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Today’s post is inspired by this post written by the lovely Michelle Longo who blogs over at

Reading her post reminded me of a similar note I had written nearly five years ago and guess what, nothing much has changed. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

Somehow the idea of writing them all down is at once making me nervous and excited. Here they are, in no specific order of importance:)

1.By nature, I am a very shy person. It takes me time to open up and make friends; but once I do, they are my friends for life.

2.Teaching helped me grow in many ways- a friend, a wife, a mother and a communicator. Life’s calling has been and always will be that- the love that teaching instils in me.

3.I hate forwarded emails that threaten destruction and gloom if you delete them. Especially those which use your preferred deity to further these means. I promptly delete them!

4.My favourite foods include pizza, pasta, paneer and puliogare (tamarind rice). Any coincidence that they all start with ‘p’? Hmm, that probably explains my static waistline. 

5.I miss the art of letter-writing. Even right up to my post graduate years, I used to diligently write letters. My courtship with my husband was marked by these epistles between us (still carefully preserved, by the way!)

6.I lost a year of school when I moved to Kenya; a fact I don’t regret, as some of the best friends I have made in life would have been lost to me if that hadn’t happened.

7.It was a huge relief when my entire family was happy with the choice of name for my daughter. I have at least 3 close friends named Gy.

8.Singing has always been a relaxant for me. Music and notes can have an incredibly swift way of calming me down when I am angry.

9.My mom is my closest friend and I can tell her anything under the sun.

10. I developed an interest in cooking pretty much only after my daughter was born. My poor husband had to manage with my inferior culinary skills for 5 years. Come to think of it, that still hasn’t changed. 

11.If I get a tune in my head first thing in the morning, I drive everyone around me crazy by humming it all day long.

12.I am a very fast reader and have been known to finish books at a single sitting, maybe two. Not had much time for that after motherhood happened.

13.I am a stickler for time. I have five recurring alarms set on my mobile and I need to finish my set duties by that time.

14.I love buying tops and t-shirts for Gy , though God knows she has a closet full of them!

15. I  was 32 when I learnt to swim, a fact I have both regretted and been grateful for. Regret that I waited so long and grateful that I managed to learn when I did. 

16. Although I don’t really know the relevance of some beliefs that my elders follow, I don’t question them, more out of respect than anything else.

17.I have an OCD for locking the front door and checking my tickets when I leave town. I have to cross-check both at least 5 times

18.I want to be able to drive a car as well as I ride my scooter. Hope that happens within the next year or so.

19.Any word game fascinates me. They are my favourite type of game to play.

20.I have played tenniquoit  in school and college. My husband always dismisses it as not worthy of being called ‘sport’. For the past year, I have begun playing badminton with passion. 

21.I feel really guilty within 5 minutes after losing my temper with my daughter when she throws a tantrum.

22.I intend to write a book one day- the subject of which changes every 6 months in my head.

23.I find the “buzz” sound made by CFL lights to be highly annoying. I seriously feel that they impact creativity!

24.I can remember the names of my fourth standard teachers better than those in my college.

25.I maintain three blogs although I update only one very frequently  these days. 


This post is part of my ongoing contribution to :

Blog Her’s and Yeahwrite’s 

Today is Day 16
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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Michelle Longo · November 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Such a fun post! I love getting to know people this way. Thanks for the shout out!

Robbie K · November 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

I enjoy these type of lists bc it is a quick way to get to know things about someone.

Aparna · November 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I am totally OMGing at Pt. 11 – You too?!

Shailaja V · November 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Just realised I hadn't replied! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

Shailaja V · November 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

It's fun, isn't it? I recall your list of things you have never done. Need to do one of those!

Shailaja V · November 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

He he he.. yeah. My cousins had dubbed me the 'hummingbird' and no, that wasn't a compliment 😉

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