains.
    7. Cuisine? Indian. I’ve been around for a little over three decades and have acquired the taste for spicy, salty and tangy food. Dishes I like? Dosa and stew, fried fish, Pazham pori. That spells Mal, Mal, Mal, right?  I like dry Gobi Manchurian and Chaat too.
    8. Little kids say the most amusing things. Smile? No, I usually burst out laughing if I can help it. Right at the top of my head is this one. It just happened a few hours ago. I was chatting with a friend and she was inviting us to Australia. Trying to make conversation every now and then with the kid who was engrossed in a Caillou episode, I said, Josna aunty’s asking us to go to Australia. Wanna go? The next moment, the three year old’s eyes dilated as much as it could. That and his raised eyebrows made me wonder what was coming. He said a loud Aiyyohh!!! like I’d said something that was against the rules of the house. When I threw him my quizzical look, he said -- don’t we have to go to bed? Let’s go tomorrow. :)
    9. Scariest -- Oh, many. I guess the nightmares that come after an evening of horror movies. I've stopped watching them now. One other incident I remember is when we were staying in a resort that was literally in the jungle. After dinner the manager served us with so many wild stories of the wild animals around there and when we got to our isolated room which was designed like a watch tower, I was so scared to get out of the car and run up the stairs, lest a big cat pounce on me. Read about that night here
    10. If I'm confused when there's a decision to be taken  -- I try to sleep over it. But if it’s too important a decision, I don’t get any sleep. And because I don’t want it to spoil my sleep, I take a decison - for the time being and wake up the next day and think it over. A lot of the time I have to revise it. :)
    11. I like doing what I call my Mummy-diary writing. They are records of my feelings and experiences as a mother. There are lots of raves and rants too. 
I also love travel blogging. Travel makes me tipsy. I always learn a lot in the process. Sharing my travel tales also give me a high.

Now’s time I pick up some people to answer MY questions
Here are they are:

  1. Mom of A and a of Big A Little A
  2. Meoww of Meoww's Musings
  3. Rahul Bhatia of Rahul's Blog and Collections
  4. Muthu of The average everyday - Reality fictionalised
  5. Akshay of The eternal fighter, the ultimate comeback kid

There are some people whom I haven’t read for a while. This is a good time to get them to sign in.

    6. Shalini of Diminutive Corner of my Mind
    7. Sangeeta Reghu of Sangry Words
    8. Sujatha of Conversations
    9. Deepu of Journey never ends
    10 .Suchismita, Hold a thought, Pin it down, Kitchen Karma
    11.Leo Paw of Bigbitz 

Now let’s get to know the blogger in you.
  1. What does blogging mean to you?
  2. How did you get into blogging?
  3. What subjects do you blog about and why?
  4. Which according to you is your best post, till date?
  5. How long have you been blogging and what have you learnt in the process?
  6. What are your favourite blogs? Could you name 2-5 of them?
  7. Name two bloggers you are dying to meet
  8. What is the most annoying trait you have come across in the blogosphere?
  9. When met with bloggers’ block, how do you overcome it?
  10. Where do you get the most support from, as far as blogging is concerned -- fellow bloggers or non-bloggers?
  11. Where do you see yourself (as a blogger) 10 years from now?

People who have not been tagged can also answer/ discuss these questions about blogging in the comments section. Also feel free to link your best post here. Let’s send them around. :)



  1. Wonderful knowing you more, Divya :)Lovely....

  2. oooh i like the choice of foood ... good to know a bit more about you ..

    good questions lets see what people reply to them now :)


    1. :)
      Would you like to answer those questions, Bikram? You could, you know. :) Too busy photographing birds eh? Good collections, yeah!

  3. Divya, that was a lovely read and you kept an early morning surprise for me by tagging me:) Will try to do justice to this very soon:)

    1. No hurry. You can save it for when you're having a tough time deciding what to write about.
      Have a fabulous weekend Mr. Bhatia. :)

  4. Hey DN, thanks for the tag!!! I do love these qs. Will post the answers once i am done savouring them :)

    1. You do? That's so nice. :)
      Take your time, Meoww.

  5. So nice to know more about you and thanks for tagging me! I'll really have to think about the answers and write a post!

    1. Take all the time you need.
      I'm yet to put up the Liebster post. Thank you once again for the award.
      Have a great weekend with the A&a. :)

  6. Nice to know u more. Have u got link to album i sent?

    1. I don't think so Gopinath. Where did you send it to? This is about the Kaya rafting, right? You should actually do a post on it. That'll be great. :)

    2. I sent to your mail I'd . No its about HSBC tree top walk. Will try.

  7. I am similar to you, I feel most comfortable with myself and feel the most active after midnight. I get lost in my thoughts. :) Food? - Dosa is my favorite as well. :)

    Your son's answer was the cutest. :)

    And thank you for the tag, Divya. Will try to answer them soon, I have Jayashree's tag post pending still. :P

    1. :)
      Yeah, I wish travelling was that easy. Just waking up and flying(?)to another country. Alas!

      You're welcome, Akkishakki. Jayashree tagged you too? Oops! Didn't see that, I should have paid more attention, I guess. :) Never mind, just club the two sets of questions and make it one post. Take your time, ok. Have a great weekend, Akshay.

  8. interesting to know new people.. my best post till now - It's Friday..!.. for now, this is only i want to answer.. will keep wandering over.. ! :)

    1. Welcome here, Nitin.

      Thank you for adding that link. Shall come by and read your best post. :)

  9. Dear D.
    Thank you very much, you cleared my block :)
    Will be back to blog soon, got really involved in a lot of things in the last couple of months and blogging got stopped almost.


    1. Please do. I look forward to that. Add a link to your most favourite post and people who come this way can check it out.
      And -- Welcome Back, Deepu. :)

  10. Thanks for the tag, DN. Have posted my responses :)

  11. Lovely answers Divya.

    I love pazhampori and mohanlal too...And when u say Srinivasan I get reminded of Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran :) Thanks for taking the tag :)

    1. You're welcome and thank you. I haven't been very active on this blog for a while. Thanks to your tagging me, there was reason to log in here :) Thanks Jaish.

  12. very nice way to motivate people..:)

  13. Thanks Chechi... this is a reason to get back to blogging. But, just that I am not finding time - juggling b/w office and home, I don't find time for myself.

    When is your next India visit?

    1. Try to write one post a month, atleast. I miss reading your funny tales. Put the boys to bed and write down a few lines, ok. :)
      Ariyileda. But I promise, this time I'll catch up with you. It's been so long, alle?
      I'll let you know.
      Hey, find some time time to do some writing, ok. And Happy Onam, Shal.

  14. Hey Divya, I dropped in here after some time and what a lovely post to catch up to. I love Mohanlal-Srinivasan movies too and I think it might have been the best era of Mallu gilm industry. Love Pazhampori too but kappa-meen remains eternal favorite.Regarding early rising I recently saw this meme on Facebook which said "I can stay awake till 4 in the morning without a problem but can't wake up at 5 am ever." :)

    1. Hey Swapna. Long time. :)
      Kappa-meen! Yum Yum!
      Waking up early is the worst thing. I always say I can stay up till 6 but can't wake up at 6. (I've stayed up till 5:30am, once ;).
      Belated Onam wishes, Swapna.

  15. hey! How are you doing? No news from your end for some time!

    1. Yeah :(. I'm feeling terribly guilty.
      Will be back super-soon. Just caught up with an Onam Celebration here in the bay area this weekend. Are you in the Bay Area?
      I hope the As are doing good. I'll come by and do my reading also real soon. You have a great weekend, Rosh.

  16. Late raiser.. :) do you know what does it mean to be one? Confidence. The world is on a race. Even if we wake up at 9.30 am (me), we are so confident that we can catch up with the rest of the world before midnight (that is 2.30 am for me). I wouldnt change that habit. Now I dont know what I lose by waking up late. But I certainly know what i'd lose if i change. :(

    I sit with my windows wide open,
    The world limps like a passerby,
    looks at me, nods its head,
    and moves away.


    It's so good to know that the world is rushing, when we rest peacefully :)

    Loved your answers :)

    1. Ahh!
      You make me feel so good about myself :).
      Thank you for that.

      Hey, Thanks for coming by too. Hope to see you here more often. Hey Jai, btw, do we have news yet? ;)Now you're gonna have new sleep schedules for a while. Don't tell me I didn't warn you ;).

    2. I dont usually miss your posts.

      Yea :) Made some news about two weeks ago. Right now he recognizes only one person in the whole world. And she has already demanded sleep-time revision. :)) But it may take two more months to get into it fulltime. Newbie fathers aren't that lucky at least here.

      Thanks for the warning, now give me some tips (pretending doesnt work eh?)

    3. Oh!Congratulations!!!!!

      It'll need some getting used to. Pretending's not gonna work, I'm sorry. Hahah!

      Tips? What comes to mind is something that somebody you and I know (that tall guy who was my senior and your colleague)once said. Before his little girl arrived he was like, "I'm going to Sleep tight (pun intended, of course)."
      I'm sure that didn't work too. My hubby didn't think Saturday nights were any better. :D
      Majja maadi!!

    4. Tall guy! I was bedridden for two days because I spoke to him during a weekend!

    5. Hello,

      Before you become tight, make the little one tight (one full bottle milk). To be frank I have had very few days of sleepless nights (to remember). But mothers have a tough time in the initial days.
      Whatever said and done a lot of things change and probably that's another phase of your life.

    6. @Minis - I believe you; laughed till your sides hurt, I'm sure. Nice to know he hasn't changed. :)

      @P'l'athy - Talk of the devil, and there he is :). Nice see you here. :)I swear, it's whole new phase. I hope little Y is doing good.

  17. Replies
    1. Undello. Pedikenda. Njaan ella commentum, approve cheyyum :)
      Come again, ok.

    2. What happened to the other blog? Why aren't you writing, these days?

  18. hey! Great to see you back but was hoping to see a new post from you! :))

    1. I'm back!.
      One post's up. I'm yet to do the post on the Liebster you awarded me with. That should be next. :)