February 7, 2012

In case you thought I had kicked the bucket or something.

Yes, I’m alive. No, I wasn’t abducted by aliens (like Kalpak was).

I’ve just been very lazy. Then varieties of crap that’s been happening (refer to last post, for a gist). And then the general blah-ness. The sudden cold-wave in Hyderabad a few weeks back made me super-lethargic. And then I fell ill. My dad visited for a week. Instead of me taking care of him, he ended up taking care of me, starting from cleaning the house to having my coffee ready by the time I woke up in the morning *hiding face in shame*. We went to Ramoji Film City also. Four-and-a-half years of living in Hyderabad, and I finally had to wait for my dad to come down to go there.

After he left, it was a crazy fortnight of work. So crazy, that I didn’t have time to even eat. Even otherwise, I’ve been floating around in Zombieland for a while. Time to come back from there, because although the stay there is pretty good, let’s face it, the biryani is much better down here on earth. And that’s what matters at the end of the day, right?

Sincere apologies for not replying to any comments, from my regular bloggers and a few new bloggers. Extremely sorry. No excuse.

So Bhargavi and Keirthana bestowed me with the Veteran Blogger award. Yay!! :) Thank you so much, lovely ladies.

Bhargavi, the soon-to-be-mom, has a kickass tongue-in-the-cheek sense of humour that you will absolutely love. She’s a model reader who religiously comments on every post of mine, even the crappy ones. I’d linked her post Sambhar-ism once before on one of my posts, so some of you might be familiar with her. For the rest of you who’re not, head over and say a hi, ok? And drop a wish too, because she’s soon going to pop. (Sorry, babe, couldn’t help that one :P ) And ooh ooh! She’s also going to get published soon! Super-awesome, no?!

Keirthana’s writing is like a mountain spring- clear, smooth, sometimes meandering, but always purposeful. Her encouragement and appreciation has been a major boost to me. And I’m sure it will continue to be. She is also a wonderful reader who makes it a point to comment on every post of mine. She says that my blog is the one that made her realize what blogging is. This, while making me feel proud on one hand, also makes me realize that I actually managed to influence somebody! That never happens! :/ Thanks a lot, Keirthana!

I know I’ve done this tag before as well, when I got the award the first time. But I want to write today. Not particularly because I’ve had a brainwave or anything, but because if I don’t, I might just forget how to.

We all know the drill. I’m just going to skip it and do the random facts thingie. Because you know…umm.. uh.. ok. No reason. I just want to write about myself. Again. :/ Go sue. Hmph.

1) I cannot bear hunger. If I’m hungry and I don’t get food immediately, I get a headache. Then I get cranky and start snapping at random people. If you tell me we’ll have lunch together, and then you make me wait for an hour, you’re dead meat. No pun intended.

2) The smell and taste of milk nauseates me. I’m a fan of milk-powder, because it tastes and smells so much nicer. It’s always been a tug-of-war at home, trying to make me drink milk. When I make coffee or tea, the milk to water ratio is 1:4. My dad makes tea and coffee in like a litre of milk. When he visited me in Hyderabad, he made me drink more milk in a week than I’ve had in a year. Blech! :/ My kitchen was smelling of it for days!

3) My name is Divya and I’m not ambitious.
Or maybe I have/had too many of them. At one time, I wanted to be a teacher. That gave way to fashion designer. Then I wanted to be an Ob-Gyn(yes, seriously. Inspired by Readers' Digest's Book Bonus stories about brave doctors who save babies' and mothers' lives magically). This one quickly gave way- because, you know, it actually involves a lot of studying and work, neither of which I was willing to do- to engineer. This one got blotted out due to the increasing number of red marks on my report card. Those two years (11th & 12th standard) are still a haze to me. What did I do, where did I go, whom did I meet? All I remember is consistently failing. After this, during my graduation, I wanted to be a journalist. Then I wanted to get into radio. All through my MA, I was consistent about this one, and even got my first job in it. I loved it. But then the hectic lifestyle (or no-life-at-all-style) and bad pay got to me. Quit it, got into Corp Comm. Currently, I have no idea what I want to do or be. The column is empty.

But you know, the one thing that has remained a constant all through my life (or from the time I can remember), through all the other ambitious phases, is “I want to be a writer”…

4) I love listening to stories, especially love stories. Whenever I come to know that someone has a girlfriend/boyfriend or had a love marriage, the first thing I ask is “So what’s your story?”

5) I’ve realized that blogging has given a whole new meaning to ‘random’. There is nothing random about ‘random’ anymore.

I think that’s enough random for now. Actually, if random is what you’re looking for, then I can put it in one big, huge, bullet point- MY LIFE.


There is no time to weep.
I have stories to file and guest-post promises to keep.
And miles to go before I sleep…
And miles to go before I sleep…

Yes, I'm bad at poetry. I know that.

I'm not tagging anyone for the award because I cannot give it to just one blogger. There are many of you out there whose blogs I read and love. So this goes out to each and every one of you.


  1. congrats on the award and heres wishing many more your way.

    great points and I too cant bear hunger rather I eat before i can imagine being hungry :)

    Ohh I hate love stories they always end in tears and hurt ...

    You take care and keep smiling..


  2. I love the way you write! :D It's so spontaneous! It's okay to not know what you want to do. Everyone figures out eventually!

  3. hi5 lady, totally understand.stupid phase this :(

  4. Yippee!! The Spiff Master is back in the orbit!!!! :)

    Welcum back Divya-ji :) Been missing u :)

  5. Seriously woman..this is such a Karan Johar-K3G moment for me ;-)I Loooouuu you..will you marrryyy me, pliss?(I am saying this despite you being a grammar nazi!).. ah , well I am going to kill you for the "she's going to pop soon" sad joke.. Jokes apart-you are an awesome writer and even your so-called crappy posts are super fun to read.. So glad to see you back in your elements..And here's to the book you are going to write..Soon !

  6. Congratulations :D :D you absolutely deserve it :D

  7. Your post title kinda put me laughing for a while, he he. Because I kinda really thought you kicked the bucket :P Usually everyday there will be some new post in your blog and I get the email link and stuff. I didn't see that for a while. Welcome back :)

  8. :)))) so so happy to see ur post after a loonnnnggggggg time... Be it rant or random, feels so good to read ya.. tat too in the morn... really missed youu..

    Hope everything is back to normal and you wont go into sabbatical again.. :DDDD

    And tat poem was so creative.. who told tat you are bad at it.. pakshe evideyo keetuu maranna pole... hehehhee

  9. thank God you're back! Seriously thought you'd gone the Kalpak way :-) !!

  10. Came over from Bhargavi's..
    these tags make a lovely read and I enjoyed reading yours..
    loved your "about me" section, could identify with many points written there..:-)

  11. If you wanna talk about dead its me :P My blog desperately calls for a resurrection. :P Which I am just avoiding from fear that I indeed have forgotten how to write.

    As always, I love your random :D Made me happy :D keep writing :D

    Hope health is all better though. :D

  12. Would you look at who's alive and kicking and how. Hope you're doing better now?

    Glad to see you back in the thick of things. If this post is any indication of what's to come, I cant wait for the next to arrive.

    Cheers :)

  13. @Bikramjit: I like listening to love stories, only listening. :)

    @Astha: 'Eventually' is one chutiya word no? :/ Pardon the language.
    And thank you. :)

    @maniac.hunter: heh. Hi-faive! :)

    @R-A-J: Thanks, buddy :)

    @Bhargavi: Yes I will marry you. But let's wait a few years. I don't want to be up all night trying to put our baby to sleep and cleaning baby poop and all. Let's wait till your kid is potty-trained. :P

    @BluBlubling: Thanks! :)

    @deVa: Even if I kick the bucket, I'll be blogging from up (or down) there. I'll be a ghost blogger. :P

    @Jane: Athe athe, nammude Frost annan ezhuthi poem thanne. :p Athine njan oru avial paruvam aakki.

    @Nirvana: Hehe. :) No no, I'm right here.

    @Uma: Hey Uma, welcome to my space. :)
    Love your name, byt he way. Always have.

    @Srinidhi: Once a wriet, always a writer, babes. It's like cycling. If you've ridden it once, you can never really forget it. :) So write soon, wokay?
    Health is much better. :)

    @Sringo: Doing better. And I'm also waiting for the next to arrive. :/

  14. Spiffy! :D

    Hunger is something that even I can't tolerate.. exact same symptoms as you said.

    Hope you are back for good now? Better say yes.

  15. Yipee! You have written :) And thank you for those kind words, Spaceman! :)

    Of all your points about yourself, I should say *Same Pinch* about the 3rd one :) And love stories are always interesting. Aren't they? At least as long as they are someone's else's love story ;)

  16. And how is Ramoji Rao film city? Heard of it fame, but me being the lazy bum, finding it difficult to get the motivation to visit. What would you say? Worth a visit?

  17. Right...!!! You better came back... I had started a fund raiser to make some money to find the missing you and here you find your way back...!!! :p hehehehe... Well true that its been a dull scene here with most of you missing.. Now that you are back.. Hope the rest would follow and fun toll will start to raise back :) congrats for the award :)

    P.S. : next time you are goin underground... Little heads up here.. Jo bhi milegaa... U n me 50-50 karenge... Biryaaani khaayenge :D:D vokay spiffy ???

  18. I think majority of the whom we meet lie on this side of the line, where one doesn't know what one wants.
    My first visit on your blog. liked your writing style.

  19. @Chandana: Yes yes, I'm back for good only. :)

    @Keirthana: Ramoji is good for a one-time-visit. Only if you're prepared to walk a lot. And don't even think of going in the summer. Only winter. Otherwise you'll faint.
    And you're welcome. :)

    @Superrrnickkk: Done! Biryani aur kebab bhi khaayenge! :P

  20. Congrats spiff, for another award! :D Missed your posts. :|
    And, one thing that has been consistent among my ambitions is the desire to write a book one day. So same pinch, and wishing you all luck with that :D

  21. @Deferred Brilliance: Thank you. :)
    And that's quite an interesting username. :)

    @Krishna: Maybe we should push each other on to finaly start writing a book, no? :/

  22. Congrats..and thanks! :)
    I have been busy like hell if you ask me, and weeks (or is it months?) later I have found time today to read my fav blogs and here I am! But I see, you had been busy too. Guess the blahness is doing the rounds with everyone. I sincerely hope your latest post breaks the blah-chain that seems to have caught on. :/

  23. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com


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