Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Siddharthus The Narcissus incohatus

About 8 years ago, in the days of plenty of time, when  life had a different meaning, and Facebook was a novelty, I had made a quiz on Facebook and then wrote a post about it too (find it here). After ages, last year, someone asked me on Quora about things which most people won't know about me. I wrote a few points there but the list kept going on inside my head. So, sharing the Quora points first and some more here:

Assuming that my life is worth knowing, here are some things that I can share:

  1. I am really scared of the “unknown” (ghosts, paranormal, scary faces). My imagination is so fertile that I don’t even watch trailer of horror movies - not even the bad - sad scary movie, walking dead, or Ramsay brothers movies.
  2. I am really technology neutral. Despite owning and using all of the following, I don’t like talking / buying / searching / thinking / surfing about mobiles, computers, cars, and similar gadgets. Essentially, gadgets don’t excite me at all.
  3. I am hyper-organized. Reason - I am always scared of missing on something important. So all my mails are read and clearly labelled. My table, chairs in office, furniture at home, doormats, cutlery, kitchen, bedroom, soaps…. are always set in a particular way. All my books are sorted by type and almirahs have shelf-wise indices. All my clothes (including handkerchieves, socks, and shorts) are sorted by types, age, occasions, colors, and patterns.
  4. I like to take really good care of my skin and hair. On a daily basis, I use about 3–6 types of bodycare - haircare products.
  5. I love making lists - work to do, favorite things, favorite people, superpowers I want, people I would kill happily, and so on.
  6. I have learnt (mostly on my own and hopefully, reached a decent level of achievements once in a while with) languages, poetry, photography, ornithology, snake-catching, history, kite-flying, comics, mythology, psychology, astrology, massages, body-language, palmistry, reading, writing, publishing, consulting, and also, economics.
  7. There are many many many more items but I know that the secret of being a bore is to say everything. (And yet, I am now, going to say a lot more - still not everything though).
  8. I hate dogs and cats and lizards and mosquitoes and houseflies. Although I like birds, some animals, butterflies, snakes; I like all of them from a distance and do not like to touch any of them. 
  9. Animals have their genitals, stomach, heart, and brain at the same level, while humans have their genitals the lowest, stomach next, heart above that, and mind above all. I believe that is for a reason. I also believe that most people do not graduate beyond the lowest two levels of existence. I really look down upon people who are food obsessed and "live to eat" or talk a lot about food. I really despise such people, conversations, and thoughts.
  10. And while we are on food topic, I like bitter things - high dark chocolate, bitter gourd (karela), and black coffee. Still, I would not obsess to find opportunities for such conspicuous consumption.
  11. I think memory is a place, which one should visit inside the head only and not physically. When one visits those old people, friends, places, streets, schools and so on... they have moved on and so has one's own self. Seeing the past getting transformed and so different and mostly for worse is really heart-breaking.
  12. I believe in a supreme powerful God, who is an embodiment of the energy of the universe. I believe in astrology. I believe that the energy of the universe, the energy of planets and celestial bodies, and the energy of our thoughts, surroundings, and people affect us for good or for bad.
  13. Long back I read a long quote - I man should be able to fight a battle, change a diaper, balance accounts, write a poem... and that specialisation is for insects. I think I have always lived by that. While I have nothing against specialisation, I don't want to let go of all the fun things and explorations and experiments the life offers.
  14. I like listening to different languages' songs. I have playlists for Sanskrit, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi, dialects of Hindi (Awadhi, urdu, Bhojpuri, Haryanvi, Brij etc.) few European languages including English and French, and many more.
  15. I think most people are plain stupid, that free speech is overrated, and that I would happily get rid of most people I know.
  16. I over-analyze, over-plan, over-evaluate things, actions, people, plans, places... I am also very self-critical and live with constant judgmental gaze (and guilt) on myself. 
  17. I have spent days reading quotes, anecdotes, memes, and comic strips. I always did and still do - far less in frequency now but well!
  18. I really like teaching and I really like writing. But somehow, I don't feel enthused for either anymore. I have abandoned teaching as much as I could and writing has abandoned me for now.
  19. Now I want to write so many more things but I won't. What I really want is a quality conversation. I like talking to interesting people - who have done a lot of different things and whom I can listen to for long... and people, who can listen to me for long.


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