It’s been one of those long, excruciatingly boring weeks with nothing much to do except go to school at 9 in the morning and return at 4 in the evening and try to fill the time in between with a bit of thesis work and other random things. The weather’s been a major contributing factor to the inertia- that’s probably one of the worst things about Rochester- it’s unpredictable weather! I mean, it’s summer for God’s sake, it’s not supposed to rain the whole day !!! 😛
So anyway, lack of creative insights has forced me to resort to completing one of my long-overdue tags. It’s those “My 25” things doing the rounds of Facebook, where you’re supposed to write 25 random things about yourself. My friend had tagged me a long time ago, but I was a little wary about firstly, writing things about myself since I usually am not so self-observant, and secondly, writing personal things on Facebook- being a public forum and all.. (Our Career Services people scared me in the first quarter by telling me a lot of employers use FB accounts to find out more about their prospective employees and I know I have a private FB account, but nonetheless…) I’ve attempted a similar tag a while ago, so I’m going to try and not repeat the things I mentioned there. So, here I go with twenty-five random things about myself. Read on if you’re as bored as I am-
1) I love travelling by trains, they’re more fun than air or road travel.
2) I get put off by smokers. I remember when I was in COEP, Gauri and I used to yell at Akshay and Pranjal whenever they went to one of their “tapris“.. I love them both otherwise, but the moment they start smoking, I somehow don’t want to be around them.
3) I am pretty non-judgmental about people otherwise, and don’t discriminate against anyone- regardless of actions, beliefs, ethnicity. I’m a very strong believer in the “to each his own” philosophy.
4) One of the things I love about the US is the fact that I can travel a lot, something I missed out on in India. If I had the money, I would travel to a new place every weekend!
5) I used to suck at cooking until a few months ago, used to be a nervous wreck every time I was in the kitchen! But I am turning out to be a pretty good cook off late. I try out loads of new stuff and fortunately, most of it comes out well! A major source of my recipes is cooking blogs and my mom!
6) I am not too fond of chocolate and I hate bhindi !! (Yeah, gasp all you want; I’m used to it !! :P) I absolutely delightfully love vanilla icecream though! I could eat it everyday! Same goes with gobi manchurian and bhel puri !! 🙂
7) I hate my hair. I wish I could change it. I am always wary of going to new hair salons because people invariably give the most shocking reactions when they see my hair. Why don’t they realize that I can see them gasp?! 😛 Oh and when I was in school, I was called “chidya ka ghonsla“..
8) I miss my life in Doha- it was a conservative place but I had the best time of my life there..
9) Writing is also one of the things closest to my heart. I feel very restless when something I’ve written isn’t up to my expectations. The part I loved the most in those English exams in school was the essay writing section- so what if I have to write on “A Day on the Railway Station…” !!
10) I am a pretty talkative person when I have the right company. Otherwise I can be the most silent person; you won’t even notice I am there..
11) My ideal outings with friends is going someplace and having interesting conversations about randon things under the sun. Or else, doing silly things like playing Dumb-C, Uno, etc and laughing like crazy! I am not at all a big fan of friends getting together only to drink and act stupid all night long!
12) I haven’t had a really intense and intelligent conversation in a really long time! I wish Anup was in the US..
13) I am not a lot into any sports, though I do like watching cricket and tennis. I felt really really really bad when India lost the 2003 World Cup though. I think I wrote one of my most emotional articles then.
14) I love learning new languages. Though German will always remain closest to my heart. I am desperately waiting to visit Germany some day and do an advanced German language course.
15) I think I’m becoming more and more like my mom nowadays.. Which is a good and bad thing..
16) I take friendship very seriously. I have a few friends and I may not call or email them every week, but I can do anything for them! I despise people who sweet-talk with everyone, pretending to be their dearest friends but turn away when their friends need them the most.
17) I am not much of a phone person. I prefer communicating face-to-face or through email or IM. I go blank when I have to “chat” with people on the phone..
18) 2004 was probably the craziest year of my life. I did a lot of things that year which I am proud of and which I regret even today.
19) I am generally a very optimistic person. I tend to look at the pluses more than the minuses. That is probably why I could successfully get out of some of the crap I’ve faced in life.
20) I would love to dabble in film-making some day. My ideal job would actually be engineer by day and film-maker by night. I love the creative process of making films- right from conceptualization to scriptwriting to shooting. It’s a perfect blend of writing, photography, languages, travelling- all the things I love!
21) Design of Experiments is probably the first engineering subject I love so much. If I could do a Ph.D in DOE, I would..
22) I hated thermodynamics when in COEP. I simply never understood it..
23) I love people with nice, full smiles that twinkle in their eyes.
24) I canot stand dirty kitchens and bathrooms.
25) I get bored of staying in the same place for too long. Which is why I wanted to move out of Pune for my engineering. I am already bored of Rochester though.. I wish I get a job where I have to travel a lot..
Anyone who hasn’t done this and who needs some sort of motivation to update their blogs, consider yourself tagged !! 🙂