Saturday, 2 July 2016

Liebster, TMI, and ageing by parts

Yolanda, a long time blogger friend, has tagged me for the Liebster, and very generously given a choice in how I respond, either with her set of questions or with the TMI Blog hop's.  Therefore, with heartfelt thanks to Yolanda for the award, and in honour of Debbie and Guilie, I've voted to participate in the TMI Blog hop. 

I hope you'll take the dare and join in!

This is me, from A to Z

A: Age

Varies by body part. Heart=19-ish, head=Methuselah, knees somewhere in between.  Can vary also by time of day.

B: Biggest fear

Loss of a loved one, I guess. And also that aliens will goof up somehow and zap the entire planet's coffee plantations instead of us humans one of these days, yikes!

C: Current time

01:29.  Most of my posts are written in the dead of night.

D: Drink you last had

One of those pre-mixed vodkas.

E: Every day starts with

Whut?! Is that the time?! 
See C above.  I am so not a lark.

F: Favorite Song

I find it really hard to pick favourites - just too many super awesome songs! Right now, can't get Il Divo out of my head.

G: Ghosts, are they real?

This answer varies by body part too. Heart- erm, yeah, who's the headless lady wandering around Tower of London otherwise, hunh? 

Head - nah, don't be silly.  

Knees - we are just going to scoot off home, just to be on the safe side while we all debate this rationally. As soon as we can turn ourselves back to solid from the jellylegs we've become.

H: Hometown

Several.  Grew up in more than one town, all feel like 'hometown' still, even though I haven't been those places for ages.

I: In love with

The smell of new books.  The smell of old books. Poetry. Travelling.  Ruins of old buildings. Sunsets (and the son as well, the son's father is also not too bad :)

J: Jealous of?

I am really not very good at jealousy, seriously energy-intensive stuff! But I could take a stab at people who can go all day long in spiky heels and retain their good humour.

K: Killed someone?

Oh, heaps of people. Imaginary only. I have it on the best authority that no writer is worthy of being called one unless s/he can 'kill the darlings off' at the drop of a hat. Practicing hard!

L: Last time you cried?

Can't recall, awful memory for negatives. Believe in selective amnesia. But I do tear up all the time at the mildest of things, happy, sad, just like that.  A real weepfest is rare though.

M: Middle name

Parent's never gave me one. And I didn't discover the lack till I was too old to go back and demand it, drat!

N: Number of siblings

None.  Parent's didn't give me any of those either. Deprived childhood, as you can see :)  No middle name, no siblings. Scarred me for life.

O: One wish

Can't think of a single meaningful thing.  I have all I need.

P: Person you last called?

A real estate chap - we might have to move out to a different palatial mansion oops, I mean hovel, yeah, again, yeah, move.  Hubby usually lets off these bombshells every couple of summers. I am just being proactive  - if he does drop it this time, I have already done my homework.

Q: Question you're always asked

'Dinner mein kya hai?' (What's there for dinner?) without fail every evening, even though I always reply with a 'I'm working on it, along with the poetry.'

R: Reason to smile

Does one need a reason? I mostly smile without any. Like this :) 

S: Sounds that annoy you

Notifications beeping a million times everyday on the cell, I got some kind of fake birdcall thingy permanently slapped into the circuitry which refuses to be dislodged.  Can't mute much coz well, have family back home, people with ageing family members will know what I mean.

T: Time you woke up

Dunno.  Today's the weekend and the first day of the school summer vacation here. Probably around 7 o'clock.

U: Underwear colour

Anything except white.  Favourite set's emerald. 

V: Vacation destination

Summer - usually India, because that's where the extended family are.  Winter - somewhere else in the MENA or Europe.

W: Worst habit

Too much coffee probably, and not enough writing to show for it.

X: X-Rays you've had

Last one I remember was the shoulder. 

Y: Your favorite food

Mangoes in the monsoons (that's the real reason I go to India in July-August! all that about family is only so's not to hurt their feelings. :) 

And of course, chocolate all year round. Thank goodness that's not seasonal!

Z: Zodiac sign

Please join us!

The blog-fest is on through July 13th. 

Just add your name and post your answers.


  1. Loved learning a litle more. Mangoes and chocolate? Bliss. But not together. These luxuries I like to savour on their own.
    And yay for the smell (and feel) of books.

    1. Oh undoubtedly separate. Chocolate and mangoes together would not do at all. A case of two wonderful rights making a ghastly wrong :)

  2. Hi, Nila, I loved it. It so cool and such fun to learn more about all the participants. Love the color emerald, and that your hubby asks the same question as mine. 'What's for dinner?' :) That sound would bother me too, hope you figure out how to fix it. Books do smell good don't they!
    Thanks so much for participating!

    1. Books smell divine! It was so much fun participating. Thank you for tagging me!

  3. That was a fun read - expected of course :)

  4. Hey Nila! So many of your answers could have been mine! Chocolate! Coffee! I'll give the pre-mix vodka a miss though. I'm a G & T person, other than champagne! And we get lovely mangoes here in Oz too, around Christmas. Yum. :-)

    1. Wow, mangoes for Christmas! That's definitely one more reason to visit Oz in Dec then :-)

  5. I would find that bird chirping noise so fast. How annoying.
    Head's as old as the oldest man in the Bible? Impressive.

    1. Only in number of years. Not in wisdom! sadly..hang on, maybe not that sad also :)

  6. I enjoyed your post and it made me smile. We are opposites. I'm more of a morning person. chocolate any time - I think most people agree.

    1. Then I could try and be envious of you as well :) ...everything in my world's configured to morning people, and I find that way tough!

  7. This was fun. Thank you for the treat

    1. Had fun writing it too! Thanks for being here.

  8. Thanks for joining the blogfest! ☺ It was fun learning something about you. Nice to know there are more night people out there. Cheers!

    1. Thank you for creating it! This was a truly fun idea and it was great to learn more about the bloggers I know well and those not so well :)

  9. I love your A answer, though for me it would be the knees at Methuselah- level.

    1. :) Knees at Methuselah level sound a little painful though, hope they aren't!

  10. Good answer on the "Killing" question. Killing darlings is both painful and necessary--I need to do more of it. I enjoyed your answers.

    1. Very painful undoubtedly. But one has to do what one has to do :)

  11. Such amazingly cute answers. Loved everyone of it :)