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And Here It Is – The Quirk

Posted: October 27, 2008 in Pointless ramble
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Dear loyal readers! I now present to you, my quirky self in six ways. Rads, the empress blogger, has tagged me to write six quirky things about myself. This is no herculean task. I have enough quirks to fill a book. I shall brighten up this festive season with six of those multitude of quirks *rubbing hands in excitement.

(Ekam) When I see a square tiled floor, especially a floor tiled like a chessboard, I always walk in a knight’s pattern on the chessboard – in an ‘L’. If I set one foot on a square then my other foot would itch to step two squares forward and one square to the right or left, or two squares to the right or left and one square forward, both moves depend on the first step. This is a quirk nurtured on purpose. Don’t ask why. It’s a quirk, remember?

(Rendu) I am an avid dreamer. I don’t need to sleep to dream. I dream as I walk and tend to bump into things or people, trip over, laugh out loud, talk to self, sing like I’m all alone in the world. I have a fancy world of my own. I lead a more idealistic life in that world, where I am the most coveted Carnatic musician ever. I play 75 (I’m just being modest with this number here) instruments and I boast proficiency in every style of music one could conceive of. I speak, read and write 35 (or was it more? aah, this modesty is killing me!) languages with the fluency of a learned native. I am the most unassuming person in spite of all the superhuman qualities I possess. All the women want me. Aahh! The dream! I live there. I also have a middle-earthish sort of world of which I am the undisputed emperor!

(Theen) Consequently, my incessant dreaming has made me superlatively forgetful too! I must be conferred the honorary title of ‘Bhulakkad Shiromani’ or ‘Matimarupu Chakravarthy’. There could be no one more deserving! There are tons of instances I could testify with. Once, my roommate and I were busy cleaning our apartment and were moving things around so we could get to every nook and corner and clean them spotless. We were gently moving the TV, along with its rickety roller-stand when I heard a knock on the door. My roomie, poor chap, was still pulling at it from the other side when I, in a momentary lapse of conscious reasoning, let go of it to get the door and……CCCRRRRAAAASSSHHHHH!! The TV jumped off the stand and fell to the ground, screen-first. So much for our cleaning session! I didn’t realize it was falling until it struck the ground. My roommate just stood there and glowered at me in contemptuous amazement, hands akimbo. From the look on his face, I feared he might lift the shattered TV and crash it on my head again, as I sheepishly smiled and bit my fist. There! Do you need a more classic example?

(Quatre) I am now coming to terms with it, but for a really long time, I loathed the colour ‘Red’. Anything close to being the shade of a tomato or blood would be shun-worthy to me. I hated it so much, that I wouldn’t be able to sleep if there were a red nightlight. I hated red coloured cars. I never owned a single piece of red coloured clothing, not even undergarments! I would hesitate to eat ketchup. I avoided looking at the traffic signals for too long. I wouldn’t go more than three-four feet closer to a person wearing red coloured clothes. I was crazy about this girl in my class in engg. who was supposed to be MCing along with me for a freshers’ party. Blissfully unaware of my hatred for red, she said she was going to surprise me that day in a ‘new sari’. I couldn’t wait to see her in her ‘new sari’! I was so looking forward to sharing the stage with her when, to my utter horror, that morning she showed up in a red sari. I was heart-broken. I couldn’t even get myself to look at her and savor the eye-candy that she was. Although I did share the stage with her as I had fancied, I actually avoided looking at her because every time I tried to ignore the ruthlessly impedimental ‘red sari’ and look at her, it would show itself in all its glory. I kicked myself later when all my friends said she looked mesmerizing. That should pretty much sum up my hatred for the colour. Although now I’ve begun to smother my abhorrence and accept the natural optical aberration called ‘red’, I still freak out when I see red lights!

(Hamza) I have an obsession for multiples of 3 and 9. Every number I see, be it a license plate, a bus number, telephone number, price tag, anything, I tend to add up all the digits to check for its divisibility by 3 or 9. If it’s not, I feel this urge to change that number into the nearest multiple of either 3 or 9. Even when I drive, I consciously make an effort to drive at a speed that is divisible by 3 or 9. Also, I hate prime numbers (except 3, of course!). Is this a pathological condition?

(Six) I hate Cricket!

I’m more than sure, the sixth quirk will invite a storm of virtual tomatoes and eggs along with questions being raised as to my allegiance to India! Some might even go to the extent of calling me a traitor! But let it be known to all those mere mortals who choose to rebuke my hatred for cricket, that my love for India is stronger than your love that you flaunt under the pretext of patriotism, for the utterly uninteresting game. I’m willing to give a fitting reply to anyone who dares question my Indianness.

There! My six quirks.

With this, I would like to tag some of my fellow bloggers – buddy, BR, Chutney, Nandini, Srividya Angara, Confounded lady. Two others have already been tagged. So guys! Go all quirky!

PS: ‘Ekam’ is Sanskrit for 1, ‘Rendu’ is Telugu for 2, ‘Theen’ is Hindi/Urdu for 3, ‘Quatre’ is French for 4, ‘Hamza’ is Arabic for 5.




Sarvejanaa Sukhinobhavantu! Sarvejanaa ‘Quirk’iyobhavantu!

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No courses, no ‘ass’ignments, no tests, no reporting to professor, internship getting postponed – Ha! This year’s summer term was a three month long sleep-fest. If you’re fishing around for the proper biological term, it’s ‘aestivation period’. For the most part, that was the activity I indulged in, as the sun ruthlessly scorched the sub-tropical landscapes of the ‘Sunshine State’. And thus, Florida sweltered! Compounding our woes was the dank, sweat-inducing air all around (Baaah!!). And yet, these were no deterrents to my will to crash dead anytime I pleased. Only other activity worth mentioning was, going to work (just to make ends meet). Ennui offered me a lackluster, drab ride through the summer and I was forced to hop on to it.

There was a very brief spell of fun, though. In mid-May, a jaunt to the West Coast bailed me out of boredom for about four days. I flew to the ‘Golden State’, California, for a reunion with college friends. Some of us met after a really long time. Makes me want to go back and never return! (I’m in a mood to sing now, so, here goes – Koi lauta de mere beete hue din, mere pyaare palchhin. Thanks to Kishore da!) It was like reliving the old days. It was four days of unbridled revelry. Beginning with the flight from Atlanta to SFO, and ending with the return flight. The late-night drive through downtown San Francisco, the hilly ride to Lake Tahoe, my first snowfall (in mid-summer! Yes! It was snowing in Tahoe!), camping out in the freeze (makes for a full length post. coming soon!), the drive to the Bay Area, the GGB*, the tour of the Silicon Valley, and most importantly, time spent with some of my best-friends – Unforgettable! Priceless four days ran by in a jiffy and I was back to rotting in my sinfully boring summer-life.

My spiritless summer lasted three loooooong months, only to culminate in the onset of a dreadful semester. Yes. Fall hath begun. Courses, assignments, papers, projects, tests – I’m to walk the whole nine yards again! Scary. But, even fear could not kill the perpetual boredom that is plaguing my life. I’m still bored, and freaked out at the same time! Not only because it’s a painful semester ahead, but also because this is my last semester and I have no job, as yet, to look forward to. It is a mad, mad world out there and I could get brutally stomped over if I’m not up to it. As I prepare myself for the eventualities of my imminent professional life (or not!), I twiddle thumbs and bite nails to kill time. My life is so dreadfully boring!

To lighten up the mood, here’s a peejay that I came up with – What does Rasam (charu, saaru) become, if you put more turmeric into it? Ans: ‘Haldi’er! (Hahahahaha…….Aal saars and maydums, Please laugh! I beg aaf you.)

Also, if I remember correctly, my physics teacher from +2 had a ‘sweet tooth’ which she could not get rid of!! 😛

* GGB – Golden Gate Bridge.

A few pictures from the unforgettable trip to California: