Happy Deepavali!

A Festival of Lights – well more of noise & smoke and diets going for a toss!

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A enjoyed his Deepavali. I tried to get him to say no to crackers & failed miserably – it was mixed emotions felt wonderful to see the joy on his face and horrible at not being able to convince the kid to be pollution free.
I felt sorry for my neighbour’s dog who was going ballistic.
For my part, I cooked yummy snacks. Our forefathers were good at planning. Make all this…while it rains outside, eat with tea/ coffee. Maybe they could have foreseen a bit more and went lax on the crackers?!
At least it is good to keep the mosquitoes & other insects away ( may be that was their thinking and we in our generation go overboard?! )

time lapse video of A and a flowerpot
Also puts us into perspective that all things come with pluses & minuses. It is definitely a festival that brings all together!

Those who like fireworks , those who don’t. Those who love food, those who don’t. Those who watch all those special programmes on TV channels ( read new movies), those who don’t – well you get the picture πŸ™‚
Happy Deepavali all!!
PS: update on day 43 of 100 happy days (next post may be on that?? πŸ™‚ )

Do not miss this! :)

Toy Story 3

I wanted to go to this movie on 25th June when this was released here. Had told Aaarti who also wanted to go. Well, did not get tickets. We finally went today πŸ™‚ Aaarti, lil A and I prompt at the theatre before the movie started so that we did not miss the Pixar short.

What can I say? I have not enjoyed a movie like I did this evening! All 3 of us were laughing, commenting. In fact was telling Aaarti wondering if I was too loud. Have not laughed out aloud like that in a long long time! The movie is super cute! For a fan of animated movies, especially the Pixar ones, I knew this would not disappoint me. It did not! It was amazing!! Starting from the short – Day & Night.

The short was also thought provoking. How we are afraid of something new, unknown, fear of the different and to how we must look at things, take that plunge – Trying that now along with trying to live life one day at a time πŸ™‚

The actual movie if I start using adjectives it would all be superlative. What fun it was! Weird thing was the show…the theatre just stopped the movie and gave a break! Got so irritated about that break! Why in whatsoever’s name did we need a break in that movie!?!? Otherwise, this was such a treat for all 3 of us. Each doll has made an impact – apart from the old characters – the villainous Lots-o, big baby, chunk, chatter telephone, peas in a pod, dolly, bookworm, stretch…the list goes on. I am now sure that A would not let me donate/trash his toys! :). He has watched the first 2 parts of this movie and knows every character. He did bully me into getting him Buzz Lightyear in the last visit to the toy shop. He also has a long list of toys to be added (Wonder where I am going spoiling my son like this… or may be I am spoiling myself collecting all this in his name πŸ˜‰ )

Watch this. Would give the highest rating (don’t care if I am biased to Pixar animations – this movie is worth it. It lives up to expectations & more) I did not talk too much about the story as I do not want this to be the spoiler type posts πŸ™‚

I guess the smileys on this one shows that I still have a grin on my face thinking of the wonderful evening!

Words -> pictures :)

Scorpria tagged me on this one.

The rules of the tag :

  1. What you draw is your wish. But it has to be relevant to the words given to you.
  2. You must use all the five words given to you by your tagger and draw pictures using paint or GIMP or any other photo editing tool.
  3. Each picture must be self explanatory when you relate it to the given word.
  4. Each word MUST have at least one picture attributed to it.
  5. None of these pictures should be copyrighted. By this I mean that you have to draw them yourself.
  6. After you finish the tag, which I think will take quite some time; you need to pass it on to other people with a fresh set of 5 words.

The words allotted to me : Joy, child, game, footsteps, candles

I like painting; not necessarily MS Paint. So I did the basic image on paint, used Adobe Photoshop elements to add embellishments πŸ™‚Β  like texture or shading. I also have used red, green as primary colours in the pics. Well, Christmas is round the corner πŸ˜€

So here goes :

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Joy to the world!! πŸ™‚

A note on the above : I wanted to stop with just the first image and later was persuaded by a couple of my friends to add in the rest πŸ™‚ Thanks to their feed back!

Snow man missing πŸ˜‰ or should it be some snowballs? πŸ˜€

Debated a lot (with myself of course, got a suggestions from those friends I mentioned too πŸ˜‰ ) Decided to use this to depict “game” One of my favorite games πŸ™‚

Self explanatory?! A walk in the sky…no clouds (have many hanging over anyways πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ )

I had lit a candle in St. Patrick’s cathedral almost every Christmas I was in NY.Β  So, Thanks Pria – I at least drew them this season πŸ˜‰

Scorpria: I hereby solemnly swear that I did all these on my own. No scanning nor copying πŸ™‚ Well, would not have copied anyways…but might have sketched/painted on paper & scanned. Way easier than struggling with the mouse 😦 OH…Santa: I wish I had a graphics pen πŸ™‚

Now for the most difficult part of the tag; passing it on…

Bhargavi : Tequila, dope, boyfriend,shopping, scapegoat πŸ˜‰
Imp’s mom : Imp :), sister, Mysore, puzzle, train
A-kay : Friend, vacation, dawn, cuisine, kiwi
Dinesh : Dream, Madurai , Ghagra-choli, computer & dragon (after all you were named Dragon babu right;) )
Vishesh: Light, Exam, Poetry, reflection, heaven

Edited to add:

Vishesh: Since I found out that 2 others had tagged you on this, my apologies. I did not know you were tagged. Hence you are excused from this one πŸ˜‰Β  If you still wanna take up the challenge and do it despite your exams; you are welcome πŸ™‚

Sulz : Books, Chocolate, tower, Macau , friend πŸ™‚ (Sorry for the late add Sulz…was wondering what words to give you. I almost gave you the password to your post!!! Ooopss!!! then changed it to Macau πŸ™‚ )

All those tagged…a note to you: It is fun. So, go on ahead and try it out πŸ™‚

To me: 2 down 2 to go!! (from Nautankey & The BeadDen) πŸ™‚

Expansionist…me?

Vimal tagged for this meme here. He has written he wanted more visits to that page…may be that is why this late tagging happened πŸ™‚

I like tags. I guess I learn more about myself when I do them. This one : I learnt that I am pretty much open to most things in life; but certain stuff – I do have some boundaries which I think are justifiable.

Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below.(Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing)
One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:
Am not a very religious person. Off late I have flashes of atheism too. Though I firmly believe in knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Besides I pretty much read anything printed!! (Stay totally away from self-help books – read a few though) So, what would I read from a non- familiar tradition? I should say that even Hinduism to a large extent is non-familiar. Though am game for any other work on whatever tradition πŸ˜€

One music video–that you like–from your β€œleast likely to listen to’ genre:
Again I am open to any form of music and I don’t watch that many music videos. I am more of a listen to music kind of person. πŸ™‚ “Least likey to listen to” genre is metal for me though.

A book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):
Self help books!! eeeks!! no way! Erotic stuff have never read! I would rather do nothing!!! NO!! I will not read these! πŸ˜€ so none listed!! πŸ˜‰ No expansion?! no problem πŸ˜‰

Somewhere you’d never thought to go on holiday/vacation, and why it might be fun to go there?
Timbuctoo or Mongolia….Don’t know why it will be fun. Just that I always think of some place remote. Run away from the maddening crowd…Any such place would be good πŸ˜‰ May be it is just now!

A specific food you’ve never tried, but will because of this meme, honest!
OMG! Food….Well, I guess I will try anything lacto-vegetarian.

 

A sport or game you really hate, or haven’t tried yet, but are willing to give one more go:

I don’t hate any sport/game. Hate is a strong word!! Haven’t tried? Well, that would probably fill pages and pages. This is an expansionist meme, right? So am game for any sport/ game πŸ˜‰

A style of dance you probably won’t try (we won’t make you promise on this one):
Again boring but truthful answer…willing to try any dance as long as it is notΒ  characterised under perversion.

A career/ job you don’t feel you’re suited for, and why:
Marketing! I cannot lie to save my soul. I cannot sensationalise. I can almost never convince some one unless I myself strongly believe in that (which I know will not be the case in marketing jobs!)

An item that’s β€œthinking out of the box’ for this meme that hadn’t been included:
I have exhausted my thinking ability on responding to the previous questions. Cannot think of an answer to this one!

IfΒ  there’s one thing in life you wanted to do, and will do because of this meme, what will it be?
Again, I don’t think I would actually do anything because of a meme. There are a lot of things in life I want to do though! πŸ™‚

Now for the tougher part than doing the meme itself. I am going to take the easy way out – leave it to who ever wants to take this up. One condition : Let me know so I can come check your answers πŸ˜€

Tags – 1 down 3 more to go! πŸ™‚

D is for “Dare”, D is for “Drum”, D is for “Dot”, D is for “Duh”, D is for…

Took this one upon myself as you will understand from the rules. I have been assigned the letter…..

DbyΒ  (well as an indicator to the image I chose to display the letter πŸ˜‰ …here is to you…Β  πŸ™‚ ) the BeadDen here.

Here are the rules:

You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

You can leave a comment and not be assigned a letter if you want.Β  Just let me know if you want a letter to keep this going.

I find this interesting. The letter assigned is kind of something that keeps popping into my mind in the words that I think of. Do I love them? Not really! πŸ™‚ My last post also is a word that begins with “D” ….

Just listen to the “Piece Audio” for the letter D and how most words associated are well…not really good ones πŸ™‚ So, here I list those words that come to my mind…not necessarily those I love. Sorry for deviating from the rules 😦 I will try listing only positive ones…

Date : Something I have not been on for a long time now. πŸ™‚ Don’t intend to either πŸ˜‰ but doesn’t every one think about the word “date” every day?

Divorce: For obvious reasons, this D word pops into my mind ever so often! apart from the word that is the title of my last post which I don’t intend to list here πŸ™‚

Deuterium: This word does not come to my mind as often (please…don’t think I am that much of a nerd! ) but it did come when I was trying to think of words to list here. After all chemistry was the subject I majored in. Confession : there were many other geeky/nerdy words that did pop in my brain (absolutely not intentional I am sure! πŸ™‚ )

Dream: Everybody does have a dream, isn’t it? I am yet to figure out mine; I suppose it is pretty positive a word to think of when dealing with “D” πŸ™‚

Dinosaur: My son A came and asked me what I was doing. Told him I was thinking of words starting with “D”. He asked me to add this one πŸ™‚ So, dinosaur is my fifth word!

Five down…five to go!!!

Daughter: Talking about A, I must say that I always wanted a daughter. I so wished A was a girl when I was pregnant!! *sigh*…. Well, am lucky I have A in my life πŸ™‚

Development : Another positive word that came up was “development”. I suppose it is positive, at least I think so. Don’t quite know what is there to be developed in my life now…butΒ  hope there is something and it is positive πŸ˜‰

Dimension: I like fractals at least looking at those images πŸ˜‰ Hence this term did come up when I thought of “D” words… I am definitely figuring out the dimensions of the problems I am facing in life now πŸ™‚

Desolate/Depression : I know! I said I will try!! These words haunt me all the time; so could not let these pass when listing words that begin with D!

December : We are in the month that begins with the letter “D” helping me complete this meme πŸ™‚ Tis the holiday season for most people. Wishing everyone “Happy holidays”. Hope the next year brings all joy and cheer to each & everyone’s life πŸ˜€

Thanks to Google image search for all the images. Copyrights would be as per what the original images hold!

Thank you BeadDen for giving me this letter. I really liked doing this one. If the readers think of more cheerful words to replace the depressing ones above, please do let me know. I am sure there will be many πŸ™‚ though the above are those that came to my mind. I am aΒ  Dingbat, Ding-a-ling – could not help that one either πŸ˜‰ My Dosts (hindi for friend – pluralised using the “s” by me πŸ˜€ ) would certainly vouch for those attributes of mine πŸ˜‰

Death…

I have written about how I have tried to take my life and have thought many a time to do so. I promised that I would not even think about it again (have kept it so far…)
Though, this post is not about that… It is one of those sites I landed upon on random surfing..Calculate your death date here. Seems like I am going to be here for quite a long haul. Poor everyone who knows me 😦 πŸ˜‰

Oh…btw, one of the links in this link calculated that I am quite an idiot (39% if I remember right πŸ˜‰ high or is it way too low for what I am? πŸ™‚ ) The page has quite a few fun links for…again time pass (Nikhil don’t turn green!! πŸ˜‰ ) Now I know I will be a giraffe in my next birth (at least I will be tall unless the species goes through some mutation!!). Wish I had a little teeny weensy % of the money I am worth πŸ˜‰

Jobless :)

Alright, I am officially bored πŸ˜€ I ended up finding this site on my random browsing – Oneplusyou. This is a dating site(the link though takes you to what I have posted about…so go ahead and click πŸ˜‰ ), though I was not there for that πŸ˜€ I got there to get stuff for blogs. It is quite irritating actually that each time you take a quiz, a page pops up asking you if you want to sign up for the dating site. Though the site is cool for its quizzes.

I found out that my cussing on this blog is only 0.3% (I thought I did not cuss!! ) and that I am highly caffeinated (I had not even had any caffeine till I took the test…now I need a cuppa! ). I have always thought I had verbal diarrhoea (I was proved wrong when I took the verbosity quiz)…

Ok! I think I made my point…I tried quite a few quizzes. Go on ahead and try it out. Fun! πŸ™‚ Wow! don’t remember when I had posted twice within such a short span in a day (and not depressing posts!) !!!

Free Stuff – I like :)

Thanks to The BeadDen, came to know of this Giveaway site.Well, it is the holiday season πŸ˜€

It is a cool site. They giveaway a usually priced software for a day. So, keep checking the site – you never know when you might get the product you might want or get something you thought you did not want but end up liking (kinda like life πŸ˜‰ )

If you have a product that you developed…check out this page on the site which helps build user base & advertise.

Typealyzer

Sulz posted this on bloggerdygook. Since it has been a while since I wrote something on this blog, and not wanting to write something depressing I decided to take this and post the results πŸ™‚ Here goes

The analysis indicates that the author of https://myheadtrip.wordpress.com is of the type:

ESFP – The Performers


The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and donΒ΄t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.


Analysis

This show what parts of the brain that were dominant during writing.

Funny! I never thought my blog would be remotely entertaining. I mull over what will happen and what has…forgetting many a times to live in the present! πŸ™‚ Confrontations – bring it on! πŸ˜€ That is the kind of life I have been leading and really thought my blog was a bit depressing. In fact that is the reason I have not been blogging. I did not want to keep writing entries that are sad/repressed – the same old problems rehashed.

About the brain analysis – no comments whatsoever! πŸ˜‰ If it were my brother…he would be saying..”wow!! they analysed something non-existant!” πŸ˜€

My Superstickies goes to

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The Castle Personality test

I generally take these silly tests that comes on blogthings. It is just something to pass time. When I took thisΒ  one –the castle personality test; and saw the results, I felt I had to post the results…

You have no problem diving into new experiences. You’re so brave that you don’t even notice how courageous you are.
You like to think that people see you as dramatic and fascinating. You do your best to seem mysterious.
You are a very romantic person. You can’t help but see the world as it should be.
Right now, you feel very trapped in your life. You often feel like there is no way out of your rut.
Overall, your life is dramatic and unpredictable. You life in interesting times.
You aren’t optimistic about the future. You worry about what will happen to the world and if we’ll be able to clean up the messes we’ve made.

Just too much!! Don’t really know about the first two conclusions, but the rest are right to the point! Boy oh Boy!!