The one expression I would never voluntarily use to describe myself is: “Sugar Doll”. However, today, I’m willingly, and happily at that, declaring myself as one. Why?
My fellow writer and blogger Jai Joshi, who has quite a few awards under her blogger’s belt herself, has presented my blog with the Sugar Doll Award last month — my very first blog award! I was tickled pink, let me tell you!
I had just begun to blog a couple of weeks prior then. So, I left the award in Jai’s safekeeping until I found my feet around blogosphere. Thank you, Jai — your encouragement and timely words of advice are very much appreciated!
Also, thank you, my dear readers, for challenging and motivating me to do better with every post. I love it when I see you agreeing (or disagreeing) with the points of view I express in this space. That is why these days everywhere I turn, I naturally see subjects worth blogging. That is also why I feel I’m ready to accept this award.
As a recipient of this award, I’m supposed to do two things: 1) Reveal ten things about myself and 2) Pass this award on to another blogger(s).
Here goes my response to the first stipulation:
- Gardening relaxes me – yes, even the weeding part of it.
- I love to watch (never played it) cricket and can be an occasional couch potato, staying up all night to watch a close match in progress on the other side of the world.
- To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books. If you have just one idea that you feel compelled to share with the world, do what Harper Lee did: Write one solid book about it and sit back and enjoy, while your book goes on to make history. Sigh!
- I love watching Korean dramas on T.V. They are clean and wholesome – you don’t have to be on the ready, clutching the remote, to switch to Food Channel or PBS guiltily every time a child passes by when you’re watching prime time programs on that channel.
- I don’t enjoy (to put it mildly) shopping in the mall, much to the dismay of my family. Are you rolling your eyes at this point and going: “Is she kidding?” No, sadly, I’m not. I’m more of a “zero in on the aisle carrying the things you need and get out as soon as possible” person.
- Custard Apples are one of my favorite varieties of fruit and I miss them sorely in the U.S.
- I’m fascinated by the early Mughal period of Indian history. Would love to write a book set in that time period some day.
- I’m not much of a poetry person. There are a handful of poets whose works I enjoy immensely, but I invariably prefer prose to poetry.
- I love to play (shuttle) badminton.
- Growing up, I was an out-and-out tomboy. Back then, if you were looking for me, you’d have better chances of finding me atop rooftops or among the branches of a tree than on level ground.
Phew! Coming up with that list was not an easy exercise, believe me!
We all face challenges, big or small, at one time or another in our lifetimes. Most of us eventually learn to take them in stride and move on. However, some people go one step beyond: they decide to proactively do something about it, like sharing the experience they gained openly, so others could benefit from it. I admire that trait in people very much. Leigh and Patti are two such.
Go check out their blogs and you’ll see what I mean.
Thanks again, everyone, for being there and making writing – something that I already love – that much more fun and meaningful for me!