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Seven Random Things

One of my friends’ mom tagged me on this one. She blogs under the alias of Zephyr and I would recommend you visit the blog at least once. Its almost like the story of your own family being narrated to you. Anyway, to get down to the business of putting up seven random things. Please forgive the rookiness since I’m new to this.

  1. My laptop/computer is like my lifeline. I can actually develop withdrawal symptoms when there’s no electricity or when my laptop’s battery is drained. Many people have asked me what I do on the laptop for so long. I sincerely don’t have an answer for that. All I know is that I can spend a lot of time with my laptop, even without a net connection, and not get bored.
  2. I have always and will always support the Red Devils, Manchester United. The team epitomises the spirit of a fighter. Whether it was the Busby Babes and their air crash in 1958 or the relegation in 1974, the team bounced back and today they are considered THE team to beat.
  3. If you catch me watching the TV and it isn’t some kind of sport (cricket, football, F1, etc…) it will probably be Animal Planet. I love that channel for the kind of programming. There is no unnecessary glamour as the hosts go about the business of actually investigating animal habitats and documenting animal behaviour. Often risking security of self, these brave people try to capture on film animals from across the world in their natural habitat in the process putting together highly informative video documentaries.
  4. I love reading though my job affords me lesser time to indulge in it. The book/reading material usually does not matter. I can read a novel or even an encyclopedia. Its the reading that excites me. In fact, I have a huge collection of ebooks even right now on my laptop with no idea when I would be able to read even one of the books. The books range from technology and computers to fiction and fantasy and from philosophy and religion to mathematics and engineering. In this case I have inherited my grandfather’s habit of collecting books albeit he collected actual books while I collect ebooks.
  5. I love non-vegetarian food and actually consider whether to go for a party or not if it is a pure vegetarian one. Similarly in a restaurant, I hate ordering vegetarian food (especially the quintessential Dal Fry/Dal Tadka which everybody seems to want to order) because I feel it is a waste of money to go out to eat and order vegetarian food.
  6. In engineering my friends actually joked that I would marry a car if my parents would allow me to. I like everything about the car – whether it is driving it or just how it works. From an early age I was intrigued by how a car works. When young, I used to believe that a car moved when the driver swung the steering wheel from one side to the other, a belief that was fueled by the antiques of our Hindi film heroes who would swing the steering wheel frantically even on a straight road. No wonder half of them always ended up parked into a tree! What else were they expecting? Anyway, when my mom told me about the ABC (Accelerator, Brake, Clutch) of the car I really got impatient to learn how to drive. But my law abiding father stipulated that I could drive only once I was legally 18 and had a learner’s permit. Anyway, that day did eventually come and I got to learn driving from probably the best teacher I could have had – my mother. A school teacher herself, she exercised immense patience to teach me how to drive our family juggernaut, the Premier Padmini. Loved that car. My parents sold her off when I was in summer internship in Patna. Sigh!
  7. I am extremely proud to be an Indian. You can call it whatever you want but I get really annoyed at sentences that sound like “In India, its like that only.” Ungrateful wretches who take advantage of cheap education (and cheap telephony not to mention) and then curse the same system. Yes there are lacunae in the system but which system is perfect (Don’t even point towards the US and/or Europe. We all just saw the bloodbath two years ago). I say my country is the best because it is a democracy in the true sense of the word. Even the US has radio and media censorship but in India the media is allowed to say anything they want to anyone. Where else do you get this freedom? As for corruption, I believe these are just a bunch of opportunistic people who take advantage of situations and in the process malign the names of all others who are actually doing good work for the country. Please understand, if the country’s administration were all bad, out to rob us, our country wouldn’t be where it is today. It would still probably be languishing in a pre 1992 state.
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  1. 5 April 2010 at 12:05 IST

    Thank you twice Siddharth, for taking up the tag and recommending my blog.

    Of all the things you have listed, the car seems to be your obsession! and books! where can I find ebooks? I love books too. I will be glad of a link to download them from. Like you, I have little time to read, but I love hoarding.

    Amen to how you feel about being an Indian. I echo all the points you have made!

    • Siddharth
      5 April 2010 at 12:11 IST

      Hi ma’am. “the car seems to be your obsession”. What gave that away? πŸ™‚
      You can check out a site I use. I will forward the link to Vinni’s email who can in turn forward it to you. Not a good idea to publicly post links of sites where you may download ebooks for free. That’s the kind of stuff that gets people banned from fora πŸ˜‰

  2. 5 April 2010 at 14:25 IST

    you have already posted a giveaway! Thanks for the thought.

    • Siddharth
      5 April 2010 at 14:29 IST

      u mean the bit in this post itself? cos I usually post only on football and wildlife πŸ™‚

  3. 21 April 2010 at 17:20 IST

    That was a tag wonderfully done πŸ˜€
    It’s my first visit to your blog Siddharth and I thought knowing a bit more about the author shall do wonders in my journey through your blog.

    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    Cheers!!

    • 21 April 2010 at 17:26 IST

      thanks for the comment CB. Zephyr had tagged me so I thought it was a good opportunity to let my readers know something more about myself since all my other posts are more topic based than specifically about me or the people around me. In fact, some of my readers have suggested that I post something more personal but I just can’t bring myself to writing anything like that just yet…. maybe later πŸ™‚
      In the meanwhile, you could definitely read the rest… I can understand if ManU specific posts don’t interest you but you could check out the more general posts in “Random Stuff” and “Cricket” categories….

  4. 4 May 2010 at 15:29 IST

    Hey good one! Nice to read about you friend!

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