An Award and the 7 Random things tag

In all spheres of life, you come across people you really look up to. People who amaze you with their skills – be it management skills, social skills, or those that weave magic with words. Like Shail of Shail’s Nest. She is one of the bloggers whose work, I find amazing. So when someone like her gives me an award , The Versatile Blogger Award- I can’t help be overjoyed:) Thank you so much, Shail!

And at the very last minute, I remembered that Zradar had passed me an award – which I had forgotten to pick up. Turns out I got double-tagged 🙂 Thanks Zradar – and do forgive me for picking it up so late.

The Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award says:

Nominate 15 fellow Bloggers

Inform the Bloggers of their nomination

Share 7 Random things about yourself

Thank the Blogger who nominated you

Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your Blog Post – That is the simplest – Here goes.

Nominate 15 Bloggers

1. Saritha

2. Swaram

3. Bikram

4. Seema

5. Scribby

6. Uma

7. Pepper

8. Ash

9. Hitchy

10. Sandhya

11. Smita

12. Shilpa

13. Vimmuuu

14. Kanagu – Maybe a tag will make you blog again?

15. Aparna

Now to share 7 random things about me.. Is there still something I haven’t shared in the 3 years I have been blogging?

1. I love recycling stuff – as in, separating garbage into recyclables and non-recyclables.  I meticulously gather all paper, empty juice cartons and put them in the right bin. Some of my friends think I’m crazy because of the effort I put into it 😦 Th other day, at a friend’s place, I started gathering discarded wrapping paper, and asked them where their recycle bin is, only to be met with a blank look  – they must have thought I am crazy 😦

2. As much as I like recycling, taking bottles to the bottle bank is something that I HATE! I can’t stand the sound of bottles breaking. It used to be husband’s job, but ever since he has started travelling, it has become mine.

3. You know that ‘trainer’ on Wii Fit. Every time she says, ‘Great Posture’, my posture goes wobbly. Every. Single. Time. Why can’t she just shut up and not say anything!!!!

4. I lurk on Twitter – mainly because I have nothing to say – and because it has become my daily dose of news, views and outrage 🙂

5. I hate the smell of cooking that lingers in the house. Hate it! I do everything to prevent it and hate it if I step in and can smell stale cooking!

6. I can’t pass the library and not go in.

7. Santa got daughter a monopoly set, and Santa has been playing monopoly ever since. It has stopped now because husband is away – but I had forgotten how addictive it is 🙂 I almost get tempted to play by myself – if only that were possible:)

And done! Thank you Shail and zradar! I enjoyed doing this tag!

Goodbye,Awards and the No Criminals Campaign

I am off on my annual India vacation on Friday, so wanted to say a quick ‘goodbye for now’. I am on holiday for 7 long weeks – Yippeeee!!! Can’t tell you how wonderful that sounds to me! The only downside is that I am going to miss all of you – my blogging friends – a lot! I am definitely going to have blog withdrawal symptoms!

I have had such a wonderful time ever since last December – when I actually started interacting with other bloggers. Until then, I used to just post- not even bothering to see if anybody commented! It was only after I started reading other blogs and getting comments to my posts, that I discovered the true joy of blogging. Most of the time, I find the comments far, far more interesting than my posts. And now I am going to miss it all for the next 7 weeks 😦

So just before leaving, I thought of passing on the awards as goodbye prezzies – doing an Akshay Kumar as Solilo calls it 🙂

First of all a huge THANK YOU to Indyeah for bestowing on me so many awards -can’t tell you how delighted I am! Have been walking on air ever since – ‘Aaj kal paaon zameen par nahin padte mere..’ – the same feeling when I got my very first award from IHM 🙂 Indyeah – I just do not know how to thank you .Indyeah passed me the Proximity, the Versatile blogger, Lovely blog and the I love your blog awards! Still can’t believe it!

I am sure, most of you , would have received it many times -but please do accept it as a token of my appreciation and love.

The Proximity Award

These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I pass this award on to

IHMIHM is probably the closest, one can find to a ‘mentor’, in the blogosphere. Most of us, newcomers, will testify that IHM was the first person to comment on our blogs! I find her warmth and the energy amazing. For someone who has such a high traffic on her blogs – not only does she moderate and respond to every comment, she also takes the time out to visit so many blogs -which is so so encouraging. And all this while churning out amazing posts on every possible topic! IHM, I am sure that you must have got these a zillion times – but one more time from me 🙂

Solilo – My new blogging friend. For some reason, I feel a real connection with her.. I love your posts and your enthusiam! I especially loved your Letters from a father.. post.

Ajit – The so-called ordinary guy – who comes up with these wonderful posts with lots of deeper meaning! All packaged with a wonderful package of humour! I wish I could write like that!

Vinod Sharma – I am always impressed by your posts and always encouraged by your comments, even if we do not always agree 🙂

Happy Kitten – Another new blogging friend – really value your comments and have found some of your posts, very profound and thoughtful!

Manju – Your posts are so thought provoking and relevant. I always wait for your comments to my posts!

And of course Indyeah – I have to give it back to you! Your blog is wonderful. Some of your posts , make me feel as if you have taken my memories and written about them! You have such a flair with words and have a real knack of making people feel special. I have especially loved your ode to your father.

The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to pass this award on to

Goofy Mumma – I find it amazing how she manages to churn out equally quality posts on both her blogs! If that is not enough – she is now spearheading the ‘Say ‘NO’ to criminals in politics’ campaign!

Mavin – Your range of topics is very impressive. You write just as lucidly on current affairs as you do in financial matters!

Sahaja – She is extremely versatile, her posts ranging from photo posts , to wonderful ads and whats more she also has a foodie blog!

Kanagu – For his posts which are as diverse as movie reviews, politics and wonderful, touching short stories!

Vimmuuu – Here’s a versatile blogger who not only sings ‘bisexual songs’ , he also directs scary movies:)

Nimmy – She blogs, she cooks, she gardens – and from the look of it – she’s good at all of it!

Hitchwriter – I missed you out, when I first posted it. I love your blog! Especially those moving posts about your family!



These 2 awards , the Lovely Blogger Award and I love your Blog awards, I would like to give to

Indyeah – yes – everything comes back to you!, Solilo IHM ,Ajit ,Vinod Sharma ,Goofy Mumma ,IHM, Kanagu ,Sagarone, Manju, Trailblazer, Sahaja ,Mavin,Nimmy, Vimmuuu ,Hitchwriter and Bones.

And now , coming on to more important things – the ‘Say No to Criminals in Politics’ Campaign that is being spearheaded by Goofy Mumma . It now has a logo. Anybody who feels strongly about this, please pick it up and display it on your blogs, use it in your posts.. And for any questions, suggestions.. please get in touch with

Well, its 1:00 am , and I am no night owl, my sleep addled brain can hardly comprehend what my fingers are typing.. So please please ignore any horrible typos or grammatical errors – I am too tired to proof read :(. I am not sure if I will be able to log on tomorrow – or during my vacation.. so incase I do not – see you all, past the Ides of March! Bye for now.

Thank You, Thank You

A long overdue post – I had been a wee bit busy during the holiday season. Today, finally, its business as usual.

A BIG thanks to IHM for the shield.

Thank you Nita for the friendship band.

I would like to pass on the shield to

Bones – For coming up with the most ‘interesting’ tidbits’ from all over the place!

Ajit – For being such an ‘extraordinary blogger’ for someone who claims to be just ‘another ordinary guy’

Vinod Sharma – For his take on Indian Politics

Manju – For the most thought provoking posts

Vimmuuu – For some very creative posts!

Kislay – For his honest posts.

And finally IHM – Right back to you! You deserve all the awards you have got and more!

And I would like to pass on the friendship band to everyone on my blogroll! I can’t tell you all how much I value your comments!

I got an award!!!

I got an award – can’t still believe it! Thank you, Indian Home Maker, for thinking me worth an award. Being so new to the blogging world – its an honour that you even read my posts, leave alone give an award! Thank you once again.

As per the rules, I am supposed to, pass it on to other bloggers. Most of the bloggers I am passing this to , might not even know me, but I just wanted to say that I have been following your blogs and am a big fan!

Vinod Sharma – For all those wonderfully analysed and researched posts.
Nimmy – I love the passion in your posts..
Manju – for those questions which were almost forgotten
Motherhood and all that Jazz – I have really enjoyed reading your posts.
Nita – for a ‘wide angle view’ on so many different subjects.
Indian Home Maker – I would love to give it back to you – you truly inspire me – but I am not sure it allowed as per rules…

Thanks to all of you for a whole lot of wonderful reading material. I have subscribed to all of you and it makes my day – to see a new post from any of you!