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Although I have only been a mom for just over 6 weeks now, I was tagged by Monika to write about “What mommyhood taught me”.

It’s been a while since us Mommybloggers came up with something to celebrate, well, mommyhood, so the lovely Monika and I came up with this. A tag that has us list out five lessons of life that Mommyhood has taught us, these could be sweet, bitter, funny, touching, whatever. These could be survival tips or cooking tips, or something as simple as the best thing to get puke smell out of hair.
So, the rules are simple. Put the badge up. Write out five lessons that Mommyhood taught you. And tag five mommybloggers

Here goes:

1. Understand the real meaning of “Sleep like a baby” : It doesnt mean deep, relaxed sleep. It means having the lightest sleep on earth. BabyN wakes up at the slightest sounds or disturbances. The other day we were so glad he finally slept, only to be woken up by a car alarm 4 floors down!

2. You can never put babies/kids on a schedule: BabyN is the master of his own schedule. He sleeps when he wants to, eats when he wants to, and no amount of our trying to get him to do what we want, fails!

3. To do lists are useless: Parents are not the masters of their schedule. In my last few weeks of pregnancy, I had made plans of what all I was going to do during my 12 week maternity leave. Finishing knitting a new cap for BabyN, reading lots of books and finding a dream work from home job were only 3 of the many! 5 weeks away from my going back to work and I have accomplished NOTHING, thanks to BabyN’s haphazard feeding schedule.

4. Baby cries and there is nothing you can do to prevent it: I had read about some babies who feed, sleep, play, poop, pee etc, rarely cry. 6+ weeks into being BabyN’s mommy has made me realize that there are no such textbook babies. All babies cry, some more than others. And all we helpless parents can do is hope that one of our pacifying methods works to soothe them.

5. Mommy guilt: Pre-baby I had imagined that I would not be one of those mothers who would be plagued with mommy-guilt. Now I feel guilty every single day at the drop of a hat. BabyN gassy, I feel guilty about eating something that caused him trouble. BabyN crying for long periods, I feel guilty about not understanding him while he cries his lungs off! Guilt is a good part of my day nowadays, and probably part of my life now. Go figure!

I tag:

The Bride

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TPL

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This is the tag from IHM:

If you are a woman,

Have you ever wanted something that is considered ‘manly’ ? Like a basketball, a cell phone, a dog, a camera or a new laptop? A new car or motor bike? Ever wanted to be a pilot? A doctor or not a nurse? And the manliest want of them all – The remote! ;)

As a kid did you enjoy playing with a bat and a ball?

There was a time when books were considered ‘manly’, women authors had to pretend to be men – would you say books are still rather manly – women should want to embroider and crochet?

If you are a man,

Have you ever wanted something that only women are supposed to want – like bags, shoes, clothes, creams, perfumes, babies, flowers? A peaceful home and a happy family? Have you ever been afraid of the dark or of insects?

As a kid did you ever want to play ‘teacher-teacher’, cooking or did you like playing with a doll? Have you ever enjoyed cooking? Bought something in pink? Loved chocolates?

Growing up was a tough time for me. Not at home but whenever I got dragged to weddings and parties. I was this taller and wider than average girl who hated wearing even the smallest of earrings and always wore cotton. My aunts and all well-meaning relatives always tried to corner me in order to lecture me on making an effort to dress up like a girl, all of which I promptly brushed off. Things changed as I grew older, but while my more girly cousins and friends moved to pretty jewelry, bindis, sarees and the like, I merely moved from cotton dresses to plain shirts, blouses, neutral pants and skirts! Sure I like my 7-8 pairs of shoes and 3 handbags, but deep down I still am that little girl who is comfortable being in the background in her plain clothes!

I am a bundle of contradictions, and in no way do I really conform to the female stereotype. I am your average woman who likes some girly things and dislikes some!

  1. I kill any bug that finds its way into our home. (I have a process that uses one rolled up envelope and a piece of tissue paper!)
  2. I don’t like to sit at the kitchen table and talk woman-stuff when we visit people. I prefer if both men and women sat in the living room and talked. I like to talk politics, sports and current affairs more than ‘what I cook’, ‘what someone else cooks’, recipes and jewelers, but I also like to talk about latest bolly-gossip!
  3. I don’t apply makeup. Only when there is a BIG party or that one time when I got married. Otherwise I am a wash my face and apply moisturizer girl. I also don’t thread my eyebrows or go for regular facials, manicure and pedicure. I do apply/reapply nail polish though. And I do love to dress up, even if it means wearing a non-fussy, color-coordinated outfit and pretty earrings and necklace etc.
  4. I am a bad cook. The husband cooks better than I do. He also has a lot more patience while cooking, he waits for the mustard seeds to crack, while I just dump everything in the oil and put a lid on it!
  5. I am not a very good housekeeper. I let books accumulate in room corners, and conveniently ignore their existence until I need to read that particular book again!
  6. I wear more blacks and browns and navy blues than pinks or corals or reds. I also don’t have tens of bags and shoes. I have some, but not too many!
  7. I prefer to sit and read a book than dress up and go out to party!
  8. I don’t do any puja. I don’t fast for the long life of my husband. I don’t wear mangalsutra or toe rings or bangles. The only time my Hindu roots show up is once a year for Varalakshmi Vratam.
  9. I am not a damsel in distress. I prefer lifting my own weight. (Although I do ask the husband to lift things that I really cannot!)
  10. I don’t go all awwww on stuffed toys. Neither on pink streamers, glitter or anything else pink!

And because I don’t want to wear blue pants all my life(yes that is the curse if you don’t tag 12 others), I tag: Tangytrivia, Nuttie Natters, Deepti, Nabeela(even though you deleted your blog, you can guest blog, here or anywhere else you like!), Mayur, Aniruddha, Ugich Konitari, Roop, Parul, Anju, Anu Russel and Sraikh.

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The Bucket List tag

The Print Lover tagged me to write down my bucket list. Frankly, I never did have much of a list. So here are a few things I have always wanted to accomplish, and still want to!

Marry S! This is one thing on my list that has been completed well ahead of planned time! 😀

Be a journalist – sigh! I don’t know if that is ever going to happen. For as long as I remember I have wanted to be a journalist. But what steps did I take towards that? None! I took the lazy career route and became an engineer. And then started programming! Sigh!

Run a marathon – well I have started running. I can now run as much as 6 miles and not die. I participated in a 10K race and felt awesome. Next year I want to run a marathon. A FULL MARATHON.

Wear a hand-loom saree to work – maybe when we go back to India forever! (I know this one sounds so shallow, but kya karen?)

Drive my own car – yeah I do it everyday now and am sick of it!

Trek the Inca trail in Machu Pichu – 2-4 day journey on foot through the Andes mountains. Some day. Some day.

Have mummy and pappa visit the US – finally that was done when they were here earlier this year.

Get over the fear of water, learn to swim – I am over my fear of water, at least marginally, but I still have to step out of my comfort zone and enrol in a swimming class.

Be the author of a bestseller. Bestseller being a keyword. (I think I might just push this to the keep-dreaming list!)

Have a great kitchen garden where I grow tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin, onions, herbs, everything imaginable. Sadly, I do not have a green thumb.

Since he is feeling maha lazy, I tag Hitchy, Crafty coz she seems to be doing the vanishing trick too often, and Sraikh coz she is all blogged out!

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Monu’s tag

The travelogue is taking a small break(I hurted when Hitchy accused me of being a sadist 😛 )

Here is a tag I received from Monu, The Guilty/Innocent tag!

Asked someone to marry you? Guilty(kind of…….I might have proposed….or not!)

Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Guilty

Danced on a table in a bar? Innocent

Ever told a lie? Guilty

Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have back? Innocent

Kissed a picture? Guilty

Slept in until 5 PM? Guilty(I slept at 5 am or so!)

Fallen asleep at work/school? Guilty

Held a snake? Innocent. And never want to do that!

Been suspended from school? Guilty/Innocent(not really suspended, but almost!)

Worked at a fast food restaurant? Innocent

Stolen from a store? Guilty(almost …well most of my answers are almosts!!!)

Been fired from a job? Innocent

Done something you regret? Guilty

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Guilty

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Guilty

Kissed in the rain? Awwwww! Innocent 😦

Sat on a roof top? Guilty

Kissed someone you shouldn’t? Innocent

Sang in the shower? Guilty.

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Innocent and don’t ever do that to me 😮

Shaved your head? Innocent

Had a boxing membership? Innocent.

Made a girlfriend cry? Guilty

Been in a band? Innocent – but would love to be one….it seems like a cool thing to do! If only I could sing 😛

Shot a gun? Guilty, if you consider a paintball gun!

Donated Blood? Innocent

Eaten alligator meat? Innocent…

Eaten cheesecake? Guilty

Still love someone you shouldn’t? Innocent

Have/had a tattoo? Innocent….

Liked someone, but will never tell who? Innocent

Been too honest? Innocent!!!

Ruined a surprise? Guilty

Ate in a restaurant and got really bloated that you couldn’t walk afterwards? Guilty.

Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty

Dressed in a woman’s clothes (if you’re a guy) or man’s clothes (if you’re a girl)? Guilty…..I was made a guy in lots of plays/nataks in school….something with my height apparently!

Joined a pageant? Innocent……..aisa koi pagent nahin bana hain jo mujhe include kar sake!!!! My roomies in Mumbai tried to teach me to catwalk and gave up after the 100th trial!

Been told that you’re handsome or beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said?Guilty

Got totally drunk on the night before exam? Innocent

Got totally angry that you cried so hard? Guilty

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Tag time again

This was the tag that was a part of this award by Aniruddha.

1. What is your current obsession?

Blogging and gym.

2. What are you wearing today?

Purple printed dress.

3. What’s for dinner?

Rajma, brown rice, dahi.

4. What’s the last thing you bought?

A toy for my friend’s baby.

5. What are you listening to right now?

The voices in my head.

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?

He writes very poignant posts. His 55-ers are super!

7. If pigs could fly…complete the sentence?

We would have very dirty, smelly air.

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?

uh? Cotton pants.

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Hyderabad, no doubt about that!

10. What is one thing you want to learn to do? (changed)

Learn to code iPhone apps.

11. What’s your favourite quote?

Live and let live.

12. Who do you want to meet right now?

My sister

13. What is your favourite colour?

Black

14. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?

My grey pants.

15. What is your dream job?

The one that allows me to sit on my sofa, in my pajamas and work.

16. What’s your favourite magazine?

India Today

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

Add a few more to it and buy a mountain bike

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

Monogrammed merchandise(bags, shoes, clothes), Low waist jeans that show the you-know-what, clear heels(stripper heels!!).

19. Who are your style icons?

None in particular. Mehr Jessia is always well turned out. I like random fashion on the street as opposed to hi-end fashion-house fashion!

20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?

Lots of layers.

21. What are you going to do after this?

Publish this and visit all the blogs in my blogroll.

22. What are your favourite movies?

All Basu Chaterjee ones. Money(it is a telugu movie)

23. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can’t live without?

Are you kidding? Makeup and I are far far apart! Maybe a moisturiser?

24. What inspires you?

People going after their dreams inspite of their circumstances.

25. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Why 3 I will give u more:

  • A pair of pants with a good fit

  • Dangly silver/metallic earrings

  • A scarf

  • Colorful peeptoe wedges(a little heel)

  • Skinny belt

26. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?

I wear my go-to linen trouser with my blue blouse.

27. Coffee or tea?

Elaichi chai.

28. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

I talk to the husband.

29. What is the meaning of your name?

Sculpture.

30. Which other blogs you love visiting?

All in my blogroll, styleperdiem.wordpress.com, highheelconfidential.com

31. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

Don’t have a sweet tooth. Samosa on the other hand…..

32. Favorite Season ?

Summer

33. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?

Now? Like right now? I will serve some gulab jamun(store bought), bhel and chai for now. Maybe later we all can have the Rajma!

34. What is one book that you would suggest the whole world reads?(new question)

“Three men in a boat(To say nothing of the dog)” by Jerome K. Jerome. The husband introduced me to this book, and it is my all-time favorite!

Rules for those who are tagged:

Respond and rework – answer these questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own, and add one more question to the list. Then tag eight or ten other new set of people.

I would like to tag:

IHM

Solilo

Deepa

Anu

Mohan

Monika(I am not sure if you have already done this)

OG

Ritu

Parul

Hitchy

(Crafts I wanted to tag you but I know already did this!)

Although I have awarded these to all the blogs on my blogroll(which of course includes all those who have been tagged), please accept these awards again and pass them on too when you tag others:

one_lovely_blogloveblogaward

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Nishita of Nishita’s Rants and Raves tagged me to complete the ABC tag. Just when I was super confused as to what to blog about, this tag comes to rescue me from it, and show me some direction! I have too many thoughts and ideas, but too little time and energy to post.

Rules:

  • Link the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Share the ABCs of you.
  • Tag 3 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
  • Let the 3 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
  • Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag!

Here goes –

  • A – Available/Single? No! But why would you want to know this?
  • B – Best friend? The husband, my sister.
  • C – Cake or Pie? Cake of course! Ahhh white chocolate raspberry with dark chocolate shavings…….ahhhh
  • D – Drink of choice? Chai, with adrak and elaichi.
  • E – Essential item you use every day? the toothbrush. Wait, there are too many essential items I use everyday to list here…..
  • F – Favorite color? I love neutral solids, black, brown.
  • G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Neither. But if I HAD to choose, Gummy Bears.
  • H – Hometown? Apna Hyderabad…….samjha kya?
  • I – Indulgence? I am a sucker for accessories. Necklaces, earrings, scarves.
  • J – January or February? January.
  • K – Kids & their names? Not yet.
  • L – Life is incomplete without? Love.
  • M – Marriage date? 18th May
  • N – Number of siblings? One
  • O – Oranges or Apples? Oranges, lots of them, the Indian variety(santra), not the American ones(Mousumbi)
  • P – Phobias/Fears? Enclosed or tight spaces. I keep dreaming that I am in a cave and the roof is low and I cannot breathe. It scares the hell out of me 😦
  • Q – Quote for today? Live and let live!
  • R – Reason to smile? I am alive, everyone else is alive and all is well with the world! And no dinosaurs roaming the world!
  • S – Season? Summer. Of the mangoes, the holidays and the nani ka ghar variety.
  • T – Tag 3 People? Yes I will.
  • U – Unknown fact about me? Oh meri pol khul jayegi….well…here goes….. I bash soap operas but a couple of years back, I was at home for a few months, looking for jobs, and I used to watch ALL daytime soaps on TV, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, then follow them up with Dr. Phil and Oprah!
  • V – Vegetable you don’t like? Suran….yuck
  • W – Worst habit? I don’t keep steady, I have to keep moving a few times a minute, even when I am sitting. I know it annoys the hell out of people but they love me so much that they endure all that.
  • X – X-rays you’ve had? Just one I think. When I was in the tenth standard I fell off my bike and the doctor thought I might have had a fracture. Didn’t have one though! Oh and before I started working for an Indian IT company, there was an x-ray as part of the medical test(wonder why they need to see our bones?)
  • Y – Your favorite food? I don’t have a favorite food. I eat everything except suran(eeks)
  • Z – Zodiac sign? Leo

The three people I want to tag are-

Sraikh of AsaaanDhiren of Hitchwriter and Crafty of Craftyshines

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Women for the manly me.

I picked up this tag from Solilo to list 5 women who would appeal to me if I were a man.

This one is a toughie. While the women I would admire/like/adore as a woman would be those with as strong a personality and character as outward appearance, thinking like a man, I might have to give more points to appearance and a little less to personality and character(my male readers, please do not kill me for having said that!)

Nevertheless, I am a man now and here is my list, in no particular order:

Jennifer Aniston -Right from her F R I E N D S days, I have liked her. And I am pretty sure the male me would like her too.

This is one of the two choices I was at peace with.

Rekha – the eternal beauty. She would still give the newbies a run for their money with her Kanjeevarams and the long locks.

The mysterious aura she surrounds herself in makes her..err…mysteriously beautiful and more coveted!

Aishwarya Rai – this one was very tough to put down. As a woman, I dislike her (really have no strong/specific reason why, something about her being a damsel in distress/giggler/goody-two-shoes I guess), but I am sure I would have liked her if I was a guy.

(I have yet to meet a guy who does not like her….something about her being a damsel in distress/giggler/goody-two-shoes again!)

Katrina Kaif -what is it with Salman and his girlfriends!

But she IS pretty! And have you seen her skin?

Angelina Jolie -Against all warnings from the female me, I let her occupy this list. Hell everyone likes her! She and Aishwarya must be two women most women hate and men adore!

I would die if I did not add that if I were a woman, the only women on this list who would earn my love would be Jen, Katrina and Rekha! I would probably have Emma Thompson, Sonia Gandhi and Kirron Kher in my list! And maybe Kajol and Neetu Kapoor!

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